Malta V Conference: Science diplomacy in the Middle East - A Bridge to Peace

Dec 05, 2011 - Dec 08, 2011
UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, FRANCE

The Malta V Conference, the fifth in the series “Frontiers of Chemical Sciences: Research and Education in the Middle East”, will be held at UNESCO Headquarters with a focus on the objectives of IYC. This conference features presentations from five (5) Nobel Laureates, 4 of whom are Chemistry Nobel Laureates.

The Malta V Conference will be part of the celebration of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry (IYC). The focus themes for the workshops are: Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products, Environment: Air and Water Quality, Sustainability of Resources, Energy and Materials, Science Education at All Levels and Nanotechnology and Material Science. 

Eminent speakers at this conference are: Claude Cohen-Tannoudji (France), Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997); Richard Ernst (Switzerland), Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1991; Michael Graetzel (Switzerland); Dudley Herschbach (USA), Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1986; Jean-Marie Lehn (France), Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1987; Omar Yaghi (USA) and Ada Yonath(Israel), Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 2009.

The Malta Conferences use science as a bridge to peace in the Middle East and brings together Nobel Laureates, other eminent scientists, and scientists from fifteen Middle Eastern countries (Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Palestinian Authority, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and United Arab Emirates) to work together to solve some of the scientific problems in the region. In the Middle East it is important that stable, mutually respectful relationships be created that enhance research interactions and collaborations, contribute to a more peaceful atmosphere, encourage international development, help establish a more favorable environment for regional peace and security, and foster further growth in regional scientific and technological cooperation.

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