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The first international Regional Action on Climate Change workshop (RACC Alexandria 2015) from February 22nd to 24th, 2015 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt. RACC was first created in 2009 as a satellite workshop to the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum held in Kyoto, Japan Taking the insights developed at the RACC, Japan, RACC Alexandria 2015 aims to gather eminent scientists and practitioners to come together and help local communities solve the underlying climate challenges in Africa and MENA region through sharing their experiences to achieve perceptions, solutions and future goals for the current challenging climate situations. The workshop theme is Climate Change and its Impacts: Sea Level Rise and Desertification in Africa and MENA region.

The workshop introduced students to the basic knowledge they need to read ancient Christian inscriptions from Egypt Whether painted on stone, Ostraca or manuscript colophons. It will survey the different epigraphic genres and standard forms, in both Greek and Coptic languages. Students will learn to read inscriptions by studying important publications and practicing transcriptions from slides. Students will also be learn using basic XML "markup" of inscriptions; to prepare them for entry in electronic -including web-based- databases.

Ils sont nés dans une contrée méditerranéenne et sont partis vivre dans une autre. Arrachés à leur terre comme Ulysse, chassés comme Énée, révoltés comme Rimbaud, expatriés comme Robinson Crusoé, ils incarnent toutes les nuances de l’exil et des émotions qui l’accompagnent : mal du pays et douleur du retour, ivresse de l’inconnu et perte des repères, conquête de la liberté et quête intérieure… A la frontière de l’exil, il y a aussi ceux qui ne regrettent pas le pays qu’ils ont quitté, et ceux qui se sentent étranger dans la patrie qu’ils n’ont pas quittée. C’est là l’histoire aux multiples visages des écrivains réunis à l’occasion de la quatrième édition d’Écrire la Méditerranée : leur histoire personnelle, leur histoire familiale, à coup sûr leur histoire littéraire. L’exil qui est au cœur de ces rencontres est un bateau de papier couvert d’écritures qui dit adieu au port et s’en va vers le large. Ibrahim Abdel Meguid (Égypte), Vassilis Alexakis (Grèce, France), Maram Al-Masri (Syrie), Isabelle Alonso (France), Mohamed El Dahshan (Égypte), Louis Gardel (France), Golo (France), Nedim Gursel (Turquie), Minna Sif (France) et Bahaa Taher (Égypte) dialogueront et échangeront en français et en arabe avec le public, aux côtés du dramaturge et metteur en scène libano-québécois Wajdi Mouawad, invité d’honneur de l’édition. Initié en 2010, Écrire la Méditerranée est un événement proposé par l'Institut français d’Égypte à Alexandrie, la Bibliotheca Alexandrina et le Centre Méditerranéen de Littérature, avec le soutien de la Fondation Anna Lindh, du Sofitel, de l'association Gudran, du Centre d’Études Alexandrines et de l'Ahram Hebdo, et la contribution de l'université d'Alexandrie, de l'université Senghor et du Lycée français d'Alexandrie.

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The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is organizing its Sixth International Biennial Conference, BioVisionAlexandria 2012, 22-25 April 2012, in Alexandria, Egypt. Currently the world, especially developing countries, is undergoing radical changes. Entire countries are being changed, visions of a better tomorrow are being shaped, and societies are transformed. The theme of the upcoming BioVisionAlexandria Conference is "New Life Sciences: Linking Science to Society" which aims at addressing the role science can play in achieving a fair, equal and just society, not just through scientific research but also policy adjustment. A vision for achieving health as a state of well-being, not just combating disease, is imperative especially for developing countries. Furthermore, human activities have taken a tremendous toll on the environment and have destroyed many elements of nature. Consequently, the impact this has on the quality of human life needs serious attention. Similarly, food and agriculture, especially with countries struggling to meet the first Millennium Development Goal of halving extreme hunger and poverty by the year 2015. Special emphasis will also be placed on those marginalized within society and what can the new life sciences do about that. At the conference, we aim at gathering representatives and leaders in science, industry and society to identify and set the priorities needed to rebuild society and discuss how the policies of scientific research need to be revolutionized towards serving society, especially the less fortunate, and to transform the lives of those who truly need it. In general, to help society reach its full potential. BioVisionAlexandria 2012 website: www.bibalex.org/bva2012

Following three successful international symposia on The History of Printing and Publishing in the Languages and Countries of the Middle East, held at the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz (2002) and at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris (2005), and Universität Leipzig Germany (2008), we are now convening the fourth meeting on the same themes. This will take place in Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 27-29 September 2011. This Symposium, however, will not be confined to printing in Arabic and Muslim languages, but will, as before, cover a range of Middle Eastern languages and scripts. Themes • Historical Themes 1. Special session on the history of printing in Armenia, on the occasion of the selection of Yerevan as World Capital of Book for 2012. 2. History of printing in Middle East languages in Middle East and East Asia. 3. History of printing in Middle East languages in Europe. 4. History of printing in Middle East languages in Africa. 5. History of printing in Middle East languages in South and North America. 6. The role of printing in cultural continuity 7. History of printing techniques and forms 8. Heritage printing museums 9. Publications of minorities and foreign communities. • Technical Themes 1. Digital printing fonts (heritage fonts/modern fonts) 2. Multi-printing (techniques of modern printing in the Middle East languages) 3. Virtual printing museums.