The German Science Year 2016*17 “Seas and Oceans” as well as the Africa strategy of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research provide an excellent opportunity to organize an international workshop in Mindelo/Cape Verde to present and discuss the current state and future perspectives of marine and atmospheric research and academic education in West Africa. It will be jointly organized by the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and the National Institute for Fisheries Development in Mindelo (INDP). It aims at transforming existing bilateral cooperation structures into a larger international network and to develop it into a West African research and education center for marine and atmospheric research. The workshop will be structured into four main blocks and addresses the different topics in plenary as well as optional working group sessions. In addition, the participants of the workshop will be given the opportunity to visit the on-site research infrastructures, such as FS ISLANDIA and the atmospheric station CVAO. The workshop will bracket the opening ceremony for the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo. Also included is a reception onboard the German research vessel Maria S. Merian in the port of Mindelo.