Tropentag 2019:

Filling gaps and removing traps for sustainable resources management

September 18 - 20, 2019,
organised by
Universities of Kassel and Goettingen, Germany


Friday, 20th September 2019:

all excursions will start at 14:00h. Exact meeting place will be communicated later. Each excursion cost EUR 12,-

Hessian State Farm Frankenhausen

The Hessian state farm Frankenhausen is situated in the Hofgeismarer Röt-depression near Kassel, a valley favoured by agriculture. The 320-hectare farm was leased from the University of Kassel in 1998 and has been managed ecologically ever since. Almost 40 hectares are used for agricultural field trials. The state farm holds 100 dairy cows of the dual-purpose breed Schwarzbuntes Niederungsrind. The cows, their offspring, and the farm's own bulls live in a spacious barn with cubicles and deep litter. The milk goes to the `Upländer Bauernmolkerei' (diary farm with 100% organically certified products) for further processing. There are also 670 laying hens living on the farm. The arable farming serves the fodder basis and the production of market fruits such as cereals, potatoes, and carrots. Families from the region can cultivate their own plots with vegetables and spices.

University of Kassel's Tropical Greenhouse in Witzenhausen

Banana in greenhouse Witzenhausen

The Faculty of Ecological Agricultural Sciences of Kassel University runs this agro-botanical garden as a training, research and demonstration facility. On 1200 m² the greenhouse shows about 380 plant species of agricultural, horticultural and industrial importance. The plants are displayed as micro crop stands to show agricultural use. The visitors can explore monoculture-and intercropping systems as well as home gardens from different continents. Students have the opportunity of putting horticultural techniques into practice, gaining valuable experience with tropical and subtropical crops in a botanical working place. Scientists conduct research work under controlled environment in the climatic chambers. The greenhouse offers information about agricultural, ecological and social aspects related to plant production. Special opening hours give the public the chance to see the large collection of plants.

Göttingen - City of Science - Tour]

Göttingen, situated 45 km North-East of Kassel, is known worldwide for its old Georg-August-University. The history starts with the creation of a library in 1734 and the founding of the University three years later. Due to the large number of Nobel laureates who studied, taught or researched in Göttingen, the city also has the nickname `city that creates knowledge'. For example Carl Friedrich Gauß, one of the most distinguished mathematicians in the history, was a professor of Astronomy in Göttingen.
Our walking tour in the lively historic city centre, enclosed by the remains of the mediaeval town wall, will show you how the university is integrated in the city life. Göttingen's landmark is the Gänseliesel figure on the fountain at the market square in front of the Old Town Hall. All new doctoral graduates from the University traditionally kiss the cheeks of the statue after passing their examination. This makes her `the most kissed girl in the world'.
Join our sightseeing city tour and discover the stories, secrets, and sights of the city.

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Bergpark Willemshöhe

Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe is a landscape park in Kassel, Germany. The area of the park is 2.4 square kilometres (590 acres), making it the largest European hillside park, and second largest park on a hill slope in the world. Construction of the Bergpark, or `mountain park', began in 1689 at the behest of the Landgraves of Hesse-Kassel and took about 150 years. The park is open to the public today. Since 2013, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Edible City - Essbare Stadt

Logo Essbare Stadt Kassel

The project edible city (Essbare Stadt) exists since 2009 in Kassel as non-profit association. It was the first initiative under this name and has inspired a growing number of cities with its concept. With actually more than 100 members the association works on the development of a lively and productive urban landscape in the context of urban gardening. With a lot of honorary commitment and pleasure in gardening and networking they run the establishment and maintenance of community gardens, offer opportunities for participation in organic vegetable cultivation in the city, plant nuts and fruit trees together with people from the city districts, maintain old three orchards, organise joint harvesting and preserving activities, besides workshops and activities like cooking together.
During the excursion a joint project of the `Essbare Stadt Kassel' will be visited - a community garden project near the main university campus. The stroll to the garden will reveal the district and its neighborhood as well as plants growing in the garden. The participants will hear about the gardens histories, its organisation and maintenance, and will may use time afterwards to relax and picknick in the garden.