The Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, in coordination with Bisan Center for Research and Development and Al Aqsa University in Gaza, organized a Satellite events in parallel to the Third International Meeting for Science in Palestine 10-12 January, 2020, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Boston USA.
The third International Meeting for Science in Palestine was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, USA, organized by the international organization Scientists for Palestine, and sponsored by Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT in USA, Arab Astronomical Society, in local coordination with Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, and Bisan Center for Research and Development.
The attendance places of satellite events in Palestine, were coordinated in cooperation with several Palestinian Universities ; namely with:
- An-Najah National University for the Northern Governorates
- The Arab American University Palestine - Al-Rihan branch for the Central Governorates
- Palestine Polytechnic University for the Southern Governorates of Palestine
- Al-Aqsa University for all the Governorates in the Gaza Strip.
And Synchronous meetings were joined by scientists, including:
- George Smith a Nobel Prize winner of 2018 in Chemistry
- David Mumford (PALAST Honorary member); one of the most renowned Mathematicians Algebraic Geometry)
- Nergis Mavalvala is a Marble Professor of astrophysics and MacArthur fellow
Nearly 100 Palestinian scientists attended and participated, which were served as moral support for the convening of the Third International Conference for Science in Palestine and supporting “Scientists for Palestine” that are working for Palestinian Scholars and Palestine.
The Satellite event meetings were formed to follow up on the objectives and outputs of the 3rd International meeting for Science in Palestine to help develop strategies to identify mechanisms for sustained international collaboration with Palestinian scientists and integrating Palestinian sciences into the international scientific community.
The meeting discussed potential cooperation between Palestinian Scientists and International Scientists, and briefing the current issues and challenges in education system in Palestine, and presented an overview of their universities and some research interests in various fields of cooperation.
They stressed the importance of cooperation with academics in the United States and its importance to stimulate the scientific research in Palestine by applying joint projects, and the possibility of students and researchers exchange and transferring expertise and technology to Palestine.
The International Scientists expressed their interest to meet Palestinian researchers via Satellite event, as the purpose is to discussed with research and technological institutions and the possibility of discussing joint projects in several topics, the attendees from different Universities welcomed any possible cooperation between the Academy as a national umbrella and Universities in USA, and agreed to have joint projects or in the field of exchange Academics and researchers, and that there is the possibility of holding many meetings and hosting Palestinian researchers in USA, by securing any possible opportunities for funding, as is the case of the successful models implemented by the academy, such as German-Palestinian cooperation and Palestinian Quebec cooperation, and the desire to reproduce these models and apply them in a similar way towards Palestinian-American Science Bridge cooperation despite the existing challenges.
The Palestine Academy hopes to open cooperative networking in the research field through subsequent follow-up agreed upon between the Academy and the scientists around the world.