During my PhD, I was involved in humanitarian action schemes in West Africa aiming to improve life quality by working in coordination with locals structures (associations, authorities etc). In 2001, I joined the laboratory of Rainer Pepperkok at EMBL with an EMBO Long-term Fellowship. In 2003, together with other enthusiast fellows I founded Adéquation Germany , an officially registered charity. The main focus of this charity is not to collect money but to recycle unwanted lab equipment which can then be sent to labs in Eastern Europe and Africa.
Since then, many universities, institutes and laboratories in 20 different countries have received equipment (22 tons).
Adéquation Germany has nowadays extended its network and work with five sister organizations (England, Canada, Ireland, Ivory Coast and Belgium).