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’.


2020

Working Group Project

AGYA Book Project ‘The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Arab World and Europe’

The edited volume shall include a multi-disciplinary collection of articles that tackle questions with regard to the general situation of public health and the overall crisis preparedness in Arab and European countries; actual impacts of COVID-19 on governance, and societal responses to the pandemic as well as regional implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Working Group Meeting

The Standing and Understanding of Scholars in Society

Scholars’ efforts to provide scientific advice for evidence-based crisis management throughout the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020 have sparked public debates on the role of researchers in political decision-making and the society as a whole. How does research influence political decision-making? What role are societies ascribing to researchers? How are researchers communicating their findings to the public?

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Tandem Project

Body Fat Management & Obesity Prevention: The Case for Action

Obesity is a growing health concern in Kuwait. According to the World Health Organization, Kuwait is ranked amongst the top countries in the world with a prevalance of obesity of 37% among adults. This AGYA project raises awareness in the Kuwaiti society for a healthier lifestyle.

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Tandem Project

Brigitte Schiffer: Letters from Cairo, 1935-63

German-Jewish composer, journalist and musicologist Brigitte Schiffer gives vivid insights into her professional experiences as a teacher and music journalist in Cairo in the 1930s-60s. In this project, her letters from Cairo are translated from German into Arabic.

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Tandem Project

Engineered Natural Killer Cells as an Effective Cancer Immunotherapy

Cancer is a disease of global concern, with high incidence of occurrence in both developed and developing countries. Although novel technologies have always been sought for treatment of cancer, most of them were not able to provide a complete cure from the disease yet.

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Tandem Project

Bioactive Properties of Dates: Linking Traditional and Regenerative Medicine

Date palm fruits possess high nutritional and therapeutic value with significant antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-proliferative properties. This project will focus on the date fruit extracts and their benefits in individual health promoting conditions with a focus on their anti-cancer activities.

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Working Group Project

From Waste to Energy: Conversion of Agricultural Waste to Value-Added Fuel

Energy scarcity motivates applied research to find alternative sources for fuel. In this regard, biogas is considered a sustainable and effective renewable energy source.

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Alumni Project

Jurassic System of the Arabian Plate: Sedimentological Studies of Northern Iraq

Through sedimentological and petrographic analysis, the project investigates the Jurassic system in Northern Iraq aiming to integrate the results in a broader regional paleographic reconstruction.

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Alumni Project

Studying History in the Historic Town of Kufa

With which professional aim do students study history at the University of Kufa? What challenges do they face studying history in post war Iraq? This project will take a closer look to identify a roadmap for possible cooperation between German and Iraqi Universities.

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Tandem Project

Tunis Encounters: Migration in Aesthetics and Literature

Whilst migration is often discussed in terms of crises, the project explores the aesthetic and literary forms as well as the creative potential of translocal/transcultural encounters that occur when people leave their home country or place of origin.

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Tandem Project

Exploring New Therapeutic Potential in Treatment of Liver Cancer

The novelty of this research project lies in the formulation of hybrid nanoparticle systems for loading natural drugs to maximize its anticancer activity. The project focuses on the preparation and physicochemical as well as pharmacological characterization of these nanoparticles on liver cancer cell line.

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Tandem Project

Simulation of Genomes from Arab and German Datasets

The free and public availability of real human genome datasets and/or benchmarking methods for genome and mutational analysis is incomplete and limited due to general donor privacy policies or the lack of reference datasets, respectively. In order to better analyse, validate, and understand genomic data and diseases caused by DNA mutations (e.g., cancer), it is therefore required to test the project datasets and model all variants, reflecting known biology as well as DNA-sequencing artefacts.

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Tandem & Alumni Project

Functional Materials for Health

Future energy technologies will place increasing demands on materials performance. Many applications that are used in healthcare or water purification require materials capable of operating under extreme temperature, pressure or corrosive conditions. Functional materials are two-dimensional crystalline materials consisting of a single-layer of atoms (e.g., graphene), which are considered to be eligible for such usage.

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Tandem Project

Facing the Facts on Tremulous Grounds – Analyzing Social Science Research on Political Dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa a Decade after the Arab Uprisings

One decade after the first protests of the Arab Uprisings, academic assessments of the region’s political dynamics require a critical re-evaluation. In January 2020, a group of 21 Arab, European and US-American scholars came together to debate the state of international social science research on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

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2019

Tandem Project

Materials by Design

One possible solution to the worldwide increase in energy consumption lies in the use of superconducting materials in energy applications. In this project high-quality single crystals of the superconducting material “YbRh2Si2” and „LiMnPo4” were designed and tested under extreme conditions.

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Tandem Project

International Conference: ‘Regional Human Rights Systems from a Comparative Perspective’

The protection of human rights is as much a global and national concern, as it is a regional effort. However, despite universal reach of human rights, there are still many regional challenges, like protection gaps or the lack of enforceability. The international conference ‘Regional Human Rights Systems from a Comparative Perspective’ in Florence/Italy addresses these problems by looking at regional human rights mechanisms in Europe, America, Africa and the Arab world to identify their respective strengths and weaknesses.

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Tandem Project

Contemporary Women Philosophers in Arab Countries. Intellectual Portraits

The lecture series ‘Contemporary Woman Philosophers in Arab Countries. Intellectual Portraits.’ sees itself as an intellectual and philosophical contribution to a necessary international debate on the representation of Arabic-speaking women philosophers in international academic discourse.

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Alumni Project

International Workshop: Advanced Applications of Emergent Materials

Major steps in the evolution of mankind were commonly caused by innovative technological developments. Based on that our daily lives have mainly changed to be easier and safer due to supportive devices, helpful machines and other facilities that have been invented. However, the integration of emergent materials and their advanced applications into that process is a new variable and subject of an international AGYA workshop in Morocco.

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Alumni Project

Local Media vs National Media in MENA: A Roundtable on the Role of Local Media in the Context of Transition and Fragile Statehood

What is the role of media in the context of transition and fragile statehood? Do local media provide new spaces for civic engagement? With a certain focus on the countries of the MENA region, a public roundtable discussion with high-profile media experts, practitioners and researchers debated these questions at MiCT on 13 December 2019.

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Tandem Project

Make a Difference ‘Hackgrothon’

The agricultural hackathon ‘Hackgrothon' in Hamburg aimed to foster a collaborative and intensive involvement of people during a one-week development sprint. As an interdisciplinary AGYA research project , the ‘Hackgrothon’ pooled participants from diverse fields of studies, such as engineering and social sciences.

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Tandem Project

Emergent Materials & Water-Energy Nexus: Concepts, Methodologies and Future Applications

The demand of water and energy is globally increasing. Both sectors are closely interlinked: All types of energy production consume water either to process the raw materials, constructing and maintaining the plant, or to just generate the electricity itself. The development of new technologies in this area is driven by emergent materials. Therefore, the workshop combined both and was part of a practical training course for Arab and German students.

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Working Group Project

Destruction/(Re-) Construction: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in Conflict

Ruins have often captured human imagination and, in one way or another, they have been inscribed in a community’s history, cultural memory, or local lore. But where does this captivating quality of destroyed or decayed buildings come from? Members of the AGYA Working Group Transformation invited international experts to discuss the cycle of the creation and decay of architectural heritage from a transcultural and diachronic perspective.

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Tandem Project

Looking Back to the Future: Exploring Cosmopolitanism as a Transcultural Phenomenon

In September 2019, fifteen participants from six countries met in Berlin for the first of two interdisciplinary AGYA workshops on the meaning of cosmopolitanism, tracing its intellectual history and mutual influences in Western and Islamic traditions, both past and present.

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Working Group Project

How to Elaborate Interdisciplinary Courses in Arab and German Universities

Given the complex global challenges, research cooperation across disciplines is more crucial than ever. The AGYA training workshop in Amman on ‘How to Integrate Interdisciplinary Courses in Arab and German Universities’ in August 2019 brought together Arab and German university instructors to explore the concept of interdisciplinary course curricula.

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Tandem Project

Phi’s Research and Innovation Summit 2019

Phi’s Research and Innovation Summit 2019 (PRIS'19) is an annual gathering of more than 1200 Jordanian and Arab young scientists. Under the moto ‘Connect for Science’, this year’s summit aimed to provide an environment for networking and collaboration between academics, professionals and emerging scholars from various backgrounds in the Arab world and Germany.

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Tandem Project

Secrets and Secrecy in Late Antiquity, Byzantium, and Early Islam

Secrets and secrecy are key features in late-antique, Byzantine, and early Islamic literature. They can manifest as hidden knowledge or sanctity, as disguise or the veiling of intentions, as the creation of new identities or even as alternative modes of existence. An international AGYA conference investigated the role of secrets and secrecy in a diachronic and interdisciplinary way from 26 to 28 July 2019 at the University of Bamberg.

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Working Group Meeting

A Digital Commons: Governance of Smart Mobility Data

Would you be willing to give away your private data for a 5-minute ride on an e-scooter? The participants of the AGYA workshop ‘Governance of Smart Mobility Data’ were critical in this regard! Within the workshop, Arab and German scholars discussed feasible solutions to simplify the safeguarding of private data whose collection and management is mainly driven by the private sector.

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Tandem Project

Solar4Food

This is the prototype of the solar-powered date dryer! It was constructed in Berlin as a collaboration between AGYA members Amro Eltayeb, National Center for Research in Sudan, and Philipp Blechinger, Reiner Lemoine Institute Berlin, in cooperation with the ‘Energieseminar’ of the Technical University Berlin.

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Working Group Project

Abundant Data - Are there Smart Solutions for Energy and Environment?

How can we understand changes in climate patterns, environmental conditions and in our use of resources? Big data experts and scientists from various fields highlighted current advances and future trends in environmental, sustainability and energy studies using state of the art methods of soft computing and data mining. The AGYA workshop took place at Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technology, Rabat, Morocco from 18 - 19 July.

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Working Group Meeting

A Journey Towards Active Methods in Higher Education

‘I had heard of different active methods of teaching before, but this is the first time that I have learned how to put them into practice with my students’, summarizes Dr. Mohamed Abdelwaheb Yousfi, workshop participant from Tunis, his beneficial experience in the training workshop on ‘From Traditional to Innovative Active Methods in Higher Education’ in Djerba, Tunisia from 05 – 08 July 2019.

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Tandem Project

Empowering Women in Agriculture Through Interdisciplinary Exchange

Fifty agriculture sector stakeholders from 16 countries exchanged experiences at an interdisciplinary conference on women in agriculture organized by AGYA in collaboration with and held at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture in Dubai.

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Tandem Project

Historians and Historical Research at Iraqi Universities

The status quo of academic historical research in post-war Iraq is widely unknown to the German and European research community. The AGYA Tandem Project ‘Historians and Historical Research at Iraqi Universities’ now investigates this blind spot. It is the first AGYA project with a regional focus on Iraq.

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Tandem Project

The 9th International Symposium on Plant Senescence

How can we understand aging processes in plants to increase crop yield and improve agriculture? World leading experts and biologists from over 15 countries presented and discussed their latest research on the topic of plant senescence. AGYA member Dr. Salma Balazadeh co-organized the symposium in Berlin from 01 to 04 April and invited Arab researchers and students to the event as part of the project ‘Capacity Building in Modern Crop Science’.

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Idea Competition

Raising Awareness for Rare Diseases

28 February 2019 was the 12th international Rare Disease Day. On and around this day hundreds of patient organisations from countries and regions all over the world held awareness-raising activities – AGYA was one of them. By organising an international conference in Tunis, AGYA members contributed an opportunity for a transnational exchange about best practices and innovative approaches between Arab and German scholars, medical professionals, civil society and patient organisations.

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Tandem Project

North-South-South Exchange and Research Cooperation on Crop Genomics in the Face of Climate Change

AGYA members and the Academy’s broader network play a prominent role in driving Arab-German research cooperation and North-South-South knowledge exchange on crop genomics with key implications for plant resilience in the face of stressors connected to climate change.

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2018

Working Group Project

Gender Equality in the Arab World and Germany: Challenges and Prospects

AGYA members organized an interdisciplinary conference on ‘Gender Equality in the Arab World and Germany: Challenges and Prospects’ in Fez, Morocco on 29 November – 03 December 2018, in cooperation with the ISIS Centre for Women and Development.

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Working Group Project

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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Working Group Project

AGYA Fellowship in Translational Research

How to translate basic scientific research into medical innovations that are ripe for the actual market? A product-centered, interactive training program was provided as AGYA’s first fellowship in translational research from 17 - 21 November 2018 at the American University in Cairo (AUC).

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Working Group Project

Interdisciplinary International Workshop: ‘The Area Studies Controversy Revisited’

The persistent need to revisit the so-called Area Studies Controversy (ASC) from multiple disciplinary angles guided a workshop titled “The Area Studies Controversy Revisited”. By taking the Middle East as its example, the workshop attempted to revisit the ASC, take stock of the debate and exchange innovative ideas in order to yield new perspectives.

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Working Group Meeting

Promoting Maternal Health in Arab Societies

AGYA invited experts from over 10 countries to Beirut to discuss the challenges and solutions in the field of Maternal and Reproductive Health (MRH) in September 2018. The experts focused on gender dimensions of medical issues causing maternal mortality as well as the social and economic factors affecting the health of girls and women in vulnerable communities. The conference was organized by AGYA in cooperation with the Saint Joseph University of Beirut (USJ) and the Global Health Next Generation Network (GHNGN).

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Tandem Project

Tunisian Students Replicate Open Source Hardware in a Month-long Workshop in Germany

AGYA supports new model of interdisciplinary cooperation and North-South-South knowledge exchange, demonstrating how FabLabs and the open source movement can decentralize high-tech production and pioneer new forms of innovation and value creation.

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Tandem Project

Techniques of Active Pedagogy in Higher Education

'Towards an effective learning experience for both instructors and students' was the theme of the AGYA 3-days workshop conducted on active pedagogical techniques used in the higher education Jordan, Egypt, Germany, USA, and Malaysia. The international workshop took place at Mutah University Jordan in October 2018.

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Tandem Project

Language, Identity and Cultural Exchange: Early Arabic Studies in Europe and the Middle East

From St Andrews to Venice and Kazan, from Beirut to Rome and St Petersburg: AGYA members Kirill Dmitriev and Bilal Orfali revisited the foundations of Arabic Studies in Europe and the Middle East through investigating yet unstudied archival material at universities and research institutions in Scotland, Italy, Germany, Russia and Lebanon.

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Tandem Project

Mediterranean Agriculture: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Historical Developments and Future Visions

Urbanization, climate change and poor resource management policies are jeopardizing the agricultural potential of the Mediterranean region. AGYA members and international experts addressed these challenges in an interdisciplinary conference in Barcelona in November 2018. Presented solutions ranged from improved organic farming to genetic modification and even agriculture in space.

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Working Group Project

Intensive Practical Training Course on Nanobiotechnology

How can we make postgraduate students fit for the newly created jobs in the field of nanotechnology? Members of the AGYA Working Group Arab and German Education organized an ‘Intensive Practical Training Course on Nanobiotechnology’ to equip postgraduates with knowledge in both state-of-art technologies and practical application of nanotechnologies.

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Working Group Project

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'. Together the AGYA Energy, Water & Environment, and Innovation groups are looking at concepts, their implementation and potential for future solutions from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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Working Group Meeting

Learning Lessons on Reconciliation from Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Working Group Transformation explored opportunities and pitfalls of reconciliation politics in post-conflict countries in Bosnia and Herzegovina in September 2018 together with guests from the Arab world and Europe.

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Tandem Project

International AGYA Panel on ‘Science Education and Experimental Pedagogies’

The International AGYA Panel on ‘Science Education and Experimental Pedagogies’ on 11 October 2018 in Tunis at presented best practice examples for using active pedagogical techniques and discuss opportunities, challenges, and prerequisites of implementation in different contexts and countries.

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Working Group Project

International AGYA Conference ‘Impact of Education on Employment: Cases from Germany and Arab Countries’

Towards more jobs by leveraging the level of education and strengthening the collaboration between academic institutions and industry: Feedback and recommendations from the AGYA Working Group Meeting in Tunis in May 2018.

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Tandem Project

Comparative Perspectives on Refugee Politics

How are Lebanon and Germany dealing with the phenomenon of mass migration and flight? How do media shape discourses about refugees? How could media empower refugees? AGYA members Tamirace Fakhoury and Carola Richter engaged in a teaching cooperation that gave Lebanese and German students the opportunity to jointly reflect on these questions.

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Idea Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Tandem Project

AGYA International Bilingual Summer School Practicing ‘Blickwechsel’: Entangled Perspectives on Theory, Arts and History in the Field of Arabic Literary Studies

Exchange & change in academia: Cooperation between scholars of Arabic literature based in Germany and the Arab world has increased in recent years. However, they still mostly act in separate spheres, due to epistemic, linguistic and practical reasons. The AGYA Summer School aims to promote the bilingual exchange of academic knowledge, a change of perspectives, collaborative knowledge production, and academic self-reflection.

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Working Group Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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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