Emirates News Agency – The Emirates Scientists Council showcases the contribution of the scientific community to the development of the UAE

ABU DHABI, 23rd February, 2022 (WAM) — The Emirates Council of Scientists (ESC), chaired by Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, has held the first meeting of its third cycle to discuss the role of advice on contributing to the major national initiatives launched within the framework of the “Projects of 50” and the “Principles of 50”.

The ESC has established three advisory councils in the fields of health and medical sciences, natural sciences, engineering and technology, as well as five committees under the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academy of Scientists that will focus on the priorities and challenges of the local scientific community.

Sarah Al Amiri opened the meeting by welcoming the new members of the ESC, highlighting their important role in supporting scientists affiliated with organizations across the UAE.

“Over the next three years, the Emirates Scientists Council will focus on developing solutions to the challenges of the scientific community, as it aligns with the 50 principles and drives scientific and technological excellence. The council will work under the direction to boost the status of scientists locally and globally, enhance their role in the development of the UAE, and harness their expertise for science and technology advice to the UAE government,” said Minister Al Amiri .

“The council will also work to improve the performance and capabilities of scientists and researchers, as well as to develop an ecosystem that stimulates science and technology and cultivates the freedom to create new knowledge. The ESC aims to do this by developing policies and programs that support the sustainable development of science in the UAE, in addition to instilling a culture of science and a science-driven agenda to inspire, prepare, empower and support career paths in science scientific research,” she added.

Minister Al Amiri noted that the ESC will support the country’s development guidelines and plans by investing in the scientific community to build a knowledge-based economy and establish priority cutting-edge industries. It aims to create channels that support sustainable knowledge and new discoveries in the United Arab Emirates, and to maximize their roles over the next 50 years by strengthening collaboration between the community and the public and private sectors.

Council members including Dr. Arif Sultan Al Hammadi, Executive Vice President of Khalifa University of Science and Technology and Chairman of Khalifa Center for Innovation; Professor Dr. Ghaleb Ali Al Hadrami Al Breiki, Acting Vice-Chancellor of United Arab Emirates University; Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Deputy Director General of Dubai Health Authority; Professor Sehamuddin Galadari, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Biology at New York University Abu Dhabi, attended the meeting.

Also present were Dr. Ahmed Almheiri, physicist and researcher on black holes in space and post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton; and Professor Dr. Lourdes Vega, Director of the CO2 and H2 Research and Innovation Center at Khalifa University.

The ESC has established three advisory councils to provide scientific advice. Professor Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Deputy Chief Executive of the Dubai Health Authority, will chair the Medical and Health Sciences Advisory Board; Professor Sehamuddin Galadari, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Biology at New York University Abu Dhabi, will chair the Natural Science Advisory Board; and Professor Dr. Lourdes Vega will chair the Engineering and Technology Advisory Board.

The meeting discussed current challenges, such as the lack of specialized human capital, the difficulty in attracting and retaining highly qualified scientists, and the small number of citizens and women with PhDs in priority research areas. . He also explored ways to strengthen cooperation between academic institutions and research centers, and bridge the gap between universities and the private sector due to limited incentives and commercial and industrial catalysts. Additionally, board members considered ways to balance research and academia, and how to improve the infrastructure supporting scientists from long-term grant applications and the availability of technicians and research assistants. .

Accordingly, the Emirates Council of Scientists established five committees headed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Academy of Scientists: A Selection Committee for Members of the Mohammed bin Rashid Academy of Scientists, headed by Dr. Ozgur Sinanoglu, Professor of Engineering electrical and computer science at New York University in Abu Dhabi; a committee for the promotion of STEM and the retention of scientific talent, led by Dr. Aaesha Alnuaimi, director of the Solar Energy Innovation Center at the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; the Science in Media Committee, led by Dr. John Burt, Environmental Studies Program Leader and Associate Professor of Biology at New York University Abu Dhabi; the Women and Science Committee, chaired by Dr. Saeeda Al Marzouqi, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University; and the Youth in Science Committee, led by Dr. Rashid Al Ghafri, Director of the Dubai Police Training and Development Department.

The Emirates Scientists Council has achieved several successes over the past few years. Notably, the establishment of the Mohammed bin Rashid Academy of Scientists, the largest assembly of high-level scientists and researchers with expertise in various fields of science and technology in the United Arab Emirates, as well as the launch of the Mohammed bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mohammed bin Rashid Prize for Investment in Scientific Research. In addition, in collaboration with the Youth Council, the establishment of the Youth Scientific Council.

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