Ibn Al-Haytham celebrated across Egypt in National Science Week

Published Date: 
12 March 2017

Thousands participate in 1001 Inventions films and activities

Ibn Al-Haytham film screening at Al-Azhar Conference Centre in Cairo. Photo © Mohamed Elsonbaty

Thousands participate in 1001 Inventions films and activities

Aswan, 11 March 2017: 1001 Inventions joined Egypt’s National Science Week to celebrate science across the country and honour the 11th century scientist Ibn al-Haytham.

The National Science Week, held from March 2-11, attracted thousands of people from all over Egypt including children, families, university students, scientists, researchers, academics and policy makers. 1001 Inventions participated at the Science Week key events organised at Al-Azhar Conference Centre in Cairo, Alexandria University as well as in the city of Aswan.

Ibn Al-Haytham film screening at Alexandria University. Photo © Ahmed Yok

1001 Inventions activities included a special screening of the short film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” starring late legendary actor Omar Sharif. In his final cinematic appearance, Omar Sharif takes the lead role in the partly animated film that follows the scientific journey of 11th Century Arab scientist to discover the nature of light and vision.

With the generous support of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS), copies of the Arabic edition of “Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See” children's book was distributed as a prize to winners of an online science competition run by the organisers of the National Science Week.

Hanan Dowidar, 1001 Inventions Head of Strategic Partnerships said:

We are delighted to participate at the National Science Week and engage with young people in Egypt who are passionate for science and eager to learn. It was a pleasure to offer thousands of young people across different cities the opportunity to learn and be inspired by the scientific legacy of the remarkable 11th century scientist. Our hope is to help raise a generation equipped with a creative mindset and empowered by tools to become science and technology leaders."

1001 Inventions local science explainer in Egypt, Ibrahim Farouq, delivering a brief presentation about Ibn al-Haytham prior to the film screening in Aswan. Photo © Ahmed Yok

Ibn Al-Haytham film screening at Al-Azhar Conference Centre in Cairo. Photo © Mohamed Elsonbaty

1001 Inventions led tribute events for Ibn al-Haytham at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, United Nations in New York, the China Science Festival in Beijing, the Royal Society in London with Prince Andrew Duke of York and in more than ten other cities around the world.

Currently the Ibn Al-Haytham exhibition is open at the Jordan Museum in Amman until 8 Apil, and the campaign continues to engage global audiences through a National Geographic children’s book on Ibn al-Haytham, the short film starring legendary actor Omar Sharif, a music album and a music video based on the film by international acclaimed singer Sami Yusuf, in addition to interactive exhibits, hands-on workshops and learning materials.

About National Science Week

The National Science Week is an initiative organised annually during the month of March to increase passion for science, technology and innovation. With thousands of participants and hundreds of events organised in different governorates in Egypt, the Science Week aims to engage with local communities to help make science accessible to all segments of the Egyptian society while creating a link between the public, experts and scholars to debate and discuss scientific topics.


About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 250 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibitsshort films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.


Ibn Al-Haytham children’s activities at the Cairo Book Fair