First Arab Forum for Scientific Research and Sustainable Development

The Arab League Educational, Cultural & Scientific Organization (ALECSO), in cooperation with ISC, will host the first “Arab Forum for Scientific Research and Sustainable Development,” which will take place in Tunis, Tunisia, on 20-22 December 2013. Building on resolutions and recommendations from previous Arab summits, the forum will explore the role of higher education, research and development activities in cultivating sustainable, innovative and knowledge-based societies throughout the Arab world. 

Capitalizing on its strategic location and the observation of the UN Arabic Language Day on 18 December 2013, the “Arab Forum for Scientific Research and Sustainable Development” will engage a wide array of experts representing Arab ministries, research and higher education institutes, development policy and regional industry. While maintaining its regional focus, the forum will call on input from global experts and members of the Arab Diaspora. 

The forum will encourage the exchange of views, experiences and best practices through facilitated workshops, roundtable meetings, break-out discussion sessions, technical and specialized training courses, business meetings and exhibitions.

Participants will convene around four development priorities facing the Arab world:

  • Health
  • Renewable energy
  • Climate
  • Food

Immediate outcomes of this event will include the identification and implementation of mechanisms and strategies to enhance the contribution of scientific research in promoting Arab development policy and growth. Moreover, the format of the forum will provide an optimal platform for interdisciplinary partnerships between public, private and research sectors on a regional and global scale.

Horizontal discussion topics will include:

  • History of Arab science
  • Issues of international conventions related to research and development and innovation
  • Research infrastructure in the Arab world
  • Role of Arab industries (private and public sector) in venture capital for innovation
  • Role of Arab industries in promoting Higher Education
  • Arab Diaspora
  • Policy basis for global science cooperation
  • Standardization of Arab R&D practices, funding and dissemination

Preparations of the meeting are on-going and we will keep you informed of developments with regards to speakers, topics and participants. For updates on agenda and logistics for the event, please consult the ISC and ALECSO websites listed below:


When: 20-22 December 2013

Where: Tunis, Tunisia

What to expect: A series of targeted sessions focused on building new science capacity and cooperation initiatives to promote Arab sustainable development. The forum sessions will present the key stakeholders, tools and processes necessary to narrow the gap between higher education, research and development activities and sustainable development. 

Who should attend: Policy makers and officials, worldwide research community, representatives of academia, industry representatives, non-governmental organisations concerned with education, training and scientific research

Registration: Registration will open soon!



To support the preparation of the “Arab Forum for Scientific Research and Sustainable Development”, ISC has launched a call for ideas. Individuals from academia and research worldwide are invited to contribute to the content of the meeting by submitting ideas about specific topics for discussion related to how collaborative science between regional and international parties could best support science capacity building in Arab countries.

Authors of the selected ideas will be invited to present at seminars dedicated to specific themes.

Should you be interested in submitting an outline of your proposed contribution, please contact Ms Simona Ondrejkova at by 20 October 2013.


Are you interested in being a partner for this event? To learn more about partnership opportunities and how to take advantage of them, please contact or call Ms Veronica Fernandez at +32 2 8888 114

Thank you in advance for your consideration and we look forward to your participation in what should be a memorable event.

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