- The potential collaborations aim to adapt knowledge outputs to the needs of various government sectors.
The Emirates Scientists Council (ESC) held an extensive meeting on Sunday (July 16) with representatives from a number of federal government departments in the UAE.
The meeting explored opportunities for mutual cooperation in the fields of science and technology. The discussion was geared towards identifying challenges and solutions rooted in utilizing knowledge generated in Science and Technology. The group also discussed the future requirements from the fields of science and technology that will support the strategy of the Government. The meeting explored aligning research and development efforts with the reqirements of the various government sectors to support generating knowledge for the economy of the UAE.
Attendees called for encouraging intellectual cooperation in order to foster sustainable development and achieve the objectives of the National Agenda. Several topics were on the table during the meeting, including development and innovation, future prospects, quality assurance, scientific research, human resource development, infrastructure and transportation, health, technology, space and the scientific ecosystem.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Community Protection, the Sheikh Zayed Housing Program, the Federal Human Resources Authority, the ICT Fund, the UAE Space Agency , Zayed University, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE University, Al Jalila Foundation, Federal Council for Demography, Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, Ministry of Energy, Civil Aviation Authority and National Center for Meteorology and Seismology.
“Guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, the Emirates Scientists Council is working to develop a strategy that links the outputs of scientific and technical research with government work,” revealed ESC Chairwoman Sarah Amiri, adding that this establishes scientific research as an extension of the economic and social development process in the UAE.
“We are happy to cooperate with various government and private entities to match scientific efforts with government needs,” Al Amiri continued. “Directing scientific activities in this manner helps create more innovation opportunities in various fields, and fosters close institutional bonds between sectors.”
The Chairwoman went over the duties of the ESC, which include working to create an environment conducive to innovation and scientific research, providing scientific advice, encouraging advanced and specialized studies in various scientific fields, and encouraging cooperation between research institutions in the public and private sectors. The Council also seeks to empower a generation of future scientists by linking scientific and academic research with various government sectors, providing counsel on scientific best practices, and presenting the general framework for integrating scientific initiatives while strengthening communication channels between academics, industrial and governmental entities.