University President Witnesses the Inauguration of Activities of Public Universities Forum to Confront Climate Change

Under the patronage of Dr. Mohamed Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Yasser Hatata, President of Fayoum University, witnessed the activities and events of the Egyptian Public Universities Forum to confront climate change, which was held from 22-23 September at Suez University, in the presence of both Prof. Saleh Abdel-Aleem Al-Awny, Dean of Faculty of Science, Dr. Emad Abdel-Salam, the media advisor to the President of Fayoum University, and a group of faculty members participating in research papers.
Prof. Yasser Hatata explained that the conference axes revolve around climate change and its relationship to the environment, as well as its economic and social impacts, and adaptation to those effects, pointing out that the conference has objectives at the regional level, most notably the importance of regional integration between public universities in preserving the environment and achieving sustainable development, as well as National goals represented in supporting and developing scientific research in applied projects related to climate change, managing new and renewable energy, and developing research in the field of water purification. The forum sessions dealt with the participation of Fayoum University in presenting its activities and research projects in the field of climate change.
Prof. Yasser Hatata indicated that the university participated in the conference through a selection of faculty members in the Faculties of Science and Engineering, with three posters. Dr. Saleh Abdel Alim Al-Awny, Dean of Faculty of Science, participated in a research on construction materials containing nanometric materials (agricultural and industrial waste). It is capable of absorbing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and incorporating them into a solid form, as is the case in the building blocks of magnesium silicate and geopolymer cements as one of the alternative materials to Portland cement, which leads to saving time and effort and protecting the environment from pollution.
Dr. Suzan Abdel-Hady, associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, also participated in research in the field of generating electrical energy from renewable energy from agricultural crop residues, offshore wind energy and solar energy, which will contribute to saving fossil fuel consumption at a rate of 2 million tons annually and reducing carbon emissions by an average 5 million tons annually.
Researcher Ahmed Adel Ragab Abdel-Aty, a PhD student at the Environmental Research Center and Smart Technology, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Fayoum University, participated in a research that treats oily waste water resulting from the petroleum, natural gas and petrochemical industries, as well as the safe reuse of this water in industry as water for cooling or boilers.
On the sidelines of the event, Dr. Ayman Ashour, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, accompanied by Dr. Mohamed Latif, Secretary of the Supreme Council of Universities inspected Fayoum University pavilion, in the exhibition held on the sidelines of the forum, which included posters of applied research submitted by participating researchers related to the axes of climate change. The minister praised the distinguished research projects that Fayoum University presented during the forum's activities, stressing that the COP27 conference, which Egypt will host next November in Sharm El-Sheikh, will be the beginning to confront climate changes at the local and international levels.
The recommendations of the forum were as follows:
The Universities Forum was held periodically in the presence of industrialists and civil society to facilitate partnerships based on directing innovation in the fields of green industries and the green economy.
Preparing a document to combat climate change that includes all Egyptian universities. The document includes general strategic lines to assist universities in drawing a clear roadmap to provide solutions to limit or adapt to climate changes.
- Establishing companies specialized in energy and water in Egyptian universities.
- Establishing an observatory and a unified database at the level of Egyptian universities to follow up on the international and local publication of research in the areas of climate change, activating the national strategy for property rights and encouraging patents in this field.
- Establishing a national center for integrative studies in the field of climate change.
- Strengthening early warning systems and forecasting climate changes to reduce their risks and help develop plans to confront them.
- Motivating Egyptian universities to promote and improve the educational environment to keep pace with fourth-generation universities and create an atmosphere that contributes to creativity and innovation.
-Encouraging researchers to conduct applied scientific research in the areas of climate change.
-Creating a green environment within the university community.
-The necessity of establishing a sustainability center in each university.
- Taking charge of the file of protecting Egyptian antiquities.
- Establishing cooperation protocols between Egyptian public universities and the Egyptian Association for the Protection of Beaches.
-Maximizing the utilization of industrial, agricultural, animal and solid waste.
Maximizing the utilization of rice straw in the production of weather-resistant plastic lumber.
- Promote the development of varieties of crops that are resistant to climatic fluctuations.
-Adopting a national project to study and document the genetic diversity of wild plants that are threatened with extinction.
-The trend towards expanding the use of new and renewable energy sources, the use of organic farming systems, and the use of scientific innovations to reduce carbon emissions.
- Launching a number of initiatives, competitions and exhibitions to increase the dissemination of environmental awareness and ecotourism.
-Implementation of projects for harvesting and storing water and artificial recharge to charge groundwater in areas suitable for water harvesting.
-Converting lighting poles in universities and streets to the use of moving solar cells with light.
- Adoption of the project to popularize the cultivation of jojoba plants on a large scale.
-Developing smart systems that work on a mobile application to regulate the charging of electric cars on the highways in Egypt.
-Interest in developing innovation in the field of energy storage and linking it to renewable energy systems.
-Using innovative technologies to desalinate brackish sea water based on renewable energy.