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Arab-American Frontiers Home > 2nd Symposium

SeCOND Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium

The 2nd Arab-American Frontiers Symposium was held December 13 to 15, 2014, in Muscat, Oman in partnership with The Research Council (TRC) of Oman. 
This program brings together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and the 21 countries of the Arab League for a series of symposia to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. The goal of these meetings is to enhance the scientific exchange and dialogue among young researchers in Arab countries and the United States, including the Arab science diaspora, and through this interaction facilitate research collaboration within and beyond the region. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered for selected participants.
In 2013, an organizing committee of young researchers met in Washington, D.C.  to decide on research topics to be discussed at the Symposium in 2014.They were asked to look for research areas that are relevant to the Arab world as well as to the United States and within those identify exciting advances and opportunities for future research and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Based on their discussion, the committee members agreed on the following sessions' program:
  • Global Food Security: Adaptions for the Future
  • Finding new Sources of Water for Growth: Water Reuse & Desalination
  • Old Energy, New Methods to Access Resources: The Hydraulic Fracturing Story
  • Environmental Regulators of Cancer
  • Linkages Session
One of the main objectives of Frontiers symposia is to foster pluridisciplinary dialogue and collaborations. Therefore, while speakers in each session were selected as experts in the topics above, general participants from any scientific discipline (not limited to the sessions' topics) participated and represented their individual fields of expertise. Each general participant also had the opportunity to present his or her research during poster sessions.
The following individuals served as organizing committee members:
Habibah ALmenaie (co-chair), Aridland Agriculture Department, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait
Yaseen Al Mulla, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Nisreen A. AL-Quraan, Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
Mahad Baawain, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Mehdi Bourouba, Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Sciences and Technology H. Boumediene (USTHB), Algeria
Rula Deeb (co-chair), Geosyntec Consultants, USA
Sherien Elagroudy (co-chair), Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt
Hesham Hamoda, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA
Joy Ward, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, USA
Muhammad H. Zaman, Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, Boston University, USA
Please take a look at the biographies of our committee members to learn more about the diverse fields they are working in and their contributions in research.
Oversight of the Program
A U.S. National Academy of Sciences appointed ad-hoc committee provides guidance and oversight. This committee also selects the members of the organizing committee and the general participants of the Arab-American Frontiers symposium out of the pool of applicants.

Michael T. Clegg (Chair), University of California, Irvine, USA
Huda Akil, University of Michigan, USA
Ahmed Suleiman el Harrasi, University of Nizwa, Oman
Essam El-Din El-Sayed, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait


The Arab-American Frontiers Symposium aims at establishing long-term bi- or multi-national research cooperation. To further this goal, a small number of Fellowships are provided after the symposium to teams of participants who intend to cooperate.

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The second Arab American Frontiers symposium is supported by The Research Council
(TRC) of Oman, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Richard
Lounsbery Foundation.