Jordan 2nd Edition
In order to reach different groups of children all over Jordan, the Goethe-Institut Jordan decided to organise the Science Film Festival 2014 in cooperation with three Jordanian partner institutions: The Children's Museum Jordan, the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation and the Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD). The official media partner of the festival was "Ro'Ya TV" who broadcasted two reports on the festival within their popular family program "Dunya ya Dunya". The festival was supported by Mercedes-Benz as the main sponsor. In total the Science Film Festival 2014 in Jordan reached 9701 visitors.
Special guest of the opening of Science Film Festival was Joachim Hecker from Germany with his renowned Science Show. All events took place in the venues of the partner institutions from October 15 to October 30, 2014. A total of seventeen films were screened together with related hands-on experiments. And while the partner organizations provided school and family programs, the Goethe-Institut focused in 2014 on a family day. This special program for families took place in a public park on October 17 and was visited by many Jordanian families.
Moreover the Goethe-Institut Jordan could realize twelve visits to Jordanian Refugee Camps with the "Eureka-Bus“ of the cooperation partner JOHUD and with the help of CARE International. Thus the programme of the Science Film Festival also reached Syrian refugee children and was very well received and appreciated.
The Science Film Festival in Jordan is a project of the Goethe-Institut as part of the German-Arabic transformation partnership, funded by the Federal Foreign Office.
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.