Three months of intense preparations by ITFC pulled- off a fantastic first-ever-international summer school to be hosted on its campus. The Volkswagen Foundation financed summer school attracted over thirty participants from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Germany, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) jointly organized the summer school with the Universities of Frankfurt and Giessen from Germany.
Participants were trained in practical research methods and techniques of freshwater ecology assessment. Participants also enjoyed several guided walks through the dense and rugged terrain of the beautiful Bwindi. Notable was a steep and a very wet walk to the Mubwindi swamp, where participants got soaked from an afternoon heavy downpour. Other visited sites included River Munyaga, which is located in the northern part of the park; only a few minutes walk from the national park headquarters. Participants collected water samples, which they carried back to the ITFC for laboratory analysis.
The international summer school was closed off in a fun style on Sunday, 8th December 2013 with entertainment from the Batwa cultural dance and drama group. The renown ITFC DJ, then wrapped up the evening with a variety of dance music that kept many glued on the dance floor till late. No wonder, several of the summer school participants described their eight-day stay at ITFC as “memorable”. Below is a pictorial highlight of the summer school events.
Participants preparing water samples for laboratory analysis
A participant at work in the ITFC laboratory
The Batwa cultural dance and drama group entertaining participants.
Yey, party time!!
The Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation will again be at the center stage later this year when it hosts an international summer field school. The summer school is jointly organized by Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), and the Universities of Frankfurt and Giessen from Germany. The Volkswagen Foundation finances the summer school.
Themed “Understanding Freshwater Ecology as the Basis for Sustainable Ecosystem Management”, the summer school will train graduate students in practical research methods and techniques of freshwater ecology assessment. The students will visit different aquatic sites in and around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Bwindi). The summer school participants will also visit the different Batwa communities around Bwindi.
Thirty-five participants including students and lecturers from Uganda, Germany, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania will take part in the summer school. The school, second of its kind, to be hosted at ITFC will take place from 01-09 December 2013. Below are pictures of some of the ITFC facilities which will be used by the summer school.
The student’s dormitory at ITFC
A well stocked library at ITFC
The ITFC herbarium
I will be following the summer school events very closely. Please keep visiting http://bwindiresearchers.wildlifedirect.org for real-time updates from the summer school.