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Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan named UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace

Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan named

UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace


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The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will name Princess Sumaya bint Hassan of Jordan as a UNESCO Special Envoy for Science for Peace (2017-2019) in a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 2 October at 7 pm.

Princesse Sumaya bint El Hassan is named in recognition of her efforts to promote science as a power to bring countries together and contribute to positive changes in society, for her commitment to strengthening the development of scientific thinking in her native country and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”

As a UNESCO Special Envoy, the Princess will support the work of the Organization in science diplomacy, notably during the forthcoming World Science Forum, which will take place in Jordan from 7 to 11 November.

A graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan is passionate about science and has been the President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan since 2006. She is also the Deputy-Chair of the Higher Council for Science and Technology, a government body that advises Jordan on public policy issues relating to science and technology. Princess Sumaya has supported SESAME, the Synchroton-light for experimental science and applications in the Middle East, located in Allan, Jordan.

UNESCO Special Envoys are exceptional personalities who serve as standard-bearers for the Organization. Through their professional activities and personal charisma, they help ensure that UNESCO’s message is heard worldwide.



Taken from: https://en.unesco.org/news/princess-sumaya-bint-hassan-jordan-named-unesco-special-envoy-science-peace


The International Conference on Digitization: Driving the Ultimate Goal and Capacity Building on the Development of Industry 4.0, Smart Food Factory and Supply Chain

The International Conference on Digitization will take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 20-25 August 2018. The theme of the conference is “Driving the Ultimate Goal and Capacity Building on the Development of Industry 4.0, Smart Food Factory and Supply Chain”.  WAITRO members are invited to participate in the conference.


For more information on the conference, please DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE BY CLICKING HERE.




New Acting President for International Cooperation for IROST, Iran



Acting President for International Cooperation

Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), Iran


Dr. Foad Farhani is currently an associate professor and faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He joined IROST in 1998 and has held many high-level positions in the organisation.


During his research career, Dr. Farhani has published more than 40 original papers in peer-previewed journals and has presented the results of his research in the field of heat transfer, cryogenics and fluid mechanics at many national and international conferences.


Officially Leading LIPI, Laksana Tri Handoko to Target Three Priority Programs


Jakarta, Public Relations LIPI. The Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Menristekdikti) RI, Mohamad Nasir officially inaugurated an Indonesian physicist, Laksana Tri Handoko as the Chairman of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) replacing the Acting Chairman of LIPI, Bambang Subiyanto on Thursday (31/5/2018) afternoon, at the Central Auditorium LIPI Jakarta.

Handoko, the nickname of Laksana Tri Handoko, became the new Chairman of LIPI after going through a long process of open selection of the Chairman of LIPI to be sworn in at this time. After officially served as the Chairman of LIPI, what are the priority programs that Handoko will do soon?

To the media colleagues after the inauguration, Handoko said, there are at least three priority programs that need to be implemented by LIPI. Firstly, continuing the improvement of research management in internal LIPI following global norms and standards.

Secondly, accelerating capacity building and research competencies through increased qualification of human resources, massive diaspora recruitment, and collaboration with domestic and foreign partners.

And thirdly, increasing the role of LIPI as a provider of national research infrastructure (human resources and hardware or software), and collaborative hubs for science-based creative activities open to all parties (academics, students and industry).

Furthermore, Handoko detailed that LIPI is now changing the internal process of the organization. "This is the first thing I have to finish. Then research management in internal LIPI, to fit global standards. After that, we will improve the quality of human resources including diaspora recruitment and improve collaboration with all partners. Opening all infrastructure in LIPI to be used by everyone. So that it can be established collaboration naturally," he explained.

As for LIPI reorganization, Handoko has a target to complete before August 2018. "As for the diaspora recruitment, it actually started three years ago and many diaspora are financed overseas schools, some with scholarships from outside. However, there is no place (for diaspora) to return. I think LIPI is not the only one, but one place for them to take part in their field," he said.

Related to the era of industrial revolution 4.0, Handoko saw that the research infrastructure should be used by everyone. Not only LIPI people, but there is an interaction with academics, colleges, students, and industries that would be better. "The point is that using technology requires collaboration to be able to compete. Because, we are still limited in the number of people and facilities," he said.

He stressed that the novelty of research must be global and cannot be done alone. Research must involve many parties. Therefore, Handoko is determined to make the research facility can be used for everyone, especially to encourage the existing research competition in Indonesia.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia (Menristekdikti), Mohamad Nasir, at the inauguration ceremony, hoped that the inauguration of Laksana Tri Handoko as the Chairman of LIPI will bring LIPI towards a better change and promote Indonesian science and technology. "Moreover, we are now facing the era of industrial revolution 4.0, then this is a serious challenge for the new Chairman of LIPI," he said.

Therefore, Minister Nasir always encourages the Chairman of LIPI to work harder to improve the quality of research in LIPI and Indonesia. In addition, he reminded LIPI to maintain public trust to become an institution that has a dignity in order to improve the quality of existing knowledge in Indonesia, both from the field of science and technology and the field of natural and social sciences.

Menristekdikti also advised Handoko to create good governance. "This will be the main demands to be made, such as transparency, awareness, accountability, and responsibility," Nasir pressed.

On the other hand, Minister Nasir reminded that the success of the program that has been run by the previous Chairman of LIPI to be continued again. "I would also like to thank the Acting Chairman of LIPI, Mr. Bambang, who replaced the late Mr. Iskandar Zulkarnain. Their services as a precursor hopefully get the reward of Allah SWT and need to be followed," he said.

Meanwhile, the previous Acting Chairman of LIPI, Bambang Subiyanto expressed gratitude and congratulations on the election of the new Chairman of LIPI and grateful for the appreciation of Menristekdikti. "I hope Mr. Handoko will be able to bring LIPI and science and technology in Indonesia to be more advanced again. Because, being the Chairman of LIPI should be visionary and able to put science and technology into an important part of this country," said Bambang.

Global Survey of the Living Conditions of Rural Women


What is the Global Survey?

We know that the voices of rural women are the hardest to hear, and we want to change this.


The data from this survey will be published and shared with governments, policymakers and Non-Governmental Organisation partners around the world.


This survey is being co-ordinated by the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) and World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organisations (WAITRO), under the auspices of the International Forum on Rural Women (IFRW).


We are keen to engage with NGO partners, to reach as broad a range of respondents as possible.


Whilst individuals are welcome to respond from rural communities anywhere in the world, we are asking those NGO partners who are helping conduct the survey to try and ensure that at least 10 women respond in any given community. This will help with data collection and analysis, and ensure that our results are meaningful. The survey can be taken online at www.ifrw.org.uk, by mobile, or shared via Social Media.


The survey will open on 15 March 2018, and be open for response until 30 December 2018 (290 days). Initial data will be available in February 2019, in time for feedback to CSW63, and the full data pack will be published in April 2019 at the 29th Triennial World Conference of the Associated Country Women of the World in Melbourne, Australia.



Want to be an NGO partner?

We want to work with as many NGOs and members of Civil Society as possible. We are keen to ensure that this survey reaches as many people as possible, and so have provided it in the six languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish), and will publish additional translations as we are able. If you are willing to offer a translation into an additional language, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you would like to register interest, please go to http://www.ifrw.org.uk/ngo-partners.html for more information.



Take the Survey

Go to the Survey page at http://www.ifrw.org.uk/take-part.html, and chose which language you would like to participate in.


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