Ismail Serageldin

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2014 23 June

Ancient Wisdom

It was alongside the rivers here by the Nile and in Mesopotamia that agriculture and the first civilizations arose. Egypt … a land as old as time … a legacy of grandeur and achievement that defies time. Herodotus called Egypt “the gift of the Nile” and the Ancient Egyptian gave the world an unparalleled gift of knowledge and ancient wisdom

2014 23 June

Cosmology

Since the earliest times, humans have looked at the heavens and tried to understand the stars, the sun, the moon. Gradually we learned to understand the structure of the universe and today we have come to know the magnitude of the physical universe in which we exist. Its vastness in terms of time and space exceeds the wildest dreams of the Ancients and the enormity of the cosmos is really a challenge to the human imagination to fully embrace. This is the story of modern cosmology.

2014 23 June

Voyage to the Moon

Humans have long been enthralled by the moon. … even before machine-powered flight was a reality, some were dreaming of travelling to the moon. In an amazingly short time, 66 years from the first flight of the Wright brothers in 1903, to 20th July 1969, Neil Armstrong actually walked on the moon. It was the greatest accomplishment of humanity … and this is the story of that voyage to the moon.

2014 23 June

The New Library of Alexandria

The Ancient Library of Alexandria was the greatest adventure of the human intellect. Part academy, part research center, part library, it welcomed the greatest thinkers of the age. The library completely disappeared over 1600 years ago but continued to inspire scientists and scholars everywhere. A few years ago it came to life again. This is the story of this great Egyptian project … the story of the rebirth of the fabled Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria.

2014 23 June

The Glory of Alexandria

To the whole world the very name of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina conjures up the image of a glorious past, of a shared heritage for all of humanity. 2300 years ago, Alexander the Great, in pursuit of his dreams of culture and conquest, selected the site for a new capital, Alexandria, and his successors in Egypt, the Ptolemies, made it the intellectual capital of the world.

2014 23 June

Egypt Reawakens

In the 15th and 16th centuries, while Europe was going through a scientific revolution, Egypt had sunk to backwardness and obscurantism. It was first stirred from its slumbers with the arrival of Napoleon Bonaparte and his expeditionary force which included 150 scientists, printing presses and the best available science and technology. Later it was at the hands of Mohamed Ali Pasha, sent by the Ottoman Sultan as commander of an expeditionary force, as he set about modernizing the country.

2014 23 June

Muslim Grandeur

The dark ages settle in Europe and the ancient world, but out of the east comes a new force … Islam explodes out of Arabia and within a few decades a vast new Muslim empire dominates world civilization. It is to write a brilliant chapter in the history of knowledge and learning, tolerance and understanding. While Europe sinks into the dark ages, from Iran and Iraq in the east to Andalusia in the west, with Egypt and the Levant at the core, the torch of art and science is held high.

2014 23 June

How Biology Became a Science

This series of 25-minute episodes, each enriched with an abundance of visual material, is available in both English and Arabic. Dr. Serageldin takes us on a journey of exploration and discovery in the realm of science, from distant space to the frontiers of tomorrow.

2014 23 June

The Story of Life on Earth

The story of life starts with the formation of earth from the primeval dust 4.5 billion years ago … but it is not until nearly a billion years later that life begins in the warm waters of the oceans and earth evolves into the planet that we know today .. full of life and wonder.

2014 23 June

Encyclopedia of Life (EOL)

The enormous diversity of life … a constant and endless fascination for humans from the most ancient of times. But how do we organize the enormous amount of information that we have about life on earth? With the help of the internet, in the early part of the 21st century, scientists are collectively writing a book that will include all the species known and all the literature on the biodiversity of the planet.

2014 23 June

Darwin and Evolution

Darwin’s theory of evolution is the overarching theory of biology. Ever since it was formally articulated, it has brought organization to the enormous diversity of life. Thanks to Darwin, this enormous variety is explained, not only explaining why it exists, but even that it is traceable to a common ancestor. Darwin managed to assemble all the species of the world into his masterwork.

2014 23 June

DNA

In 1953 Watson and Crick produced a scientific paper of one page which is considered one of the most important discoveries of the 20th century. It revolutionized science and opened up the way to modern biotechnology. In that paper Watson and Crick had correctly described the structure of DNA and explained the mechanism of heredity… Humans had found the building blocks of life.

2014 23 June

The Story of Aviation

From oldest times human beings have looked at birds flying and dreamt of one day being able to soar into the air. That dream has captured the imagination of human beings from all times and they continued this dream of flight until finally, from balloons to fixed wing aircrafts to helicopters the story of flight took off. This is the story of aviation.

2014 31 May

Friends of the BA in the US Hold Book Fundraiser

Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia (DC- MD-VA), a part of the Baltimore-Luxor-Alexandria Sister Cities Committee , held an event under the theme « Celebrate Egypt » to raise funds for books dedicated to Egypt’s children. The garden party was hosted on the banks of the Potomac River at the home of...

2014 23 May

Astronomy

Since the beginning of time, humans observed the heavens and saw patterns in time and space, in the cycles of day and night, the lunar month and the seasons marking the solar year. The patterns of the stars and their movement marked time and also helped to find directions, Gradually we learned to understand the stars…this is the story of the journey from observation to understanding. It is the story of Astronomy.

2014 29 April

Serageldin opens NGIC & Club de Madrid Forum

As Co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC), Serageldin was Master of Ceremony at the NGIC and Club de Madrid’s II Global Shared Societies Forum “Post 2015 Agenda And Shared Societies”. In a session on “Shared Societies as a Driver in Conflict Resolution”, Serageldin shared his insights...

2014 5 April

BA Annual BoT Meeting headed by President of Egypt

As Co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC), Serageldin was Master of Ceremony at the NGIC and Club de Madrid’s II Global Shared Societies Forum “Post 2015 Agenda And Shared Societies”. In a session on “Shared Societies as a Driver in Conflict Resolution”, Serageldin shared his insights...

2014 3 April

Horizons on Egyptian Television

"Horizons”, a television science series of 25 minute episodes, developed and presented by Serageldin and produced by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, will be aired on Channel One of Egypt’s national TV...

2014 27 March

Jurji Zaidan: The Man and His Legacy

Ismail Serageldin, a long-time admirer of Jurji Zaidan, was invited by the Zaidan Foundation (http://www.zaidanfoundation.org/) and the Library of Congress to participate in a symposium organized to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Zaidan's birth and the 120th anniversary...

2014 27 March

Serageldin Attends Review Panel Meeting of ICSU

Serageldin is invited to attend the third meeting of the Review Panel of the International Council for Science (ICSU) . The Panel is chosen by a Selection Committee of former officers of ICSU and is composed of 12 highly eminent persons, who are invited to review the mandate of ICSU.

2014 26 March

A Professional Talk to NLB and LAS Teams

On the topic of: “The Challenges of Libraries in a Digital and Technological Age” , Serageldin gave a professional talk to the teams of the National Library Board (NLB) and the Library Association of Singapore (LAS). Serageldin also gave a talk, open to the public, on the “The Future of Education”...

2014 25 March

Learning from History in Islamic Education

Addressing the Muslim community in Singapore, Serageldin gave a lecture entitled “The Role of History in Islamic Education” . Organized by The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), the MUIS lecture aims to provide key government and public sector leaders, as well as community and religious leaders, academics...

2014 3 March

KIT Collection Reaches Alexandria Harbor

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina celebrates the arrival of almost 400,000 books and 20,000 journals, received from the Royal Tropical Institute—Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen (KIT) in Amsterdam. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed last October by Ismail Serageldin...

2014 24 February

The Story of Astronomy – Part 1 (Featuring Dr. George Salib)

Dr. Serageldin takes us on a journey of exploration and discovery in the realm of science, to relive the greatest scientific and intellectual achievements of mankind. Featuring Dr. George Salib, Serageldin recounts the story of Astronomy in this episode.

2014 24 February

The Story of Astronomy – Part 2 (Featuring Dr. George Salib)

Dr. Serageldin takes us on a journey of exploration and discovery in the realm of science, to relive the greatest scientific and intellectual achievements of mankind. Featuring Dr. George Salib, Serageldin recounts the story of Astronomy in this episode.

2014 24 February

The Story of Space (Featuring Dr. Farouk Elbaz)

Dr. Serageldin takes us on a journey of exploration and discovery in the realm of science, to relive the greatest scientific and intellectual achievements of mankind. Featuring Dr. Farouk Elbaz, Serageldin recounts the story of Space in this episode.

2014 24 February

The Story of Aviation (Featuring Dr. Farouk Elbaz)

Dr. Serageldin takes us on a journey of exploration and discovery in the realm of science, to relive the greatest scientific and intellectual achievements of mankind. Featuring Dr. Farouk Elbaz, Serageldin recounts the story of Aviation in this episode.

2014 24 February

The Story of Earth (Featuring Dr. Farouk Elbaz)

Dr. Serageldin takes us on a journey of exploration and discovery in the realm of science, to relive the greatest scientific and intellectual achievements of mankind. Featuring Dr. Farouk Elbaz, Serageldin recounts the story of Earth and the advancement of space technologies.

2014 19 February

Serageldin Co-chairs NGIC Meeting in Athens

At the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Serageldin convened with the board members of the Nizami Ganjavi Ineternational Center (NGIC) and Club de Madrid in a preparatory meeting for the II Global Shared Societies Forum: Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda - Measuring Shared Societies to be held in Baku this coming April. Serageldin presented a proposal for an academic program for NGIC.

2014 1 February

Global Challenges and the University of Tomorrow

Alexandria

This presentation was delivered at BioVision Alexandria 2014 Conference in the Library of Alexandria.

2014 25 January

Reflections on the Third Anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution: Historic Hours and Tumultuous Times

Today, we celebrate the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. A milestone that calls for reflection on those three years of chaotic action, great moments, dashed dreams, big achievements, sacrifice and betrayal, and all the components of a human drama of the highest order. Tumultuous times, historic hours, greatness achieved, then lost, retrieved and lost again in the fog of uncertainty as the elusive dream of building our new republic on an inclusive society and a system of laws seems to be overtaken by...

2014 25 January

Serageldin’s Reflections on Third Anniversary of Egyptian Revolution

As Egypt celebrates the third anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, Serageldin reflects on “those three years of chaotic action, great moments, dashed dreams, big achievements, sacrifice and betrayal, and all the components of a human drama of the highest order.”

2014 10 January

Global Challenges and the University of Tomorrow

Puerto Rico, USA

This presentation was delivered at Puerto Rico, USA.

2014

Hassan Fathy : Egypt’s Visionary Architect

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2014 1 January

Arabic Computational Linguistics

Alexandria, Egypt

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Arabic Computational Linguistics” at the Library of Alexandria.

2014

Experiencing Alexandria - The City as Text and Context

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2014

Ancient Alexandria and the Dawn of Medical Science

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2014

Public Health and Private Medicine

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2014

Do not mess with (Im)perfection

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The phenomenal success of the Internet has prompted a number of voices to
question how it is governed, and who makes the decisions and who benefits. Some
see the US Government pulling the strings behind a system that remains mostly
dominated by American firms and whose most important installations have largely
remained on US soil. Politics entered the argument, many simply saying that in this
day and age of globalization and multilateralism, and the relatively reduced
economic power of the USA in the global economy, others must have an equal say
in how the Internet is run. And the governance debate was on.It became a part of
the central debates launched at The World Summit for the Information Society
(WSIS) held in 2003 in Geneva and in 2005 in Tunis. An Annual Internet
Governance Forum (IGF) ensued, meeting yearly in different parts of the World.
Further fueled by the political controversies surrounding the NSA and US
Government snooping, the increasing invasion of privacy that is part of the rapidly
changing contexts created by social media and even commercial services being
provided through the Internet, more voices were raised demanding to break up the
“US monopoly” on running the internet. As we approach the tenyear
mark for
IGF 2015, a number of committees and Panels have been convened to reflect on
the substance of the issues and produce recommendations on the topic of how the
Internet should be governed. This small note is one contribution to one of these
distinguished panels, devoted to the future role of The Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

2013 29 December

On S&T Education for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region

TWAS-ARO Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “On S&T Education for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region” at “TWAS-ARO Alexandria” at the Library of Alexandria.

2013 27 December

Report to Egypt’s Intellectuals

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Report to Egypt’s Intellectuals” at the Library of Alexandria.

2013 23 December

Ismail Serageldin's Interview at the League of Arab States

An interview with Dr. Serageldin held on the occasion of “Arabic Document Day” celebration at the League of Arab States.

2013 16 December

Pascal and Science Four Episodes

Alexandria

Dr. Serageldin delivered this presentation entitled “Pascal and Science Four Episodes” at the Library of Alexandria.

2013 7 December

Opening Remarks at Club de Madrid – World Leadership Alliance Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia

Club de Madrid – World Leadership Alliance Annual Conference, Brisbane, Australia

It gives me great pleasure to address you with my own voice as a concerned citizen of the world, as the first chairman of the Youth Employment Summit/Youth For Environmental Sustainability or YES represented here by its founding and continuing driving force, Poonam Ahluwalia, and also as the Co-Chair of the Board of the NGIC, a platinum sponsor of this event… To share this podium with WimKok, the President of the Club de Madrid, and Clive Palmer, The SG of the World Leadership Alliance and the President of the World Economic Council.

2013 4 December

Taming the Wild Markets: Steps Towards a Humane Globalization

Remarks delivered at the Panel for “Synergies to Master the Global Crisis” at the “Dialogue and Cooperation for Change”-Eurasian Interdependencies on Overcoming the Crisis-3rd CGDC Annual Meeting, Vienna, Austria

The recent crisis in the financial markets marks the end of an unprecedented era of naive belief that free capital flows and unfettered markets are the cure for all the world’s ills. That the private sector was going to solve all problems, if only governments would get out of the way, forgetting that monopolies, greed, and abuses of all kinds can occur if those entrusted with managing people’s money and assets are not supervised and held accountable for their actions.



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