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African Dendrochronological Fieldschool

Kitwe, Zambia
Contact person
Justine Ngoma
E-Mail address
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Meeting Category


Date: 24 July - 2 August
Location: Copperbelt University, Kitwe, Zambia


Environmental challenges are adversely affecting Africa’s forest resources. The continent’s forest’s cover is estimated at 23% of total land area, offering a number of ecosystem services. Challenges affecting the forests also affect the services that these resources provide, subsequently affecting the continent’s economy and people’s livelihoods. Dendrochronology is one field of science that can help solve some of the environmental challenges. However, applications of Dendrochronology have been limited in Africa due to various reasons including limited number of experts to support the activities. Through the ‘African Dendrochronology fieldschool’, the training aims to impart basic scientific knowledge to participants on the techniques and application of tree-ring science to understand and solve various environmental problems affecting the forests. The training will focus on building skills in sample collection, preparation, and tree-ring measurements, cross dating, chronology building, and interpretation of results. At the end of the training, it is expected that trainees will be able to apply tree-ring science to construct climate trends, estimate forest’s productivity, and determine pollution patterns associated with various activities.

Target audience

The training targets graduate students, scientists, researchers, and forest managers from around the globe. Master and PhD students are particularly encouraged to apply. Previous experience in the field or laboratory-based tree-ring techniques is not required.

Important dates

Application opens: 20 February 2023
Committee’s review and response to applications: On a rolling basis
Closing date of receiving participation fees: 30 June 2023
Arrival date of participants: 23 July 2023
Departure date of participants: 3 August 2023


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Further information

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African Dendrochronological Fieldschool