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 Projects


Stimulating the Philosophical Dialogue: Two Anthologies in Arabic and German Language

Stimulating the philosophical dialogue between the Arab world and Germany: AGYA member Sarhan Dhouib together with his AGYA colleague Fayçal Djeffal pursue a project on ‘Voices of a New Enlightenment’. The project intends to compose two anthologies – one in Arabic and one in German language.

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Tandem Project


Youth Competition in the UAE: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Challenges in the 21st-Century

The “Entrepreneurship and Innovation Challenges in the 21st Century Forum” 2017 was an opportunity for Arab students to socialise and compete with their peers from other universities, engage with researchers and enhance their knowledge in the areas of their interest.

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Working Group Project


AGYA Transformation Group visits EU and NATO in Brussels

In December 2017 AGYA members visited Brussels to discuss current challenges for EU-Arab Cooperation with high-level representatives of the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament and NATO.

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Meet our members

Jan Busse

Political Science, Middle East Studies
Universität der Bundeswehr München, Institute of Political Science

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Vanessa Lux

Ruhr-Universität-Bochum Faculty of Psychology AE Genetic Psychology

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Henda Mahmoudi

International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)

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Carsten Montzka

Computer Sciences, Environmental Studies
Research Center Jülich Institute of Bio- & Geosphere: Agrosphere (IBG 3)

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Call for Membership 2018


‘Where creative ideas of young researchers are heard and turned into action’

Dr. Henda Mahmoudi, Tunisian Biotechnologist at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture in Dubai, joined AGYA in 2013 – the year of its foundation. Since then she has taken an active part in the life of the interdisciplinary academy: Together with her fellow AGYA colleagues, she has initiated a visionary research project fostering the scientific exchange on crop genomics between scientists in Arab countries and Germany. Currently, she is one of six members of AGYA’s Steering Committee, which coordinates AGYA activities carried out by its members.

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‘I have never cooperated as much with fellow Arab researchers as I have since I joined AGYA’

With this statement, AGYA member Professor Bilal Orfali opened the discussion on ‘Chances and Challenges of Interdisciplinary North-South-South Cooperation’ of the international AGYA Symposium on 5 March 2018 in Beirut.

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Upcoming Events

AGYA Annual Conference in Kuwait

22 - 25 Apr 2018

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS), Kuwait

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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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