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A recent academic gathering in Egypt provided a unique opportunity for young, school-age scientists to participate in a research conference. The event—the first of its kind in the Arab world, as far as I know—provides a model for encouraging more bright young pupils to study science.
The event took place during the second annual international conference of the Egyptian Association for Cancer Research, which featured a panel for young scientists ranging in age from 8 to 16.
Under the theme “Cancer and Biomedical Sciences from Laboratory to Application”, the conference was held in February in cooperation with Aswan University, in the south of Egypt.
The panel for young scientists included five online sub-sessions on topics including cancer, immunology, nanotechnology, and environmental pollution, and other scientific areas. Some 145 young people took part, 34 of whom presented research ideas.