Co-founder of EYAS
The first Egyptian young scientist who attended Summer DAVOS 2009-China based on the initiative of IAP to empower the young scientists worldwide, and hence she was one of the few active founders of Global young academy (GYA) where she attended and co-organized the founding workshop of GYA in Berlin at 2010 and hence was the one –based on the initiative of IAP-who wrote to ASRT to establish the Egyptian young academy of sciences (EYAS) where the government responded to IAP initiative and launched EYAS. Hence, Dr. Amal became a co-founder of EYAS. Dr. Amal served as the executive committee member of (GYA) for the following three years directly after cofounding GYA (2010-2013). She was the group leader of women in science and member in the selection committee of GYA. She was the contact person for EYAS during the preparation of the fact finding mission of GYA to Egypt to help in launching (EYAS). Dr. Amal is associate professor at the polymers & pigments department and she was leader of the nanostructured polymers research group at the centre of excellence at National Research Centre in Egypt. She earned her B.Sc. at the Chemistry Department of Ain Shams University in Cairo and her M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Science of Cairo University. With a DAAD scholarship at the Inorganic Chemistry Department II of Ulm University in Germany, she earned her Ph.D. in Polymer Technology & Catalysis. Since then, she has occupied different positions. Research stays brought her to France, USA and again to Germany for several times. She supervised and headed several international, national projects, postgraduate students and has several activities. She organized and attended numerous national and international events and carried out two memorandums of understanding between Egypt, Georgia and MTU-USA. She was the founder and president of the Egyptian Society of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. She was the founder and coordinator of the Arab Materials Science and Nanotechnology Network. She was also selected as TWAS Young Affiliate in 2010 till 2014. Additionally, she was a member of the Arab-German Young Scientists Forum (2011). She has lots of scientific publications in highly ranked journals. She is a member in many scientific organizations and acts as reviewer and referee in the field of nanotechnology, polymers and nanocomposites for different international journals and organizations. She got several national and international awards. Recently, she was selected in the task force for establishment of Islamic young academy (IWAYS). She was a member of committee for developing Global Civics courses in the Arab region. She has several activities related to science education, simplified science and science communication where she attended the international IAP science communication workshop in Korea in June-2014 and co-organized several science days with EYAS along Egypt governorates to enhance public science literacy. She was selected in November 2015 to attend world science forum in Hungary and in July 2016 to attend science diplomacy course by AAAS-TWAS. In September 2016, Dr. Amal represented GYA in 2nd INGSA conference on science and policy making in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Amal has attended AAAS annual meeting in Boston (2017) according to the mentorship program of three circles of Alemate which is dedicated to women scientists. Dr. Amal is the founding chair of the conference/initiative for women in science without borders (WISWB) which has begun in 2017 with its conference held in Cairo, March 21-23. The 2nd conference of WISWB will be held in South Africa in March 2018. Recently, Dr. Amal was invited to TWAS-TYAN conference to give a talk on her experience with respect to science diplomacy. She was invited to WSF 2017, NASAC International Forum on Women and Sustainable Development in Africa 2018 and was featured in Women in science-inspiring stories from Africa (NASAC-IAP-2017).
The most important challenge for young people is defining their way to achieve their dreams. They thought the way is very hard and confusing. Therefore, mentorship must play vital role in directing the youth to identify their dreams and the best ways to accomplish them and succeed in their lives. Success stories, sharing best practices and circulating advices are also good tools to inspire young generations to better ways to plan for their future. Also, young generations must not be adhered to stereotypes with respect to any direction or job where they have to obey their real desires with hard work and continuous developing for themselves to reach to best results. So, in my talk, I will display some of my personal experiences as woman scientist in conservative country and how I always chase my dreams and my strategy to overcome obstacles where from my point of view there is no lack of jobs but there is lack of right qualifications for the desired jobs. So, Youth must always develop themselves to reach to what they want.