Egyptian German Water Cluster
The Egyptian German Water Cluster is an issue driven network focusing on water related research topics. Its main purpose is to provide an infrastructure that allows communication, cooperation and increased visibility of the research projects and the researchers. With an online database containing the water cluster’s members and their projects, the cluster offers a platform for information and scientific exchange.
  • Reach out to new and established stakeholders and inform key players
  • Expertise-oriented search engine to match potential cooperation partners
  • Jointly organise capacity building for fellow researches and students
  • Communicate upcoming events, publications and funding opportunities


KarmSolar has moved to deploy its off-grid projects to build high capacity solar pumping stations to irrigate infertile land with water from yet untapped aquifers. In the process, the company has aligned itself with Sisi’s plans to put 3.7 million acres of desert sand into agricultural use.

As climate change, population growth and water shortages put increasing pressure on food security in the region, the German Science Centre in Cairo focused its annual conference on promoting sustainable agriculture in Egypt and Germany.


Within the framework of the UNESCO Japanese Fund-In-Trust (JFIT) Project titled “Urgent Capacity Development for Managing Natural Disaster Risks of Flash Floods in Egypt, Jordan, Sudan and Yemen”, the Training Workshop on “Numerical Modelling for Extreme Flash Flood Events in the Arid Regions” wa

On November 21, 2016, in the framework of the “German Days in Upper Egypt” – a four-day event organized by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Egypt – the German Science Centre (DWZ) Cairo and the GIZ organized a Cairo Climate Talk (CCT) panel in Sohag, to present the benefits of bank filtration.
On November 11th, 2016, the German Science Centre (DWZ), in partnership with Misr El-Kheir Foundation, invited leading experts in the field of desalination and fresh water production from Germany and Egypt to discuss the potential and the challenges of desalination in the Egyptian context at the “TechTalk Water: Desalination”.

Call closes: January 31, 2017.
Alumni Sonderprojekt: Seminar und Teilnahme an der Messe IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa 2017 in Johannesburg.


Call closes: January 16, 2017.
Alumni Sonderprojekt: Seminar und Teilnahme an der Messe AGRITECHNICA 2017 in Hannover.


Announcement of the German-African Innovation Incentive Award to an African researcher and his or her respective German cooperation partner.


Call closes: February 15, 2017.
The bilaterally financed funding scheme GERSS enables young Egyptian researchers enrolled in MSc, PhD programmes and young Post-Doctoral candidates for up to 6 months.


The bilaterally financed funding scheme GERLS enables Egyptian PhD candidates to complete their degree in Germany under the supervision of German professors. 


The bilaterally financed funding scheme GE-SEED enables Egyptian and German researchers to collaborate on joint projects for up to 2 years.

Call for GE-SEED 2016/17 from 9.10.2016 - 5.12.2016 is now closed!

“Egypt relies on the Nile river for 95% of its freshwater needs for irrigation, drinking and industrial purposes." Facing that issue the German Science Centre (DWZ) Cairo hosted an expert workshop on Riverbank Filtration on September 26, 2016.
On September 25, the German Science Center (DWZ), in partnership with the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater (HCWW)), called for an expert workshop on 'Industrial Wastewater Management in Egypt' to give a clear outlook on current challenges in this sector and highlight the latest innovations. Best practice models and cutting edge research that Egyptian and German scientists engage in were presented, and their merits discussed during this one-day workshop.
Water pollution is an issue at the crux of Egypt’s sustainable development. Poor water treatment and enforcement of existing regulations is already causing health issues for the most vulnerable in the country. (...) the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s (HBS) and the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights (ECESR) launched “80 Gigawatts of Change: Egypt’s Future Electricity Pathways,” the first publicly accessible, civil society analyzed scenario for the Egyptian electrical sector.

The German Science Centre Cairo supported an exchange campaign between Helwan University, the GIZ water & wastewater management program, Campus El Gouna and young talented researchers from Cairo University.

Facing similar problems as Egypt, like a growing population and a constant decline of fresh water access, Saudi Arabia is investing into new technologies to meet water needs and confront its growing water shortage. Jointly with the German expertise of the Fraunhofer Water Systems Alliance the Saudi government exerts efforts of desalination and up-country drinking water transportation, as the following report highlights.
A range of contemporary pressures – rising populations, economic development, and climate change – are increasing the strain on water supplies in many regions of the world today. Nowhere is water scarcity felt more acutely than in the arid countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
"Its population soaring, Egypt is facing a food-supply crisis. Can the government make a desert bloom?" Peter Schwartzstein gives a comprehensive overview over food-security in Egypt and its relationship with water, economics and the governments large-scale development projects.
A chemist finds a way to cut supersalty discharge and CO2 as the Middle East relies ever more on seawater desalination. Farid Benyahia wants to solve two environmental problems at once: excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and excess salt in the Persian Gulf (aka the Arabian Gulf).

In recent years, flash floods in Wadi systems have caused severe damages, especially in the Arab regions. Human life, infrastructure such as roads and buildings as well as the environment are endangered and have been heavily destroyed.