Working Groups

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Energy, Water and Environment

Finite resources are a general and worldwide challenge. They range from the limited supply of fossil fuel to the availability of a clean and habitable environment, fresh water and food. The strategies to protect the environment and to reach a sustainable energy supply differ locally, from the governmental to the individual level in the Arab world and in Germany. The working group on Energy, Water and Environment assesses the public perception of current initiatives and develops recommendations for energy policies. On this behalf they consider the local needs in both worlds.

Members in Charge

Philipp Blechinger

Reiner Lemoine Institute, Off-Grid Systems

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Djamel Djenouri

Computer Sciences, Engineering
Research Centre on Scientific and Technical Information (CERIST)

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Ahmed Saad Gomaa Khalil

Materials Science
Center for Environmental and Smart Technology, Fayoum University

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Olfa Khelifi

Engineering, Environmental Studies
University of Tunis El Manar Higher Institute of Applied Biological Sciences

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All Working Group Members

Bassam Alameddine

Gulf University for Science and Technology, College of Arts & Sciences, Mathematics & Natural Science Department

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Nageh Allam

Engineering, Material Science
American University in Cairo, Physics Department

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Salma Balazadeh

Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

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Younis Baqi

Chemistry, Pharmacy
Sultan Qaboos University Applied Chemistry Division

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Ahmed Debez

Laboratoire des Plantes Extrêmophiles, Centre de Biotechnologie de Borj Cedria (CBBC)

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Skander Elleuche

Miltenyi Biotec GmbH

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Amro Babiker Hassan Eltayeb

Environmental Studies
National Center for Research Environment, Natural Resources & Desertification Research Institute

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Zeina Hobaika

Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Faculty of Life & Earth Sciences

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Ahmed Ismail

Damanhour University Faculty of Agriculture Department of Horticulture

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Samir Lounis

Research Center Jülich Peter Grünberg Institute & Institute for Advanced Simulation

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Carsten Montzka

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

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Tareq Osaili

Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics College of Health Sciences University of Sharjah

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Marc Ringel

Economics, Political Economy
HFWU – Nuertingen-Geislingen University, Faculty for Economics and Law

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Ahmad Sakhrieh

American University of Ras Al Khaimah Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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Working Group Projects


AGYA Members Explore Cutting-Edge Solutions for Smart and Sustainable Cities of the Future

What will the cities of the future look like? A joint project by two AGYA Working Groups pioneers innovative, interdisciplinary solutions to environmental and social challenges posed by our rapidly growing urban lifestyles, bridging knowledge between the Arab world and Germany.

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Smart and Sustainable Cities: Between Reality and Aspirations

Spurred on by economic and technological changes, smart cities are emerging. During a two day AGYA workshop in Rabat, Morocco, researchers from various domains presented their visions for the city of the future. This is a joint project with the AGYA Innovation group.

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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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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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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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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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