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The Arab League Educational, Cultural & Scientific Organization (ALECSO), in cooperation with ISC, will host the first “Arab Forum for Scientific Research and Sustainable Development,” which will take place in Tunis, Tunisia, on 20-22 December 2013. Building on resolutions and recommendations from previous Arab summits, the forum will explore the role of higher education, research and development activities in cultivating sustainable, innovative and knowledge-based societies throughout the Arab world. 

Capitalising on its strategic location and the observation of the UN Arabic Language Day on 18 December 2013, the “Arab Forum for Scientific Research and Sustainable Development” will engage a wide array of experts representing Arab ministries, research and higher education institutes, development policy and regional industry. While maintaining its regional focus, the forum will call on input from global experts and members of the Arab Diaspora. 

The forum will encourage the exchange of views, experiences and best practices through facilitated workshops, roundtable meetings, break-out discussion sessions, technical and specialised training courses, business meetings and exhibitions. 

 

Participants will convene around five core regional development priorities facing the Arab world:

  • Health
  • Renewable energy
  • Climate
  • Food security
  • Water

 

Immediate outcomes of this event will include the identification and implementation of mechanisms and strategies to enhance the contribution of scientific research in promoting Arab development policy and growth. Moreover, the format of the forum will provide an optimal platform for interdisciplinary partnerships between public, private and research sectors on a regional and global scale.

 

  • Horizontal discussion topics will include:
  • History of Arab science
  • Issues of international conventions related to research and development and innovation
  • Research infrastructure in the Arab world
  • Role of Arab industries (private and public sector) in venture capital for innovation
  • Role of Arab industries in promoting Higher Education
  • Arab Diaspora
  • Policy basis for global science cooperation
  • Standardisation of Arab R&D practices, funding and dissemination


PRACTICAL INFORMATION

When: 20-22 December 2013

Where: Le Palace Hotel, Complexe Cap Gammarth B.P 68,  2078 La Marsa, Les Côtes de Carthage,Tunis, Tunisia

What to expect: A series of targeted sessions focused on building new science capacity and cooperation initiatives to promote Arab sustainable development. The forum sessions will present the key stakeholders, tools and processes necessary to narrow the gap between higher education, research and development activities and sustainable development. 

Who should attend: Policy makers and officials, worldwide research community, representatives of academia, industry representatives, non-governmental organisations concerned with education, training and scientific research

Registration: Please click here to complete your registration. 

Contact/questions: arabscienceforum@iscintelligence.com   

More informationhttp://www.globalsciencecollaboration.org/arab-science-forum-


PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Are you interested in being a partner for this event? To learn more about partnership opportunities and how to take advantage of them, please contact arabscienceforum@iscintelligence.com or call Ms Veronica Fernandez at +32 2 8888 114.

 
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Agenda

 

AGENDA

20 December 2013

Time

Programme Item

08:00

Arrival Reception & Registration

Time

Opening Session

09:00 – 10:15

Welcome from ALECSO, ISC and sponsoring/support organisations

10:15 – 10:30

Presentation of ALECSO’s Young Innovators Award

10:30-11:00

Coffee Break

11:00-11:25

Statement by H.E. Dr Moncef  Ben Salem, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia

11:25-11:50

Statement by Dr Abdullah Al-Najar, Head of Arab Science and Technology Foundation, UAE

11:50-12:15

Statement by Mrs. Widad Bouchammaoui, Head of Tunisian Union of Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts - UTICA

12:15-12:40

Statement by Dr Sultan Abu-Orabi, Head of the Association of Arab Universities

12:40-13:05

Statement by Prof Mobarak  Al-Majthoub, Chair of the Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils

13:05-15:00

Lunch

Time

Theme I: Conventions related to Research, Development and Innovation

Convener: Mr. Declan Kirrane, Managing Director of ISC

15:00-16:30

Science, Technology and Innovation for Development, by Dr Mongi Hamdi, Head of CSTD Secretariat, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Horizon 2020: Potential Benefits of Arab World-EU Cooperation in Science and Research,

Mrs. Angela Liberatore, Deputy Head of Unit - EU Neighborhood, Africa and the Gulf, European Commission, DR Hatem Mehanni, University of Manouba, Tunisia, DR Moez Jbara, Borj Sedria Techno pole, Tunisia

Responsible Open Innovation, Prof. Lizbeth Goodman, Chair of Creative Technology Innovation & Executive, the Innovation Academy (UCD/TCD)

Research, Development and Innovation Opportunities in Space Communiations, Mr. Ian Jones, CEO Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd, Managing Director, Orbit Research Ltd

Regional & Global Cooperation in Research, Development and Innovation, Dr. Aden Aw-Hassan, Director of Social, Economic and Policy Research Program, ICARDA

16:30-17:00

Discussion and Wrap-Up

17:00-17:30

Coffee Break

Time

Theme II: Role of Arab Industry in Science Education & Collaboration

Convener: Mrs. Widad Bouchammaoui, Head of Tunisian Union of Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts - UTICA

17:30-19:00

Dr Mashaal Al-Saoud, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, KSA

Eng. Ahmed Jammousi, Tunisian Union of Industry, Commerce and Handicraft

Dr Ibrahim Mou, UK

Dr Najib Zerwali Wariti, Morocco

Mouldi Miled, chairman, Desertec University Network (DUN)

Importance of Science & Technology Investment in Arab Countries, Dr. Mohamed El-Mourid, Regional Coordinator for North Africa Regional Program, ICARDA

19:00-19:30

Discussion and Wrap-Up

19:30

Dinner

21 December 2013

Time

Theme III: Financing Arab Higher Education and Scientific Research

Convener: Prof Mobarak  Al-Majthoub, Chair of the Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils

08:30-10:00

Dr Fathi Mansouri, Deputy Chair, Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils

Dr Ahmed Obaid, Consultation and Industrial Research Center, Sudan

Dr Osama Rayes, African City of Technology, Sudan

Dr Hatem A. Ahmed, Federation of Arab Scientific Research Councils

Prof Hanan Esa Malkawi, Jordanian Science and Technology University

Dr Mawza Al-Roban, Director General and chair of Executive Council of ARSCO

10:00-10:30

Discussion and Wrap-Up

10:30-11:00

Coffee Break

Time

Theme IV: Establishment of the Supreme Council for Scientific Research and Technological Development and Innovation

Convener: Dr Mohamed Al-Kadasy, Deputy Director General of ALECSO

11:00-12:30

Dr Taher Gallali, Tunis El-Manar University, Tunisia

Dr Mohamed Mrayati, Chief UN Consultant on ICT, KSA

Dr Mahmoud Nasruddin, Head of Middle East Strategic Studies Center, Lebanon

Mr. Declan Kirrane, Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science, Brussels

12:30-13:00

Discussion and Wrap-Up

13:00-15:00

Lunch

Time

Theme V: Establishing Development Indicators for R&D in the Arab World

Convener: Dr Monia Braham Al-yousifi, Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment, Tunisia

15:00-16:30

Dr Najib Ayed, Arab Observatory for Education, ALECSO

Dr Tariq Ben Yousif, Arab Observatory for Education, ALECSO

Dr Mudheher Sabea, Director General Research and Industrial Development, Ministry of Industry and Minerals Iraq

Mr. Youcef Gaid, National Federation of Environnemental Protection (FNPE), Algeria

16:30-17:00

Discussion and Wrap-Up

17:00-17:30

Coffee Break

Time

Theme VI: Arab Experiences and Best Practices

Convener: Dr Abdullah Al-Najar, Head of Arab Science and Technology Foundation, UAE

17:30-19:00

Dr Samira Isalm, King Fahd Medical Research Center, KSA

Dr Omar Al-Imam, EADS ASTRIUM, UK

Dr Ghada Mohamed  Amer, Deputy head of of Arab Science and Technology Foundation, head of Electrical Engineering Dept., Faculty of Engineering, Banha University, Egypt

Dr Fathi Gherbal, Robotics Center, Rayes University, USA

Dr Fakhruddin Al-Karrai, Waterloo University, Canada

Dr Muafiq Al-Jasim, National Center for Renewable Energy, USA

19:00-19:30

Discussion and Wrap-Up

19:30

Dinner

 

22 December 2013

Time

Theme VII: Launching an Arab Network for Arab Experts in the Diaspora

 

Convener: Dr Najwa El-Badri, Zewel City, Egypt

08:30-10:00

Statement by Dr Osama Awath Karim, Nano-Technology Center, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Dr Ibrahim El-Wadi, University of La Rochelle, France

Dr Farid Abullela, Zewel City, Egypt

Dr Hedi Haddad, The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France

10:00-10:30

Discussion and Wrap-Up

10:30-11:00

Coffee Break

Time

Theme VIII: Promotion of Arabic Language to Stimulate Science & Education

And

Theme IX: Scientific Publishing and Dissemination

Convener: Dr Zohair Ismail, Studies and Research Consultant of the Tunisian Presidency

11:00-12:30

Dr Abdulfatah Hojmari, Head of Arabisation Center - Morocco, ALECSO

Dr Zaid Assaf, Head of Arabisation, Translation and Publishing Center - Syria, ALECSO

Prof. Abdulrahim A M Ibrahim, Institute of Arabic Language-Sudan, ALECSO

Dr Latouf Al-Abdullah, Education Department-Tunisia, ALECSO

Dr Lamia Belghith, Miracle Research Laboratory, University of Sfax, Tunisia

Dr Joseph Dichi, University of Lyon II , France

Mr. Safwan Al-Hakim, Science & Scientific Research Department-Tunisia, ALECSO

12:30-13:00

Discussion and Wrap-Up

13:00-15:00

Lunch

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Time

Workshops

Friday, 20 December 2013

15:00-17:00

Innovative Water and Environmental Management in the Arab World: Challenges & Opportunities

·         Dr Helmi Sabara (Expert – Project changement climatique, GIZ, Tunisia)

·         Dr Olfa Khelifi (Maya Organization, Higher Institute of Applied Biological Sciences of Tunis); TBC

17:30-19:30

Disseminating Innovations: Technology Transfer for Arab Sustainable Development

·         Dr Aniss Ben Rayana (Coordinator for the Distribution of Innovations in Science and Technology; Institute of Agricultural Research and Higher Education – IRESA, Tunisia);

Saturday, 21 December 2013

09:00- 10:30

Science Capacity Building: the case of the African-European Radio Astronomy Platform (AERAP)

Declan Kirrane, ISC, Brussels

11:00-13:00

Climate and its Relationship with Humans and the Environment

                    Dr Mudhher Sadiq Saad, Ministry of Industry & Minerals, Iraq

·                  Dr Abas Fathel Abas,  Ministry of Industry & Minerals, Iraq

                    Mr. Jala Mehdi Ahmed,  Ministry of Industry & Minerals, Iraq

                    Mrs Rima Karim Amlah,  Ministry of Industry & Minerals, Iraq

                   Mrs Karima Ali Kadhem, Ministry of Industry & Minerals, Iraq

15:00-17:00

Proposal Preparation: Horizon 2020

Declan Kirrane and Magdalena Pacholska, ISC, Brussels

Private Workshops- Programmed ALECSO Activities

National Innovation Systems

Dr Mohamed Mrayati (KSA), Dr Hatim Mehana (Tunisia)

Developing an Arab Search Engine

-    Dr Taghrid Anabar ,Egypt                              - Dr Mohamed Zayed, Tunisia

-    Dr Ellias Garrar, Tunisia                               - Dr Anas Tawila, Canada

-    Dr Bassam Haddad, Jordan                        - Dr Abdulsalam Al-Noysari, Libya

-    Dr Ramzi Abbas, France                               - Dr Saleem Al-Mosfar, Tunisia

-       Dr Wesam Tawila, Germany                       - Dr Ibrahim Al-Khorashi, Saudi Arabia

Developing an Arabic Anthology and Semantic Networks

-    Dr Karim Bouzobaa , Morocco                        - Dr  Mohamed Basam Kurdi, Syria

-    Dr Lamia Belghaith, Tunisia                            - Dr Lahsen AbuNour, Morocco

-    Dr Abdulmajid Ben Hamadou, Tunisia          - Dr Belal Al-gargouri, Tunisia

-       Dr MotazBellah Said, Egypt