EuroScience, a European grassroots organisation of scientists based in Strasbourg, France, has awarded the former director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Dr Ismail Serageldin, the 2018 Rammal Award.
A press release by the organisation said that Serageldin was awarded for his many scientific contributions in economic development and sustainable agriculture for food security in developing countries, as well as for his tireless campaigning for mutual understanding, tolerance, learning and understanding between peoples, religions and nations.
The award will be bestowed at the EuroScience Open Forum which will take place in Toulouse from 9 to 14 July.
Serageldin, who was born in Giza in 1944, started out as an economist for the World Bank and then held a variety of positions for the Bankaround the Middle East and Africa.
He holds a BSc in engineering from Cairo University and a Master and PhD degree of Harvard University.
In 2001 he was the founding director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a large library and cultural centre in the coastal city.
In May 2018, he was appointed as a consultant to oversee Al-Azhar’s Islamic Institute’s new library.
The Rammal Award is named after a Lebanese researcher, Rammal Rammal (1951-1991), whose career was devoted to fostering good human relations through the pursuit and exchange of knowledge, especially in the Mediterranean region.
The EuroScience organisation defines its objectives as engaging with policymakers, business and society to create a stronger Europe through science and convening partnerships to work on careers, rights and responsibilities of scientists and key issues of science policy.