Attending a wedding in India is not what we imagined when we decided to study Tropical Forestry in Tharandt. But the opportunity to get to know people from all over the world brought us to a different longitude in the tropics. Each kilometer we flew meant it was the farthest we have been from our homes. The distance was not only perceived in kilometers, but in the cultural and landscape differences with our home countries, Colombia and Ecuador.
Not only that, but reencountering fellow foresters from the master program in such a unique environment seemed unbelievable to us. After an emotive and colorful wedding, uncountable temples, crowded cities, masalas and chapatis, we arrived to Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. A silent hidden treasure, that shelter a great number of rare species including threatened birds and a healthy population of tigers, the top predator of this ecosystem. Read More
The real impact of our MSc course “Tropical Forestry” cannot be detected and evaluated in the classroom, but in the personal and professional development of our previous students in their career steps afterwards. In the beginning of this year, we were happy to learn about an initiative of four of our Alumnis from Uganda. They formed a company named “Tropen Concept Group” to bundle their expertise and knowledge on Agroforestry for consultancy and project work. In the following interview two of them, Minsi Babeku and Vianny Ahimbisibwe, explained us their motivations, targets and which influence their MSc studies in Tharandt had on this activity. Read More
After its inception in October 2018, the PhytoWood-Synergies project is moving forward. A workshop and a field visit to the study village in Hawassa Zuria District took place in January 2019. Now we will cooperate with 5 female and 5 male farmers from Chefasine Kebele (village) who are willing to cultivate the selected species in their home gardens. Read More
I was invited to serve as a Regional Expert within the framework of the DAAD/DIES/University of Cologne ProGRANT Course in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The course, which is an initiative of the International Office of the University of Cologne, seeks to train and develop the Research and Grant Writing skills of scholars in the Global South.
Having been an alumnus of this course (Cameroon, 2015), I was selected to join the team of Regional Experts to assist in facilitating the course – a kind of teaching-learning experience! Read More
The international conference Tropentag calls for the submission of papers until May 1st 2019. This year’s theme is “Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources management”. It will take place in Kassel, Germany, 18-20 September 2019.
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.