Research Projects

Joint Research Across Disciplines and Regions

AGYA supports high-quality research jointly conducted by Arab and German scholars across a broad range of disciplines and regions. The interdisciplinary research projects contribute to the development of innovative academic approaches and new networks and yield valuable scientific results that are presented in a diverse array of conferences, workshops, publications, and policy briefs. Arab and German exchange (North-South cooperation) plays as much a role as collaboration between scholars from different Arab regions (North-South-South cooperation). Within AGYA, the members structure and realize their projects in three different funding formats: as a ‘Working Group Project/Meeting’ ‘Tandem Project’ or ‘Idea Competition’.

Tandem Projects
The tandem projects offer the opportunity to carry out joint research projects and academic exchange on a bilateral level. Under this format, one Arab and one German member of AGYA work together. Within this close collaborative partnership, the members can intensively learn from and with each other, beyond their disciplinary boundaries.

Working Group Projects
To date, AGYA members have established six thematic working groups. During their meetings, the working group members discuss, develop, and implement new interdisciplinary research projects that address the following topics: Arab and German Education; Common Heritage and Common Challenges; Energy, Water and Environment; Health & Society; Innovation and Transformation. In Working Group Projects under these headings, several Arab and German AGYA members jointly tackle questions of common concern through an interdisciplinary approach, with a focus on enhancing North-South-South cooperation.

Idea Competition
In the framework of the idea competition, the most innovative ideas and projects are awarded by the AGYA members.

Since 2016, more than 100 projects have been implemented, including 36 Working Group Projects and 67 Tandem Projects. These projects have taken place in more than 40 locations in 18 countries: Austria, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.


2018

Idea Competition

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Exhibition: 'Arab and German Tales – Transcending Cultures'

The Arab and German Tales exhibition at Qatar National Library (QNL), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), which opened to the public on 17 April 2018, traces how some of the best known tales from both Arab and German – and wider Western – cultures developed from common roots, splitting over the centuries to reflect the societies that adopted them.

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Idea Competition

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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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Tandem Project

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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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Tandem Project

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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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2017

Working Group Project

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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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Tandem Project

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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

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Media Transitions and Cultural Debates in Arab Societies: Transhistorical Perspectives on the Impact of Communication Technologies

Digital technologies have affected literature and culture, their authors and audiences. So has the transition from oral to script culture – many centuries ago. The AGYA conference explores the impact of ‘new media’ on modes of cultural expression and debate cultures in Arab societies.

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Working Group Project

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Math on the Next Level: AGYA’s 2nd Math Olympiad Camp

Reaching the next mathematical level – That was the proclaimed goal of the 50 students and 50 teachers who participated in the 2nd AGYA Math Olympiad Camp in Doha from 23 to 25 November 2017. Solving mathematical challenges by learning new problem-solving techniques and mathematical concepts was at the heart of the camp.

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Working Group Project

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Math as a Global Factor: International AGYA Panel Discussion

Mathematics as a global factor of connectivity and social development – With this notion in mind, the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) together with Texas A&M University at Qatar organized an international panel discussion in Doha on ‘Mathematics and Internationalization: Innovative Approaches in Research and Education’ on 26 November 2017.

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Working Group Project

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Project: Twinning for Innovation

The project is located at the interface between science and society and aims at the establishment of transnational initiatives for technology and knowledge transfer on the grassroots level.

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Working Group Project

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Nanotechnology Applications in Energy, Environment and Health: Benefits and Potential Risks

Nanotechnology is a novel and emerging field with many chances and benefits yet also with many potential risks. The international AGYA workshop from 31 October to 3 November 2017 brought together experts in Rabat, Morocco, to debate benefits and challenges of nanotechnology applications.

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Working Group Project

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Dynamics of Cultural Impact: Arab and German Cultural Heritage of Zanzibar

The history of the Apfelstrudel cannot be told without taking a look at the history of cultural exchange and trade between Zanzibar and Germany in the 19th century. A conference explores contemporary and interdisciplinary aspects of Cultural Impact and Cultural Heritage with a focus on the “case study” of Zanzibar.

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Tandem Project

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Workshop 'Buddha: The Story of a Christian-Muslim Saint'

In July 2017, AGYA Members Bilal Orfali and Kirill Dmitriev brought together academics from different disciplines to discuss the peregrination of the biography of Gautama Buddha in time, space and imagination.

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Tandem Project

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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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Working Group Project

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Refugee Transfers in the Euro-Arab Mediterranean Zone: Tying the Past with the Present

AGYA members Tamirace Fakhoury and Jenny Oesterle organized the international AGYA workshop on ‘Refugee Transfers in the Euro-Arab Mediterranean Zone: Tying the Past with the Present’. The workshop took place from 10 to 12 April 2017 at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Byblos.

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Working Group Project

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AGYA Workshop on “Health in All Policies: An approach to achieve Sustainable Development Goals in the Eastern Mediterranean Region” 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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Working Group Project

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Training Course on Solar Energy

More than 500 students have applied to the open call for participation in the course. 20 applicants have been selected. They were trained inter alia in Solar Radiation and Thermal Systems; Pyranometar and Solar Path Finder; Photovoltaics; Polysun Software or Solar Desalination.

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Working Group Project

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Connecting Science and Society: AGYA Math Olympiad Camp

The Math Olympiad Camp of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) in Doha/Qatar from 29 January to 2 February 2017 provided an enriching experience for youth participants with an interest in mathematics.

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Tandem Project

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Tunisia at the Crossroads: Media and Politics in a Changing Region

The Tandem Project "Tunisia at the Crossroads" aims to analyze the relations between politics, media, and socio-economic factors in order to define the role of media and public sphere in emerging transformation processes. The study scrutinizes the media agenda building effects from 2008-2011.

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Working Group Project

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Twinning for Innovation Workshop in Jeddah

Delivering an easy access to robust and easy-to-handle means of production, FabLabs provide an enormous potential to be nuclei for enhancing and initiating innovation capabilities at a grassroots level. Preliminary results of the project Twinning for Innovation were presented and discussed with Arab and German FabLab representatives during a workshop in Jeddah.

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Tandem Project

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Cross-Cultural Exchange via Translation - Tandem Translation Workshop for Students from Germany and Tunisia

To experience the ambiguity of literary texts and the limitations of translatability AGYA members Barbara Winckler and Anis Ben Amor brought together German and Tunisian students in a translation workshop.

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Working Group Project

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Women in STEM Education and Career Pathways

Women face diverse challenges when they pursue an engineering education and when they decide to apply for engineering careers, both within the academia and in the private sector. Educational constraints, cultural norms and prejudices influence opportunities and choices. The workshop aimed to increase interest in engineering among women in STEM education, while raising awareness about engineers' contributions to the community.

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Tandem Project

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Saltwater plants as biomass for energy production?

Saltwater plants as biomass might be a future source of energy – 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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2016

Working Group Project

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Dynamics of Change: Media and the Public Sphere in Egypt

Although the Arab region has been marked as stagnating, the regional dynamics evolving since 2011 have launched processes that are reshaping the political, social and cultural landscapes. Media is influenced by and affects this process. The conference offered the opportunity to discuss relevant issues to the media in times of transformation and conflict.

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Working Group Project

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Food Security, Migration and Climate Change

Food availability, food accessibility, food utilization and food systems stability are strongly linked to dimensions of climate change and its effects. The workshop brought together AGYA members and high ranking experts to discuss the links between food security, migration and climate change.

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Working Group Project

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AGYA Working Group Meeting in Tunis

The meeting of the Arab and German Education working group took place from 22 to 26 November 2016 in Tunis, Tunisia. The AGYA members discussed "Educational Reforms: Inclusiveness, Interdisciplinarity and Progress" with renowned international experts.

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Tandem Project

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Conference: 'Tangible and Intangible Heritage of Maaloula' at the University of Tübingen

The conference at the University of Tübingen (7 to 9 November 2016) organized by Ammar Abdulrahman and Jens Scheiner brought together experts from Syria and Germany to discuss the tangible and intangible heritage of the village of Maaloula.

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Tandem Project

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A New Wave of Populism in Europe and the Arab World

The current success of populist movements and politics is not limited to Germany and Europe. It is rather the symptom of times of crises on both sides of the Mediterranean. The conference aims to understand and compare different forms and concepts of populist politics. The Working Group seeks to explore the current situation of civic institutions facing politics labeled as populist.

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Working Group Project

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Insatiable Appetite: Food as Cultural Signifier

Referring to Early Modern European banquet culture, Mikhail Bakhtin described the act of eating as an "interaction with the world". The conference aims at exploring this kind of interaction while analyzing cultural as well as scientific ramifications of food and foodways in Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Working Group Project

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Migration and Transnational Cooperation

The Working Group "Arab and German Education" contributes substantially to the analysis of challenges and potentials related to migration. Therefore, a conference aimed at identifying best-practices and mutual benefits of migration in the framework of higher education cooperation.

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Working Group Project

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Hot Encounters: Glass Blowing and Glass Art in the Middle East and Europe

Glass Blowing is believed to has been originated in the region of Syria in the 1st century BC, and rapidly spread throughout the ancient world. The Working Group has decided to bring attention to the cross-cultural elements of this fragile material.

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Working Group Project

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Working Paper Series: "Academia in Transformation"

The working paper series “Academia in Transformation” aims to provide an insightful and illuminating view of the transformation of the academic landscape in the aftermaths of the uprisings in the MENA region.

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Working Group Project

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Arab and German Perspectives on Controversially Perceived Technologies and Subjects

The project aims at reflecting upon current controversies in the Arab world and Germany on the use of different technologies regarding Nature Conservation, Wastewater Treatment, Climate Engineering, Solar Energy and Biomass Usage.

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Idea Competition

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'Academics in Solidarity'

'Academics in Solidarity' is a peer-to-peer mentoring program that gives excellent researchers the opportunity to effectively support refugee scholars through academic counselling, systematic network building, and administrative assistance.

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2015

Working Group Project

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Fluid Nature, Fluid Cultures: Malta and the Mediterranean

The island of Malta was not only the thematic focus of this conference, but also the place of event. The organizers Prof Julia Hauser and Prof Jens Scheiner have realized an innovative conference format: investigating Malta as a physical and cultural space by visits to actual sites related to the conference topics.

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