On Thursday, 15th June 2017, the DAAD Cairo hosted its first German Science Night at the DAAD Campus and Zamalek Cinema, which turned out to be a huge success.
The evening involved the screening of three scientific documentaries at Zamalek Cinema, as well as a Science Lounge at the DAAD Campus comprised of various scientific presentations, information booths about German universities, the DAI and the DAAD, and some short films. The Science Night provided an innovative format that stimulated scientific exchange and invited visitors to discuss a variety of scientific topics in a dynamic setting. Visitors were encouraged to move between the two locations to make the most of the evening.
The German Ambassador to Egypt, H.E. Julius Georg Luy, and the head of the DAAD Cairo, Dr Roman Luckscheiter, opened the event at 9pm, welcoming all guests to an evening of fruitful exchange and stimulating discussions. The screening began with ‘Nature Tech – Life of Power’, a movie exploring biomimetics, followed by ‘Science and Islam – The Empire of Reason’, presenting the history of science in Islam. The programme at the cinema closed with ‘Plug & Pray’, a film that discusses the possibilities and pitfalls of artificial intelligence. Parallel to the movie screenings, guests were invited to visit the Science Lounge at the DAAD Campus. In addition to lively discussions in the DAAD garden, visitors fully enjoyed the interesting presentations given by various distinguished scientists and seized the opportunity to ask them questions about their projects and fields of study. The evening was rounded off at the DAAD Campus when Sohur was served to the guests at 1am. While the food was soon gone, visitors still stayed long after, actively engaging in conversation and enjoying the atmosphere at the DAAD.
During the night, the DAAD Cairo welcomed more than 1000 visitors at both event locations. The dynamic format proved to be a great success in encouraging fruitful exchange and inciting new ideas and thoughts. The DAAD Cairo is looking forward to more such rewarding events and hopes to continue with German Science Night 2.0 during Ramadan 2018.