Call for applications: Summer School -Assessment of Tropical Forest and Soil Resources19th – 24th of August 2024

About the summer school

At this summer school an international team of researchers will train African and European Scholars in assessing and analyzing tropical soil and forest resources as a tool for climate mitigation and food security projects.

Through a series of hands-on workshops, participants will get familiar with state-of-the-art tools and approaches for assessing land use change effects on plant-soil systems in tropical regions.

The practical works will be accompanied by introductory lectures on links and feedback between different soil biogeochemical cycles and vegetation focusing on how human intervention and global change alter these cycles. 

The summer school will be conducted in close cooperation with and at the venue of Kyaninga Forest Foundation (KFF) and Mountains of the Moon University (MMU) that are involved in forest conservation and restoration, as well as improving soil health and combating soil degradation on agricultural land. 

What can you learn in each workshop?

During the week of the Summer School each participant can visit two multi-day workshops from the following list (Lectures, excursions and networking events are joined by everyone!).

  • Workshop I: Assessing Depth-Explicit Soil Features using Percussion Drilling.
  • Workshop II: Using Low-Cost Infrared Spectroscopy in Soil Analyses.
  • Workshop III: Remote and Proximal Sensing for Soil and Vegetation Monitoring.
  • Workshop IV: Reforestation Implementation and Monitoring of Tree Establishment.
  • Workshop V: Measuring In-Situ Greenhouse Gas Fluxes Across Land Use Systems.

Who can apply? And is there support funding?

Open for PhD level researchers and technical staff 

Everyone can apply, but our main target group are East African nationals enrolled in national and international PhD and Master programs in Environmental and Agricultural Sciences as well as technicians at key institutions and holding a related Master degree. 

The summer school is open for up to 25 participants with the majority reserved for participants from African institutions.  

Support funding for partial and full funding of participation at the summer school including accommodation and travel costs is available for all scholars in need. Apply here! Deadline for Applications: 31st March 2024.

The organizers of the workshop will support you with all travel and participation related issues. Estimated costs for the workshop week including accommodation and travel arrangements without funds from our support program are estimated between 1500-3000 USD, depending on your travel route. 

Reach out to us for more details and questions concerning your eligibility for supporting funds at:

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