Sinai

Sinai has always been at the heart of the founders. In 1982, Prof. Samy Zalat (Suez Canal University, Egypt) started his MSc. in Sinai. He is the first biologist to work in South Sinai after Egypt regained it from Israel. In 1986, the co-founders Prof. Francis Gilbert (Nottingham University, UK) and Prof. Somia El-Akkad (Ain Shams University, Egypt) shared his interest in Sinai Peninsula. As a result, they started a long term research program on biodiversity conservation of Sinai Peninsula involving many scientists from both countries, young researchers, undergraduates, and local people.

April 2006

A joint field course.

A joint visit to Protugal from UK: Dr F Gilbert, Dr C Barnard, Dr J Behnke, Dr T Reader, Dr M Eichhorn, AGunton + 30 undergraduates from Nottingham University  

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat and 9 undergraduates: Peter Bekhet, Bassem Fathy, Mahmoud Ibrahim (Cairo Univ.), Mohamed Sherif, Yahia Zakaria Mohamed Basyouni (Suez Canal Univ.), Basma Sharaf (Alexandria Univ.) and Mona Seif (Saluga & Ghazal Protectorate)

Fund: British Council "Young Scientists" - funded Egyptians

March 2006

Discuss DNA bar-coding techniques, retrieve specimens, etc

A visit of Dr S Zalat & Dr S El-Akkad to London and Manchester, UK, 2 weeks.

Fund: British Council Link 

January 2006

 Chemical ecology of Asclepias

A visit of Dr S El-Banna to Rothamsted, UK, 1 month.

Fund: British Council Link 

October 2005

Finalize booklets for children

A visit of Dr M Reiss (London University) to Sinai, 10 days.

St Katherine Protectorate: Yoseria Abdel Rahman

Fund: British Council Link 

September 2005

A workshop on finding and results of OpWall field work

A workshop at the British Council, Cairo to prsent OpWall work, 1 day

OpWall participants, invited audience of academics, Bedouin, etc

Fund: British Council

June - July 2005

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A visit of Dr F Gilbert, Dr K Meakin (Leeds), R Guenther (California), Dr C Dietz (Tubingen, Germany), S McMello, 7 OpWall staff, 33 international undergraduates and 19 6th formers (Grange School, UK) to Sinai, 8 weeks.  

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat, Dr S El-Banna, Dr M Musa, Dr A Abd El-Azim, Dr S El-Akkad (Ain Shams), 3 OpWall staff, 23 StKP rangers, 34 undergraduates, 10 Bedouin

Fund: British Council and OpWall

April 2005

Joint research on insect-plant interactions

A visit of Dr S El-Banna to Edinburgh, 2 weeks.  

Suez Canal: Dr D Shuker

Fund: British Council

April 2005

A joint field course

A joint visit to Protugal from UK: Dr F Gilbert, Dr C Barnard, Dr J Behnke, Dr T Reader, O Curno, A Higginson + 30 undergraduates from Nottingham University  

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, Dr M Musa, R El-Rayes, S Mohamed, I Abd el-Fattah, S Ahmed Abu E-Anein, R Moahmed, S Ali Shehata, N Hasanein

Fund: British Council "Young Scientists" to fund Egyptians

September 2004

International symposium on Species Interactions

International symopsium organised by the British Council and Egyptian British Biological Society (EBBSoc), 2 days

120 participants from 4 countries

Fund: British Council 

August - September 2004

Joint Field course

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, Dr J Behnke, Dr P Harris, Dr A Bajer (Warsaw), M Clarke, J Cowbum, J de Roij, S Franzen, V Hall, J Harrison, C Hill, S Jackson, S Jobling, T Newbold to Sinai, Egypt, 4 weeks 

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, Dr N Hussein, S El-Banna, G Abd El-Ghani, M Abd El-Rahman, E Sayed, A El-Sayed, A Ali, I Mohamed & H El-Alqamy, M Taeima, A Hamada, Y Mohamed, T El-Qanawaty, M El-Haag (St Katherine Protectorate). 

Fund: British Council Link

August 2004

Environmental Education course on awareness of medicinal plant conservation; establishment of propagation run by children

A visit of Dr M Reiss (London University) to Sinai, 10 days.

St Katherine Protectorate: Yoseria Abdel Rahman

Fund: British Council Link  

July 2004

A Training course in field ecology and taxonomy

Duration : 3 days

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat, Dr I Abdel Nabi, Dr F Semida, Dr M Mosaad, Dr S El-Banna, Heather Alden (Texas University, USA)

Fund: UNDP - GEF (SGP)

April 2004

 Joint field course

A joint visit to Protugal from UK: Dr F Gilbert, Dr C Barnard, Dr J Behnke, Dr T Reader, D Benham, A Higginson + 30undergraduates from Nottingham Univeristy  

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat, Dr N Sherif, S Rashad (StKP), A Gheith, H Abd El-Menim, S El-Baz, E Mohamed, S Osami, J Saber, M Samir

Fund: British Council "Young Scientists" - funded Egyptians

March 2004 - 2006

 MPhil in molecular population ecology

A visit of Ehab Said to Sinai and Nottingham University, 2 years.

Fund: Chevening Scholarship

January 2004

Analysing data and Discussing initiating OpWall in Egypt

A visit of Dr S Zalat to Nottingham University, 8 days.

Fund: British Council Link 

January 2004

 Workshop on "Animal over-harvesting: consultants meeting"

One day workshop

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat 20 Egyptian staff members

Fund: British Council & UNDP-GEF (SGP)

October 2003

Environmental Education

A visit of Dr M Reiss to Sinai, 1 week.

St Katherine Protectorate: Yousria M. Abdel Rahman

Fund: British Council Link 

October 2003

Workshop on "Animal over-harvesting: consultants meeting"

One day workshop

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat 30 Egyptian staff members

Fund: British Council & UNDP - GEF (SGP)

October 2003

International Conference in Cairo University and visit to Sinai

A visit to  Cairo and Sinai from UK: Dr F Gilbert (Nottingham), Dr J Pickett (Rothamsted), Dr R Scott

(Aberden), T Pickett (Edinburgh), 1 week

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat and 100 Egyptian staff members

Fund: British Council Link

August - September 2003

 Joint field course

A joint visit to Sinai from UK: Dr F Gilbert (Nottingham), Dr S Dunkin (Chester) + 10 undergraduates: E Mills, J Luxton, C Taylor, S Dale, C Hancock, F Flegg, G Taylor, D Marchant, C Caudwell, U Ferentzi

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, H Abd El-Menim, E Sayed  and 8 undergraduates: H Nageh, R Fouad, N Abu Fandud, D Farag, N Abdullah, M Ismail, A Mohamed, A Salama and S Rashad (St Katherine Protectorate)

Fund: British Council "Young Scientists"

April 2003

Joint field course

A joint visit to Protugal from UK: Dr F Gilbert, Dr C Barnard, Dr S Collins + 22 undergraduates from Nottingham Univeristy  

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, Dr S Imam and 8 undergraduates: A Housni, H Laban, H Nageh, D Farag, R Fouad, N Abu Fandud, M Ahmed.

Fund: British Council "Young Scientists" - funded Egyptians

November 2002

Environmental Education

A visit of Dr M Reiss to Sinai, 10 days. 

St Katherine Protectorate: Yoseria Mohamed

Fund: British Council Link

August - September 2002

 Joint field course

A visit of Dr S Collins, Dr S deKoort, J Gilbert (Cambridge), B Woodward, T Webborn, A Tate, A Hall, J Eales, S Woodcock, L Belton, J Griffin (Nottingham undergraduates), 3weeks.

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, E Sayed, L Mohi El-Din, S Ibrahim, A Housni, H Laban, T Rashed, H Abd El-Aziz, M Tawfiq, M Safi, N El-Said (Suez Canal undergraduates).

Fund: British Council Link 

July 2002

Discussion on computer-based learning

A visit of Dr S Zalat & Dr M El-Ashrey, 2 weeks.

Suez Canal: E Sayed & N Hussein, Haitham Zalat

Fund: British Council Link & Suez Canal University

July 2002

Research on mouse behaviour

A visit of Dr C Barnard to Sinai, 4 weeks.

Suez Canal: E Sayed & N Hussein, Haitham Zalat

Fund: leverhulme Trust

June 2002

Research on insect-plant relationship

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, R Newton to Sinai, 2 weeks. 

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat

Fund: British Council Link

May 2002

Workshop on "Overharvesting biota: problem identification"

A visit of Dr F Gilbert to Ismailia and Cairo, 3 days

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat & Dr M Fouda

Fund: British Council Link & UNDP-GEF (SGP)

April 2002

Research on Alkanna colour change

A visit of C Nuttman (St Andrews) to Sinai, 2 weeks. 

Suez Canal: Dr F Semida

Fund: British Council Link

January 2002

Writing & discussion about computer-based learning

A visit of Dr S Zalat ton Nottingham University, 3 weeks.

Fund: British Council Link 

November 2001

Analyzing data and writing papers

A visit of Dr S Zalat ton Nottingham University, 3 weeks.

Fund: British Council Link 

August 2001

Talks in International Conference (Ismailia) and visit to Sinai

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, Dr I Duce, Dr I Mellor, Dr P Harris, Dr J Behnke (Nottingham), Dr M Reiss (London), Dr S Hartley (Banchory), Dr C Thomas (Leeds), Dr M Bruford (Cardiff).Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr A Shoukry, Dr M Fouda, M Shaker (EEAA) & 120 Egyptian delgates.

Fund: British Council Link 

February 2001

Molecular biology

A visit of  Dr S Imam ton Nottingham University, 3 weeks.

Fund: British Council Link 

 

2001 - 2003

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A visit of  S El-Banna to Rothamsted/Nottingham, 2 years

Fund: Egyptian Government

August - September 2000

Field research in parasitology and on gardens

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, C Barnard, Dr J Behnke, Dr P Harris, M James, A Rhodes, M Lamb, L Cliffe, J Hurst & Dr A Bajer (Warsaw) to Sinai, Egypt, 2 weeks 

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, Dr N Hussein, S El-Banna, G Abd El-Ghani, M Abd El-Rahman, E Sayed, A El-Sayed, A Ali, I Mohamed & H El-Alqamy, M Taeima, A Hamada, Y Mohamed, T El-Qanawaty, M El-Haag (St Katherine Protectorate). 

Fund: British Council Link

June 2000

Field course at Slapton Ley with Cambridge University

A visit of  H Abd El-Meniem to Devon, 2 weeks.

Fund: British Council Link

2000 - 2003

PhD on Sinai Baton Blue butterfly

A visit of M James to Sinai accompanied by Bedouin in Sinai, Egypt 

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat

Fund: Leverhulme Trust

2000 - 2002

MSc on remote sensing of Sinai vegetation

A visit of M Mabrouk to Nottingham University, Geography Department.

Fund: British Council, Chevening Schoolarship

December 1999

Developing syllabus on Environmental Science

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, Dr M Reiss (London) to Cairo, British Cairo office, Egypt, 1 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr I Spriniguel, Dr A Belal (South Valley University)

Fund: British Council Link (1)

June 1999

Field course at Slapton Ley with Cambridge University

A visit of G Abd El-ghani to Devon, 2 weeks

Fund: British Council Link (1)

May 1999

Developing syllabus on Environmental Science

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, Dr M Reiss (London) to Cairo, British Cairo office, Egypt, 1 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr I Spriniguel, Dr A Belal (South Valley University)

Fund: British Council Link (1)

March 1999

Workshop on the Promotion System & Research Quality in Egypt

A visit of Dr F Gilbert to Cairo, Egypt, 2 days

Funder: British Council Link (1)

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat

March 1998

Workshop on molecular methods, Ain Shams

A visit of Dr T Tighe, Dr J Roberts (Nottingham) Cairo, Egypt, 2 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat and Dr S El-Akkad (Ain Shams)

Fund: British Council Link (1)

September 1997

Biostatistics workshops at Ismailia & Ain Shams

A visit of Dr F Gilbert to Ismailia and Cairo, Egypt, 1 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat

Fund: British Council Link (1)

May 1997

Research expedition, seminars, workshops

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, C Barnard, Dr J Behnke, H Gilbert, Dr K Hovemeyer, Dr S Hartley, T Ings (Leeds) to Sinai, Egypt, 3 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, Dr A Moustafa, S El-Banna, G Oraby, R Hassan, Dr H Fadl, M Saleh, M Shaaban, Dr J Graninger, A Metrash, M Shaker (SK Protectorate), A Torki (Min. of Agr.).

Fund: British Council Link (1)

March 1997

Research, seminars & workshops

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, L Sales (Nottingham), Dr Holloway, A Callaghan (Reading), Dr G Stone, Dr A Rowe (Oxford), Dr K Wolff (St Andrews) to Sinai, Egypt, 3 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, S El-Banna, G Oraby, Dr S El-Akkad (Ain Shams)

Fund: British Council Link (1)

November 1996

Establishment of the Egyptian British Biological Society (EBBSoc)

A visit of Dr F Gilbert to Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt, 5 days

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat

Fund: British Council Link (1)

September 1996

Research expedition, seminars, workshops

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, C Barnard, H Gilbert to Sinai, Egypt, 3 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, S El-Banna, G Oraby, Dr H Fadl, M Saleh, M Shaaban

Fund: British Council Link (1)

March 1996

Pollination and grazing research

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, Dr S Hartley (ITE, Banchory), Dr S Potts (St Andrews) to Sinai, Egypt, 3 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, Dr R Moustafa, S El-Banna, M Abdel-Latif, Dr M El-Naggar, G Oraby

Fund: British Council Link (1)

March 1996

Dr H Fadl : Identification of beetles of Sinai

Dr M Bedir: Database of birds of Sinai

A visit of Dr H Fadl (BMNH, London) & Dr M Bedir (Nottingham), 8 weeks

Fund: British Council Link (1)

August 1995

Biodiversity Expedition

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, D Slater, N Seaton, H Gilbert to Sinai, Egypt, 3 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida, Dr R Moustafa, Dr H Fadl, M Saleh, M Shaaban

Fund: British Council Link (1)

July 1995

Dr S Zalat: Biology and morphology of bees of Sinai

Dr S El-Akkad: DNA methods in insect-plant relationships

A visit of Dr S Zalat & Dr S El-Akkad to St Andrews University, 8 week

Fund: British Council Link (1)

March 1995

Research on insect energetics

A visit of Dr T Wolf, D Adair (Cambridge) to Sinai, Egypt, 2 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr F Semida 

Fund: British Council Link (1)

August 1994

Biodiversity research & Wadi Isla expedition

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, K Sorensen, A Gonzalez, J Gilbert to Sinai, Egypt, 3 weeks

Suez Canal: Dr S Zalat, Dr S Kamel, Dr M El Naggar, Dr M Bedir, Dr H Fadl (Ain Shams), M Shaaban, M Saleh (Cairo).

Bedouin: Farag Ibrahim, Hussein Saleh, 2 Bedouin from Wadi Rahaba with their camels to W. Isla

Fund: British Council Link (1)

July 1994

Initiate the supervision on R Ahmed PhD on aquatic insects of Egypt

A visit of Dr R Angus (Royal Holloway, London Univ.) to Sinai, Egypt, 2 weeks

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Rowyida Ahmed & I Imam

Fund: Egyptian Government

June 1994

A visit of Dr S Zalat, Nottingham Univ., 8 weeks

Fund: British Council Link (1)

A visit of Dr S Zalat, Nottingham Univ., 8 weeks

Fund: British Council Link (1)

March 1994

Research on insect-plant relationships

A visit of Dr F Gilbert, Dr P Willmer, Dr G Stone, Dr R Abbott, Dr S Whiten, Dr S Potts (Oxford) to Sinai, 3 wks

Suez Canal University: Dr F Semida, Dr M Bedir & Dr M El-Naggar

Bedouin: Hussein Saleh

Fund: British Council Link (1)

January 1994

Database on birds of Sinai, statistical methods

A visit of Dr M Bedir & Dr M El-Naggar, 6 weeks

Fund: British Council Link (1)

September 1993

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A visit of Dr F Gilbert, Dr Z Wilson, Dr P Tighe, H Gilbert  to Sinai, Egypt, 3 weeks

Funder: British Council Link (1)

Suez Canal University: Dr S Zalat, Dr M El-Naggar, Dr M Bedair, K El-Letwany

Bedouin: Farag Ibrahim & Hussein Mousa

July 1993

Courses:

Database and specimen identification (Dr S Zalat)

 

DNA techniques (Dr S El-Akkad)

A visit of Dr S Zalat and Dr S El-Akkad to Nottingham Univ., UK, 6 weeks

Fund: British Council Link (1)

April 1992

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A visit of Dr F Gilbert, P Willmer, J Ghazoul (St Andrews Univ.) to Sinai, Egypt, 3 weeks

Suez Canal University: S Zalat, F Semida, A Abo-Ghalia, G Oraby, K El Letwany, MS Zaghloul, Mohamed El-Soley

Bedouin: Farag Ibrahim, Hussein Mousa, Soliman Farag, Ismail Gaber

Funder: Royal Society

  1990

PhD in insect-plant relationships

A visit of F Semida to Nottingham University, UK (2 years)

Fund: Egyptian Government 

October 1986

PhD in Eumenidae and venom biochemistry

A visit of S Zalat to Nottingham University, UK (2 years)

Fund: Egyptian Government + Welcome Trust

September 1986

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A visit of Dr Francis Gilbert to Sinai, Egypt, 2 weeks

Suez Canal University: S Zalat (1st right), F Semida (2nd right), H Fadel (Ain Shams Univ.) (1st  left). 

Bedouin: Farag Ibrahim (2nd right)

Fund: Egyptian Government

1982 - 1985

Master degree on "Insect Pollinators associated with wild plant in South Sinai".

Samy Zalat was a Demenstrator in Zoology Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University. 

Bedouin: Farag Ibrahim, Mahmoud Dokoni, Saleh Hussein (the Environmental Research Center, St Katherine).

Fund: Egyptian Government 

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