Our emphasis throughout the network is on cross-cutting integrative science to help develop a new generation of scientists with diverse interests and cross-disciplinary skills. We are also fostering the development of young scientists, botanists and field technicians in the developing regions where we work, providing interactions and opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them.
- Within the network many of our partners are training a number of post-doctoral associates and PhD students from Latin American countries, in Brasil, the U.K., Netherlands, and France, providing significant opportunities for young researchers to start and establish their careers, and eventually move into research leadership;
- An already completed project led by RAINFOR researchers (Pan-Amazonia funded by the European Union) has provided field and analytical technique training to more than 40 Masters level students at Manaus and Caxiuana (Brazil) and Santa Cruz (Bolivia), and developed two-year guided research projects for 9 Masters and PhD students from Brasil, Colombia, and Peru;
- The regular RAINFOR and AfriTRON-supported field campaigns to monitor permanent forest plots throughout the basin provide further experience to young, national scientists at different levels of scientific expertise. Manuals for field methods have been translated in Spanish and Portuguese and are freely available online.