The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA)

The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) is based at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and at the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT) in Egypt. It was established in 2013 and is the first bilateral young academy worldwide. AGYA promotes research cooperation among outstanding early-career researchers (3–10 years after PhD) from all disciplines who are affiliated with a research institution in Germany or any Arab country. The academy provides support and funding for the innovative projects of its members in various fields of research as well as in science policy and education. To date, AGYA members have developed and carried out more than 150 interdisciplinary projects in over 60 cities and 30 countries. The diverse projects have dealt with topics relevant to society, such as scarcity of resources, public health, migration, education and cultural heritage protection. AGYA is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and various Arab cooperation partners.

With the AGYA Project ‘Capacity Building in Modern Crop Science’, the AGYA members PD Dr. Salma Balazadeh and Prof. Dr. Bassam Alameddine team up to facilitate the participation of young researchers from Arab countries in ‘The 9th International Symposium on Plant Senescence: Capacity Building in Modern Crop Science’, and furthermore to strengthen their future involvement in upcoming research on crop biology. The project will offer the opportunity for young scholars from Arab countries to discuss recent scientific discoveries on a highly international level. Arab countries are in a situation where they must find ways to feed their growing population under the conditions of limited arable land, and under conditions of limited availability of water and other natural resources needed for agriculture. The symposium will offer a strong asset for achieving these goals. 

Interested in interdisciplinary Arab-German research projects? The Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) is currently looking for new members. Apply by 24 March 2019!

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