The aim is to bring these groups of people together and to inform them about current research results and developments at the Institute. Particular interest is given to former participants of developing countries at advanced training and education courses.
During a summer festival which takes place annually on the last Friday of June in the garden of the Institute, both the Institute and the VdF offer former employees and course participants the opportunity to get to know each other, to have professional discussions and to have an informal exchange between experienced and young tropical scientists. The festival is financed by earmarked donations, VdF exclusively serves scientific purposes.
The VdF is a non-profit association and is registered in the Hamburg Association Register with the number VR 4452. The statutes can be obtained here.
In connection with the summer festival, the General Meeting is held annually in the historical lecture hall. Every three years the members elect a Board of Directors. All VdF-members are eligible to submit proposals.