Science café aims to promote a scientific discussion around relatable and relevant topics and to break down barriers between scientists and the public. It is also to provide opportunities to the public to engage interactively with scientists and diminish miscommunication around scientific topics.

Preserving Egypt’s Cultural Heritage

Egypt’s Cultural Heritage 

One reason behind damage to heritage is owed to lack of awareness in the community in general and non-involvement of people in the process of conservation. 

In August 2019, we discussed how Egyptians lived, millennia before the pyramids were built, in our science café, highlighting some important sites in Upper Egypt that host historic relics, session presented by Dr Joanne Rowland from Edinburgh University and Dr Doaa El Sayed from the Ministry of Antiquities

A conversation took place around Egypt’s great heritage and the tremendous efforts undertaken around the preservation of our cultural heritage in Upper Egypt, session presented by Dr Ilona Regulski from British Museum

The science café took place in collaboration with Children’s University

Watch this video to learn more about our work on cultural preservation in Upper Egypt

Innovative approaches for wastewater treatment and re-use

With population growth, climate change and increased urbanization, managing water consumption is an important objective for governments globally.

In September 2019, British Council ran a discussion around innovative approaches for wastewater treatment and re-use, in light of research led by one of its Newton Mosharafa scholars around microbial electron transfer for wastewater treatment. 

The research was inspired by the increased amount of wastewater produced by the textile sector around the world.

The session was moderated by Al-Ahram’s journalist Mr Ashraf Amin and presented by: Professor Tajalli Keshavarz, University of Westminster, London, UK; Ass. Prof. Atef Jaouani, Senior Researcher of Environmental Biotechnology, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia; Prof.Yasser El Shayeb, Chief of Party, Center of Excellence for Water, a USAID funded project, The American University in Cairo; Prof. Wael Abd El Moez, Professor of Environmental Engineering at Minia University and; Prof. Rifaat Abdel Wahaab, Head Sector, Holding Company for Water and Wastewater.  

Learn more by visiting university of Westminster website.

Innovation in Heritage Preservation

Science plays an integral part in preserving our heritage. 

In October, at the Museum of Islamic Arts, we discussed the use of 3D digital modelling and Virtual Reality in preserving Egyptian maritime archaeological sites with Dr Wael Akl, Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Learn more by visiting the Thistlegorm Project website.

Dr Gehan Nagy, Assistant professor of architecture, shared her research around smart heritage building performance measurement for sustainability. Learn more by visiting HBIM website.

The conversation ended with Dr. Mohamed Marzouk, Professor of Construction Engineering and Management, on an innovative framework for preserving/restoring historical and cultural heritage assets in Egypt using Building Information Modelling (BIM). 

The discussion was inaugurated by Stevie Spring, Chairman of the British Council, on her first ever overseas trip since her appointment.