Prof. Dr. Youssef Gharbawy, President of South Valley University, opened the events of the first international conference “Antiquities and Climate Change – Challenges and Solutions” which was organized by the Faculty of Archeology on the 26th and 27th of February, in the presence of Dr. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Ahmed Kamal Nassary, Vice President of the University for Community Service and Environmental Development. Dr. Mahmoud Khadary, former vice president of the university, Dr. Muhammad Abu al-Fadl Badran, former vice president of the university, Dr. Suhair Hamdi, former vice president of the university, and Dr. Wael Bakri Rashidy, dean of the Faculty of Archeology and president of the conference.
In his speech, Dr. Youssef Gharbawy welcomed the attendees and emphasized the university’s interest in scientific research and that it spares no effort in supporting research and scientific conferences and events. It also cooperates with universities and other scientific institutions in a way that contributes to the development of scientific research. Referring to the state’s effort to provide all means of support for the university to perform its mission in providing opportunities for higher education, and to the political leadership’s interest in climate change and its various impacts and consequences in various aspects, including antiquities. Praising the efforts of the Faculty of Archeology in organizing this scientific conference, which enriches the research process.
Dr. Wael Bakri Rashidy thanked the President of the University for his generous patronage of the conference and his limitless support for scientific research and activities in the various faculties of the university. He added that the conference addresses the impact of climate changes on antiquities, the future of antiquities in light of climate changes, and discussion of visions and solutions to reduce the risk of climate changes through 41 research papers of archaeologists from Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Algeria. Indicating that the conference is an embodiment of the unity and integration achieved by the university between its various sectors: postgraduate studies sector, community service and environmental development sector, and student affairs sector.
For his part, Dr. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, expressed his pleasure of being at South Valley University, stressing his keenness to accept the generous invitation to attend the conference. He gave a scientific lecture at the opening session entitled “The Latest Archaeological Discoveries in Egypt,” during which he reviewed the most important archaeological discoveries that have taken place in various parts of Egypt in the recent period, indicating that the archaeological missions are Egyptian missions include a group of Egyptian experts.
In conclusion, the university president presented the shield of the university to the Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. Also, the dean of the Faculty of Archeology presented the conference shield to Dr. Youssef Gharbawy, Dr. Mostafa Waziri and Dr. Ahmed Kamal Nassary.