Give equipment a second life!

Scientific laboratory equipment is often stored unused after its standard usage time, and sadly by default eventually ends up in the trash.

In many cases the equipment is still functional, and potentially exactly what a school or university elsewhere needs for the training of talented students.

EquipSent seeks to put such resources to better and more sustainable use by redistributing unused devices from high-income countries to partner institutions in low-income countries.


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Ongoing Projects

 Element Analyzer for Sarajevo

As our first prototype, this case involved a shipment of an originally costly analytical chemistry equipment (more than 100,000 USD) including a graphite furnace atomizer and a polarograph from ETH Zurich to the University of Sarajevo. EquipSent matches the two research groups, which both rely on these types of devices for teaching and research on Environmental Chemistry. The group in Sarajevo is heavily limited in funding for state-of-the-art equipment: they own only one such device, which is 60 years old and used by 400 students for training and doctoral theses. On the other hand, a 20 y old device from ETH Zurich has been replaced with a more modern ICP device, which made the device available. The transfer as well as the installation has been completed in mid 2019, and since then the devices service great purpose not only for education, but also to help investigate and resolve local issues such as the air pollution in Sarajevo.

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EquipSent successfully organized a transport from Zurich to the University of Sarajevo

 Electronic devices / Oscilloscopes for Congo

This case involves the shipment of physics and electronics lab equipment including about 30 oscilloscopes worth more than 10000 USD and other physics and electronics lab equipment to UCBC, a young university in Beni, Congo. The local professors, both Congolese and American, are trying to establish new curricula for electromagnetism and circuitry courses, and are in great need for hands-on training equipment for their classes. These devices will be used to train hundreds of students, improve education and aid local projects on renewable energy systems in one of countries with the the highest incidences of poverty in the world.

Boxes with oscilloscopes and other electronic devices packed by Irina, Marcela and Kathi from EquipSent


EquipSent organizes the transfer of out-of-use but functional laboratory equipment (tested, non-contaminated, non-embargoed), which can be used for teaching and research mainly in the field of the natural sciences and engineering. This covers a broad range of devices. Here are some examples:

  • Low-End (< 1’000 USD): chemical glass ware, pipettes, electronics, optical components, electronic circuits, etc
  • Mid-range  (< 20’000 USD): vacuum pumps, scales, ovens, etc
  • High-End (> 20’000 USD): HPLC, XRD, SEM, FTIR, lasers, MS, etc

If you are interested in receiving equipment, please fill the Future Recipient Questionnaire and describe your situation. We will reach out to our donor network and find matching equipment for you!

If you want to collaborate with us to provide laboratory equipment, please fill out the  Future Partner Questionnaire. We will find a recipient in need and establish the match!

A few examples of devices in stock are below:


Get in touch!

Do you have equipment to provide or need Equipment? Kindly use the detailed forms above.

Otherwise get in touch via the simple form below.

We are always happy to find new donors and partners, as well as volunteers!


We are grateful for the support of all our partners!