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CALL for MSc Scholarship Applications

Your are invited to attend our 2019 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY & MANAGEMENT for which we have DAAD scholarships available. The course is taught in English. Deadline is 30 October 2018. More information you can find on our website about the course and the application requirements and procedure.
The international orientation and socio-economic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the international background of our research & lecturing scientists who supervise your field research in the tropics. Besides socio-economic and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course also includes specific topics of climate change related carbon forestry, agroforestry and land use change. Presently, over 300 graduates from our courses are working in tropical countries and international organizations many of them in top positions.

Regards from Tanzania: Visiting Sawmill and Forest Plantation in Sao Hill


Summer and Field School Participants at Sao Hill Forest Plantation

On the 6th day of WoodCluster Summer and Field School, we visited Sao Hill Forest Plantation (SHFP) and the biggest sawmill in East Africa operated by Sao Hill Industries Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Green Resources. SHFP is government-owned, whereas Green Resources is a private enterprise. Both are located in Mufindi District, about 15 km from Mafinga, where we conducted the Participatory Innovation Workshop. Read More

1st WoodCluster Summer School in Tanzania

Tanzania is the project country, where the first summer and field school of the WoodCluster project teaching component took place. 22 persons, lecturers and students, from all project countries Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Germany participated in the ten-days event, facilitated by the Sokoine University of Agriculture.

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Welcoming New Postdoc Fellow

IMG_6180Hi there! My name is Simon Benedikter and I joined the Tropical Forestry team at TUD this September as post-doc fellow.  After having spent more than 10 years working and living in Vietnam, where I was involved in both research and practical development-related projects, I returned to Germany last year in autumn. Although having just started work, I feel very comfortable in my new working environment due to the many supportive and kind colleagues I met and the enthusiastic atmosphere in the team. Thank you for this warm-hearted welcome!

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What our PhD students do in their free time


Hiking Trip to Grillenburg

The American poet Carl Sandburg once said, “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.” PhD (or colloquially known as Permanent Head Damage) requires a lot of time! So, what do our PhD students do in their free time like on the weekend? Do they work?

As a matter of fact, yes, sometimes the office in Tharandt is occupied on the weekend, like on this one fine Sunday in June. However, it was because the PhD students, some staff members and their family members and friends were having coffee before going on a hike to Grillenburg!

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Farm Research in Uganda – A students’ report

We are Max, Markus and Reinhard, students at the forestry department at TU Dresden. This March, we were the first students to set foot in Uganda for the WoodCluster project. The next days, we spent on the campus of Makerere University together with Professor Kapp und Maxi Domke who introduced us to the Ugandan partners and the field work procedures (see also WoodCluster Research Kick-Off in Uganda). Here we met Read More