Emirates Scientists Council meets with youth to explore future of science

DUBAI, 26th February, 2018 (WAM) — The Emirates Scientists Council, ESC, organised a discussion session in collaboration with Emirates Foundation as part of its activities to mark UAE Innovation Month.

The session was attended by Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, and brought together a group of scientists, researchers and experts with the “Think Science” Ambassadors.

The young ambassadors were briefed on the UAE’s latest achievements in scientific and academic fields, and introduced to the country’s successful track record of scientific discoveries and breakthroughs, its distinguished policies in the fields of scientific research, and its pioneering vision to embrace cutting-edge technologies and tailor them to the needs of the community.

“The UAE believes in the capabilities of its young people and their potential to build the future of advanced science and meet the requirements of the next stage of development, where it will be imperative to embrace science and technology and tailor it to serve the UAE and everyone who lives here, and ensure its prosperity and wellbeing for the coming years,” Al Amiri noted.

“The UAE is a young country,” she added, “and we place our full confidence in our young generation. The UAE Government is constantly formulating plans and strategies to provide young people with knowledge, in order to empower the scientists, researchers and innovators of tomorrow.”

Maytha Al Habsi, Chief Executive Officer at Emirates Foundation said, “The UAE 2021 vision outlines the need for collaboration amongst all organizations to create a competitive knowledge – based economy, driven by innovative Emirati talent. Delivering this vision starts from strategic partnerships that aim to build an enabling environment to cultivate and nurture Emirati youth talents in science, technology innovation.”

“We are pleased to join efforts with the Emirates Scientist Council on this important initiative and reaffirm our commitment as the National Foundation of the UAE, towards the development of a talent pool of future scientists in the fields of Health, water, renewable and clean energy, space, technology and transportation,” Al Habsi continued.

Members of the Emirates Scientists Council, academics and experts in a wide spectrum of strategic scientific disciplines including health, water, renewable energy, space science, technology, and transport, met with the young ambassadors to discuss the role of science and scientists in the development of these vital sectors. The youth were given a detailed presentation that explored the applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its effects on human life and the future of mankind.

Professor Ahmed Murad, Dean of the College of Science and ESC Member, said, “Our objective is to explore the future through the use of modern technology in, all the while encouraging those interested in pursuing scientific studies and educating them about their future career prospects and their role in the UAE development plans.”


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