Workshops

A. Transparency and Civic Engagement in Reconstruction Processes

Place: University of Mosul

This project aims to improve transparency and openness regarding reconstruction projects in Ninawa, and to increase citizens’ participation in the decision-making process related to the reconstruction. Engaging in this project, students will not only enhance their understanding of compelling topics like transparency, accountability, and civic engagement but also develop essential skills such as leadership, effective communication, and teamwork. A one-day workshop will be held during the RESI student conference. Participants will include representatives of the local government and government agencies in Ninawa, civil society actors, students, and academics at University of Mosul. Following the conference, the team plans to dedicate the subsequent month to drafting a recommendation paper derived from the workshop outcomes, with the intention of formally submitting it to the Iraqi government. Over a span of 4-6 weeks, students and lecturers will collaboratively engage in various activities, such as conducting a survey, holding meetings with our civil society partner, organizing a workshop, and drafting the recommendation paper.

The workshop is open to students of the Colleges of Administration and Economics, Arts, Law, and Political Science. 

Lecturers

Ayad Salem Khedher (University of Mosul, Department of Administrative & Financial Affairs);

Ahmed Abdulsattar Ismail (University of Mosul, Department of English Language);

Harith Rashid Hamdoon (University of Mosul, Department of Economic and Social Studies);

Batool Hlail Jubair (University of Mosul, Department of Political and Strategic Studies);

Dr.-Ing. Emmanuel Kofi Gavu  (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana).

Civil society partner: Al-Tahreer Association for Development (TAD)



B. Break the silence to cultivate peace

Place: University of Mosul

Evidence consistently underscores that unresolved tensions, unspoken grievances, and lingering silences following conflicts create fertile ground for the perpetuation of animosity, deepening societal fractures, and inhibiting genuine reconciliation. 

Participants will develop skills for initiating open dialogues and fostering discussions that encourage diverse perspectives and a deeper understanding of shared experiences. The workshop also examines community reconciliation through case studies of successful models, empowering participants to apply lessons learned in their communities. Interactive activities include role-playing exercises simulating post-conflict scenarios, group discussions, and brainstorming sessions to generate ideas for breaking the silence in specific contexts.

Following the workshop, participants are encouraged to initiate community engagement projects, fostering open dialogue and reconciliation through activities like community forums, art projects, or educational initiatives. Additionally, there is the creation of an online resource hub, offering access to relevant articles.

The workshop is open to students of all disciplines, and is particularly relevant to students of Political Science, Law, Arts, and Education, as well as other Social Specializations.

Lecturers: 

Dr. Leith Mzahim Khudhyer  (University of Mosul, Department of Public Policy); 

Dr. Khairullah Sabhan Abdullah (University of Mosul, Department of Public Policy);

Assistant Lecturer. Nawar Basil Mahfoudh (University of Mosul, Department of International Relations);

Senior Chief Engineer. Zainab Idrees Mohammed (University of Mosul, Department of Political Science, Computer Lab Supervisor);

Dr. Julian Holstein (TU Dortmund University, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Germany).

Civil society partners: Elite Youth League (NGO) and Public Aid Organization (NGO).



C. Monitoring the sustainability of community development 

Place: University of Mosul

This project will demonstrate and focus on the importance of teamwork and knowledge transfer between all specialties to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for building and monitoring a sustainable database and integration of societies based on sustainable development goals. The workshop collectively generates ideas and provides training for students at Mosul University in utilizing GIS technologies based on scientific theories and software. Participants will acquire skills in GIS database construction, teamwork, decision-making, and knowledge transfer. Subsequently, within the month following the conference, our aim is to construct a mini database, applying the knowledge gained from the workshop to assist decision-makers in making informed decisions.

The workshop is open to students of all disciplines and is particularly relevant to students of Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Computer Science, and Geographic.

Lecturers

Dr. Alaa N. Hamdon (University of Mosul, Department of Natural Resources and Engineering Sciences);

Dr. Abdalrahman R. Qubaa (University of Mosul, Remote Sensing Centre);

Dr. Khansaa A. Ahmed (University of Mosul, Remote Sensing Centre);

Dakhil Saydo Hamo (TU Dortmund University, Department of Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning, Germany);

Sinan Karakus (TU Dortmund University, Department of Spatial Information Management and Modelling (RIM), Germany).

Civil society partner: Nineveh Governorate, Municipality, Ministry of Education/Private Education/Future Eye Private School.



D. Public art for Mosul city

Place: University of Mosul

Public art has a dynamic of society. The research underscores the importance of public art in cities, particularly street art, as a means to enhance street interaction and city attractiveness. Studies primarily delineate two categories of public art: immovable visual art and interactive, movable installations. The former comprises permanent fixtures that contribute to the city’s visual appeal and cultural identity, often serving as landmarks. In contrast, the latter involves dynamic installations that encourage engagement and participation from the community, fostering social interaction and cultural exchange. Both types of public art play vital roles in enriching the urban environment and strengthening community bonds, thereby contributing to the vibrancy and allure of cities.

At the workshop, participants will receive training aimed at refining their skills in creating and presenting artwork for public spaces, particularly streets. This training will involve generating ideas and presenting them effectively, with each idea discussed and documented on A1-sized printed sheets. While the workshop sessions will be conducted within the university premises, the culmination of discussions and exhibitions will take place in the streets of Mosul City, fostering engagement with the broader community and showcasing the potential of public art in urban environments.

The workshop is open to students in the Colleges of Engineering, Fine Arts, Archaeology, and Tourism

Lecturers:

Assist. Prof. Dr. Ahmed AbdulWahid Taha (University of Mosul, Department of Architecture Engineering);

Assist. Prof. Dr. Oday Qusay Abdulqader (University of Mosul, Department of Architecture Engineering, Director of Cultural Relations Division, University of Mosul presidency);

Architect, Ms. Rawia Marwan Dabdob (University of Mosul, Department of Architecture Engineering);

Architect, Ms. Zinah Sameer Mohammed AlJumaah (Nineveh Governorate, directory of construction and project);

Mr. Amar Ahmed (Visual artist and programmer); 

Dr. Barbara Reiter (Graz University, Philosophy).

Civil society partner: Mosul Municipality Directorate



E1. Community Peace Gardens for Reconciliation and Sustainable Development in Iraq

Place: University of Mosul

The workshop aims to address the challenges of reconstruction and reconciliation in Iraq by creating physical spaces that promote dialogue, understanding, and collaboration among diverse communities. The project focuses on establishing community peace gardens as catalysts for sustainable development, cultural exchange, and long-term peacebuilding. By engaging local communities and civil society partners, the project seeks to empower individuals, foster reconciliation, and inspire a shared vision for a peaceful and sustainable future.

In this workshop, students will gain knowledge in designing and constructing gardens using sustainable materials and technologies. Additionally, they will understand the significance of community participation in the reconstruction process.

We plan to incorporate external experts, including architects and environmental specialists, from outside the university. Additionally, field visits to comparable projects and the proposed project site will be conducted.

The workshop is open to students of architecture, environmental, and electrical engineering.

Lecturers:

Dr. Bisam Ehessan Al-Hafiz (University of Mosul, Department of Architecture Engineering);

Dr. Reem Ali Talib Alothman (University of Mosul, Department of Architecture Engineering);

Rana Burhan Abdulrahman (University of Mosul, Department of Environmental Engineering);

Abdulhakeem Nabeel Yahya (University of Mosul, Department of Electrical Engineering);

Ricarda Derler (University of Graz, Institute of Education Research and Teacher Education, Austria).

Civil society partnerMosul Municipality Directorate


E2. Smart environmental hope

Place: University of Mosul

The current administrative landscape, marked by bodies supporting environmental and technological issues and collaborating effectively with local and international organizations, signals a new era of hope for a healthier life. This transformation reinforces the importance of partnership, increasing government support, and organizing city operations efficiently. Our primary objective is to establish a space that serves both as an entertainment and economic hub, capitalizing on the green economy to generate income for individuals. 

The workshop offers a real-life teamwork opportunity, nurturing leadership skills crucial for achieving and advancing the goals of the Smart Environmental Hope Project. The initiative envisions converting organic waste into clean energy, establishing areas for cultivating organic food, and facilitating direct sales to citizens.

The workshop is open to students across diverse disciplines, including Science, Environmental Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Technology, Agriculture, and Economics.

Lecturers:

Assist. Prof. Dr. Eman Abdulmonim Al-Jawadi (University of Mosul, Department of Environmental Technologies);

Prof. Dr. Zena Abudl Monim Al-Jawadi (University of Mosul, Department of Chemistry);

Assistant lecturer, Abdullah Abdul Sattar Al-Dabbagh (University of Mosul, Department of Environmental Technologies);

Thomas Zenkl (University of Graz, Department of Sociology, Austria).



E3. Green Paths: Incorporating Recycling in Landscape Pavement – Design for a Sustainable Future

Place: University of Mosul

The workshop will examine the technical feasibility of incorporating waste materials into pavement construction and explore the utilization of incineration materials as mineral fillers in landscape pavement design, thus promoting sustainability for the future.  

Students will learn to quantify the environmental benefits of using recycled materials, focusing on waste reduction, energy savings, and greenhouse gas emissions. They will explore integrating these materials into landscape design, considering aesthetics and functional requirements. Design guidelines will ensure effective use in diverse landscape settings, creating visually appealing and environmentally sustainable outdoor spaces. 

The workshop outcomes are applicable to parks, pavements, sculptures, and streets throughout Mosul city, particularly during the ongoing reconstruction in the old city. It will include field visits to construction sites such as parks and streets.

The workshop is open to students of all disciplines 

Lecturers:

Prof. Dr. Abdulrahim Ibrahim Jasim (University of Mosul, Department of Civil Engineering);

Assistant Prof. Raed Salim Al-Numman  (University of Mosul, Department of Architecture Engineering);

Amani Amman Talib (University of Mosul, Department of Civil Engineering);

Mr. Salah Al-waraq (Director of Books Platform);

David Keuer (M.A. Architect approved by Chamber of Architecture Northrine-Westphalia, Head of Design, Groene Architecture, Germany).

Civil society partners: Mosul Municipality Directorate



F. The Sound Awareness and Vigilance

Place: University of Mosul

Through a multi-faceted educational program, the project aims to instil the principles of sound awareness in students’ thinking and to emphasize the importance of remaining alert to the challenges they face in university and professional life. It includes a variety of activities, including interactive sessions designed to engage students in discussions about the role of mindfulness in promoting a peaceful and safe academic environment.

The project seeks to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with the complexities of academic life and to enhance a sense of responsibility and community participation. 

This project aims to create a lasting impact, extending beyond the university to the broader community. The University of Mosul endeavours to promote a peaceful and prosperous academic environment by instilling values of awareness and mindfulness. 

The workshop is open to students of all disciplines 

Lecturers

Khaled Essam Khalil (University of Mosul, Department of Quran Science and Islamic Education);

Azhar Yahya Qasim (University of Mosul, Department of Quran Science and Islamic Education);

Mohammed Wajid Al-Neama (University of Mosul, Department of Quran Science and Islamic Education);

Lubab Azili (University of Mosul, Department of English);

Alexander Brämer (Institute for Quality Development in Education – QUALIS, Germany);

Britta Al-Madani (Institute for Quality Development in Education – QUALIS, Germany).

Civil society partners: Dijla Agricultural Association, and The House of Iraqi Expertise Foundation.



G. Sustainable bonds

Place: University of Mosul

Are you passionate about shaping a sustainable future alongside fellow community members? Look no further – this workshop is tailor-made for you. The workshop aims to assist students from various colleges and disciplines in establishing and maintaining their own social clubs. By bringing together students from diverse backgrounds, the workshop provides an opportunity for mutual acquaintance and collaborative teamwork on interdisciplinary projects addressing topics of shared concern.

The primary objective of the workshop is to establish a club based on students’ ideas and interests, supported by the CDC but led by the students themselves. This approach enables students to acquire new competencies and skills through various activities both within the university and in collaboration with external stakeholders, including NGOs. 

The shared experiences will provide students with opportunities to work collaboratively, fostering personal and team growth, creating a positive environment, and engaging in shared projects in diverse roles. The club is envisioned as a secure space for experimenting with new community activities, contributing to the building of a better and sustainable future for all.

The workshop is open to students of all disciplines

Lecturers

Haneen Shamel Mohammed (University of Mosul, College of Medicine, SDG-Ambassador);

Shaymaa Zuhair Hammoodi (University of Mosul, College of Arts);

Wisam K. Khalid (University of Mosul, CDC Director);

Hana A. Alsaeed (University of Mosul, College of Nursing);

Nikola Wabl (SDG-ambassador Graz, Austria);

Carolin Hennig (SDG-ambassador Graz, Austria);

Mohammed Abdulelah Abdullah Aljawadi (University of Mosul, Site Engineer, SDG-ambassador).

Note: This workshop is held in English with translation provided.



H. Play it out!

Place: University of Mosul

Engaging students in volunteer activities for youth and community centers:

The project’s significance lies in establishing a secure environment for young people in their vicinity, enabling them to pursue their interests, develop their skills, and find enjoyment away from the daily pressures they encounter.

In every locality, there are voluntary youth groups engaged in simple activities due to a lack of funding. These groups can be valuable supporters of the project, aiding in disseminating information and involving them in activities. Furthermore, there is potential to engage with leaders and include them in the initiative.

The workshop is open to students of all disciplines, with a particular emphasis on those in the second and third stages of their education.

Lecturers:

Salah Hasan Khudeeda (University of Mosul, Department of Spatial Planning);

Riadh Khairi Qasim (Representing Yazda Organization);

Midiyan Khidher Kalo (Representing Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF);

Saranda Shabanhaxhaj (University of Graz, Institute of Education Research and Teacher Education, Austria);

Lena Günther-Seggl (University of Graz, Institute of Education Research and Teacher Education, Austria);

Sarah Kirnbauer (University of Graz, Institute of Education Research and Teacher Education, Austria).



I. Cultural Bonds – Stories from our Old Neighborhood 

Place: University of Mosul and Field visit to Baytona Foundation for Culture, Arts and Heritage

Our old neighbourhoods are woven together by countless stories and narratives, a tapestry rooted in our shared cultural heritage that has defined these communities over time. This collaborative effort involves tapping into the community’s cultural memory.

This workshop aims to acquaint students with the shared cultural heritage present in their local communities and its various expressions. Students will enhance their communication skills, specifically for conducting field interviews. Additionally, they will receive training on collaborative teamwork, focusing on the search, identification, and collection of stories and narratives from their respective communities.

The workshop’s outcomes include designing, printing, and publishing a book comprising collected stories, narratives, and photos that mirror the cultural diversity of the local community. This book will be published in hard copy and shared on social media platforms, inviting readers to contribute their own stories and comments in both formats.

The workshop is open to 20 students from different cultural and religious backgrounds.

Lecturers

Dr. Mahir Sami (University of Mosul, Department of Translation);

Dr. Omar Jassam (University of Mosul, Department of Archaeology);

Asst. Lecturer Mushtaq Abdullah Jameel (University of Mosul, Department of Archaeology);

Rana Al-Shammaa (Lamassu Archaeologists team);

Sura Ammar (Lamassu Archaeologists team);

Dr. Shiyanthi Thavapalan (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, Art and Culture, History, Antiquity, Netherlands).

Civil Society Partners: Baytona Foundation for Culture Arts and Heritage.



J. From Survivors to Leaders: Skill Development and Capacity Building for Disabled Students in Conflict-Affected Areas of Iraq

Research regularly shows that empowering disabled people to lead post-conflict reconstruction initiatives has various benefits for society reintegration and long-term development. The main objective of this workshop is to train disabled students and equip them with the knowledge and experience needed to plan, manage, and supervise sports events through the stimulation of their creative and leadership spirit to ultimately, prepare them to take an active role in such events.

The workshop is open to students with disabilities in the College of Physical Education & Sport Sciences

Lecturers:

Prof. Dr. Nadhim Al-Wattar (University of Mosul, Department of Sport Sciences);

Prof. Dr. Ayad Mohammed Sheet (University of Mosul, Department of Sport Sciences);

Dr. Entethar Faroq Allyas  Soran  (University of Mosul, Department of Sport Sciences).

Civil Society Partners: Innocence Center for people with special needs