A plethora of international scientists, technologists and researchers converged on the UAE capital this week to participate in the three-day INCONET-GCC forum at the Abu Dhabi Men’s College, which will see the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) strengthen ties with European Union member countries in the fields of science and technology.
The forum, held from May 6 – 8, will see 18 government and private research organizations; from Europe, the GCC and Yemen attend the inaugural meeting of the European Commission-funded INCONET-GCC project, where representatives will develop ways in which to promote bi-regional science and technology partnerships.
INCONET-GCC (International Cooperation Network for Gulf Cooperation Countries) is a three-year project set up by the European Commission, under its Seventh Framework Program. It is planned to operate from December 2009 – December 2012 with a budget of approximately 2 million Euros.
It is designed to develop and support bi-regional dialogue in Science & Technology by bringing together policy makers and stake holders of the GCC, plus Yemen, and EU Member States who will look to create an action platform to identify common interests in research areas, set up science and technology priorities and enhance interaction between the regions.
The INCONET-GCC participants include local hosts HCT/CERT, the London School of Economics, University of Ferrara, the International Association for Sciences Parks, the King Saud University – Riyadh Techno Valley and the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. The delegates will be joined by members of the Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) lead by its Group CEO, and HCT Vice-Chancellor Dr. Tayeb Kamali.
From research leaders, departmental heads, CEOs, Directors-General and scientific officers, some of the GCC’s and Europe’s most talented minds in the fields of Science & Technology will combine their ideas and plans to help devise ways in which to improve communities in the MENA region and Europe.
The forum will consist of a series of panel discussions, workshops and interactive Q &A sessions between the members and will cover such topical issues as water, the environment and climate; using ICT for Innovation; use of cloud computing; security issues; energy security and health innovations. It will also consider the “road map” for future of the INCONET-GCC project which will conclude in December 2012.
Dr. Tayeb Kamali said CERT and HCT were being immersed in “exciting times’’, covering fields such as the environment; sustainable development; ICT and other technologies, through the INCONET-GCC forum.
“ CERT and HCT have always sought to form collaborations, in the areas of science and technology, with corporations and learning institutions from around the world, to help create and develop much-needed solutions to pressing issues which affect the UAE, this region and other parts of the world,’’ Dr Kamali said.
“Being part of INCONET-GCC helps us fulfill those roles and helps us continue on our path to improve the lives of many through research, training and endeavor.’’
Dr. Kamali added that the philosophy for INCONET-GCC was ground-breaking as it “explores areas of research which are of mutual strategic importance for both regions”.
For more information visit http://www.inconet-gcc.eu/