Research Projects

AGYA brings together excellent Arab and German scholars to face shared challenges and develop solutions through research cooperation.

Tandem Project

Saltwater plants as biomass for energy production?

Halophyte plants are able to survive in environments with high salinity levels. It is time to spotlight these tough survival artists – an interdisciplinary review by AGYA members Ahmed Debez (Biology), Skander Elleuche (Biology), Jan Friesen (Environmental Studies) and Carsten Montzka (Computer Sciences, Environmental Studies).

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Idea Competition


Are we ready for emotional interaction with social robots?

If social robots are becoming our pets and even our caregivers, we need to determine the technological, societal and ethical potentials and limitations of their usage. With a pilot study the project is aiming to define potentials and limitations of social robots in Arab and German societies.

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Working Group


Workshop on “Health in All Policies" in collaboration with WHO/EMRO

The AGYA Working Group Health and Society in collaboration with the World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (WHO/EMRO) conducted a workshop in Cairo on ‘Applying Health in All Policies (HiAP) Approach to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals’.

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Meet our members

Salma Balazadeh

University of Potsdam Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

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Anis Ben Amor

University of Tunis El Manar Higher Institute of Humanities Department of Applied Languages

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Fatima Kastner

Law, Sociology
Institute for World Society Studies Bielefeld University Faculty of Sociology

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Bilal Orfali

Arabic & Islamic Studies
American University of Beirut Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages

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AGYA Newsletter 1/2017 out now!

How do AGYA members support young math talents in Qatar? What is the aim of the idea challenge 'Make a Difference'? And: How do AGYA members address challenges in health and society? Find the answers in our current newsletter.

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Call for Membership 2017


Apply Now to Become AGYA Member

Joining the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) means becoming part of a community of the best and brightest young researchers from Germany and the Arab World. Apply until 2 April 2017 for AGYA membership!

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Dialogue ‘with the Other’, Not Research ‘on the Other’ – The Need for a More Intensive Maghrebi-German Cooperation

Reflecting two different disciplinary and academic contexts, Algerian nanophysicist Samir Lounis and Tunisian philosopher Sarhan Dhouib discuss the opportunities and challenges of Maghrebi-German cooperation.

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