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Number: 2006-035-1-020

Title: Frontiers of chemical sciences: research and education in middle eastern countries

Task Group
: Zafra M. Lerman

Bryan R. Henry and John M. Malin


  1. To use the vehicle of a small symposium to bring together scientists from a number of countries in the Middle East in order to identify unique opportunities for collaboration among chemical scientists to solve environmental and educational problems.
  2. To attempt, via this symposium, to generate trust among scientific communities and to capture the attention of national governments on ways that chemistry can address the
    problems of the region.
  3. To build on the tremendous success of the first and second Malta conference [See project 2002-061-1-020 and 2004-030-1-020 respectively].

The chemical sciences occupy a central position in the world economy, offering the possibility to cultivate mutual understanding through joint research projects and economic development. A general desire to improve the quality of life and political stability in the Middle East is being fulfilled by identifying unique opportunities for network creation and collaboration among chemical scientists to solve chemical, environmental and educational problems.

The American Chemical Society, the German Chemical Society (GDCh), the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), adn IUPAC will organize a third symposium including again some 70 representatives primarily from Middle Eastern nations including Egypt, Israel, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, the Palestinian Authority, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates as well as France, Germany, Norway, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

A principal goal of this Symposium will be to continue to capture the attention of national governments by inviting the best qualified chemical scientists from those countries to discuss how chemistry can address the problems of the region.

> "Water in the Gaza Strip", Communique, Chem. Int. March-Apr 2008, p. 18

> Conference report published in Chem. Int. May-June 2008, p. 31.

project completed

Last update: 29 April 2008


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