Having only arrived in Germany a year and a half ago after fleeing the Syrian civil war, Dr. Ismael Ibraheem is using his international scientific connections in Europe and the Arab world to help reestablish his career as a leading geophysicist. Hosted at the University of Cologne’s Institute of Geophysics and Meteorology, Dr. Ibraheem is producing groundbreaking research on Egyptian and Greek subsurface geographic structures in collaboration with a professional network of scientists in Germany, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
During his IIE-SRF fellowship, he has published five articles and one book chapter in addition to presenting two posters at a geophysics conference. His most recent articles are available in Pure and Applied Geophysics and the Arabian Journal of Geosciences, and his co-authored chapter, which investigates hydrogeological regime in the West Nile Delta using geophysical techniques, is part of the 2017 book, The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. In the next few months, Dr. Ibraheem intends to publish two more papers on the “use of electric, transient electromagnetic and hydrochemical analysis techniques in determination of the groundwater aquifer in an area in Egypt, and assessing groundwater quality for drinking and agricultural purposes.” Throughout the past year, he has maintained strong connections with the academic community in Egypt in particular, where he earned his Ph.D., supervising two Egyptian graduate students and conducting research with Egyptian scientists.
Speaking on the topic of displaced scientists, Dr. Ibraheem was recently featured in an article in the April 2018 issue of Physics Today and in a radio interview with German public radio station, Deutschlandfunk.
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