The main organizing institution is the Faculty of Engineering – Ain Shams University (FASHAMS), one of the oldest (1839) and most prestigious colleges offering Engineering Education in Egypt and the Middle East. The college is composed of 13 departments covering basic and advanced engineering disciplines.
FASHAMS is a leader in Date palm by-products research and development, in 1989 the college began to direct its research activities to rediscover the products of pruning of the date palm as a sustainable material base for the establishment of SMEs, especially in villages having extensive palm plantations. The research efforts were first aiming at characterizing the physical and mechanical properties of date palm midribs and benchmarking them against other known wood species. The research continued towards the study of the potential use of the date palm midribs as a core material in block boards, as well as using it for making particle boards and medium density fiberboards (MDF). The research further extended to the use of palm midribs in the production of lumber- like products, as well as the production of strands and Nano-particles for the reinforcement of polymeric composites.