NRIAG organizing a number of interesting technical workshops as a part of ACAG-7 Activities.

All ACAG-7 attendee have the chance to attend these workshops held side by side with the scientific sessions.

The location and the timing of the workshops will be listed in the ACAG-7 timetable.


  • Renewable Energy for Challenges and Opportunities in MENA Region (RECO 4)

Currently, the energy, and its challenges in the world are very serious issue for scientists as well as the policy makers. The estimates show that the Arab/MENA region has a considerable potential for renewable energies. Recently, the energy related research has been greatly enhanced, but its applications are still limited.


  • General Issues
    • Renewable Energy & Sustainability
    • Geothermal energy potential in Egypt
    • Wind Energy potential in Egypt
    • Solar Energy & Development
    • Solar Energy Policy & Economics
    • Regional cooperation for sustainable development of renewable energy systems
  • Environmental Issues
    • Environment and Climate change
    • Energy requirements
    • Solar Energy Supply and Environment
  • Sustainable Solar Energy Applications
    • Solar electricity and PV applications
    • Solar cell technology, Solar cell materials, Testing and efficiency
    • Solar grade Silicon production
    • Nanotechnology for solar energy applications
    • Solar Concentrators
    • Solar Laser
    • Solar thermal applications
    • Solar Hydrogen
  • Success Stories
    • Presentation of some successful projects of Solar/PV energy in ARAB/MENA region.
  • Coordinators’ Meeting on Belt and Road Seismic Risk Reduction

This meeting will be highly interactive and it will provide participants the opportunity to contribute to shaping the outcomes of the meeting. During the meeting coordinators will have a chance to present their effort in the seismic risk reduction in front of the ACAG7 attendee in a public session. Mutual collaboration will be reported and discussed in a closed meeting form for coordinators.

The meeting as well the ACAG7 will be held in a hybrid mode. Online presentations will be available simultaneously with face-to-face form (in Cairo).

  • Geodynamics of Artificial Reservoirs (GAR) 2021 Workshop

Along with history, humans have worked to impound water for flood control, irrigation, and power generation. The total impounded mass is estimated to be∼10,800 cubic kilometers of water on land to date.  The filling of large reservoirs changes the stress regime, either by increasing vertical stress by loading or increasing pore pressure through the decrease of effective normal stress. Thus, crustal deformation and gravity variation are expected as well as induced seismicity. On the other hand, artificial reservoirs are always attributed with the construction of large dams, where its safety is of great importance.

Nowadays, Recent geophysical and geodetic techniques enable monitoring geological, tectonic and environmental phenomenon attributed with the filling of artificial reservoirs.  The GAR aims to address all aspects of Artificial reservoirs.


  • Induced seismicity
  • Crustal deformations
  • Seismic Hazard and Risk
  • water management systems
  • Engineering Performance and Risk Management
  • application of Geographic information systems
  • Remote sensing and lake monitoring
  • Dam health monitoring
  • Geophysical applications
  • Egyptian Large Optical Telescope (ELOT)

Construction of Egyptian large optical telescope (ELOT) in a new astronomical site is a big and difficult task for Egyptian astronomical community, starting from normal site selection followed by site test for the preselected sites.  Early site test results will help ELOT group in the final decision of ELOT optical design and attached astronomical instruments.

 In this workshop, we will explain the present progress and future challenges of Egyptian large optical telescope project.


  • Importance of ELOT for astronomical Community
  • Progress of Egyptian Large Optical Telescope Project
  • SiteSelection and Testing for the Egyptian Large Optical Telescope
  • Results of Sites Selection for ELOT Based on Meteorological Conditions
  • Models of Large Telescopes


  • Search for potential astronomical sites in the MENA region

The preselection of future astronomical sites in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) is essential in the context of the resurgence of the importance of having observations on the ground in addition to the major space telescope projects.

MENA [Middle East and North Africa], are acronyms used to designate a region of the world comprising North Africa and the Middle East. It stretches from northwest Africa to southwest Asia. This region includes the majority of Arab countries. The geographic coordinates of the MENA region are framed in latitude by the interval [10N-40N] and in longitude by the interval [20W-80E].

We present here a contribution to facilitate the search for the most suitable places in this region and likely to have meteorological conditions favorable to the installation of new astronomical observatories. We have used the NCEP / NCAR database for this purpose. The main objective being to identify the best locations that can be recommended for astronomical installations in several Arab countries, which meet atmospheric, environmental and orographic criteria.