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peer/merc participants' forum 
March 13-16, 2016
Amman, Jordan
 


PEER MENA Forum Group Photo

The forum aimed to facilitating networking among current Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) and Middle East Research Cooperation (MERC) principal investigators in order to help build productive linkages not only with their research colleagues, but also with representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other donor agencies. 


Speaker Presentations

PEER Program Overview
Callie Raulfs-Wang, USAID

MERC Program Overview
Nicholas Anthis, USAID

International Science Collaborations: Ingredients for Success
Geri Richmond, University of Oregon

The Art of Negotiation
Geri Richmond, University of Oregon 

The Importance of Science Communication
Djuke Veldhuis, Aarhus University

Communicating with your PEER Grant Manager
Dalal Najib and Robert Gasior, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Conveying Science through Flash Talks
Djuke Veldhuis, Aarhus University


Technology Transfer, Entrepreneurship and Private-Sector Partnerships


Innovation and Commercialization: trends, tools, and the role of IP; The Exploitation of Research Results: perspectives and success factors
Mohammed Al Jafari, iPARK 

Diagnosing and Solving Corrosion Problems in Jordanian Industry - A Case Study
Farqad Al-Hadeethi, Royal Scientific Society

The Role of the Scientific Research Support Fund in Advancing Research and Innovation in Jordan 
Abdullah Al-Zoubi and Saad Abo-Qudais, Scientific Research Support Fund

Development and Patenting of a Smart Anti-Counterfeiting Optical System (SACOS) for the Detection of Fraud (proprietary information - cannot share PowerPoint)
Antoine Ghauch, American University of Beirut


Connecting Your Research to USAID and Its Missions in the Middle East

USAID/Afghanistan
Nematullah Haidari

USAID/Jordan
Scott Christiansen

USAID/Egypt
Tara Simpson

USAID/Lebanon
Shawn Jones


Research to Policy Session
Marissa Yeakey, Population Reference Bureau

The Research to Policy Gap

Fundamentals of the Policy Process

Generating Political Will - Case Study

Writing for Policy Audiences


Communicating Research to Policymakers Panel Discussion

Introductions and importance of policy for PEER and MERC
Callie Raulfs-Wang and Nicholas Anthis, USAID

A Science-Based Approach to Influencing Water Policy and Trans-Border Cooperation
Nader Al-Khateeb, Water and Environmental Development Organization (WEDO)

Increasing Fire Danger Preparedness in Lebanon's Forest Sensitive Areas
George Mitri, University of Balamand


Future Funding and Capacity Building Opportunities 

Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Program 
Dalal Najib, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

European Union Support to Research and Technology Development
Anita Rycsan, Delegation of the European Union to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Scientific Research Support Fund in Jordan
Wasim Alhalasah, Scientific Research Support Fund


Connecting your Research with USG Agencies

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)
Marcella Witting

Research Funding Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Marie Ricciardone, National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH)

NIH Support of International Tobacco Control Research
Mark Parascandola, National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH)

U.S. Department of State (oral remarks)
Elizabeth Hattingh





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