About the PSC
 
 
The PSC is dedicated to stimulate and cultivate awareness, interest, and understanding of science for all visitors of the center through excellent and exciting educational programs and exhibits, and to be a regional resource and a national model for science education. It’s simplifying and communicating the principles of science to a wider public, emphasizing on school children and university students.

The PSC is creating an experienced team, each in his/her technical field and making best use of local resources as much as possible. Since the PSC inauguration in 2002, continuous development of the center’s HR and infra-structure has been ongoing. For the past twelve years, the PSC staff has received various trainings on national and international levels to operate the PSC complex and to develop and produce informal education tools and programs
 
Our Vision & Mission
 
  • To be a leading institution in informal science and technology communication in Egypt.
  • To promote science & technology among school students and the public at large, and to show their relevance to everyday life.

Science Center Goals
  • Gateway to the Challenges of the Future.
  • To foster the values of Science.
  • To create a new generation of innovative thinkers.
  • Yield a new generation of science literate problems solvers.
  • Give new generations the tools to determine a future that is one of CHOICE not chance.
Values of Science
  • Truth.
  • Honor.
  • Constructive subversiveness.
  • Tolerance plus engagement.
  • An established method to settle disputes.
  • Team Work.
  • Imagination and creativity.
 
PSC Board of Directors
 
 
 
Prof. Ahmed Abdullah Zayed
 
 
Prof. Ahmed Abdullah Zayed Hegab was appointed Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in August 2022. He has worked as a Professor of Sociology at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, since 1991. He took on many administrative and academic positions over the past years, in addition to his experience in the field of translation and scientific publishing. He has received many awards throughout his career, and has been participating in general cultural work by writing periodically for newspapers and magazines and contributing to many conferences and symposia. He also writes bi-weekly articles for Al-Ahram newspaper.

Administrative Experience
  • Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University (2005-2009).
  • Vice Dean for Postgraduate Studies and Research, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University (2002-2004).
  • Cultural Attaché for the Egyptian Embassy in Riyadh (1998-2001).
  • Founder of the Center for Research and Social Studies, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University (1994).
  • Director of the Center for Research and Social Studies, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University for intermittent periods (1994-2018).
  • Consultant for the Social Studies Program, Information Decision Support Center, Egyptian Cabinet (2009-2012).
  • Dean of Helwan Leadership Qualification Institute, Ministry of Higher Education (2009-2011).
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Faculty Members Club, Cairo University (2009-2011).
  • Vice President of the Arab Sociological Association (1996-2016).
  • Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt twice in the meetings of the Social and Human Sciences Committee at UNESCO during the General Conference.
  • Head of the Sociology Department at the Institute of Arab Research and Studies.
Academic Experience
  • Taught at many Egyptian and non-Egyptian universities, such as Qatar University, United Arab Emirates University, Omdurman Islamic University, and Bielefeld University in Germany.
  • Attended international and regional conferences in Germany, Spain, Kenya, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, France, Argentina, Belgium, Italy, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Syria, and the Sultanate of Oman.
  • Participated in the establishment of a number of departments and colleges in Egypt and the Arab world.
  • Member of the Joint Committee for the Establishment of National Universities (Galala University, King Salman International University, Alamein International University, New Mansoura University, Technology Universities) under the supervision of the Minister of Higher Education.
  • Worked as a Visiting Lecturer in a number of Arab and foreign universities and research centers.
  • Supervised a number of theses at Egyptian universities and the Institute of Research and Arab Studies.
 
Dr. Farouk Elbaz (Member)
 
 
Dr. Farouk Elbaz, is an Egyptian American scientist who worked with NASA to assist in the planning of scientific exploration of the Moon, including the selection of landing sites for the Apollo missions and the training of astronauts in lunar observations and photography.

Currently, Dr. Elbaz is Research Professor and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, Boston MA, U.S.A. He is Adjunct Professor of Geology at the Faculty of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Geological Society of America Foundation, Boulder, CO, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Washington, DC.

Dr. Elbaz received his B.Sc. in Chemistry and Geology from Ain Shams University. In 1961, he received a M.S. degree in Geology from the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (now Missouri University of Science and Technology). In 1964 he received a PhD in Geology from the Missouri University of Science and after conducting research in 1962-1963 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge MA. In 1989, he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the New England College, Henniker, NH; in 2002, a Professional Degree from Missouri S&T; in 2003, an Honorary Ph.D. from Mansoura University in Egypt; in 2004, a Doctor of Laws degree from the American University in Cairo; and in 2004, an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Missouri S&T.

From 1967 to 1972, Dr. Elbaz participated in the Apollo Program as Supervisor of Lunar Science Planning at Bellcomm Inc., a division of AT&T that conducted systems analysis for NASA. After the Apollo Program ended in 1972, Dr. Elbaz joined the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC to establish and direct the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum. At the same time, he was elected as a member of the Lunar Nomenclature Task Group of the International Astronomical Union. In 1973, NASA selected him as Principal Investigator of the Earth Observations and Photography Experiment on the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP), the first joint American-Soviet space mission of July 1975. Dr. Elbaz was elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World TWAS, and to the National Academy of Engineering (USA). In 1999, the Geological Society of America Foundation (GSAF) established the "Farouk El Elbaz Award for Desert Research," to annually reward excellence in arid land studies. In 2007, the GSAF also established "Farouk El Elbaz Student Research Award" to encourage desert research.

For more on Dr. Farouk Elbaz, visit his official website at: http://faroukelbaz.com/
 
Prof. Yousry Elgamal  (Member)
 
 
 Prof. Yousry Elgamal, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST), also chairs the Computer Scientific Society (CSS), Alexandria-Egypt.

He served as The Minister of Education of Egypt 2005-2010.  He is a Professor of Computer Engineering, and the senior consultant of the National Telecommunications Institute of Egypt.

Elgamal has also served in a number of capacities at The Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport including Vice-President for Education and Research, Founding Dean of College of Engineering and Technology, Founding Chairman of Electronics and Communication Department, and Assistant to the President for Informatics.

He served also as a Lecture of Nuclear Electronics at The Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alexandria 1986, his M.Sc. form Ain-Shams University 1977.

Prof. Elgamal holds a D.Sc. in Computer Science from the George Washington University 1985, and a recipient of Richard Merwin Award 1984. He is an active member of the Civil Society of Alexandria as a chairman of The Society of Friends of Music and Arts, and Advisor to the Governor for Development.


 
 
Helmy Abouleish  (Member)
 
 
 Helmy Abouleish is the Managing Director of the SEKEM Group of Companies. He has been Founder and Chairman of Ecotec (Ecological Technologies) since 2007. He is Founder and Co-founder of various organizations including: the Egyptian National Competitiveness Council (ENCC), the International Association for Partnership (IAP), the Egyptian Biodynamic Association (EBDA), the Centre for Organic Agriculture in Egypt (COAE), and SEKEM Development Foundation (SDF).

He was previously the Executive Director of the Industrial Modernization Centre (IMC), Chairman of ENCC, and the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB).
 
Dr. Hani Sewilam   (Member)
 
 

Dr. Hani Sewilam joined AUC as a professor (tenure) for sustainable development and water resources management. Sewilam is the founding director of both the Center for Sustainable Development and the MSc in sustainable development at AUC. He coordinated the capacity development activities of the United Nations Water between 2010 and 2011. Sewilam works at the RWTH Aachen University in Germany as the academic director of the Department of Engineering Hydrology and executive director of the UNESCO Chair on Hydrological Changes and Water Resources Management. From 2002 to 2010, Sewilam worked as the deputy director for the Department of Engineering Hydrology at the RWTH Aachen University. He managed international research and capacity building projects in 21 countries.
In 2017, Sewilam founded the MSc in sustainable management – water and energy at the RWTH Aachen University. In 2008, he established the North African Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE Cairo), which is acknowledged by the United Nations University. Sewilam worked for the Egyptian National Water Research Center as a researcher and coordinator for development projects with several UN organizations.
He has more than 25 years of academic and professional experience in the fields of sustainable development, water resources management, water-energy-food nexus, desalination and capacity building. He authored many peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters. Sewilam served as a consultant and reviewer for several international research and development organizations. Sewilam holds a PhD in water resource management from the RWTH Aachen University (Germany), a MSc in irrigation management from Southampton University (UK), as well as a graduate diploma and BSc in irrigation and environmental engineering.
 
Dr. Amr Farouk (Member)
 
 

Dr. Amr Farouk, Assistant President of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.
 
 

The PSC is an ideal place to enjoy a da
y of fun learning. The BA Planetarium Science Center (PSC) is an independent, not-for-profit educational foundation dedicated to increasing the public's awareness, interest and understanding of science and technology through three sections, each of which approaches science in a different manner that is relatively unconventional to the Egyptian community:

1) The Planetarium offers a diversity of fascinating scientific shows that are both entertaining and informative; the shows also cover a wide range of age groups.


2) The History of Science Museum covers the highlights of the historical aspect of science in Egypt during the Pharaonic and Hellenistic eras, as well as, during the golden age of the Arab Islamic world.

 



3) The ALEXploratorium is a hands-on science facility dedicated to making science accessible and interesting to the public through innovative and interactive activities that explain scientific facts and demonstrate their presence in everything we see, hear or touch in our daily life.

 
 
 
 
 
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