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Bundesamt für Naturschutz

Fellows and Alumni

100 young professionals from 28 countries have taken the opportunity to participate in the 18-month Klaus Töpfer Fellowship Programme, since its start in 2012. The alumni form an active network today.

Alumni Network

An important aspect of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme is its active network of about 100 alumni from 28 countries. The Alumni network opens up opportunities for cooperation between alumni, their institutions, the programme countries, German institutions, trainers and mentors as well as strategic partners.

Alumni activities are planned and implemented jointly by fellows and the organizers of the programme.

Alumni reunions are an important element of the alumni network. Three alumni meetings have taken place so far, in 2015 and 2017 in Germany, and in 2019 in Georgia. Participants continued learning on management skills by attending advanced level trainings, e.g. on media skills, negotiation and conflict resolution. They also engaged in peer coaching, reflecting their professional situation and the framework conditions for nature conservation within regional subgroups.

Alumni are also already involved in the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme as mentors for the transfer projects of the current fellows and as ambassadors for the recruitment of further fellows.


Andrea Strauss
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