GARDEN Workshop 2016
The Graduate Annual Research Discussions on Egypt and Nubia (GARDEN) is the name for a new initiative that saw its birth on 15th December 2012, specifically for MA and starting PhD students of all nationalities. The focus of the workshop is on research methodology (including the organisation of research, working in Egypt and related topics) to better prepare students for carrying out the research and writing their thesis, as well as accustoming them to presenting at academic conferences.
The GARDEN is jointly organised by the German Archaeological Institute (DAIK), The Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC) and the American University in Cairo (AUC) and was held at the German Institute.
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On 27 February 2016 the third GARDEN (Graduate Annual Research Discussions on Egypt and Nubia) conference took place at the DAIK. This conference is a joint organisation between DAIK, AUC, and NVIC. GARDEN gives young scholars the opportunity to speak at an international conference and to make contacts with other young scholars from all over the world. A number of Egyptology students of the Egyptian Archaeology Programme of NVIC also actively participated in the conference, and presented on their research. It was a wonderful day!
Photo report 2016
In 2012, 18 lectures, including two ‘key-note’ lectures by more advanced PhD researchers, were presented in several sessions, with ample time for discussion. A wide variety of topics was dealt with, from Kerma burials to surgical tools to hassocks and dig houses. The schedule, three lectures followed by discussion, provided a fruitful platform for discussion. The true success of the meeting can perhaps be gauged by the fact that even during lunch and dinner, the future scientists were still discussing their research and establishing contact with each other for help and support. The response from the students was overwhelmingly positive, which lead us to decide to turn this meeting into an annual gathering.