Ahmed El Hady presents NeuroBridges

Ahmed El Hady is an Egyptian neuroscientist, inventor and critical theorist. He is currently postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, after a PhD at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Göttingen, Germany. Ahmed El Hady has an interdisciplinary background merging experimental and theoretical approaches. His research interests revolve around understanding the biophysical underpinnings of systems-level phenomena bridging the gap between different levels of description of the brain.

Ahmed El Hady also believes that researchers have a responsibility to promote common understanding between people from different nations. For this reasons he has been actively involved in organizing events bringing together scientists from Europe and North America with students from Middle-East and North African countries, such as, recently, the “Computational Neuroscience by the Mediterranean” winter school (Beirut, January 18th – 22nd, 2016) or the latest editions of the “NeuroBridges” school.

The two first NeuroBridges events took place in Göttingen (Germany, July 2014) and in Paris (France, September 2015). Each of these three days events brought together twenty young speakers, Palestinians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Syrians and Israelis, as well as several speakers from the hosting countries. Nobel Laureate Erwin Neher opened NeuroBridges in 2014. Stanislas Dehaene, professeur au College De France and member of the French Academy of Sciences gave the opening lecture in NeuroBridges 2015.

NeuroBridges 2017 was a ten days summer school, held in Cluny (France, September 2017) with Euro-Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern students attending lectures delivered by a group of leading neuroscientists, experimentalists as well as theoreticians, addressing fundamental questions of contemporary neuroscience. In addition to the lectures, students of the different nationalities also worked in small groups on actual short research projects.

During the Mediterranean Neuroscience Conference 2017 held in St Julian’s Malta, Ahmed El Hady had accepted presenting NeuroBridges during a special symposium on Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation. He could not attend personally, due to visa insecurity issues in USA for Egyptian ressortants, shortly after Donald Trump’s election. Ahmed El Hady nevertheless addressed MNS a video-interview, as a poignant message of hope about advanced training and cooperative science as a bridge-maker, a tool for building not only new knowledge, but also peace.