International Training Centre
for Environmental Research

ITCER e.V. (2017) and ITCER Kenya (2018) are non-profit, privately sponsored partner organisations in the tertiary education sector, focusing on scientific research, teaching and outreach in an international training centre in Siaya County in Western Kenya (see Location)


East Africa’s natural ecosystems are rapidly degrading due to unsustainable exploitation and mismanagement resulting from an unprecedented human population increase combined with land use practices that are not sufficiently adapted to the adverse effects of climate change. Identifying solutions to the environmental problems requires a new class of managers with practical skills that enable timely identification and assessment of current and emerging indicators of unsustainable land use practices, which lead to land degradation.

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Organizational Structure

ITCER is a regional organisation, registered in Germany (e.V.) and Kenya as an international NGO. Both, ITCER Kenya and ITCER e.V. has a Board of Directors comprised of elected Board members. These Board members include representatives from Kenya and other international experts from different countries. ... more

Members and Memberships

The members of ITCER Kenya and ITCER e.V. have so far been recruited mainly from members of Egerton University, University of Eldoret, JOUUST, and Maseno University (Kenya), of University of Bamenda (Cameroon), furthermore of University of Bayreuth, University of Hohenheim, Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, and Hochschule Karlsruhe (Germany), as well as of institutions dedicated to environmental diagnostics, environmental protection, and public relations (BIO-Diverse, SNSB IT Center, Stiftung Pfennigparade (all Germany) and others).

ITCER e.V. and ITCER Kenya themselves will become partners and members in other organisations, which will be listed here.

ITCER’s Role

To offer high quality, use case-based training in environmental sciences for postgraduate students (MSc and PhD level) from Kenya and neighbouring countries. ... more

Environmental Science Research and Training

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: integrate sustainable management of natural to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services for community livelihoods and human well-being.
  • Climate Change: facilitate regional mechanisms for assessing and addressing the impacts of climate change and promote grass-root actions to build community resilience.
  • Sustainable Agriculture: work with communities to promote sustainable agriculture.

Strategic approaches

  • Engaging strategic partnerships with leading players ... more
  • Development of a regional reference centre ... more
  • Partnering with and empowering grass-roots community-based groups ... more


Many higher education curricula focus more on theoretical aspect and have a gap in teaching of practical skills in newest methods. ITCER will fill this gap ... more

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Recent Publications

The activities within the framework of ITCER research are resulting in first publications: ... more


Educational Concept and Planning

ITCER bases its educational programme on lecturers mainly from Germany, but not exclusively, who voluntarily share their specific expertise in particular state-of-the-art methods used in environmental research to students from Kenya and its neighbouring countries. ... more


The envisaged academic learning programme is three-fold, as we will offer

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  • One-day educational seminars ... more
  • Selected scientific talks ... more
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Examples of Training Courses

ITCER courses offer training and skills in the fields of vegetation science and conservation, plant pathology and parasitology, omics-driven microbial ecology, soil science and hydrology, biological informatics and data management, GIS-analysis and remote sensing.

  • Biodiversity and Conservation ... more
  • Soil and Water Conservation ... more
  • Plant Pathology will address mycology, bacteriology and nematology. ... more
  • Environmental Data Management ... more

Apply for a Course

(Functional as soon as training courses are announced)


Membership and Donations

ITCER welcomes everyone interested in contributing to the training and communication of environmental science relevant for local communities in East Africa. ... more

Photo Gallery

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Main Building 25.11.2021

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Water tanks 09.02.2021

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Water tank tower 25.05.2021

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Building I 25.05.2021

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ITCER staff to start activities 14.11.2020

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Veranda 20.05.2021

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Secretary room 20.05.2021

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Office 20.05.2021

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Seminar room 08-10-2021

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Laboratory 12-11-2021

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Demarcated plots on site 09-10-2021

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Measurement devices on site 09-10-2021

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Insect hotel on site 24-04-2021

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Water pond on site 27-11-2021

Hostels nearby

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The ITCER facilities are developing with time. While the plot of land was purchased in 2016 and construction of the first building (hosting lab and seminar room) started in June 2018 (both financed via private financial means), the final finishes to the building are expected for mid-2022. ... more



ITCER is placed in Ng’iya along the road leading to Nyang’oma Kogelo. As such it is located in Siaya County in Western Kenya, 60 km by road from Kisumu at Lake Victoria (see Site map).

The location is characterised by a developed public infrastructure (transport, water, electricity). The site can be reached by public transport, and internationally from the airport in Nairobi with domestic flights to Kisumu. ITCER is placed in proximity to diverse natural ecosystems such as savanna, rainforest, and wetlands, which serve as training grounds for the field work.



A non-profit association according to the German law
Seat of the association in Bayreuth, Germany
Registered by Amtsgericht Bayreuth in July, 2016

Raabestraße 3
95444 Bayreuth, Germany
IBAN: DE02 7735 0110 0038 0896 11


A non-profit NGO according to the Kenyan law
Seat of the association in Siaya, Kenya
Registered by NGO Coordination Board Nairobi in September, 2017

P.O. Box 300
Siaya 40600, Kenya