Cooperation between ZEF and the University of Tokyo


Educational and research cooperation


Japan, Germany


ZEF and the University of Tokyo will strengthen and expand their longstanding partnership, especially with the International Program in Agricultural Development Studies (IPADS), by adding the Graduate School of Frontier Science as cooperation partner. Thus, the bilateral collaboration continues and grows with new staff and a mix of online and face-to-face academic exchange.

The institutes and their universities in Tokyo and Bonn are committed to enhancing and growing the collaboration, which will be formalized with an updated Memorandum of Understanding. The Rector of Bonn University, Professor Michael Hoch, will sign this document on his trip to Japan in 2023.

The cooperation started in 2016 and was initiated by Prof. Kensuke Okada (University Tokyo), Prof. Christian Borgemeister, Dr. Manfred Denich, and Dr. Günther Manske (ZEF) who both retired in recent months. Since 2022, the project is managed by Dr. Silke Tönsjost (BIGS-DR), Max Voit (BIGS-DR), Dr. Isimemen Osemwegie, Dr. Juliet Kamau.


Education, Exchange, Research.
Joint seminars.

Main Cooperation Partners

Main Funding Partners

University of Tokyo

Duration of the Project

Since 2015

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Silke Tönsjost

Dr. Silke Tönsjost


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