Two Egyptian researchers at Technische Universität München (TUM) have won the “International Space Station (ISS) Research Competition” in the US with their project Egypt Against Hepatitis C Virus (EGAHEP). As their prize, the two scientists will see the ISS crew perform experiments for the project on the space station free of charge. The project involves crystallizing two proteins of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) under microgravity conditions.
In the lecture “CERAMALEX - A database unlocking Ptolemaic and Roman pottery finds in Egypt” at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on 16 September 2014, Ms. Heike Möller (University of Cologne, Research Assistant) presented the interdisciplinary database CERAMALEX, a project aiming to organise archeological data on ancient Ptolemaic and Roman pottery finds in Egypt.
Dr. Sameh Soror, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Pharmacy - Helwan University and Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy in Berlin (GYA) was recognized at the State Awards Ceremony among the top Egyptian researchers in all fields of Science and Research. Soror was awarded the annual State Incentive Award 2013 in Medical Sciences by the Egyptian Ministry of Scientific Research and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology for the valuable research work he has conducted in the field of structural biology research and using protein structural knowledge for drug design.
DAAD alumnus Dr. Karim Fawzy has been recently awarded the State Incentive Award for Medical Sciences by the Ministry of Scientific Research and the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology for his outstanding achievements in research and science in Egypt. Currently Dr. Fawzy works as a lecturer for Oral Medicine and Periodontology at the Cairo University. He has rendered service not only to the Egyptian science, but also to the cooperation with German researchers.
On 19 of June 2014 over 200 guests attended the farewell of Dr. Michael Harms, the Director of the DAAD Cairo Office and the German Science Center (DWZ), who after four years of successful work in Egypt will return to DAAD headquarters in Bonn, Germany.
On 16 June 300 Egyptian doctoral candidates visited the special counselling event “Get your PhD in Germany” which was organized by the DWZ. DAAD and the four universities represented at DWZ (Freie Universität Berlin, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Technische Universität Berlin and Technische Universität München) presented scholarship opportunities and dozens of vacant PhD positions. In addition, professors from Germany offered special counselling to Egyptian PhD-candidates and presented different structured doctoral programmes.
15 science journalists of well-respected Egyptian newspapers like Al-Masry Al-Youm, Al Goumhorya and Al Ahram participated in a training seminar on Science Journalism on 10 June 2014. The German Science Centre in Cairo (DWZ) and Siemens S.A.E. organised the workshop in the context of the Siemens „Sci-Tech Journalism Award“.
13 young Egyptian researchers presented their ideas on 4 June at the DWZ and a prestigious jury selected one winner who will be send to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin on 8 November. The DWZ hosted the first of 22 Falling Walls Labs worldwide this year and had with the number of 71 applicants for the competition by far the highest number of applications of all Labs.
On 16 June the DWZ organizes the Special Counselling Event “Get your PhD in Germany” for outstanding Egyptian doctoral candidates. DAAD and the four universities represented at DWZ (Freie Universität Berlin, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Technische Universität Berlin and Technische Universität München) will present scholarship opportunities and dozens of vacant PhD positions. In addition, professors from Germany will offer special counselling to Egyptian PhD-candidates and present different structured doctoral programs. Registration for the event is mandatory.
The DAAD Cairo office held on 20 May 2014 together with the DAAD headquarter in Bonn a webinar on “Funding Programmes and Research Opportunities in Germany for Junior Scientists from Egypt”. The webinar attracted enormous interest and give the DAAD Cairo office new opportunities for the future to get in touch with and inform students and researchers who are interested in an exchange with Germany.
In the lecture “Digitizing historic Architecture” at the German Science Centre (DWZ) on 19 May 2014 Dr. Ulrike Fauerbach (ETH Zürich/DAI Cairo, Egyptologist and Building Archaeologist), Eman Shokry (BTU Cottbus, Architect), Salma Khamis (TU-Berlin, Architect) and Martin Sählhof (DAI Cairo, Egyptologist and Building Archaeologist) presented the open online access repository AEGARON on which architectural data on ancient Egyptian monuments are published. The lecture was the first one in the DWZ organised series "Digitalisation of Science".