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Research and Initiatives

Check out different research and activities taking place at AUC, reflecting AUC’s extensive work in the different areas of focus that are aligned with national and regional climate change and sustainability priorities. These key areas focus on water scarcity, urban development, green finance, energy transition and public health.

Momen El-Husseiny takes Cairo Bike for a spin in downtown Cairo

AUC, University of Sheffield Students Collaborate to Boost Egypt's First Bike Share Program

Downtown Cairo is many things: a hub for Egyptian history, a home of historic and modern restaurants and shops, and the heart of a massive transportation network that extends all the way to the city’s desert suburbs. It is not, however, a haven for cyclists. 

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The Future of “Greening” Real Estate in Egypt; AUC Hosts Futures Lab to Explore Climate-Adaptive Development

Ahead of Egypt hosting COP27, the AUC Innovation Hub and New Silk Roads convened a Futures Lab in September exploring the question: “What if real estate accelerates a green transition?”

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Closing the GAP-P

Large global issues such as climate change are difficult to tackle across sectors. Scientists, politicians, local governments and corporate industries often get isolated in their efforts to address environmental challenges, coming up with solutions that are narrower or smaller in scale.

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It's Just One Bag, Isn't It? Upcoming AUC "Invisible" Performance at COP27

“All the world’s a stage,”- Shakespeare (As You Like It) What is the world, but a stage? Jillian Campana, professor of theatre and associate dean for undergraduate studies at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will explore the relationship between art and life during “invisible theatre” performances at COP27. 

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Forging Futures: PhD Students' Eco-Friendly Research on Concrete and Green Hydrogen

Whether in the lab synthesizing new formulas for concrete, tackling the challenges of renewable energy or igniting a passion for learning in their students, PhD students Heba Zaky and Rawnaa Yassin are fostering the values of AUC’s academic mission.

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The Earth Turns: Upcoming Play Featuring Families in Climate Crises

Art connects human experience with climate crisis realities through The Earth Turns, a feature play from Adam Marple, assistant professor of directing, to be performed at COP27 and Falaki Theater at AUC Tahrir Square.

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Shining a Light on Water Pollutants

Did you know that every type of bacteria has a unique light signature? Mohamed Swillam, professor and chair of the Department of Physics, is using this fact to identify different types of pathogens in Egypt’s water supply with new remote sensors designed by the professor and his team.

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So, What is COP?

COP is a UN initiative that encourages international cooperation to mitigate the impacts of climate change by stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions and making ecosystems around the world more resilient. The 27th session will be held this year in Egypt. 

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AUC Joins Race to Zero Campaign, Pledges to Achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050

AUC has joined the Race to Zero campaign, a UN-backed global initiative aimed at achieving a zero-carbon world. The University has pledged to halve its emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

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Special Representative of COP27 President-Designate Wael Aboulmagd Discusses COP27, Climate Solutions at AUC

Special Representative of COP27 President-Designate Wael Aboulmagd took the stage at AUC Tahrir Square this week to discuss the significance of the upcoming COP27 conference, which will be hosted by Egypt in Sharm El Sheikh this November.

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Heat Waves: A New Normal?

From Palmdale, California to Dazhou, China and all continents in between, unprecedented temperatures this summer have impacted the health of our loved ones and wreaked havoc on water, food and energy supplies around the world.

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COP27 and Beyond: Ambassador Wael Aboulmagd to Discuss Egypt's Climate Strategy, Policy at AUC

Egyptian Ambassador Wael Aboulmagd, the special representative to the COP27 president, will appear at AUC Tahrir Square’s Ewart Memorial Hall on September 5 to discuss the importance of COP27 for Egypt's inclusive economic development strategy, as well as the nation's

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Hani Sewilam at CARES

Hani Sewilam Wins 2022 Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus Award for Research in Sustainable Resource Management

Hani Sewilam, professor at AUC’s Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology and CARES director, has been awarded the 2022 Water Energy Food Ecosystem (WEFE) Nexus Award by the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, PRIMA.

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Hani Sewilam Appointed Egypt's Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation

Hani Sewilam, professor at AUC’s Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology and director of the Center for Applied Research on the Environment and Sustainability (CARES), has been appointed Egypt’s minister of water resources and irrigation.

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The Road to Sharm El Sheikh: Preparing for COP27

“We have a large challenge ahead of us –– the fight against climate change. This is the largest challenge for mankind,” said Ambassador Frank Hartmann, Germany’s ambassador to Cairo during “The Road to Sharm El Sheikh” civil society COP27 meeting.

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