TUM Cairo: Initiating cooperation in physics with Egyptian universities

Prof. Dr. Nora Brambilla, Head of T30f-Theoretical Particle and Nuclear Physics Group and Prof. Dr. Antonio Vairo, Adjunct Professor at the TUM Physics Department, visited Egypt from September 3 to 6, 2019, to initiate cooperation with the American University (AUC), Cairo University, and Zewail City of Science and Technology.

Prof. Nora Brambilla of the Technical University of Munich holds a talk for Egyptian students at AUC.

Prof. Brambilla during her lecture on quarkonium and effective field theories at AUC. Photo: Heba Afifi / TUM

Prof. Antonio Vairo of the Technical University of Munich during lecture for Egyptian students at Cairo University.

The topic of Prof. Vairo's lecture at Cairo University was: Quarkonium Suppression - An Effective Field Theory Approach to Open Quantum Systems. Photo: Heba Afifi / TUM

In line with the internationalization strategy of TUM, Prof. Brambilla and Prof. Vairo visited three universities in Cairo to explore cooperation possibilities in the field of particle, nuclear and hadron physics.

At the American University, the TUM delegation was welcomed by Dr. Ezzeldin Soliman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics as well as by the Associate Chair Dr. Karim Addas. A seminar on quarkonium and effective field theories was delivered by Prof. Brambilla which sparked fruitful discussions with their Egyptian counterparts about research collaboration possibilities.

At Cairo University, Prof. Brambilla delivered a talk on Heavy Quarkonium with Effective Field Theories and Prof. Vairo spoke about Quarkonium Suppression: An Effective Field Theory Approach to Open Quantum Systems .The lectures were attended by more than 80 physics students who were invited to apply to the Summer School in Effective Field Theory and Lattice that will be organized by Prof. Brambilla and Prof. Vairo at the Physikzentrum Bad Honnef, supported by Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation, next summer.

Executive President of Zewail City, Dr. Sherif Sedky, together with faculty staff from the physics department of Zewail City hosted the TUM professors during their visit. Prof. Brambilla gave a presentation about the structure of the TUM Department of Physics and discussed mutual fields of interest. A clear research overlap has been identified with the Center of Fundamental Physics and some collaborations have been already initiated.

Both TUM professors were pleased with the outcome of their visits:
“It is amazing what you find here in Cairo”, says Prof. Brambilla. “Brand new frontier universities emerging like modern cathedrals in the desert, close to the Pyramids, lots of highly motivated and passionate students, a nice and welcoming atmosphere, and a TUM liaison officer, Heba Afifi, who is able to make the impossible possible. We are really looking forward to an increased collaboration with Cairo universities.”

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