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Science Diplomacy with the Arab Peninsula (Past Event)

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ISC is organising a meeting on “Science Diplomacy with the Arab Peninsula” which is to take place on Tuesday, 22 November 2011, from 11.30 to 13.00 in the European Parliament in room 5E2.The meeting is to be hosted by Angelika Niebler, MEP.

The meeting will explore the possibilities for R&D collaboration between the Arab Peninsula and the European Union. The EU context is currently very favourable and this will continue over the next year, with many initiatives and legislative actions underway or expected which could have an impact on international cooperation activities. This is a valuable opportunity to encourage a tighter relationship between the EU and the Gulf region.

The purpose of the meeting is to identify an adequate format for scientific dialogue and cooperation between the Arab Peninsula and the EU within the context of the broader EU-GCC cooperation following the European Parliament Resolution of 24 March 2011 on “European Union relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council” which:

“highlights the importance of deepening bilateral cooperation with the GCC on research and technology programmes, with special focus on new knowledge-based industries in areas such as renewable sources, CCS, oil and gas derivatives, energy efficiency and biomass; calls for the establishment of cooperation involving the transfer of technologies combined with a secure, sustainable supply of raw materials."

It will specifically focus on R&D cooperation in biological and medical science and will include a presentation of the Biobanking Research Infrastructure and ITFoM future of medicine pilot project as an example. These research infrastructures are a key opportunity to bring infrastructure capability and global standard setting in medical science. Furthermore, it is currently a very active field at European level, as several key pieces of EU legislation in the area, such as the Clinical Trials Directive and the Medical Devices Directive, are set up for revision in 2012.



Tuesday 22 November 2011
European Parliament, Room ASP 3G2

11:30 - 13:00

Declan Kirrane, Director, Intelligence in Science

The Potential Scope of R&D cooperation between the EU and the Arab Peninsula in Health Policy
Prof. Kenneth Wilson, United Arab Emirates National Research Foundation

Dr Husam Al Ulama, United Arab Emirates National Research Foundation

Dr Sehamuddin Galadari, Provost for Research, United Arab Emirates University

An Example of Potential Cooperation: The Life Sciences Research Infrastructures
Prof. Kurt Zatloukal, Medical University of Graz