« Knowledge builds bridges »

 Presentation of the Centre


2008: Prof. Simo receives the Reimar-Lüst Award from Alexander von Humboldt and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation

  • The Reimar-Lüst Prize as the culmination of a career at the same time, the impetus for cooperation with the Thyssen Foundation, which promises funding opportunities for future projects

2010: Foundation of a research center as the basis of this new collaboration. Science Council and first steps already implemented in 2010.

2012: Ceremonial opening of the building of the DAW Center by the Cameroonian  Minister of higher education and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany.

  • Financing of the construction by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.


  • The implementation of projects in cooperation with German institutions.

The education and supervision of African and German students (coordination of exchanges). For example, the project "Welcome in Africa".

  • Promotion and assistance of international science and culture through the initiation and participation of German-African transdisciplinary research teams.
  • Promotion of cooperative knowledge production, creation of an interface for academics, researchers and research institutions, corresponding with German guest researchers and exchange between students.

Running of the Centre

  • An international science council
  • 01 Mathematics Laboratory under the direction of Prof. Mama Foupouagnigni, granted by the Humboldt Foundation
  • A working group in the fields of biotechnology and health care under the direction of Prof. Wilfried Mbacham
  • Hosting of the AGNES office (African-German Network of Excellence in Science) until Dec. 2014
  • Research sponsoring and supervision at Yaoundé I University (inviting international foreign professors, conferences organisation ...)

Example of own projects:

  • Project of digitization of German colonial archives in Cameroon.

Example of projects in cooperation with other institutions:

  • The project Alumni-Denkfabrik for culture, Education and development, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institute, the DAAD, and the GIZ (since 2012) and the main topics are Mobility, Migration, Urbanization and Living together.
  • Partner universities in Germany: Leipzig, Bayreuth, Munich (LMU), Paderborn und Bremen.