United Arab Emirates
In cooperation with the Children’s City, the SciFest Dubai and the Fujairah Media & Culture Authority and with the support of Mercedes-Benz as the main sponsor, the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region organized the Science Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates for the second time.
Screenings took place from October 31 to November 9, 2014, in Dubai at the Children’s City and in Fujairah at the Fujairah Science Centre. Films were complemented with experiments, hands on activities and games to explain and re-enact the scientific correlations. Moreover the festival invited the show hosts Kåre and Emil of the Danish TV production “The Nerd Academy” to present their exciting experiments in a live science show. Additionally, robot demonstrations by Dr. Frank Dittmann of the Deutsches Museum München (Deutsches Museum – Masterpieces of Science and Technology) and Dubai-based company Edutech invited visitors to witness what robots can do and how they could help us in our everyday life.
For the first time the Goethe-Institut also organized a Science Day in Doha as a one day version of the Science Film Festival. In cooperation with the German International School selected films were screened and content related activities engaged the students of the PASCH school in Doha. The Science Film Festival reached a total audience of 5 112 visitors in the United Arab Emirates and 100 visitors in Qatar.
North Africa and the Middle East
The Pre Jury
Ayman Elsayed holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics and Communications, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University ...
Dr. Osama Rayis
Dr. Osama Rayis is a leading scientist and General Manger at Africa City of Technology in Khartoum, Sudan ...
Samar Darwish Kirresh
Samar Darwish Kirresh is the Senior Researcher leading the Empowerment Programme at the Walid and Helen Science Education Project ...
Ayah Younis specializes in hands-on educational programs that are developed scientifically ...
Director Planetarium Science Center at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Ayman Elsayed holds a Bachelor degree in Electronics and Communications, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University in 2002, and joined the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the same year. Mr. El Sayed is the Deputy Director of the Planetarium Science Canter (PSC) at the Library of Alexandria, Egypt since 2010. He has wide experience in managing informal education activities, programs and events under the umbrella of Science and Technology. His network extends beyond Egypt as he has successfully implemented and established various collaborations with different international science centers and museums, where exchange of experience and the know-how is an added value. Mr. El Sayed also designs and supervises educational activities related to children and the public at large. He is also responsible of the PSC Hands on Science activities operated by the affiliate centers in other Egyptian governorates.
Dr. Osama Rayis
General Manager Africa City of Technology in Khartoum
Dr. Osama Rayis is a leading scientist and General Manger at Africa City of Technology in Khartoum, Sudan. He holds a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Middle East Technical University. Furthermore, he studied at Khartoum Polytechnic, University of Paderborn in Germany and at Harvard. Dr. Osama has been working in the field of science education for the past 25 years. He is a senior member of the education society of IEEE, and he is involved in many educational activities in the region.
Samar Darwish Kirresh
Senior Researcher Walid and Helen Kattan Science Education Project
Samar Darwish Kirresh is the Senior Researcher leading the Empowerment Programme at the Walid and Helen Science Education Project (WHKSEP) at the Qattan Center for Educational Research and Development – A.M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah-Palestine. Samar, a Palestinian from Jerusalem, has a B.Sc. in Biology and Medical Technology and an MA in Science Education. She had an active career in teaching, teacher training and heading the science department at College des Frere in Jerusalem. Besides, she is a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Education at Birzeit University. She joined WHKSEP as a Senior Researcher in 2011. She mainly works on coordinating and developing the Teacher Empowerment Programme. Her research and work topics of interest include; inservice professional development, interaction between Science and Arts, Science cartoons and Animation for science learning and communication, and children’s images of Science and Scientists.
Education and Programs Assistant Manager Children’s Museum Jordan
Ayah Younis specializes in hands-on educational programs that are developed scientifically. She holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Jordan and a Certificate in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale/USA. Younis is currently the Education and Program Assistant Manager at the Children’s Museum Jordan, where she works with the team on producing and implementing interactive and unconventional learning programs for the children between 2 and 12 years old.