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Young Arab and US scientists to seek partnerships at Abu Dhabi symposium

posted on 24/10/2016: 1448 views

Young Arab scientists will meet with US counterparts in Abu Dhabi in November to build partnerships in research and innovation.

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and the US National Academy of Sciences, NAS, in partnership with the Petroleum Institute, Khalifa University of Science Technology and Research, and New York University Abu Dhabi, are to jointly host the Fourth Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium in Abu Dhabi to be held from 5th - 7th November.

The symposium will discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics, and aims to contribute to building partnerships with high-level individuals and academic institutions in the Arab region.

It will bring together between 80 and 100 scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the US, and 21 countries of the Arab League. The goal of the meetings is to expand scientific exchanges and discussions between young researchers in Arab countries and the US, including the Arab science diaspora, and facilitate research collaboration within and beyond the region.

Speaking about the conference, Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, Interim Provost at Masdar Institute, said, "Our decision to join with our partners to host the symposium signifies our belief in bringing together the best scientific minds in the region and the world to inspire innovation. The symposium will help us to build on the impact of our academic and research achievements, as well as our growing reputation as a research-oriented institution. We believe the knowledge exchange resulting from this prestigious conference will substantially raise awareness about the relevance of collaborative research among scientists and engineers from across the Arab and American communities."

Dr. Dalal Najib, Senior Programme Officer at the US National Academy of Sciences and Director of the Arab-American Frontiers programme, said, "The programme provides a platform to engage, connect and empower brilliant young researchers, highlighting that they can be at the forefront of scientific and technological development.

"The symposium is participant-driven and is, therefore, an excellent opportunity for both organising committee members and general participants to strengthen their leadership, communication and organisational skills and expand their professional network. In addition, by convening a group of participants that is diverse, not only in research fields but also geographically, the Arab American Frontiers symposia are building bridges and fostering mutual understanding between countries."

The conference will address topics like ‘Solar Energy and Water for Sustainable Living', ‘Nanotechnology for Next Generation Electronics and Photonics', ‘Exploring the Brain', ‘Advances in Petroleum Geosciences, Oil and Gas Exploration', and ‘New Spacecraft Technologies for Earth and Space Exploration'.

The organising committee, which includes specialists from American and regional institutions, finalised the topics during a recent meeting at Masdar Institute. The co-chairs of the committee are Dr. Nader Behdad from the University of Wisconsin and Dr. Tie Jun Zhang of Masdar Institute. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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