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Innovation

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." (Buckminster Fuller).

New technologies and their acceptance in society nowadays are strong economic and social factors. Yet the transition from an idea to the final product and the adoption of new technologies are still a challenge, and it is essential to understand the interconnected processes to shape a sustainable culture of innovation. In order to achieve a common understanding of innovation and its impact on society, the working group intends to enable individuals as well as international institutions to support new technologies. The group also aims at identifying the best practices of innovation for establishing new forms of north-south cooperation.


Members in Charge

Kalman Graffi

Computer Sciences
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Faculty of Computer Science, Technology of Social Networks

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Oliver Korn

Computer Sciences
Offenburg University of Applied Sciences Faculty Media and Information

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Bassam Alameddine

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

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Younis Baqi

Chemistry, Pharmacy
Sultan Qaboos University Applied Chemistry Division

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Philipp Blechinger

Engineering
Reiner Lemoine Institute, Off-Grid Systems

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Ahmed Debez

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

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Djamel Djenouri

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

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Ahmad El-Guindy

Mathematics
Cairo University Faculty of Science

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Tamirace Fakhoury

Political Science
Lebanese American University, Department of Social Sciences

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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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Samir Lounis

Physics
Research Center Jülich Peter Grünberg Institute & Institute for Advanced Simulation

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Daniel Meyer

Engineering
University of Bremen Institute for Materials Science

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Dominik L. Michels

Computer Sciences, Mathematics
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

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Carsten Montzka

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

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Tobias Redlich

Engineering
Helmut Schmidt University/ University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg Institute of Production Engineering

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Marc Ringel

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

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Ahmad Sakhrieh

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

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Working Group Projects

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Smart Cities: Identifying Key Components for Green Transformation

The growing urbanisation trends in Arab countries and Germany call for a core strategy to transform cities into so-called 'smart cities'. We are looking at concepts, their implementation and potential for future solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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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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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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