Evaluation of Arab Scientific Research towards Covid-19 Global Pandemic

Evaluation of the Arab Scientific Research during the Covid-19 global pandemic

تقييم البحث العلمي في العالم العربي خلال جائحة الكورونا

International Online Conference          Monday 5th April     (09:30-11:30)

Hosted by WASD in partnership with the Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute (MEKEI), Sudan Knowledge (SK).
Target audience: Academics, researchers, UN agencies, governments, NGOs, civil society groups, Women, Youth, students, private sector, business, SMEs, and other stakeholders.

The conference will explore the critical role of Arab scientific research in solving global problems. The conference will therefore aims to provoke forward thinking on the role of science, innovation and research in solving global problems related to sustainability as well as the potential of Industry 4.0 for the implementation of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SD). Although the latest international rankings of the world’s scientific organizations as Nature Index in 2019 placed King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia among world’s top 100 research facilities but still the overall collective impact of the Arabic scientific contribution is not very significant across the world. The conference brings together senior and high level intellectual and practice-based contributors on the role of Arab scientists in solving global problems such as the current global Covid-19 pandemic and help policy-makers to constructs an “ideal role” for strengthening the Arab scientific research. You can browse here keynote speakers from our previous international conferences.

The coronavirus pandemic has turned the entire world into ghost new world disrupting everything in our daily life and shutting the entire countries and cities across the globe. The devastating impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the entire world has lead to an urgent need for wake-up call for all countries across the world to find a path to SD. Many people and international organisations already predicting that the coronavirus pandemic will have more severe impact than all previous outbreaks including SARS and other deadly health epidemics. The problematique of managing science, innovation and research for SD is strongly influenced by the institutional culture in which international discussions have taken place. According to a recent UNESCO report, the Arab region has the highest proportions of female engineering graduates compared to other parts of the world.

(ARAB SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2020, ESCWA) "In this region, now more than ever, it is an existential imperative: the region must transform. To do so, it must dismantle the structural barriers to achieving the 2030 Agenda....it also has the lowest levels of innovation based on investment in and the productivity of research and development (R&D)"
H. E. Dr. Rola Dashti
Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
(21st CENTURY TALKS, UNESCO 1999) "There is a real risk of two civilizations emerging: one based on the capacity to generate and utilize knowledge; the other passively receiving knowledge from abroad and deprived of the ability to modify it. He further stated that the world now faces the prospect of this Knowledge Divide becoming an unbridgeable abyss"
H. E. Professor Francisco Sagasti
President of Peru and Former Chief of Strategic Planning and Senior Adviser at the World Bank

WASD is very keen to publish special issues focusing on our conference theme and encourage participants to propose papers and sessions that will be of interest to a diverse audience. Selected papers will be included in WASD refereed international journals: 

World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development (WJSTSD)International Journal of Food, Nutrition and Public Health (IJFNPH) and International Journal of Innovation and Knowledge Management in Middle East and North Africa (IJIKMMENA).