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.

Working Group Projects


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 will be 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 aims 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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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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Members in Charge


Skander Elleuche

focuses on gene fusion techniques, enzymatic biomass degradation, protein and intein engineering and bioenergy. Currently he is working on his research project on environmental friendly degradation of biomass using tailor-made biocatalysts from extremophiles.

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Jan Friesen

is Researcher at the Department Catchment Hydrology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental
Research - UFZ in Leipzig. His research interests include eco-hydrology, remote sensing and sensor development. With his research on the use of unconventional water resources, in particular the Dhofar cloud forests in Oman, his activities are strongly linked to the GCC region.

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Ahmed Saad Gomaa Khalil

works as Senior Research Scientist at the Egypt Nanotechnology Research Center of the Cairo University. The main research interests of the physicist are solar driven desalination systems, water purification/desalination membranes and printed electronics as well as the development of teaching programs.

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