More Room for Research, Training and Events
The objective of the Iraqi-German Centre is to support cooperation in the field of scientific research (archaeology, ancient Near Eastern studies, ancient history of Iraq) and the training of young academics by providing rooms for events at the centre, access to scientific media and possibilities for joint projects and an exchange of scientists. The joint projects started as early as autumn 2017.
Further members of the Iraqi visiting delegation in Berlin were: Dhia Hadi Mahmoud al-Dabbass, ambassador of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Ayaad Zgair, director of the section Foreign Relations and Scholarship System at Baghdad University, Prof. Dr. Salah Fulayfel al-Hassan, department head of the College of Arts of the university and Prof. Dr. Mahmoud al-Qaysi, vice-dean of the College of Arts.
Summer Programme of the Iraqi-German Expert Forum on Cultural Heritage
In parallel to the signing of the MoU the “Summer Programme of the Iraqi-German Expert Forum on Cultural Heritage” (IGEF – CH) was held in Berlin. Fifteen collaborators of the Iraqi antiquities authority (State Board of Antiquities and Heritage) participated, who came from all parts of Iraq: the provinces Basra, Maysan, Nasiriyah, al-Muthanna, Najaf, Babil, Baghdad and the recently liberated areas of Mosul, the provinces of Salaheddin, Diyala and from Kirkuk. During a one-year training programme the IGEF – CH explains and tests techniques and theories related to architectural documentation, building preservation and international cultural preservation strategies.
A particular aspect of the programme this year is that each participant will work on his/her own small project of his/her choice. During a two-month stay in Berlin at the beginning of the year they are given an intensive course that teaches all the possible techniques used for this purpose and during the entire year they benefit from constant support, for example, through participation in additional workshops of the IGEF-programme in Iraq. The programme is offered in Arabic and this year will be the second time it has taken place.