Welcoming Dr. Menfese – a guest scientist from Ethiopia


Dr. Menfese in WoodCluster Field School, Tanzania 2018 (©Domke)

Hi, my name is Dr. Menfese Tadesse and currently I am a guest scientist at the Chair of Tropical Forestry. I am a staff member of Hawassa University, Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources, Ethiopia. I am involved in teaching, research and collaborative projects such as WoodCluster and ClimEtSan (a project on climate smart agriculture with the Forschungszentrum Jülich Institute of Bio- and Geosciences Agrosphere).


What is your mission in Tharandt at the Chair of Tropical Forestry?

Wondo Genet College of Forestry & Natural Resources (WGCFNR) of Hawassa University has been implementing a capacity building project known as ’National Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Capacity Building towards Climate Resilient Development in Ethiopia’ funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Ethiopia.

The project comprises number of outcomes and output, among which, strengthening staff capacity of WGCFNR is one. The project provides financial support for sabbatical and research leaves of selected senior staff of the college. I am one the staff members who is granted a scholarship for research leave. I am currently doing a review article on mainstreaming climate change adaptation in watershed projects. In addition, here I am also involved in the WoodCluster project and other activities of the institute.


Dr. Menfese (center) facilitating a discussion with village members in WoodCluster study site, Ethiopia 2019 (©WoodCluster)

The Chair of Tropical Forestry, Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products, TU Dresden has a long history of collaboration with Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources. The recent and ongoing collaboration project is WoodCluster. The project manly has two components, research and training & education. I am in charge of coordinating the training and education.

We are working on developing new or elaborating existing courses and preparation of Training of Trainers for wood processors and lecture notes on wood bio-economy for postgraduate programs. As one of its objectives, the research component (field work and on farm research by students) aims at linking research outcomes into the teaching as problem solving approach which is useful to provide feedback related to the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching.

What are your future perspectives?

I would like to do what I am doing right now; I enjoy my work and contribute to the best of my abilities and experience.

What are your first impressions from Dresden and Germany?

I was in Dresden, Germany a couple of times. The first time I was in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1987. At the time, I have 24 hours transit visa while travelling to Sweden. Germany is one of my favorite countries and that is why I chose Germany for my research leave. Dresden is beautiful city, nice people and interactive (I cannot speak German and use body language). In the institute, I have observed strong working relations among the staff members, who work cooperatively.

By Menfese Tadesse

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