Islam Abou El-Magd

Speaker: Islam Abou El-Magd, Vice - President, the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Egypt
  • He is also acting the Counsellor for the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research for Space Technology and African Affairs.
  • He is currently acting as the Vice-President of the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Egypt. 
  • Prof. Abou El-Magd has obtained his PhD from the School of Civil Engineering and The Environment, University of Southampton, UK where he also worked there for few years. His research area of interest is remote sensing and GIS modelling in environmental related issues. He is also leading the consortia of the North Africa for coastal and marine project funded by AUC-GMES and Africa Program.
  • Prof. Abou El-Magd is heavily involved in many international and national committees that contribute to the society in policy, technology and applications. 
  • Prof. Islam Abou El-Magd published nearly 100 papers in peer reviewed journals
  • He is supervising more than 30 students in PhD and MSc in different thematic areas that apply remote sensing and geoinformatics.
  • Prof. Islam Abou El-Magd is managing many national and international projects that transform science and technology into societal benefits.
Abstract: “Egypt’s Policies, Strategies and Action Plans Towards Promoting Open Science”

The basic definition of open science is it encompasses unrestricted access to scientific articles and access to data from public research. However, open science is more than open access to publications or data; it includes many aspects and stages of research processes. It is a broader concept that includes, for example interoperability of scientific infrastructure, open and shared research methodologies (such as open applications and informatics code), and machine-friendly tools allowing for text and data mining. Open Science policies as those strategies and actions aimed at promoting Open Science principles and acknowledging Open Science practices. Those policies are usually established by research performing institutions, research funders, governments or publishers. The open science ecosystem is multidimensional including government ministries, universities, research centers, researchers, policy makers, private scientific publishers, business, libraries,  repositories and data centers, research funding agencies, and private no profit organizations and foundations; hence a successful strategy needs to take into account this diversity of open science ecosystem and react accordingly. Developing nations are still not yet getting into the promotion mode of open science, however there are few steps and trials. Egypt has taken steps towards education, since and technology and increased the budget to ensure high quality of education system and scientific research. It also taken steps towards promoting open sciences and issued some policies and strategies that support open science. This presentation will highlight all these policies, strategies and steps towards promoting open science in Egypt and the region.