Tran Van Hiep’s successful doctoral defense on small bamboo enterprises in Vietnam

In the morning of May 19th, 2021, Tran Van Hiep successfully defended his doctoral thesis titled “Key Factors Affecting Small Bamboo Enterprises Upgrading in North Vietnam: Case Studies from Chuong My, Hanoi and Thanh Hoa Province”. Hiep’s research was supervised by Prof. Pretzsch (Chair of Tropical and International Forestry, TU Dresden), Prof. Darr (Faculty of Life Sciences, Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences), and Dr. Phuc (Australian National University). With his economics academic background, he moved to Dresden and pursued his doctoral degree at the Chair of Tropical and International Forestry, TU Dresden in 2014. He has received the scholarship from the Vietnamese Government and has been additionally assisted by the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, the Graduate Academy and the Association of Friends and Sponsors of TUD e.V.

Tran Van Hiep’s doctoral defense (© Pham Anh Vu)
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Alumnus Julian Schmid featured in Schwarzrotgold magazine

Julian Schmid, one of our alumni from the batch 2015-2017, has been featured in the official magazine of the Federal Republic of Germany “Schwarzrotgold” for his work in Ethiopia. Julian Schmid is responsible to manage nurseries and reforestation programs specifically in Arba Minch, southern Ethiopia. Click the following link to read the whole article: https://www.bundesregierung.de/statisch/schwarzrotgold-2101/#10

Successful doctoral defense of La Thi Tham on Acacia hybrid value chains in Vietnam

On Monday, April 19th 2021, La Thi Tham successfully defended her doctoral thesis titled “A transition towards higher value uses of natural-resource based products: Case study of value chains and impacts on rural livelihoods of Acacia hybrid timber in Central Vietnam”. With Summa Cum Laude, Tham has performed an outstanding defense and overall research work!

Promotion Committee (© Tham)
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Meet our Peruvian PhD student working on international forest policy

My name is Fredy Polo and I have started working as a Research Associate at the Tropical Forest Chair of the Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products from 1 April 2021. As part of this position I will join the newly constituted Research Group “International Forest Governance and Multilateralism” to work under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Lukas Giessen and Dr. Sarah Burns developing research on regional forest regimes in cooperation with international organisations as part of my PhD project entitled: “Foreign forest affairs – Knowledge and power in international regime governance initiatives”.

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The Republic of Tatarstan celebrated the International Day of Forests

Prof. Albrecht Bemmann greeted (virtually) his colleagues as well as students and pupils in the Republic of Tatarstan who had gathered at the Faculty of Forestry of Kazan State Agricultural University for the International Day of Forests.

Prof. Albrecht Bemmann © A. Moosmann.

This is not the first year that the Republic of Tatarstan celebrates the Day of Forest with the whole world. Traditionally, foresters meet with students and pupils on this day with informative presentations in the Republic’s Forestry School. From an early age, the inhabitants of Tatarstan are taught how important forests are for the entire planet and how important the contribution of each individual inhabitant is to their preservation. Every resident of Tatarstan can make such a contribution by participating in the annual tree planting organised by the Republic’s Ministry of Forestry: since 2011, 25 million saplings have been planted on more than 7,000 hectares by volunteers in the Republic.

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