From the 8th to the 14th of September 2018, DAAD Cairo’s COSIMENA initative, in cooperation with the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Support (AASTMT), organised the 2nd COSIMENA Summer School in Alexandria.

Under the title ‘Modelling Climate Change from a Multidisciplinary Perspective: How Can We Achieve Climate Resilience, Sustainable Mobility, and Tourism in the MENA Region?’, this year’s Summer School participants were given the opportunity to take part in more than 14 expert seminars and field trips, covering approaches to sustainable mobility and tourism in the MENA across the fields of urbanism, tourism, transport and the economy.

Under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Sahar Sodoudi and Mr. Felix Müller (Freie Universität Berlin), the students engaged with the growing issue of unsustainable urban development in Egypt and evaluated the effectiveness and feasibility of the current climate change adaptation strategies in this regard. Regarding the topic of ‘transport’ or ‘mobility’, Dr. Wulf-Holger Arndt (Technische Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Kareem Mahmoud Hassan Tonbol (College of Maritime Transport and Technology) opened a discussion on mobility strategies for mitigating climate change fueled by unsustainable modes of transport and encouraged the students to develop new concepts for achieving sustainable mobility. Prof. Carstensen (SRH Hochschule Berlin) and Mr. Ahmed Dorghamy (CEDARE), further encouraged the participants to tackle issues of tourism and sustainability, such the shortcomings of current concepts for tourism and destination management and ways of exploiting the potential of cities in the MENA region to attract tourists.

In line with the practical orientation of the COSIMENA Summer School, the participants also engaged in an integrated, cross-disciplinary research project, which addressed different perspectives in the fields of mobility and tourism. Under the title ‘Solutions to Urban Travel and Mobility Problems in Touristic Districts”, this research took place in the urban center of Alexandria. The results of this research were then presented in a plenary discussion with all participants and experts.

With this outlook on future possibilities for innovative projects to increase sustainability in tourism and transport in Alexandria and to adapt urban lifestyles to the requirements of climate change reduction, the COSIMENA Summer School programme came to an end. It was a great pleasure for COSIMENA and the DAAD Cairo, to see the participants of the Summer School programme so engaged and motivated to collaborate on tackling the difficult challenges of climate change adaptation and sustainability management in the urban centers of Egypt and the MENA region. COSIMENA is therefore looking forward to offering the third edition of the Summer School in 2019.