DAAD Cairo reveals a new success story for one of its Alumni
In 2015 a book was published by the Institute of Geosciences and Geography of the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg to break down language barriers and thereby help remove the difficulties arising within the context of exchanging science. DAAD alumnus Dr. Abdel Monem Soltan wrote the book together with the Managing Director of the Institute of Geosciences and Geography, Prof. Dr. Herbert Pöllmann. The objective of the publication is to provide basic information and the translation of technical terms on crystallography for both Arabic as well as German students. It includes a summary of symmetry principles regarding the 32 existing crystal classes, which is expanded by application examples of macroscopic forms of important minerals and additions to the general space groups. The realisation of the publication took place within the GERSS fellowship and is the outcome of the cooperation between the Ain Shams University in Cairo and the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg funded by the MOHE-CASM and the DAAD.
Dr. Abdel Monem Soltan’s successful academic career started and is still going on at Ain Shams University. As a postdoc, Dr. Soltan received three GERSS Fellowships in Germany at the Bremen University and the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. By that time, he was already a Lecturer of Applied Mineralogy at the Geology Department of the Ain Shams University, followed by his current position as an Associate Professor of Applied Geology. His particular areas of interest in the very broad spectrum of applied geology are the applied and environmental mineralogy aspects and the characterisation of the raw material for ceramics, refractories and building material. As he sees science and research as keystone to the future of Egypt, Dr. Abdel Monem Soltan himself focuses especially on educating the next generation of scientist. “The first step of building up any research community is to build up the scientific researchers first”, he said.
With his work, Dr. Abdel Monem Soltan not only contributes to research and the scientific relationship between Germany and Egypt, but also continues the mission of the DAAD by making way for exchanging science.
DAAD and the German Science Centre would like to thank him and is looking forward to more success and cooperation between Egypt and Germany.