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The  1st   Egyptian Teaching Responsible Science in Egypt Institute

The 1st  Egyptian Teaching Responsible Science in Egypt Institute, took place at the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Ain El Sokhna, Egypt from March 21-26, 2015. The Institute was sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and co-organized by Ain Shams University. This Institute involved faculty from Egyptian academic and research institutions with a significant interest in the safe and ethical practice of life sciences research. At this Educational Institute, faculty with research portfolios and/or teaching responsibilities collaborated with subject matter experts as well as experts in methods for effective teaching and learning. The model for this project was established at two regional Middle East/North Africa (MENA) Institutes led by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as well as the National Academies Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education (http://www.academiessummerinstitute.org/).

Background

The first Educational Institute took place in Aqaba, Jordan in September 2012, and the second Institute took place in Trieste, Italy in May 2014. The aim of both has been to strengthen the regional network of faculty in the MENA region who can use active learning pedagogical techniques to teach about responsible science and research with dual use potential. The committee overseeing the first Institute described and discussed the experiences and lessons learned in the report “Developing Capacities for Teaching Responsible Science in the MENA Region: Refashioning Scientific Dialogue” and the accompanying summary in English and Arabic. You can download a free PDF of each here: http://dels.nas.edu/Materials/Special-Products/MENA?bname; and http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18356.

Each Institute, which lasts between 5-6 days, is constructed around three core themes: the development of professionalism in science, conducting research responsibly, and being a part of the responsible scientific community. These themes are discussed and expanded upon throughout the week. Using workshops, presentations, and group work the Institute participants learn about innovative teaching methods and how to apply them to their local educational environment. By the end of the week, the participants will have created 4-5 one-hour modules on topics of responsible science, which can subsequently be implemented in the laboratories and classrooms of their home institution.

Upon the completion of the Institute the participants had the opportunity to apply for small grants to help them implement the Institute’s lessons in their home institutions. Representatives of the successful teams will attend a follow-up meeting in Egypt to present and discuss their experiences with their colleagues and committee members.

Teaching Responsible Science in Egypt

A number of Egyptian academicians and scientists, who attended one or both regional Educational Institutes, were among the facilitators and experts leading the Institute in Egypt. During these Institutes, curricular materials that facilitate education about dual use issues and responsible science were developed by the attending participants and will be subsequently used by them for teaching within their home institutions. These materials may be written directly in Arabic.

Participants:

Twenty five Participants were trained from different scientific backgrounds representing 10 Universities and Institutes  . Those participants were selected from more than 60 applications. The selection was made by a committee depending on selection criteria to guarantee implementing the Institutes objectives in their home institutes. Upon the completion of the Institute the participants had  the opportunity to apply for small grants to help them implement the Institute’s lessons in their home institutions.14  Grants were submitted from 23 participants including collaborative grants where 9 of them were funded. Representatives of the successful teams will attend a follow-up meeting in Egypt to present and discuss their experiences with their colleagues and committee members.

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