Center for Special Studies and Programs
The Center for Special Studies and Programs (CSSP) is one of eight academic research centers associated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria. CSSP’s main aim is to propagate and encourage scientific research and networking in a variety of ways through delivering various highly significant scientific events throughout the year that tackle latest discoveries in different fields and their benefits to humanity. Building on the needs of developing countries, the CSSP places special focus on life science and youth. Additionally, it acts as a regional office for a number of international scientific organizations that are dedicated to building scientific excellence across the developing world and to present a strong contribution in the promotion of science and technology. One of CSSP’s annual activities is the Visiting Scholar Program (VSP) that invites scholars from around the globe to disseminate and exchange knowledge with other scholars, researchers and students working in the same field of their expertise. The invited scholars also participate as speakers in lectures, workshops or seminars that are in progress, where they can provide a cross-cultural or international perspective, as well as facilitate the initiation of exchange programs between their institutions and the BA. Every year, the CSSP provides funding to a selected number of young Egyptian postdoctoral researchers through the BA/CSSP Research Grants program and offers them a grant to support their researches. Additionally, it establishes connections and contacts with both local and international scientists and researchers in an endeavor to keep them updated with recent research on the global level. Within its framework of encouraging youth to interact within their communities and to solve their encountered problems, the BA/CSSP Micro Research 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.