Climate Summit 2022: What did forestry students learn, and what can be done now and in the future?

Binsar Sihotang at UN Climate Change Pavilion (©B. Sihotang)

The issue of climate change is discussed annually by a variety of stakeholders and leaders to develop multifaceted solutions and coordinate commitments from all parties to mitigate the effects of global warming. Twenty-seven years have passed since the very first Conference of Parties (COP 1) in Berlin, in 1995. In the past 27 years, this summit has achieved several milestones. These include the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, the Bali Roadmap in 2007, the Cancun Agreement in 2011, and the Paris Agreement in 2015.

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First online conference with ASTAT project partners from the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, 2 November 2022

The first web conference with the project partners of ASTAT – Phase II took place on 02 November 2022. The purpose of the conference was to prepare the workshop meeting in Tharandt planned for the first quarter of 2023.

Figure 1: Participants of the first online conference with ASTAT project partners from the Republic of Kyrgyzstan 02 November 2022, @ Alina Nasibullina

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Welcoming Dominic – PhD candidate in Global-SDG-campus network

© D. Ahrens

Hi everyone, I am Dominic, I come from Hamburg, Germany. I joined the Chair of Tropical Forestry in October 2022 as a Ph.D. candidate under the DAAD-funded project “forestry curricula study tracks through a Global-SDG-campus network”. The project aims to develop higher education networks in teaching and research regarding forest-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the (sub-)Tropics. This is done in collaboration with four partner universities from Cameroon (University of Bamenda), Thailand (Kasetsart University), Bangladesh (Khulna University) and Argentina (National University of La Plata).

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Discussing the future of the institute’s research among the vineyards of Radebeul 

On the 13th of September 2022, the day dawned bright and clear in the city of Dresden. Members of the Chair of Tropical and International Forestry gathered in the vineyards of Radebeul to have an exchange of the newly established five research groups and to, obviously, delight in the wine and beautiful landscape. This meeting was a follow-up on the last general meeting of the institute in May 2022, where we reflected on the performance of 2021. The following describes the experiences by Lakshmy, an aspiring doctoral candidate in the institute.

Institute members in Radebeul (Copyright: S. Charmarkar)
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End of 2021 reflection and way-forward of the institute

Normally, towards the end of the year, we would reflect on the year to strategize for the future. The brink of the pandemic and restrictions at the end of 2021did not allow us to meet in person. Thus, we ended up having  our end of the year reflection in May 2022. We followed up our first institute workshop since Prof. Lukas Giessen has taken over the professorship since October 2020.  Our meeting took place at the rooftop of the Yenidze, a former tobacco factory downtown Dresden with a remarkable dome and a stellar view of the city. The venue was worth the wait.

A view of t he Yenidze building in Dresden (© C. Schusser)
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Fully funded DAAD scholarships for MSc in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden – Call for applications for 2023 intake

The call for applications for fully funded DAAD scholarships for studying MSc in Tropical Forestry has been open for a while now. We are still accepting last minute applications in order to have a competitive field of applicants. This now allows for a wider advertisement and circulation of the call itself. I would like to urge you to spread the word in your professional networks using social media posts using the attached poster. I would also appreciate it if you could share the following text for call for DAAD scholarships for intake 2023 via email with your professional network. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!


Final call for DAAD EPOS scholarship applications for MSc in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany

You are warmly invited to apply for a fully funded DAAD EPOS scholarship for studying Master of Science in Tropical Forestry with classes starting in October 2023. The course is taught in English language at the Technische Universität Dresden, one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence.

Since its inception in 1995, this unique 2-year master’s degree program has garnered international recognition through its focus on social, ecological and economic aspects of tropical forest management. This is an excellent opportunity to study in an international, intercultural, and dynamic working environment offered at the reputed ‘Chair of Tropical and International Forestry’ that offers integrated specialization in tropical ecology, forest and development policy and resource management. In our programme, you will learn from and work alongside a competent academic and research team, who will supervise your field research in international tropical or sub-tropical contexts. Drawing on a century-long expertise in forest sciences, our programme puts emphasis on the ecological, technical as well as social science dimensions in forestry. Special attention is given to the socio-economic as well as socio-political aspects during the education. At the end of the study program, interested graduates with outstanding merit will have a chance to enter our PhD program and join our team of researchers. You will also benefit from our competent alumni network of over 400 forestry professionals employed by some of the major national, international, intergovernmental, and private organizations around the world. Apply to join us!

Applications for DAAD EPOS scholarship applications will be accepted until 30 October 2022.

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  • Please click here for admission requirements at Technische Universität Dresden.
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