NAIROBI workshop on scientific publishing in Africa:Dissemination of Research Outputs in Africa

Mechanisms for Documenting and Disseminating Outputs
of Agricultural Research in Sub-Saharan Africa
CAB International Africa Regional Centre
12-14 May 2004 - Nairobi, Kenya

An Expert Consultation was co-organized with CAB International with the overall aim of developing a strategic vision for documentation and dissemination of agricultural knowledge and research in Africa.

Bringing the main information systems online

One of the most important goal in my new job was to bring the most importan work areas online, what was all achieved in 2000.

FAO online catalogue

The FAO documentation database has been published on the web with numerous links to the full text in the FAO document repository


The multilingual thesaurus AGROVOC has been published on the web, making it first time available for a broader public.

Transferring the processing of the Central AGRIS database from Vienna to Rome

The central AGRIS database had been produced in Vienna during the 90s by a group for more than 15 persons, who processed the incoming data before adding them to the database.
After the decision of taking away emphasis from data processing to capacity building, the AGRIS production was transferred to Rome. Part of the money saved by this operation was used to create positions in the field to support the capacity building fucntions. The challenge was, to go on with the production of the AGRIS database in Rome with incomparable less resources.

Development of Information Systems

„Sostanze Cancerogene"

an MS Access based relational database, containing data about toxicity, classification and evaluation of all substances classified as carcinogens by the European Community; Copyright AST, Dr. Johannes Keizer,


an MS Access based relational database for elaborating experimental data on the metabolism of various xenobiotics by rat liver microsomes, Copyright AST, Dr. Johannes Keizer,

Study of Biochemistry

From autumn 1983 to January 1989 I studied Biochemistry at 3 Universities in Hannover (Technische Hochschule, Tieraerztliche Hochschule, Medizinische Hochschule). After 2 years I passed my "Vordiplom" (kind of BSc) in Physics, Anorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Zoology and Botany. (Certificate).

In January 89 I passed the Diplom (equivalent to MSc) in the subjects Biochemistry, Biophysics and Zoology. (Certificate)