Visitors from Madagascar

20180413_111332 - brighter.jpgOn April 13th, a group of students from Gymnasium Altenberg and the Madagascan village Anjahambe finished their students exchange program by visiting the forestry campus in Tharandt. Continue reading

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WoodCluster Research Kick-Off in Uganda

Visit and discussion with a female agroforestry farmer in Mubende District

Uganda is one of the project countries of our project on wood-based bio-economy focusing on small-scale farm production. In March, a TUD delegation with two staff members, Prof. Gerald Kapp and Maxi Domke, and three students (MSc and BSc level) travelled to Uganda for starting the first research works. For all of them it was the first time being in Uganda. And Uganda presented itself with an impressive green landscape and enjoyable climate during the just started short rainy season. Continue reading

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Field Work Training for Africa at TU Dresden Campus

Research work needs to be well prepared and trained in advance to ensure methodological transparency and reliability. But what to do when the research area is thousands of kilometers away in Africa, and the data collection time is limited?

Field Work Training

Field work training on taking soil samples at TU Dresden campus

The WoodCluster project team arranged a theoretical and practical training at the TU Dresden campus for three students that conduct their final thesis research in the partner countries, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda. The studies serve as country specific baseline studies which is a quintessential element in the WoodCluster project. The baseline study should provide a profile of the current environmental and social situation in the selected project areas which helps to design and plan project interventions. Therefore, the students training consisted of two parts: environmental and socio-economic methods. Continue reading

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Tropical forestry practices in a German winter forest

Zittau excursion_3.JPGHow to measure and assess forest stands? How to determine required management interventions, and how to create a management plan on made assessments? The master students of the tropical forestry program encountered these questions during a recent field trip to the Zittau municipality forest, right on the border between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic. Continue reading

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Forest ins Arts – Art in Forests: first semester closing excursion to the “Neue Meister” art gallery in Dresden

20180202_122506[1739]Celebrating the end of the first semester the Tropical Forestry Master Course had the pleasure to visit the art gallery “Neue Meister” at the Albertinum in Dresden together with Professor Pretzsch and the Ph.D. students. As one current main exhibition is referring to the German Forest (“Deutscher Wald”), we had the wonderful opportunity to finish the first semester with combining issues of forestry, culture, and history. Thus, this one-day excursion was not only a linkage of free time activity and study but also a chance of reflecting and re-framing our perspective of nature and forestry.

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Invasive species in Namibia – a BSc research report

Dense riparian vegetation on the banks of the Orange River consisting of invasive Prosopis as well as native species

I am Daniel Oberhauser from Germany and I traveled to Namibia where I investigated how invasive plants can be removed from a national park by bringing local communities on board. With this research I completed the BSc Forest Sciences at the Technische Universität Dresden in August 2017.

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Tropentag – Call for Papers

The international conference Tropentag calls for the submission of papers. Tropentag’s theme of this year is “Global food security and food safety: the role of universities”. It will take place in Ghent, Belgium, 17-19 September 2018.

Tropentag is an annual interdisciplinary conference on research in tropical and subtropical agriculture, natural resource management and rural development. It is very popular among PhD and MSc students at the Chair of Tropical Forestry over the last years. For young scientists, it provides a good chance to present own research results, gain insight in current pressing topics and research outcomes, as well as a platform for international networking.

 

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