Tag Archives: Science

A step towards better science for education policy


By SciDev.Net – Connie St Louis Evidence-based policy. It’s one of those phrases that has become ubiquitous. But what exactly does it mean? And perhaps more importantly, where is that evidence coming from, and can it be trusted as a basis for formulating policy? The NGO The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) has been wrestling with such questions in …

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Diplomats told to study science and health

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By SciDev.Net – Inga Vesper Diplomats need better training in science and health to support international collaborations dealing with shared problems and increase the scientific capacity of developing countries, a UK summit has heard. When it comes to science diplomacy, both rich and poor nations must do more to involve foreign affairs officials in research efforts and cooperation, said a …

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Qatar Science & Technology Park appoints Dr Maher Hakim as new Managing Director

Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), part of Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D)

Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), Qatar’s primary hub for technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship, has announced the appointment of Dr Maher Hakim to the position of Managing Director. Dr Hakim is a sought-after expert and educator in technology innovation and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial financing, venture capital, and mergers and acquisitions in the technology industry. In his capacity as Managing Director, he …

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TRA announces academic membership of Ajman University of Science and Technology to International Telecommunication Union


The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has revealed that Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST) has been granted academic membership into the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) responsible for issues that concern information and communication technologies. The move is hailed as a key step forward that complement AUST’s scientific and academic roadmap …

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Ajman University and DIFC Academy of Law sign cooperation agreement


The College of Law at Ajman University of Science and Technology and The Academy of Law for the DIFC today announced details of a newly signed cooperation agreement covering the development of training programmes for the benefit of the UAE legal community. The memorandum was signed by Dr. Khalid Al Khaja, Acting Chancellor, Ajman University and Vice-Chancellor for Academic and …

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Advancement of science and technology key for socio-economic development in OIC member states


The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group participated in the 15th General Assembly of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Standing Committee for Science and Technology (COMSTECH) held in Islamabad, Pakistan on 31 May – 1 June 2016. The meeting was preceded by the 30th Executive Committee meeting of COMSTECH on 30 May 2016. The General Assembly meeting, chaired by …

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African beekeeping stops mites wiping out hives

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By SciDev.Net – Inga Vesper Traditional African beekeeping methods offer better protection against hive-destroying varroa mites than pesticides which, according to a study, are losing their potency. The mites, which attach to bees and suck their body fluids, are increasingly resistant to pyrethroids, according to a study, published yesterday in PLOS One. The research shows that genetic mutations are enabling …

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Don’t wait for crises to reach public with science


By Tolu Oni – SciDev.Net Young researchers in particular should get support to engage society routinely, says Tolu Oni. A wide range of players, from policymakers to the media, often consult scientists at times of crisis or social controversy. At such times, how the public perceives the credibility and relevance of scientists to society is vital to how their views …

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Saudi Arabia shows highest growth in high-quality science in Western Asia


Saudi Arabia continues to enhance its position as a regional leader in scientific research. As reported in Nature Index 2016 Saudi Arabia – published with the 28 April issue of Nature -Saudi Arabia’s contribution to high-quality research papers is growing more than any other country in Western Asia. Between 2012 and 2015, Saudi’s growth in contribution to the Nature Index …

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Cheap device for examining eyes successfully tested

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By Inga Vesper – SciDev.Net A simple eye examining device that may offer a cheap way to improve medical care and training in developing countries has been successfully tested in Africa and Pacific island states. The Arclight is a pocket-sized ophthalmoscope — a medical instrument used to see inside patients’ eyes — equipped with an LED to provide light, a …

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