Dear Partners, Friends, DAAD- and Germany-Alumni, Esteemed Colleagues,
The very first issue of our DAAD Lebanon Newsletter is finally available on our website! We are very pleased to present this special edition to you. Our Director Ms Bahar Sayyas opens this edition with a warm greeting to all of you.
This newsletter covers special events such as the official visit of German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier who was accompanied by DAAD President Prof. Dr. Margret Wintermantel. Additionally, we are very grateful to H.E. Martin Huth, German Ambassador to Lebanon, for reaching out to our readers in this issue.
Moreover, we present an overview of DAAD Lebanon's activities and provide you with an insight into the research landscapes in Lebanon and Germany. The newsletter contains useful information about studying and research in Germany and addresses our DAAD-/Germany-Alumni. Do not forget to check out the pages on scholarships!
Within the newsletter we provide insights into the work of our German and Lebanese Partners and would like to express our gratitude for their cooperation and support. In particular, we would like to thank Prof. Dr. Mouïn Hamzé, Secretary General of the National Council for Scientific Research Lebanon (CNRS-L). Special thanks goes to our partner, Prof. Dr. Birgit Schäbler, Director of the Orient Institute Beirut (OIB), as well as Mani Pournaghi, Director of our sister organisation, the Goethe-Institut Beirut.
We would like to give a special thanks to everyone who contributed to this very first newsletter edition. Without the continuous support of our meaningful partners this would have not been possible.
We hope you find it informative and enjoy reading it!
Please feel free to disseminate our newsletter to anyone who might be interested.
Scientists say atmosphere carrying microplastics to the Arctic14. August 2019 21:38
Microscopic particles of plastic are entering the atmosphere and being dumped by snow, new research found. The study raises questions about the amount of microplastics humans and wildlife are inhaling.
German kids surpass 'sugar overshoot day'12. August 2019 19:58
Although it's only August, children in Germany have already consumed their recommended amount of sugar for the year, a consumer organization says. They blame companies for marketing sugar-packed food to kids.
Germany's Clean Air Project teams with a local startup to tackle pollution locally12. August 2019 16:59
German startup Ubitricity partners with Germany's 'Clean Air' project to implement eco-friendly initiatives. The goal is to increase electromobility in 90 German towns that suffer from emission and pollution problems.
Shooting stars: What we know and still need to find out about the Perseid meteor shower12. August 2019 11:35
The Perseid meteor shower is as regular as clockwork. It peaks August 12, same as last year. This time we can expect to see twice as many shooting stars, perhaps even a "double peak." But there's loads we don't know.
Will it soon be too late to save the climate?04. August 2019 16:58
The quantity of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere keeps increasing. The Earth's temperature is rising. Now media are reporting that we only have 18 months to save the climate. Scaremongering, or a serious prognosis?
German Stone Age sailor to cross seas in reed boat04. August 2019 02:38
A German experimental archaeologist and his team plan to sail a boat made of reeds across three seas, just like ancient Egyptian merchants did thousands of years ago. Jodi Hilton reports from Beloslav, Bulgaria.
Scientist Pierre Moret talks about Humboldt02. August 2019 18:12
Humboldt's Tableau Physique, shows the distribution of mountain vegetation as a function of altitude. Today scientists use the data to investigate changes due to global warming. But there are discrepancies, as Pierre Moret and his team discovered.
As millions flock to Area 51, scientists say extraterrestrial life isn't impossible30. July 2019 12:11
Two million people signed up on Facebook to go alien hunting at the highly classified US air force facility Area 51. Are they crazy or is there something to it? What would happen if we came into contact with aliens?
Milky Way gobbled up smaller galaxy in cosmic crash, astronomers find22. July 2019 20:38
A long time ago, a galaxy not so far away merged with our own in a massive cosmic collision, scientists have discovered. The Milky Way's mass grew by over a quarter after the crash, speeding-up the formation of stars.