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 presentations at Zamalek Cinema, as well as a Science Lounge at DAAD Campus including various scientific presentations, information booths of German Universities, DAI and DAAD, and short movies. The Science Night provided an innovative format encouraging scientific exchange and inviting visitors to discuss a variety of scientific topics in a dynamic setting. Visitors were invited to move between the two locations to make the most out of the evening.
German ambassador to Egypt, H.E. Julius Georg Luy, and head of 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 program at the cinema closed with ‘Plug & Pray’, a movie which discusses the chances and pitfalls of artificial intelligence. In parallel to the movie screenings, guests were invited to visit the Science Lounge at DAAD Campus. Next to lively discussions in the DAAD garden, visitors fully enjoyed the interesting scientific presentations given by various distinguished scientists and extensively seized the opportunity to ask them questions about their projects and fields of study. The evening was rounded off at DAAD Campus with Sohur served to all guests at 1am. While the food was soon gone, visitors still stayed long after actively engaging in conversation and enjoying the atmosphere at 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 for the encouragement of fruitful exchange and the incitement of 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.