A project by the Institute of Environmental Research (Institut für Umweltforschung; INFU) has been selected as one of ten funded projects out of 80 research proposals within the frame of the DAAD initiative “Welcome to Africa”. A yearly practical course “Environmental Microbiology” will be taught to the African and German students in the fundamentals of environmental microbiological laboratory practice. Thus, a microbiological lab will be established at the University of Yaoundé I in Cameroon. Sampling in the tropical rain forest will be prerequisite for research purposes and the practical course. The combination of teaching and research will be of great benefit for both the African and the German participants, concerning working procedures and intercultural exchange.