TU Dresden - Tropical Forestry Blog

Hello! …or in Thai: สวัสดีครับ [sa-wùt dee krúp]

My name is Marcel Starfinger and I joined the Chair of Tropical Forestry at the beginning of August. After spending almost three years in the very southwest of Germany, I am pleased to move to Saxony and to get to know this very eastern part of Germany better. In Freiburg, I completed my Masters and worked in the consulting sector on international forest and development projects. I am glad to start a new chapter here in Dresden together with my colleagues and supervisors Prof. Kapp and Dr. Benedikter. I thank them and all of the other colleagues for the very warm welcome and for giving me the wonderful opportunity to pursue further studies in this historic setting in Tharandt.

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Work-Life Balance of the Institute Team Members

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” This proverb is indeed universal and timeless. Among the busy schedule of the institute staff members, we strive to establish a culture of work-life balance. Working in research, teaching or projects, it is often that we have to sit for long hours on a daily basis. Hence, joint social activities with fellow colleagues is vital and enhancing our motivation.

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Excursion to Blockhausen (©Institute)

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Successful “Environmental Non-Migration” Conference at TU Dresden

“Staying or Migrating – What keeps people in their home areas despite environmental threats?” This was the guiding question of the first international conference “Environmental Non-migration: Framework, Methods and Cases”. It took place on 19-21 June 2019 at the TU Dresden, whereby it coincided with the “World Refugee Day” on June 20th.  The event has been jointly organized by staff of our Chair of Tropical Forestry, the Chair of Environmental Development and Risk Management, Chair of Business Administration (esp. Sustainability Management and Environmental Accounting) and UNU Flores.

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Conference participants (©Niloy)

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Natural Resources and Human Security – Participation in an Interdisciplinary Workshop

An international workshop on “Natural Resource Sector Reform and Human Security” on hosted by the Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate took place on 18 and 19 July in Landau at the University of Koblenz-Landau. Jude Kimengsi and Maxi Domke, both Postdocs, participated and presented on behalf of the Chair of Tropical Forestry.

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Bike excursion adventure vol. 2 – Wood chip gasifier for tropical countries?

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Wood chip gasifier in Zittau (©P. Aung)

Our master students participated in a bike excursion on July 1st – 6th 2019 as part of the module “Organization and Management Systems”. Along a track of about 220 km by the Neiße river at the border between Germany and Poland, various forests and forest organizations were visited. The blog post series, written by the students, reflect the impression and lessons learned. Read More

Bike excursion adventure vol.1 – How to manage a municipal forest?

Our master students participated in a bike excursion on July 1st – 6th 2019 as part of the module “Organization and Management Systems”. Along a track of about 220 km by the Neiße river at the border between Germany and Poland, various forests and forest organizations were visited. The blog post series, written by the students, reflect the impression and lessons learned.

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In the Zittau Town Hall (©P. Aung)

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