Research Projects

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) brings together excellent Arab and German scholars to face shared challenges and develop solutions through research cooperation.

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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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

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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Meet our members

Anaheed Al-Hardan

American University of Beirut, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies

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Amro Ali

Philosophy, Sociology
American University in Cairo

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Nageh Allam

Engineering, Material Science
American University in Cairo, Physics Department

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Enass Khansa

Arabic & Islamic Studies
American University of Beirut Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages

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Key Activities

Food for Thought: Dates as Superfood of the Sahel and Gulf, and Focus of Cross-cutting Arab-German Research Cooperation

More than a cultural heritage icon, dates are a source of sustenance, income and medicine across the Arab region. By exploring this versatile local resource from multiple angles and disciplines, AGYA members illustrate the benefits of the Academy’s cross-cutting approach.

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Job Vacancies

AGYA Job Vacancies

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) is currently searching for a Financial Officer. Application Deadline: 19 April 2020.

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AGYA Connects Excellence in Research

How can we preserve cultural artifacts? How do young academics in Arab countries and Germany think about social robots in health care and domestic work? Find out more about the academy and the interdisciplinary collaborative research projects of the AGYA members!

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