First Regional meeting of World Academy of Young Scientists, Arab Regional Unit, ARU

Arab Regional Unit Report

The first Arab WAYS meeting was held on 28th November 2005 at Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Egypt. The WAYS 1st Arab Regional Meeting was financially supported by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and a Grant for Scientific Meeting held in developing countries from the academy of sciences for the developing countries TWAS, Trieste, Italy.

Based on the formulation of WAYS, its recommendation of having regional units of WAYS around the world and the recommendations of the first WAYS meeting held in Marrakech in December 2004, Dr. Alaa El-Sadek President of the Arab World Academy of Young Scientists kicked off this meeting in order to establish the Arab Unit that will contribute to capacity building of young Arab researchers in a gender sensitized environment. This ARU is the first established regional unit for the WAYS.

After the conclusion of the participants presentations, the participants came up with several project proposals. The participants were divided into primary working groups according to their project(s) of interest, working under the regional coordinator’s supervision.


• The Arab WAYS regional office will be located at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.
• The launch of the Arab WAYS regional office activities as from November the 29th, 2005.
• The Executive Officers of Arab WAYS are as follows:

Arab WAYS President: Dr. Alaa El-Sadek
Arab WAYS Regional Coordinator: Dr. Hani Sewilam
Arab WAYS Secretary General: Ms.Nermeen Youssef
Bibliotheca Alexandrina Representatives: Ms. Amani Massoud and Ms. Omneya Darwish.


• Implementing the “3-D Brain-Gain” program (Back-Home, Bridge and Networking). Dissemination of the program through Arab media to attract local organizations to support the implementation process.
• Preparing and submitting the proposals for the decided seven project ideas.
• Arab WAYS should be participating in the events of establishing the new regional units as a key player. The main objectives should be disseminating the experience of establishing Arab WAYS and advertising the regional activities.
• Arab WAYS should organize an international conference to present the scientific work and current projects/projects idea of Arab WAYS. Candidates from potential funding agencies should be invited as keynotes speakers. The didactic objectives of presentations should be highlighting the essential needs for fund.
• Participating in forthcoming TWAS events (e.g. arrange to have sessions in the upcoming TWAS conferences).
• Proposing and signing MOU with potential organizations and strenghthening the links with those organizations.

UN Chief Says Youth Key to Poverty Fight

UN Chief Says Youth Key to Poverty Fight
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS - With less than two months before he steps down as secretary-general after a long 10-year tenure, Kofi Annan is disappointed that the international community is lagging behind in its much-touted MDGs, including a 50 percent reduction in extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.
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Demande d'information pour le sortie a Meudon

Salut tous le monde!

jespere que vous tous allez bien ?!!

Bien, je m'adresse principalement aux encadrants de la Science Ac' pour savoir comment va se dérouler la sortie à Meudon ce samedi? surtout au niveau du transport (je doute qu'il y est un métro car c'est bien dans le Sud de Paris,non ?) et savoir ou et a quelle heure on se rejoint (en bref toute les infos pratiques, lol)

Voila voila merci d'avance, vivement Samedi (en plus Y a pas cour =D )



Hiring of Foreign Faculty Members in Pakistan with comprehensive package

Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan has developed a number of faculty hiring programs focused to hire qualified foreign faculty members in the public sector institutions of higher education and also to produce fine engineers and scientists across a broad range of disciplines by only hiring experienced pedagogues where ever available, specially expatriates.

The faculty programs are divided into two parts, the hiring of foreign experts and researchers from abroad and local retired eminent faculty members. The foreign experts, who will bring tremendous wealth of knowledge and research experience, will be expected to impart modern and progressive outlook academic standards to be emulated by their local colleagues. The Program will generate linkages between local and foreign institutions, encouraging long-term sustainable scientific collaborations. Foreign faculty members will be expected to supervise world class graduate level research and deliver cutting edge graduate level courses in their academic disciplines.

Further detail is available at


What would be required to assist in organizing the WAYS-AFRU launch. I submitted an article for the newsletter and I need some form of authorization to help find sponsors in Nigeria. Who will attend to my clamour? hjroman?????
Lets do it!


TWAS Fellowships in Pakistan

TWAS (the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Italy) has recently signed new collaboration fellowship agreements with two institutions in Pakistan.

These new programmes will offer over 30 new fellowships to meritorious scientists from the developing world and are due to start in 2007.

The institutions in Pakistan are

• The International Centre for Chemical Sciences (ICCS), Karachi, Pakistan will offer postgraduate and postdoctoral fellowships in the fields of Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology and Physical Sciences which will be tenable at the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry and the Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine & Drug Research.

Further detail can be obtained from the website of

• The National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), Lahore, Pakistan will also offer both postgraduate and postdoctoral fellowships in molecular biology and molecular genetics tenable at their centre and laboratories.

Further detail can be obtained from the website of

The Mother-Child Network is looking for Champions!

The Mother-Child Health International Research Network, a nascent partner and affiliate of WAYS, is actively looking for young scientists working or studying in a field relevant to Mother-Child health research - be it nutritional, perinatal or other - to act as volunteer "Champions" for the network, create content such as blog entries, and recruit other members.

Once we have selected an adequate amount of Champions from different geographic areas, we will constitute an international committee from the positive responders with the eventual plan to organize an actual face-to-face meeting at a later date. In addition to the meetings, we can offer the oppurtunity to be a full member of an international network with some very interesting links all over the globe.

In return, applicants are expected to post at least one blog entry or event per week which relates to their research, work, or ethics in Mother-Child Health, in addition to commenting on each other's posts and recruiting collegues to register on the network.

The preferred methods to apply for the position are to register an account on the Mother-Child network and then either leave a comment on this post with your username, or to contact me through my profile page on the Mother-Child site.

An alternate, less desirable method is to email me directly.

More details are available here.

Victoire et suspense!

La nacelle du ballon météorologique a été récupérée par Planète sciences!!!
Erwann doit nous l'envoyer prochainement, on pourra disséquer les résultats ensemble...

A très bientôt!


Recent on-line research articles based on traditional medicinal knowledge about herbs.

Over 600 research articles have been added recently. (Total 979 research articles at Ecoport)

Over 1000 new pictures (other than over 25,000 previous)

Please visit again for updates.

Traditional knowledge researchers are welcomed to share and comment.

You can get over 13,000 research documents based on my work at

London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF)

The 2007 London International Youth Science Forum will take place from July 25 until August 8. This exciting annual event brings together some 250 young science students from almost 60 countries across the five continents.

The RDS has been coordinating the selection of the Irish delegation for the LIYSF since the early 1970s. Promising science students are awarded scholarships to attend the Forum which enables them to both encounter new and exciting areas of science and meet some of the world’s best scientists. Many of Ireland’s established scientists were former students at the Forum and still acknowledge its benefits. Past LIYSF delegates include Professor Richard O’Kennedy of DCU, who coincidently is the current President of the LIYSF, and Mr Pat Kenny of RTÉ.

The Forum, whose programme of events includes: lectures; demonstrations; seminars; and, visits to world-class industrial sites and research facilities, provides an opportunity for the students’ ideas about science to be questioned, challenged and informed in ways they would never have experienced previously. In 2006 Ireland was once again well represented by the 13 third-level students that the RDS helped to send. The students, representing 11 different colleges from around the country, enjoyed themselves immensely and gained a lot both academically and personally from the experience.

GLOBE 2008

GLOBE 2008 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
March 12-14, 2008

Join 2,000 delegates from over 70 countries in Vancouver, Canada from March 12 th to March 14 th , 2008 to explore the issues that lie at the heart of sustainable development and environmental management. Conference delegates from around the world involved in the business of the environment will convene at GLOBE 2008 to discuss the most recent developments in corporate sustainability, energy and the environment, finance and sustainabilit, climate change and sustainable cities. The conference will feature leading environment and energy luminaries, ensuring timely environmental and sustainability issues receive the attention and expertise they clearly demand.

For more information visit the conference website:


January 28-31, 2007 - ENVIRONMENT 2007 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The 4th Major International Exhibition and Conference to be held at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Center, from 28 - 31 January 2007, under the patronage of the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The focus of this prestigious event will be on Air, Energy, Water, and Waste, providing an ideal platform to promote products and services that relate to these very important elements.

For more information visit the conference website:

AGU Fall Meeting

December 11-15, 2006
The 2006 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California.

The 2006 AGU Fall Meeting provides an opportunity for more than 12,000 researchers, teachers, students, and consultants to present and review the latest issues affecting the Earth, the planets, and their environments in space. This meeting will cover topics in all areas of Earth and space sciences.

For more information visit the conference web site:

Registration Deadline: 6 November 2006
Housing Deadline: 6 November 2006

AGU Meetings Department
2000 Florida Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20009 USA
Phone: +1-800-966-2481, ext. 333 or +1-202-777-7330
Fax: +1-202-328-0566
E-mail: (subject: 2006 Fall Meeting)

ICSU Young Scientists Conference

Location: Lindau (Germany)
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2007-04-04
End Date: 2007-04-06

Event Description:
Global Scientific Challenges: Perspectives from Young Scientists
An international conference celebrating 75 years of ICSU
4-6 April 2007
Lindau, Germany.

This conference will bring together approximatley two hundred young scientists from across the world, and from different disciplines, to discuss and debate some of the key challenges for science in the 21st century. The conference is designed to attract and stimulate the interests of those who will play a leading role in international research over future decades. Through the critical assessment of specific case studies and experiences, the conference will serve as a space for reflection on the future conduct of science in the context of a rapidly changing world.

The conference will serve as a forum for young scientists to:
• Exchange knowledge and experience with their peers in an interdisciplinary and intercultural setting
• Debate key issues at the interface between science and society
• Identify and discuss emerging obstacles and challenges for the scientist of tomorrow
It will provide a unique international networking opportunity that is quite distinct from the usual discipline or topic-focussed meeting.

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Young Scientist Forum

10th International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Conference, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, May 21-25 2007.
Supported by IUBMB-Sigma-Aldrich fellowships and the Brazilian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SBBq)
The International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and Brazilian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SBBq) are proud to announce the Young Scientist Forum, which will be held during the 10th IUBMB Conference in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, a joint event with the 36th Annual SBBq Meeting, also sponsored by the Panamerican Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PABMB).
This Forum will offer extensive opportunities for young scientists from all over the world to share and exchange scientific experience, present their work at a high scientific level and interact with international senior scientists. Selected young scientists will have the opportunity to present their findings orally, and will receive substantial financial aid in order to assure their participation in the conference.
Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral trainees and young researchers under the age of 35 are encouraged to apply for support within the Young Scientist Forum. Young scientists of any nationality and from all fields of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are eligible.
Successful applicants will receive:
1. Up to US$ 1000 contribution toward travel costs to Salvador
2. Complimentary accommodation during the Conference
3. Free registration
4. An invitation to present their work orally during the Conference
5. An award certificate
Application Procedures
Required Documents:
1. Young Scientist Forum application form
2. An abstract (up to 250 words) of the work to be presented
3. A brief curriculum vitae (not more than three pages)
4. A motivation letter briefly describing the reasons why the applicant would benefit from attending the meeting.
Documents, in doc format, must be by sent to the SBBq office ( by December 21, 2006.
A scientific committee will evaluate applications, and awardees will be notified in January 2007, by e-mail. Scientific merit is a prerequisite for selection. To enable young scientists from many countries to participate, some consideration will also be given to nationality, to the locality where the young scientist is currently working, and to gender.
Please do not submit an abstract to the main conference before the young scientist awardees are announced. The selected young scientists will be automatically registered in the conference. All applicants who are not selected for the young scientist forum will be encouraged to submit their work to the conference after the selection process.
For further information, please contact:
Alicia J. Kowaltowski, coordinator of the Young Scientist Forum
c/o. Cynthia S. Bando
Secretariat of 10th IUBMB Conference and 36th Annual SBBq Meeting
Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes, 748, bloco 3 superior, sala 0367, 05508-900, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
e-mail: Phone/Fax: +55 11 3815-5798