Middle East North Africa Science Platform
Recent finds of early humans at the Misliya Cave Mount Carmel-Israel have been dated between 177,000 – 194,000 years-old. Authors interpret the fossil as the oldest member of the Homo sapiens clade found outside Africa and add to evidence of more varied patterns of human migration out of Africa, so challenging the out of Africa model.
The 300,000-year-old skull segments carry insights into the origins of our species and connect Morocco with complex evolutionary changes taking place across Africa.
Extreme weather blamed on humans for the first time
Nature editorial: Scientists clearly state that extreme weather phenomena wouldn’t have happened without global warming. The solution has been clear for more than two decades: governments need to take aggressive action to curb greenhouse-gas emissions.
This has implications for the MENA region.
Ancient stone structures
Palestine Museum of Natural History
The Palestine Institute of Biodiversity Research and its Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) works to research, educate and conserve our natural world, culture and heritage and use knowledge to promote responsible human interactions with our environment.
Threat of 3C warming to Alexandria
The UN is warning that we are on course for 3C of global warming and the report will be published shortly. The impact of such a rise in global temperature is projected to be devastating to cities in coastal regions. The IPCC reported that Alexandria’s beaches would be submerged even with a 0.5-metre sea-level rise, while 8 million people would be displaced by flooding in Alexandria and the Nile Delta if no protective measures are taken. A 3C rise threatens far greater damage than that with added consequences for tourism.
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win mathematics' Fields medal passes away. She is the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored with the award, known for her work in the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces. “Mirzakhani specialized in theoretical mathematics that read like a foreign language by those outside of mathematics: moduli spaces, Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry,” Stanford press announcement.
Technology companies throughout Saudi Arabia will get startup funds up to $133.3 million from the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) during the first quarter of next year.
The initiative, launched by the Badir Program for Technology Incubators, one of KACST’s leading programs, aims to trigger the growth of Saudi startups for a positive impact on the national economy, increase productivity and create more job opportunities for Saudi youths.
Hottest temperature in Iranian city
Ahvaz city in southwest Iran recorded the country’s hottest temperature , 53.7C, ever recorded on Thursday 29th June 2017.
If confirmed, this may match the world record for the most extreme
high temperature in modern time.
Hot spots in the Gulf region and Arabian Peninsula are projected to endure heatwaves challenging human survival and adaptability if climate change is left unchecked.
One Quarter of 1 % of Turkey’s Surface Area Is Sufficient to Meet All the Power Demand with PV by 2050!
BRUSSELS- Algeria and the European Union (EU) signed Monday, in Brussels, an agreement on EU funding of a EUR10 million supporting programme for the development of renewable energies and the promotion of energy efficiency in Algeria.
Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) is now accepting applications from institutions and enterprises for the 2017 AWARD AgTech Innovation Challenge for West and North Africa. GAIA has been launched by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development to increase agribusiness investments in technological and business model innovations that help bridge the gender gap in African agriculture and particularly those that enhance the positive participation of African women in agricultural value chains across the continent.
HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities .
EU collaboration projects
The Middle East Research and Innovation Dialogue MERID project is a coordination and support action funded by the EU framework programme for research and innovation to intensify and encourage R&I cooperation between the EU and the Middle East region, directly involving partners from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.
Scientific projects targeting cooperation between MENA and EU scientists. EUROSUNMED focuses on the potential for plentiful solar power to adapt solar technology to the region's environment.
I posed this question to a professor at a university in Jordan. The answer was no. This led me to start exploring the reasons behind
this and how to resolve them.
An increasing number of new solar energy technologies are invented every year, the successful development of which depends heavily on accurate measurements of performance, reliability, and durability.
Sustainability Week is a global platform that addresses the interconnected challenges that affect the widespread adoption of sustainable development and clean energy.
Zayed Future Energy Prize
Submissions for the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize are open.
Our world is increasingly embracing innovative solutions in order to create a sustainable future, and the Zayed Future Energy Prize is a unique platform that recognises and rewards today’s innovators for their contributions to change.
EU H2020 international research
International Cooperation is vital if research is to fully tap its potential. Active and more strategic international cooperation will also contribute to achieving the EU's wider policy objectives.
The Middle East Science Fund
The Middle East Science Fund is an initiative to support young scientists and education in the sciences throughout the region.
Innovation & Economic Development
The mission of the Innovation & Economic Development department is to help maximize KAUST’s contribution to the economic diversification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its transformation to a knowledge- based economy.
The Fogarty International Center
Middle East and North African (MENA) Region Information, Grants and Resources
Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water is a leading, global scientific award focusing on cutting- edge innovation in water research.