Working Groups

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

Ali Elgayar

Engineering
University of Benghazi Faculty of Engineering

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Oliver Korn

Computer Sciences
Offenburg University of Applied Sciences Faculty Media and Information

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Mahmoud Abdel-Hafiez

Physics
Goethe University Frankfurt, Institute of Physics

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Bassam Alameddine

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

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Shadi Albarqouni

Technical Sciences
Technical University Munich & ETH Zurich

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Abdelhamid Younis Alhassi

Engineering
University of Benghazi, Faculty of Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department

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Nageh Allam

Engineering, Material Science
American University in Cairo, Physics Department

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Dhoha AlSaleh

Social Sciences
Gulf University for Science and Technology

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Nadia Bahra

Archeology
University of Constantine 2, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Archaeology

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Anis Ben Amor

Literature
University of Tunis El Manar, Higher Institute of Humanities, Department of Applied Languages

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Philipp Blechinger

Engineering
Reiner Lemoine Institute, Off-Grid Systems

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Sonja Buxbaum-Conradi

Social Sciences
Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg, LaFT

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Djamel Djenouri

Computer Sciences, Engineering
University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

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Zeina Hobaika

Biochemistry
Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Faculty of Sciences

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Ahmed Saad Gomaa Khalil

Materials Science
Fayoum University and Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST)

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Enass Khansa

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

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Lando Kirchmair

Law
Bundeswehr University Munich, Institute for Public Law and Public International Law

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Lilia Makhloufi

Architecture and Urbanism
Ecole Polytechnique d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme (EPAU)

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Dominik L. Michels

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

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Marc Ringel

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

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Amr Rizk

Computer Sciences
University of Duisburg-Essen Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems Networks and Communication Systems Group

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Lilia Romdhane

Bioinformatics-Genetics
University of Carthage, Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte, Department of Life Sciences

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Eleanor Scerri

Archeology
Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

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Working Group Projects

Social Robots – Our Companions of the Future?

Out now! The new science comic on social robots has just been released. What are the current technological advances in the field of artificial intelligence? How do these affect health, education, and the labour market? Learn more about these questions and solve a thrilling crime story!

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Portable STEM Labs: AGYA moves Science

The mobile AGYA STEM lab visits schools in rural areas in Egypt inviting young high school students to conduct chemical and physical interactive experiments. The project increases access to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for high school students in geographically remote regions.

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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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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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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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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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