From 20th of February (for about 4 weeks), the core fieldwork will take place within our joint activities of the project BIOCULT, together with our partners from Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia. Together with our colleagues and students, we will work on various topics in and beyond the church forests close to Bahir Dar. Activities will cover the two broad research fields, natural sciences and social sciences. These two areas will be represented by several thematic working packages, which will be supervised by experts from various European and Ethiopian institutions. The opening of this activity will take place at Bahir Dar University, with a two-days workshop. The program of the workshop is presented here.