For Visiting Scientists

All relevant information below is included here in our Guidelines for Visiting Scientists

Conducting Research on Bioko

The staff of the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) welcomes visiting research scientists and students. As part of the academic partnership between Drexel University and the National University of Equatorial Guinea (la Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial, UNGE), we are eager to facilitate your research and educational agenda.

Working within the confines of the BBPP means that you will be conducting research as a part of UNGE, a governmental body, which, in permitting you to conduct research on Bioko, asks for certain deliverables in return in an effort to increase the domestic knowledge base of Equatoguinean natural history. Additionally, there are many challenges inherent in efforts to successfully conduct scientific research on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. As a project facilitator, the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) aims to help you easily navigate these and any other responsibilities, concerns, or problems as they arise.

Equatorial Guinea is a very expensive country in which to work, and there is relatively little infrastructure. For example, bank transfers are slow and difficult, credit cards are not yet accepted by hotels, restaurants or retail establishments, and obtaining travel or research permits can take weeks. However, there are now several ATM’s in Malabo that take VISA cards and distribute Fcfa (the local currency) at a reasonable rate. The least expensive and most reliable way to get local currency on island is now through these ATM machines, although USD and EUR can be exchanged at multiple locations throughout Malabo. It is important to consider these issues as the only currency used on Bioko Island (including the BBPP) is the Fcfa. The charges and services listed in our guidelines reflect these realities. It is important to note that all fees are subject to change based on the current, on-island exchange rate and all associated bank transfer fees.

Please read our Guidelines for Visiting Scientists for a detailed list and description of all BBPP fees and services.

For more information on performing field research on Bioko Island and the costs and benefits of utilizing the BBPP infrastructure, please contact