The Year of Science was aimed at bringing together scientists and at inspiring bilateral research projects in order to strengthen scientific collaboration beyond 2007.
The Year of Science was especially focused on six research networks in the fields of material sciences, water, renewable energies, biotechnology, health research as well as humanities and social sciences. In particular, it was possible to strengthen the application focus and industry relevance of the bilateral projects. At the same time, new university and non-academic partners in Egypt became involved and created a broader basis for the cooperation, such as by implementing a joint research fund (German Egyptian Research Fund – GERF) or the German University in Cairo (GUC).
The more than 150 events of the German-Egyptian Year of Science and Technology appealed not just to scientists but also to a broader audience. Examples include the opening ceremony in Cairo, the multimedia exhibition “Culturama” in Berlin, the “Open Ship Day” on the research vessel “Meteor” at Port Said, the celebrations on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo, the exhibition “Sunken Treasures” in Bonn or the Mummy Exhibition including scientific programme at the Landesmuseum Stuttgart. Egypt continues to be one of Germany’s most important partner countries in the Middle East thanks to its role as a bridge to the Arabic world. In January 2013, a branch of the German University Cairo opened in Berlin.