African Research Workshop on Natural Products Research 2019, 01 September 2019, Innsbruck, Austria

During the next annual congress of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Products Research, a Workshop to promote natural products research conducted in Africa will be organized. Aim of the "African Research Workshop on Natural Products Research 2019" is to present and discuss natural products related research and to stimulate the dialogue between African scientists.

For further information visit the website of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Products Research (!

Symposium „Access and Benefit Sharing – Sustainable Use of Biodiversity” - 4th July 2019, 2-6pm

To kick off the DAAD-funded project on Access and Benefit Sharing – Sustainable Use of Biodiversity, we would like to invite you to a symposium to discuss the sustainable use of biodiversity in developing countries. This project aims to link the global interest in the protection and sustainable use of biodiversity (based on the regulations of the Nagoya protocol) to the university-based promotion of entrepreneurship. In order to achieve this, the project will facilitate the development of curricula for entrepreneurship promotion modules in biodiversity-related master programs at our partner Universities Makerere University in Uganda and IRGIB-Africa University in Benin.

During the symposium, we will discuss the Nagoya protocol and the resulting related access and benefit sharing aspects. Various experts will give input on how biodiversity is or can be used as a resource for business model creation and ultimately for the socioeconomic development.

We will end with a panel discussion on the role that higher education institutions can play in promoting entrepreneurship and business model development in order to generate economic incentives via conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in line with the Nagoya Protocol.

Universität Leipzig
Room Seminar room SR 8
Grimmaische Straße 12
04107 Leipzig

International SEPT Program, University of Leipzig
IRGIB-Africa University, Benin
Makerere University, Uganda

International Workshop "Ethnomedicinal Abundance of Western Africa - Understanding and preserving the Value of Regional Traditional Natural Medicines", 05-10 February 2018, Cotonou, Bénin

In order to promote the ethnomedicinal abundance of Western Africa and elaborate practical solutions to preserve the traditional medicinal knowledge, leading scientists from Africa and Europe have gathered within an international workshop "Ethnomedicinal abundance of Western Africa - understanding and preserving the value of regional traditional natural medicines" at the IRGIB-Africa University Campus in Cotonou, Benin, from 05-10 February 2018. This workshop was sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation and jointly hosted by the University of Leipzig and the IRGIB-Africa University. The event was divided into a main workshop and a training session for young scientists (Young Researchers Camp).


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Partnership symposium: Leipzig – Cotonou, West Africa (06. Juli 2017)

The partnership between Leipzig University and IRGIB-Africa University (Benin, West Africa) is marked by regular academic and cultural exchange between the two universities. Joint research programmes focus on the documentation and evaluation of the indigenous traditional medicinal knowledge of Western Africa and the promotion of its integration into the existing regional health system.

To acknowledge the long-term partnership between our two universities, we organized this Partnership Symposium, which focused on the joint application of natural healing methods and medicinal plants. The purpose of this symposium was to highlight common grounds and differences within the traditional medicinal practices in our two cultures and to discover joint research fields. 


letzte Änderung: 09.10.2019