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News [Bibliotheca Alexandrina - CSSP ] NewsLetter (Monday, August 02, 2010)

Volume : 55
Issued : August 2010

Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP), a research center established in July 2003 in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, aims to play a significant role in the progress of science and technology in Egypt. The CSSP will help researchers and scientists to get the best support needed to advance their work through international collaborations.

Dear Jauad EL KHARRAZ,

In our newsletter this volume:
Guidelines for Researchers Workshop
African Union Scientific Awards
The Arab Network of Networks for Science and Technology (ANNST)
BioVision.Nxt 2011
Micro Research Grants for School Students (MRG)
BioVisionAlexandria 2010
  >> Guidelines for Researchers Workshop  


 Guidelines for Researchers Workshop

 In cooperation with (the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World- Arab Regional Office) TWAS-ARO, (German Academic Exchange Service) DAAD, Elsevier and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Legal Department; the Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP) continues its support for young researchers by organizing a workshop entitled Guidelines for Researchers, during the period 27-30 September 2010. This workshop aims at helping young researchers to refine their skills in order to translate their scientific research into doable commercial ventures to meet international standards.

The workshop will be divided into three main parts:

  • Part one: Proposal Writing and Research Promotion
  • Part two: Author Skills and Publishing
  • Part three: Intellectual Property Rights

The entire workshop will last for four days.

 Application Criteria

The applicant should be: 1. A young researcher, under the age of 40 2.  An Arab national citizen 3.  MSc or PhD student or post-doctoral researcher, working in the field of sciences (Engineering or Natural Sciences)

Registration is now open (Deadline for registration is 12 August 2010).

 TWAS-ARO is offering a number of sponsorships to eligible applicants to cover the registration fees, travel expenses and accommodation costs.

Applicants who would like to apply for sponsorship may complete a Sponsorship Form available at ( http// Sponsorship Form.doc) and send it to, with a cc to; (Deadline for submission is 12 August 2010).   For more information visit:



  >> African Union Scientific Awards  



African Union Scientific Awards

The African Union Commission is committed to promoting elements of human intellectual development, encouraging technological and scientific leadership, and inspiring young generations in Africa. As Science and Technology is one of the key focal areas on Africa’s development agenda, the AU Commission has initiated, with the support of its key development partners, the prestigious “African Union Scientific Awards Programme”.

The programme targets young researchers at Member State level, women at regional level and all outstanding scientists at continental level. It is designed to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of African scientists and to promote all efforts to transform scientific research into entrepreneurship, attract investments to Africa, and create research centers of excellence. It will further encourage the science community, and the public to participate in scientific engagements towards addressing critical problems in Africa. The programme will contribute towards raising the profile of science and technology sector and building a scientific culture amongst African citizens.

A prize will be awarded to each of the following two scientific sectors

(a) Life and Earth Sciences.

(b) Basic Science, Technology and Innovation.

The African Union Scientific Awards will be awarded to African scientists who have remarkable achievements, demonstrated by number of publications, number of research graduate students, applicability of the scientific work to Africa’s challenges, and its patentability. Only nationals of the African Union (AU) Member States are eligible to participate in these Awards.

 For more information, visit the AU website:



  >> The Arab Network of Networks for Science and Technology (ANNST)  



The Arab Network of Networks for Science and Technology (ANNST)


 The Arab Network of Networks for Science and Technology (ANNST) is a new network website serving to connect all those who are concerned with science and technology in the Arab world, facilitating their collaboration and consequently contributing to the scientific development of the region. It is a step towards raising the awareness and promoting new innovations and scientific discoveries.

The ANNST will act as a platform through which Arab scientists can easily reach out for other researchers, science and technology organizations, and universities in the region. Besides improving the communication among Arab scientists, the ANNST will help them to reach out to the rest of the world. Moreover, it aims at articulating the significance of science and technology to leaders and policy makers, encouraging them to take an active part and provide the support needed for wider dissemination of science and technology.

The ANNST website will be launched soon.




  >> BioVision.Nxt 2011  



The World Life Sciences Forum
BioVision.Nxt 2011

26-29 March 2011
The registration for the upcoming BioVision.Nxt Lyon is now open.
BioVision, the World Life Sciences Forum, is inviting 100 promising PhD students and Post-doc to attend the 3 days Forum (27-29 March 2011, Lyon, France) thanks to a Fellowship programme called BioVision.Nxt. On the 26th of March 2011, BioVision.NXT will hold specific activities and workshops, to prepare the selected young scientists for their active participation to the Forum. BioVision.Nxt will provide a unique opportunity for young scientists from both developed and developing countries to interact with some of the world's leading life scientists.

How to apply:
-complete and submit the application form: click here to download the application form .
- include the following documents:

  • passport size photograph as a separate JPEG file
  • a copy of your passport (Only the page with personal details is required)
  • your curriculum vitae and list of publications (Do not send papers)
  • university degrees certificates
  • one reference letter from a senior scientist familiar with the applicant's work
  • a letter of motivation explaining your interest for the BioVision.Nxt programme

    Send the application form duly completed and all the above mentioned documents to:

    All applications should be submitted no later than 30 September 2010

Travel Grants
As an attempt to increase the participation of young scientists from the developing world, TWAS (The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World) is offering a competitive travel grant through its five regional offices. TWAS and its regional offices will partially cover the travel cost of up to 50 excellent young scientists to attend this high-profile event, while the World Life Sciences Forum, BioVision will cover the accommodation expenses during the conference. Each of the TWAS Regional offices will be responsible for the selection of up to 10 eligible young scientists, from the region, in the fields of biology/biotechnology.

For more information visit the BioVision.Nxt website at:




  >> Micro Research Grants for School Students (MRG)  



Micro Research Grants for School Students (MRG)

Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and since the Bibliotheca Alexandrina aims to be a center of excellence for the production and dissemination of knowledge, it has been the Library’s goal to encourage youth to interact within their communities and solve problems they encounter. The Youth Invention Grants program introduces a sustainable culture of invention to schools and communities with the aim of empowering students to explore their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math during high school.

 Micro Research Grants for School Students (MRG)

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is offering Micro Research Grants for Egyptian school students seeking funds to finance innovative ideas in one of the following fields:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Environment
  • Information Technology
  • Materials Science
  • Physics

Micro Research Grants Application Form

Guidelines for Micro Research Grants Program

Micro Research Grants Mentor Signature form

Application forms and required documents are to be filled and sent by e-mail to, maximum by 1st of September 2010. 




  >> BioVisionAlexandria 2010  


BioVisionAlexandria 2010

 The Fifth International Biennial Conference, BioVisionAlexandria 2010 (BVA2010) organized by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, was held during the period 12-15 April 2010. Within the scope of this year’s theme “New Life Sciences: Future Prospects”, the conference focused on three major themes: Health, Environment, Food and Agriculture.   BVA2010 presented representatives of the greatest minds in the realms of industry, science, policy-making, media and civil society. This year’s conference featured 5 Nobel Laureates and 162 eminent speakers who shared their vast expertise and knowledge with the audience, approximately 1980, mostly from the developing world.   Preceding BioVisionAlexandria2010, the TWAS/BioVisionAlexandria.NXT(BVA.NXT) Conference took place from 10 to 11 April 2010, under the theme “Publishing Scientific Papers in the Developing World”. It included various panels and roundtable discussions where 97 young scientists, representing 29 countries from both developed and developing countries were offered the opportunity to meet distinguished scientists, as well as editors and reviewers from several prestigious scientific journals. Moreover, they demonstrated their project/research in the poster session.           





 Dr. Ismail Serageldin speaking at the BVA opening session                                         BVA 2010 Nobel Round Table


The TWAS/BVA.NXT2010 participants during TWAS/BVA.NXT2010 conference

Please check the BVA 2010 conference website for more updates on the conference (speaker’s presentations, photo gallery, ...etc):

BioVisionAlexandria 2012 The BioVisionAlexandria organizing committee is pleased to announce that BioVisionAlexandria 2012 conference will be held from 21 to 24 April 2012 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt. SAVE THE DATE




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