Research Projects

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) brings together excellent Arab and German scholars to face shared challenges and develop solutions through research cooperation.

Tandem Project


Comparative Perspectives on Refugee Politics

How are Lebanon and Germany dealing with the phenomenon of mass migration and flight? How do media shape discourses about refugees? How could media empower refugees? AGYA members Tamirace Fakhoury and Carola Richter engaged in a teaching cooperation that gave Lebanese and German students the opportunity to jointly reflect on these questions.

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Tandem Project


Learning by Doing: Students Make Movies to Understand Arab Media

AGYA members Carola Richter and Hanan Badr pilot exciting, interactive modality for comparative media studies in which intercultural teams co-produce videos on Arab media systems for an open-access e-learning platform.

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Tandem Project


Eine Flucht in Bildern – Drawings of War and Flight

The art-meets-science-project ‘Drawings of War and Flight’ displayed works by Syrian artists Ayman Aldarwish and Nasim Kasem. In 39 drawings and one sculpture the artists document their flight from Palmyra in Syria across the Mediterranean Sea and the Balkans. The exhibition was accompanied by an academic lecture series.

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Meet our members

Lalla Btissam Drissi

Mohammed V University-Agdal Faculty of Science Department of Physics

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Bashar Ibrahim

Biology, Computer Sciences
Friedrich Schiller University Jena Institute of Bioinformatics Bio Systems Analysis Group

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Oliver Korn

Computer Sciences
Offenburg University of Applied Sciences Faculty Media and Information

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Henda Mahmoudi

International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)

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Key Activities


AGYA Annual Conference in Kuwait

'We look forward to the emergence of versatile networks between scientists from both sides, which can be translated later into active participation of young Kuwaiti researchers in AGYA, and in joint efforts to support scientific research between Kuwait and Germany in the framework of AGYA'. With this statement, H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamad Al Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, State of Kuwait welcomed the AGYA members on 22 April to their first Annual Conference in Kuwait.

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Combining Science with Entertainment: AGYA Science Comic Wins Science Outreach Slam

How to gain the public’s enthusiasm for science? In an AGYA contest on projects that engaged society with science, a group of Arab and German scholars presented their research at the 1st AGYA Science Outreach Slam in Kuwait. It was AGYA member, Dr. Jan Friesen, the co-author of the AGYA Science Comic Vol.1, who won the contest.

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Upcoming Events

Workshop ‘Performative and Performance’

10 - 12 Sep 2018

Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Verscio, Switzerland

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AGYA Connects Excellence in Research

How can we preserve cultural artifacts? How do young academics in Arab countries and Germany think about social robots in health care and domestic work? Find out more about the academy and the interdisciplinary collaborative research projects of the AGYA members!

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