IPADS – ZEF Joint Coursework Initiative


IPADS invited Dr. Manfred Denich, Senior Researcher of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn from 11 to 21, September.

Dr. Denich is a specialist in Land-Use Systems, Biodiversity and Sustainable use of Biological Resources. He gave a 4 days lectures for IPADS Introductory course for the newly enrolled IPADS students as well as other participants who are interested in international agricultural development from the Faculty of Agriculture and the Graduate school of Agricultural and Life Sciences.


The subjects of the lectures were:

  • Introduction to development research, inter- and transdisciplinarity,
  • Introduction to forest-based land-use systems/agroforestry,
  • Cases of agroforestry in US
  • Alternatives to slash and burn agriculture in the Eastern Amazon region of Brazil

   – From research to action (case study)

  • Conservation and use of wild coffee in the montane rainforests of Ethiopia

   – From research to action (case study)

  • Reflections on scientific collaboration between the global north and south.


Dr. Denich said: “I enjoyed teaching these young people from different parts of the world. Working with them was very inspiring as all of them very actively contributed to the joint discussions and this way shared their knowledge and experience among themselves. Also, the IPADS program and ZEF’s doctoral studies program are partly complementary, partly even synergistic. So, I am looking forward to a fruitful further collaboration of IPADS and ZEF.”

Dr. Kensuke Okada, Professor and IPADS Director commented “The lectures he gave were quite relevant for the new students to focus their attention to the reality and possibility of the sciences in the development regions. He enthusiastically talked from his wide experiences in Africa and South America, and the students were enjoying the discussions.”

Dr. Denich’s lectures took place under the IPADS-ZEF joint coursework initiative, a ZEF-IPADS strategic partnership in research and education established under collaborative agreement signed on December 2015 between ZEF and IPADS.





➡ Dr. Manfred Denich profile page