The FALCONESS-project is about scientific questions related to sustainable urban development in Africa. The link between engineering and scientific topics with socio-economic aspects is a core element. Subjects of study are Lagos, Dar es Salaam, Cairo, Johannesburg and Accra. The Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung and the University of Lagos in Nigeria take over the project coordination. Further partner institutes are University of Ghana, Ain Shams University in Egypt, University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, as well as Technical University of Munich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, University of Bayreuth, and Fachhochschule Düsseldorf all from Germany.

The topic of the joint framework is sustainable urbanisation and the objective is to create future oriented and sound pan-African networks with German partners in order to trigger durable change processes initiated by female leadership and based on research and science. The international scientific exchange requirement is emphasised by enabling PhD and MSc students to visit foreign research institutes to link up with international research networks.

Each project partner brings in specific competences and networks.

Person and gender Expertise/roleNetworks and multipliersInstitution
Prof. Risikat, O. S. Dauda
fEconomic expertNigerian Economic Society, Lagos Studies AssociationUniversity of Lagos (UNILAG), Department of Economic Sciences, Nigeria,
Dr. Wolfram Schmidt CoordinationmNetworkerRILEM, fib, ACCTA, ISEE-Africa, AEEA, PACE-PTS, UN Env. GLOBE ConsensusBundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM), Germany
Yetunde Oyebolaji AbiodunfLocal resource expert University of Lagos (UNILAG), School of Civil and Environmental Eng., Nigeria
Prof. Ghada BassionifRole modelIUPAC, NEF, Fulbright, Global Young AcademyAin Shams University (ASU), Egypt
Nonkululeko RadebefIntercultural and interdisciplinary commuterRILEM, ISEE-Africa, Lindau Alumni NetworkKarlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Prof. Fatma MohamedfUrban expertArch. & QS Surveyors Reg. Board (AQRB), Eng. Edu. for Sust. Cities in Africa (EESC-A)University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Tanzania
Mareike Thiedeitzf„Grass roots“ activistSoroptimist, Forward Step, TUMsania  Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany
Dikeledi Maboea-LyimofSocial-Engineering-LinkRILEM, ISEEUniversity of the Witwatersrand (WITS), South Africa
Prof. Gesine SchiewerfCommunicatorDAAD, Partnership Bayreuth-Benin-Togo-GhanaUniversität Bayreuth (UB), Germany
Prof. Judith ReitzfStudent mobiliserACCTA, SEED + Pacific Rim Network, DAAD, DesignBuildXchangeHochschule Düsseldorf (HSD), Germany
Dr. David Dodoo-ArhinmFundamental scientistAfr. Crystallographic Society, African Lightsource ProjectUniversity of Ghana (UG), Ghana