On May 22 to 31, 2017, a delegation from National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics of Egypt (NRIAG) visited National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC). Members of the delegation from NRIAG included Prof. Anas Osman, the former President,  Prof. Hraf Tadross, Head of Astronomy Department,  Prof. Makram Ibrahim, Head of Solar & Space Research Department, and  Prof. Somaya Saad Mohamed Saad, Vice Dead of Astronomy Department.

Prof. Jun Yan, General Director of NAOC, and Prof. Suijian Xue, Deputy Director General of NAOC, met the delegation and had academic discussions with the delegation. Two Official documents between the two institutes have been signed during the meeting. NRIAG and NAOC intend to cooperate in areas including the Mid-sized Aperture Telescope, Site Survey, Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) and Nearby-Earth-Object Observations. During the visit, Prof. Ashraf Tadross and Prof. Makram Ibrahim gave talks at NAOC on “The modern Astronomy in Egypt” and “Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) in Egypt” respectively.

The delegation of Egypt also visited Xinglong Observatory of NAOC, Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology of NAOC, Changchun Observatory of NAOC and Beijing Planetarium.  This visit helps to develop the collaborations between Egypt and China in Astronomy the “Belt and Road” initiatives.

Visit of an Egyptian Delegation to NAOC, CHINA


Prof. Makram Ibrahim
Prof. Makram Ibrahim is currently the Head of Solar and Space Research Department (NRIAG). He received the MSc. in satellite laser ranging at Helwan Observatory (1992) from Zagazig University, Egypt. He has completed his Dr Eng. from Hokkaido University, Japan in the statistical properties of laser speckles with long spatial correlations since 1998. He is a member of the Optical Society of Japan from 1996 to 2001, Member of the International Astronomical Unit (IAU) since 2015, Member of the Committee of Space Research (COSPAR) since 2014, Member of the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS) since 2000, Member of the ILRS Space Debris Study Group (SDSG) since 2015. He published more than 50 papers in reputed journals and conferences. His Research Interests are Satellite Laser Ranging and their applications, Satellite Tracking Techniques, Space Physics.