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Please note that you must submit your application through the online portal and may not submit an application via email or other means.

The next trainings are being hosted at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut July 16-20, 2018 and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison January 7-11, 2019. The application deadline to be considered to for the University of Connecticut training is May 15, 2018. However, as we review applications on a rolling basis, we recommend applying as early as possible to ensure space is available in the training. Last year, the training was full prior to the deadline. Applicants may qualify to waive the in-person training if they meet our other requirements and participate in remote training through group calls.

United Kingdom, Ireland & Spain – If your school is located in the United Kingdom, Ireland, or Spain, please contact us here as the application and training process are different.

We would like to thank the VWR Foundation, the American Society for Microbiology, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), and the University of Connecticut for generously supporting our training.

Terms of Use and Disclaimer

Please note that while we strive to have the Small World Initiative™ taught around the world, for safety, legal, and quality control purposes and to strengthen SWI’s community, an applicant must be approved and complete official training in order to teach the Small World Initiative and become a Partner Instructor. Only with express written consent from SWI’s Executive or Training Director will the official training requirement be waived, in which case an applicant would be matched with a “buddy” mentor instructor.

Applicants who are approved for a training but do not actually complete such training are not permitted to teach SWI and are not Partner Instructors. Any unauthorized teaching of SWI or use of SWI Instructor Materials, Student Materials, or the Small World Initiative trademark is strictly prohibited. Anyone who uses SWI’s materials, teaches SWI, or trains others in violation of SWI’s policies and procedures is fully and personally responsible and liable for such unauthorized use and any consequences that may result.