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Published: Tuesday, 28 February 2017
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Request for Applications

Grants to Develop Components of a Curriculum on Responsible Science for Egypt

Number of grants to be awarded: up to 7
Available funding per grant: up to $7,000

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 31 MARCH 2017, 11:59 PM CAIRO, EGYPT TIME

Funds are available to promote the development of components for a curriculum on responsible science for use with undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists and engineers in the life and physical sciences in Egypt. The framework for this curriculum will be based on the Egyptian Educational Institutes on Responsible Science and the subsequent leadership institute held in Egypt in 2015 and 2016 (see http://rcr.asu.edu.eg and http://www.nas-sites.org/responsiblescience/). These Institutes were organized by The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, in partnership with Ain Shams University, and in collaboration with the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Cairo University, Damanhour University and Mansoura University. The Institutes use principles of active learning and engagement pedagogies to empower faculty and researchers to help their students and peers explore issues of responsible science and related practices. Successful proposals will 1) demonstrate how content and instructional methods will be integrated and 2) provide a clear plan for later assessing the outcomes of the proposed work following the development of the proposed curricular component.

Grants are available only to Egyptian nationals affiliated with Egyptian universities, scientific or engineering institutions or research centers.

For more information and access to the application, please visit:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3382443/Responsible-Science-in-Egypt-Phase-3-Fostering-Academic-Curricula

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Published: Monday, 28 March 2016
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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.

Useful Links

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National Academy of Sciences: http://www.nasonline.org/

Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research:            http://www.rcr.ethics.gc.ca/eng/index/

   
 

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4. Cairo University:

   
 

5. Damnhour University:

   
 

6. Mansoura University:

   

Mission and Vision

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Mission (or Aim of Institute)

 To train scientist and faculty members from different universities in Egypt to use active learning pedagogical techniques to teach about responsible science and research with dual use potential. In addition we aim to collaborate with the Egyptian universities and academic institutions to include teaching and implementation of basic research ethics and responsible sciences knowledge, principles and application.

 

Our Aims:

1.Build a national alliance of individuals, societies, and organizations committed to educational reform

2.Promote adoption of scientific teaching, which emphasizes

A. Evidence-based strategies and approaches

B .Active Learning

C. Evaluation and Assessment of outcomes

D. Diversity and Inclusion of all learners

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 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

 

In 2015 two Educational Institutes will take place in Egypt in March and July 2015 involving faculty from Egyptian academic and research institutions with a significant 3interest in the safe and ethical practice of life sciences research. At these Educational Institutes, faculty with research portfolios and/or teaching responsibilities will collaborate 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/). 
Egyptian academicians and scientistswill be among the facilitators and experts leading the two Institutes in Egypt on the responsible conduct of Science. During these institutes, curricular materials that facilitate education about dual use issues and responsible science will be developed by the attending participants and will be subsequently used by them for teaching within their home institutions. The institutes are part of a continuing program, to train scientists in the MENA region to use active learning pedagogicaltechniques in teaching about responsible science and research with dual use potential. Over the last decades life sciences have greatly contributed to health, economic development and the environment globally. To ensure these continuing advances scientists must be aware of and responsive to the potential that science might be misused to cause deliberate harm. The report of the first institute “Developing Capacities for Teaching Responsible Science in the MENARegion: Refashioning Scientific Dialogue” and the accompanying summary in English andArabic. You can download a free PDF of each here: 

http://dels.nas.edu/Materials/Special-Products/MENA?bname

http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18356.