Higher Education Institutions and Natural Science Museums participating into to the project.



University of Florence, Italy

The University of Florence is one of the oldest and largest Academia in Italy, which offers 126 degree courses to about 50,000 students, awarding an average number of 9,000 diploma per year; it counts more than 1,800 lecturers and 1,600 research assistants and offers 15 international programmes awarding joint or double degrees, as the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems (TROPIMUNDO). The University is the lead partner of the CONTAN project.

Project contact

Prof. Francesco Rovero


European Partners


MUSE – Science Museum of Trento, Italy

MUSE – Science Museum of Trento is one of the largest in Italy and counts about 500,000 visitors per year, 75% of whom are tourists from outside the region. Since its foundation, it has reached 50ML €/year as induced positive impact on local economy. Up to 230 staff members (160 with university degree) it covers all areas from Education to Audience Development, from Research to Scientific communication and Museography. It is a cultural institution for citizen and visitors, supporting associations, education activities and life-long learning.

Project contact

Dr. Massimo Bernardi


Natural History Museum of Denmark, Denmark

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and is thereby one of the oldest universities in northern Europe. It has six Faculties and counts 37,500 students and 9,000 employees – including some 5000 scientists. The Natural History Museum of Denmark is the national museum for nature and a Scientific Department in the Science Faculty at the University of Copenhagen. The museum has approx. 200 employees and do research, teaching and public engagement. The museum holds the national natural history collections, including some 14 mio objects/specimens and 9000 species of living plants in its Botanical Garden. Collections are considered research infrastructure, and as such they are used by researchers worldwide.

Project contact

Prof. Nikolaj Scharff


University of Bayreuth, Germany

The University of Bayreuth has more than 13,000 students per year, between 2,000 and 2,500 degree-holders and 170 to more than 200 PhD students per year. It has a staff of more than 2,500 persons including lecturers and research assistants. Although only founded in 1972, the University is among the top-ranking institutions in Germany (36th among the 1400 universities around the world considered in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2020).

Project contact

Dr. Claudia Hemp


Tanzanian Partners


College of African Wildlife Management – Mweka, Tanzania

Established in 1963 by College Act. 8 of 1964, the College of African Wildlife Management of Mweka provides technical and professional training in African Wildlife and tourism management as well as Consultancy and extension services. The College is a pioneer institution in the field of wildlife management training and research in Africa and it is also recognized as a Centre of Excellence by the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Counts over 88 employees, 42 Academic staff and 46 supporting staff.

Project contact

Dr. Emanuel Henry Martin


University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is the oldest university in Tanzania, starting in 1961 as the University College of Dar es Salaam and being granted a special relationship with the University of London. It later became a Constituent College of the University of East Africa in 1963 and in July 1970, the University of Dar es Salaam was formerly established by Act of Parliament No. 12 of 1970. USDM has 2 constituent colleges, 5 campus colleges (including College of Natural and Applied Sciences – CoNAS and College of Agricultural Sciences & Fisheries Technology), 4 Schools, 5 Institutes (including the Institute of Resource Assessment (IRA) and a workforce of about 3,366 employees.

Project contact

Dr. Catherine Aloyce Masao


Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania

Sokoine University of Agriculture is a public University located in East Central Tanzania which focuses on Agriculture and aligned Sciences. It has 6 Campus, 5 Colleges, 1 School, 3 Directorates, 30 Academic Departments and counts 700 staff members and over 14,000 students.

Project contact

Dr. Charles Joseph Kilawe

Research centers - field training

Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre

The mission of the Udzungwa Ecological Monitoring Centre is to promote and facilitate biological research and monitoring in the Udzungwa Mountains to increase the understanding of the area and gather information to develop more effective conservation management and community education plans, as well as improving long-term conservation of the National Park and surrounding protected areas.

Nkweseko Scientific Station, Kilimanjaro

The scientific station undertakes and facilitates biological research, educating Tanzanian and International PhD and MSc students, planting indigenous trees via NGO TanzMont and raising awareness of environmental issues. Located at 1750 mt in the Machame area at the lower border of the rain forest at the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, it is a scientific station founded in 2005 and hosts two major research units (KiLi Project 2010-2018 and Kili-SES starting 2021, first phase till 2024) and numerous small projects, being a reference for the education of more than 65 students to bachelor, master and PhD levels in the frame of the KiLi project.


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