L’Oréal-UNESCO award-winner to chair KAUST festival

Above, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology campus. (Photo supplied)
Updated 01 October 2019

L’Oréal-UNESCO award-winner to chair KAUST festival

Chemistry scientist Niveen M. Khashab will chair next year’s annual Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The event will be co-chaired by Khaled Salama, professor of electrical engineering at KAUST’s Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division (CEMSE).

The associate professor of chemical sciences and engineering at the Physical Science and Engineering Division at KAUST is the first female chair for the annual festival of science hosted on and off campus. Khashab is the winner of the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award in the field of physical science for her research in organic chemistry in 2017. 

“I feel that KAUST leadership simply looks at scientific merit and service when appointing individuals in key roles that represent KAUST such as chairing WEP, which makes me very confident in our future as a leading scientific institute,” said Khashab. 

The scientist’s message to women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is: “There is plenty of room for you to join us!”

Next year’s WEP 2020, taking place between Jan. 12 and 23, will focus on “personalized medicine,” which aims at tailoring practices, interactions and medicine to the individual patient. It is a futuristic yet fast approaching health care platform for treating different diseases, especially cancer.


Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

Updated 13 November 2019

Line-up for FIKR17 conference in Saudi Arabia announced

The Arab Thought Foundation has announced the agenda of this year’s annual conference, FIKR17, in partnership with King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture “Ithra”, held under the theme “Towards a New Arab Thinking.”
The conference will be held in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia between 2-5 December 2019.
FIKR17 will bring together high-level officials, politicians, intellectuals, and media personalities led by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation, and Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Over the course of FIKR17, these thought leaders will provide deep understanding and paths to solutions for key questions facing the Arab World and its future, including:

  • What are the challenges of technology, science and modern approaches to knowledge?
  • Where are we currently from renewing our societies and social concepts?
  • Where does the Arab individual stand within the international system, and how does he tackle the subject of globalization while defending an interactive identity that is open to the world?
  • Where are Arab intellectuals in their attempts to renew the Arab thought, and in building a renewed philosophy capable of making contributions to the global effort of contemporary thought?

Conference Program Details
Monday, December 2: FIKR17 will open with a formal ceremony at 7:00 pm, including a speech by Professor Dr. Henry Awit, Director General of the Arab Thought Foundation, followed by a speech from the representative of “Ithra”, the Lead Partner of the conference. It will also include speeches by Arab League Secretary General Mr. Ahmed Aboul Gheit and HRH Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, President of the Arab Thought Foundation.
Tuesday, December 3: FIKR17 will start with an opening session titled “Arab Thought and Innovation Prospects,” followed by the first general session entitled “Today’s world…tomorrow’s world: transformations, challenges, and visions”.
In addition, four specialized sessions will be held under the following headlines:. Delivering new educational policies to help build a new Arab Thought, The role of social and human sciences in renewing Arab Thought, New perspectives on the concepts of state, citizenship and participation, Pluralism and the culture of tolerance and social peace.
Wednesday, December 4: The conference will continue with four specialized morning sessions covering the topics of ” Towards a new understanding of growth, Industry and manufacturing:analysis of pillars for development, Digital Economy, The role of civic society in renewing Arab Thought.
In the afternoon, the second general session will be held on the “4th Industrial Revolution” followed by reports on youth discussion groups.
Thursday, December 5: The conference will conclude with detailed reports on the specialized sessions. At 12:00 pm, the third general session titled “Arab Intellectuals and Their Role in Arab Thought Renewal” will be held, followed by the closing remarks.