The Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) organize Scientific gathering under the name of “Scientific Research outlook” (SRO) in the Arab World once every 2 years.
The Scientific Research Outlook considered as one of the most important Scientific gathering that focus on cooperation between the scientific research and the technological development, to achieve the ongoing development in the Arab World.
ASTF works on organizing this conference in order to: support and promote the cooperation between scientists, researchers, inventors, business men and companies that represents the academic organization, believing in that the cooperation in the process of scientific research give high quality and less cost products.
A lot of Arab and foreign Scientists participated in the scientific research outlook.
SRO I Overview
During 24-26 April 2000 the University of Sharjah organized an international scientific symposium under the name of "Scientific Research Outlook in the Arab World and the New Millennium: Science and Technology".
More than 400 Arab scientists from all over the world participated in the symposium, among them were leading figures in the scientific community at the Arab and international levels. The conferees touched on various issues of scientific research that were categorized under specialized scientific topics, some of which covered aspects of scientific research in the Arab world and the others dealt with specialized themes in science and technology.
The first group of topics was discussed with a view to identifying the points of weakness in scientific research in the Arab world and finding ways to promote it, particularly in the fields of social and economic development, institutional scientific research and ways of encouraging and supporting researchers. The second group of topics was dealt with in an effort to specify the orientation of research activities in those areas that are expected to have a great impact on the progress of science and technology in the first decades of the new millennium.
The symposium lasted for 3 days during which 30 sessions were held. Parallel sessions were the dominant mode of delivery in the first two days, as stated in the Program Book. This gave participants the opportunity to present more than 150 papers. On the third day, however, some alterations were made to the program, as per the will of participants, so that the conferees could meet in one room to discuss the ways for overcoming the crisis of technological under development in the Arab world. In this plenary session the participants expressed their desire to reach practical solutions and unequivocal resolutions that can put scientific and technological development at the forefront of Arab priorities and pave the way for the Arab nation to effectively benefit from Arab scientists from inside and outside the Arab world. This dialogue brought forth a new spirit in the Arab scientific community when the participants called for the establishment of an independent Arab organization (non-governmental and nonprofit) that supports outstanding Arab scientific efforts within the framework of collective endeavors in service to the Arab world as a whole. Thus, encouraged by the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al-Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, Ruler of Sharjah, the participants declared the establishment of the Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF), and chose the city of Sharjah to host its headquarters. His Highness showed his full support for the nascent project by donating a million dollars, out of his private funds, to the newborn Foundation pledging to provide it with continuous support during the initial phase of its operation through the University of Sharjah. The international program committee was entrusted with the initial operation of ASTF till the proper regulations are laid down.
Finally, we hope that we have been successful in documenting the proceedings of this unique symposium in a way that preserves the vigor of its activities. We also hope that the recommendations and conclusions reached effectively contribute to the attainment of the major change desired.
SRO I Objectives:
SRO III overview
After the distinguished success of the previous symposiums with regard to the scientific research in the Arab world, which were held in April 2000 and March 2002, the third symposium on scientific research and technology development in the Arab world was held in Riyadh city in the period between 14 & 17 Safar 1425 h on 7-4 April 2004. This symposium was organized by King Abdel Aziz City for Science and Technology and the Arab Foundation for Science and Technology. This symposium dealt with many important subjects related to the reality and future of science and technology in the Arab world.
The third symposium was held under the theme:"Science & Technology is the Key to Achieve the Arab Human Development".
SRO III Objectives
SRO II Overview:
In collaboration with 18 scientific organizations, the Arab Science and Technology Foundation organized the Symposium on Scientific Research and Technological Development in the Arab World 2002, which is the second of a series of symposia (Scientific Research Outlook in the Arab World) the first of which was held on 24-26 April 2000 and came out with the Arab scientists’ historic resolution to establish the ASTF.
The time of the Symposium coincided with the 20th anniversary of the Arab Strategy for Science and Technology, which was set forth by the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO). The Symposium took place at the University City Hall in Sharjah, the city selected as the Cultural City of the Arab world for 1998 and saw the birth of ASTF.
The second symposium, as a whole, could be viewed as a continuation of the first, albeit with more elaboration on, and in-depth analysis of, the preconditions of an effective and efficient Arab contribution in the current revolution in science and technology.
By organizing this Symposium the ASTF aimed to investigate the situation of Arab science and the international trends in S&T in an attempt to identify research priorities and ways to translate them into action. A preliminary plan for collaborative Arab scientific projects was put forth with a view to attracting funding from the ASTF.
Four scientific areas, constituting the theme of Scientific Research Priorities, were identified as being the cornerstones of development and stepping stone for the expected Arab successes. These areas are:
In short, the Symposium has channeled efforts in the direction of identifying scientific tracks for the Arab countries to adopt in the next stage of development, setting forth practical and practicable plans to achieve the desired scientific headway in the Arab region, and resolutely seeking to set going the development plans through the adoption of the selected scientific tracks. The Symposium was also a good opportunity for Arab scientists to show their support for the ASTF and their confidence in its ability to mobilize the Arab scientific community. The feelings of scientists for the ASTF significantly reflected a real desire to get out of the ’bottleneck’ of scientific backwardness that is currently prevailing in the Arab world.
SRO II Objectives:
Considering the Arab reality, scientific research and technological development should play a more positive role in the sustainable development of the Arab countries by drawing on the vast resources of expatriate Arab scientists and their willingness to get involved in scientific cooperation projects in their homelands.
After the first symposium had reviewed the current S&T situation in the Arab world and opted for a number of specialized scientific fields to be the center of interest for the Arab researchers, the second set out to achieve the following objectives:
First Scope: Harvesting the outcomes Science& Technology (S&T) performance of Arab countries to serve the sustainable development of the Arab countries:
Second Scope: Arab science community and the economics of scientific research:
1-The role of scientific and virtual networks in research and development.
2- The economics of scientific research
Third Scope: Priorities of scientific research in the Arab World, and specialized domains in science:
1-Priorities of scientific research in the Arab World:
2-The scientific areas of priority:
3-Specialized scientific fields:
The conference aims to: