Ismail Serageldin


2016 15 February

Exploring the Need for a BA Science Grid

At the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, thousands of leading scientists, engineers, educators, policymakers, and journalists from around the world gathered together to discuss recent developments in science and technology.

2016 12 February

Second Meeting of Human Gene Editing Study Committee

Serageldin joined the members of Human Gene Editing Study committee that is conducting a comprehensive consensus study on the scientific, medical, and ethical considerations of human gene editing. The committee held an information-gathering meeting, where invited experts discussed perspectives on human gene editing.

2016 5 February

A Public Lecture at Sofia University

A two day visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, held another busy schedule for Serageldin. He met with Vezhdi Rashidov, Minister of Culture, and paid an official visit to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, where the President of the Academy, Stefan Vodenicharov, presented to Serageldin the Honorary Sign of the President of the Academy for his outstanding contributions in science.

2016 3 February

An Eventful Day in Athens

Serageldin started off his visit to Athens chairing the board meeting of the Alexandria Center for Hellenistic Studies. This was followed by a meeting with Prokopis Pavlopoulos, President of Greece at the Presidential Megaron.

2016 2 February

Discussions on Democracy and Interfaith Dialogue in Sarajevo

Foundation “Shared Societies and Values Foundation” in Sarajevo gathered a group of prominent international public figures in a Forum titled “New generation democracy and interfaith dialogue - Responding to violent extremism”.

2016 28 January

Rome Concluding Remarks

2016 27 January

A Speech on Interfaith Dialogue in Rome’s Quirinale Palace

At a reception hosted by Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy, at the Quirinale Palace, Serageldin gave a speech on the theme of “Interconnectivity and the global search for spirituality. What is society looking for and what is the role of the State?”

2016 21 January

Serageldin Signs Agreement with Electre and BnF

In 2009 the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) donated half a million books to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) to develop its Francophone Library. This generous gift will now be further enriched by a new agreement signed between the BnF, Electre, and the BA, whereby 1500 books will be donated annually by Electre over the next three years, a period renewable by the three parties.

2016 15 January

Celebrating James Billington’s Lifetime Achievements

The Wilson Center invited Serageldin to join a panel of distinguished speakers in celebrating the contributions of James Billington—professor, author, Director of the Wilson Center and co-founder of the Kennan Institute, founder of the Open World Leadership Center, and recently retired Librarian of Congress.

2016 12 January

STS Meetings Held at NAS

As member of the Board of directors of The “Science and Technology in Society Forum” (STS), Serageldin participated in the Board Meeting held in the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC to review the activities of the Forum in 2015 and to discuss and plan the budget and activities for 2016.

2016 6 January

A Conference on Extremism at the BA

A large number of Arab researchers, intellectuals, and writers participated in a conference under the theme “Nurturing Extremism: A Reading of the Measures of Intellectual Confrontation”, held from 3 to 5 January 2016 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA).



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2015 21 December

مؤتمر "نقض أسس التطرف ومقولاته"

مؤتمر "نقض أسس التطرف ومقولاته"
2015 21 December

A Conference on Extremism in Rabat

A conference on extremism jointly organized by the Muhammadiyah Association of Scientists and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina was held in Rabat today.

2015 11 December

Onwards! Reinforcing Democracy for the 21st Century

Democracy for the 21st Century Conference
2015 11 December

BA Hosts Conference on 21st Century Democracy

The Library of Alexandria held a major three day conference on “Democracy for the 21st Century”. in collaboration with the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC) and the Club de Madrid (CdM), to work with politicians, experts, and academicians to explore both the current situation worldwide, and to think about possible reform measures or new instruments to create more inclusive and just societies henceforth.

2015 3 December

Serageldin Moderates Opening Session at NAS Summit on Gene Editing

A three-day international Summit on Human gene Editing co-hosted by The U.S. National Academy of Sciences, U.S. National Academy of Medicine, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the U.K.'s Royal Society, convened global experts to discuss the scientific, ethical, and governance issues associated with recent advances in human gene-editing research.

2015 1 December

Editing Our Genes: From the Pursuit of Knowledge to seeking Wisdom in Application

The International Summit on Human Gene Editing, Washington DC
2015 19 November

Proposals on Combatting Extremism

Serageldin met with a group of European Ambassadors in Cairo to discuss ideas and proposals on what should be done to combat extremism and violence in the region.

2015 7 November

BA Hosts 4th International Summit of the Book

The 4th International Summit of the Book, an annual global meeting launched by the Library of Congress in 2012 to discuss the book in all its dimensions, was this year hosted by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) under the theme "Book, Reading & Technology”.

2015 6 November

Serageldin Re-elected Head of WDL

Serageldin has been re-elected as Chairman of the Executive Council of the World Digital Library (WDL), for another five years.

2015 2 November

Sharing Insights on the Role of Religion in Fighting Extremism

The Council of Europe has invited Serageldin to participate in the “2015 Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue” held in Sarajevo on 2-3 November 2015.

2015 31 October

On Europe of the Year 2050

At the international Seminar Quelle Europe en 2050 ? (What Europe in 2050?) held by the Royal Academy of Belgium, Serageldin gave a speech entitled – Europe 2050 : un avenir voulu (Europe 2050 – A desired Future).

2015 28 October

Club de Madrid holds Global Dialogue on Countering Extremism

Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, President of the Club de Madrid, Former President of Latvia, invited Serageldin to participate in the Club de Madrid’s Policy Dialogue titled “Madrid+10 Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism” held in Madrid, Spain, October 27th and 28th, 2015.

2015 27 October

Serageldin Elected Board Member of STS Forum

Founder and Chairman of The Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum, Koji Omi, informed Ismail Serageldin that he has been elected as a new board member of STS for two years starting January 1, 2016.

2015 17 October

Seeking Balance: Mental Health in a Changing World

The World Federation for Mental Health 20th World Congress, Cairo, Egypt
2015 17 October

A Speech on Mental Health in a Changing World

Invited to be a distinguished guest speaker at the 20th World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health held in Cairo on 16-19 October,2015, Serageldin addressed an international audience of professionals, representatives from universities, public and private hospitals, NGOs, public institutions, state mental health agencies, with a keynote speech entitled “Seeking Balance: Mental Health in a Changing World”. The theme of the conference was “Mental Health in times of crisis”.

2015 12 October

A Message from Ismail Serageldin

As Honorary President of Religions for Peace, I bear this message to you concerning one of the greatest challenges that the believers of the world’s religions and all men and women of good will face today: protecting the earth and its climate.

2015 7 October

Serageldin Chairs ICEF Session on Technology Transfer

At the second Annual Conference of Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF), held in Tokyo just after the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum in Kyoto, Serageldin chaired a session titled “Technology Transfer to Developing Countries and Investment Promotion”.

2015 5 October

Examining the Impact of ICT on Society

At the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum Plenary Session on the topic of “Society Changed by ICT – Security and Privacy”, Serageldin was Chair Speaker in a dialogue among political leaders, scientists and industrialists.

2015 3 October

Discussions on Disaster Risk Reduction

Discussions on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction were held at the 7th Regional Action on Climate Change (RACC ) meeting held in Kyoto preceding the Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum meetings.

2015 13 September

Council Meets to Discuss Future Role of UAE Federation Library

Serageldin joined the first meeting of the Science Consultants Council held in Abu Dhabi this week.

2015 10 September

Building an Arab Knowledge Society

As Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Global Knowledge Initiative, Serageldin was invited to a brainstorming meeting of the Arab Knowledge Initiative.

2015 7 September

Celebrating the 13th Anniversary of the BA at the British Library

As part of the celebrations of the 13th anniversary of the opening of the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) Serageldin visits London to give a series of talks.

2015 1 September

UN Permanent Representatives Visit BA

Following the UN Permanent Representatives Retreat held in Alamein on 31 August, the BA hosted 50 UN delegates, as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs meetings organized to promote Egypt’s nomination for the membership of the UN Security Council.

2015 31 August

Keynote speech by Serageldin at UN Permanent Representatives Retreat

At the UN Permanent Representatives Retreat held in Alamein under the theme “Towards Enabling Multilateralism: Partnerships for Enhancing the Contribution and Participation of All Member States in the Work of the United Nations”, Serageldin delivered opening remarks entitled “Towards An Enabling Multilateralism: Rethinking the Current World Order”.

2015 23 August

Obituary: Mrs. Nevine Madkour, wife of Dr. Ismail Serageldin

It is with extreme sadness that I inform all our friends and acquaintances of the death of Mrs. Nevine Madkour, wife of Dr. Ismail Serageldin.

2015 7 August

Presenting the BA to the Minnesotans

Minnesota Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina held a dinner gathering in honor of Ismail Serageldin. On this occasion Serageldin gave a presentation on “The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Past, Present and Future”.

2015 28 June

President of Azerbaijan Awards Order of Friendship to Serageldin

President Ilham Aliyev invited Ismail Serageldin and Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Co-chairs of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC) as his personal guests to the Closing Ceremony of the First European Games held in Baku this month.

2015 18 June

BA Establishes Six New Embassies of Knowledge

In the presence of the El-Sayed Abdel-Khalek, Minister of Higher Education; Ashraf Hatem, the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Universities; and Yasser Al-Shayeb, Director of the Embassies of Knowledge initiative, Serageldin signed agreements with the Presidents of the Universities of Zagazig, Mansoura, Banha, Fayoum, Aswan and Suez, to establish Embassies of Knowledge aiming at disseminating culture and knowledge to university students throughout Egypt.

2015 1 June

A Debate on Democratic Security at the Council of Europe

Invited by the Council of Europe to inaugurate a new series of debates devoted to the concept of democratic security, Serageldin presented his vision of democratic security and its components in a presentation on ‘Counteracting radicalisation and extremism – promoting mutual knowledge, understanding, tolerance and respect for diversity’.

2015 29 May

AUB Confers Honorary Doctorate to Serageldin

In an award ceremony held during the 146th commencement exercises for 535 graduate students of the American University of Beirut (AUB), Ismail Serageldin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for his “enduring contributions to the arts, humanitarian and environmental causes, and conservation of the cultural heritage.”

2015 21 May

A Memorandum of Understanding Signed with MACAT

Serageldin signed a Memorandum of Understanding between MACAT International Limited, represented by its founding Director, Egyptian philanthropist Salah Khalil, and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, to collaborate in the field of translation of seminal books, design of training and educational materials, organization of joint seminars, conferences, lectures, training programs, exhibitions, publications, educational and cultural films and other material.

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