GUST to col­lab­o­rate with KFAS on Kuwait Sci­ence Fes­ti­val

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Gulf Univer­sity for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (GUST) an­nounced yes­ter­day that it will be host­ing the newly formed Kuwait Sci­ence Fes­ti­val in March 2018, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Kuwait Foun­da­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Sciences (KFAS), the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MOE). GUST Pres­i­dent, Pro­fes­sor Don­ald Bates, “GUST al­ways takes pride in ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing in events of this cal­iber; to of­fer our ex­pe­ri­ence and sup­port for the de­vel­op­ment of our youth and com­mu­nity. It is a plea­sure to be work­ing with an ac­com­plished group of in­di­vid­u­als to give the event the at­ten­tion it de­serves.”

GUST and KFAS or­ga­nized a three-day plan­ning work­shop, on the univer­sity’s premises, to kick off the ini­tial prepa­ra­tions for the fes­ti­val. The work­shop was at­tended by as­so­ci­ates of the As­so­ci­a­tion for Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ters (ASTC) in Wash­ing­ton DC, in­clud­ing Dr Wal­ter Staveloz, Di­rec­tor of in­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions at ASTC; Dr John Du­rant, Cre­ator of the Cam­bridge Sci­ence Fes­ti­val from Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (MIT); Dr Tod Boyette, Co-Founder of the North Carolina Sci­ence Fes­ti­val from Univer­sity of North Carolina (UNC); David Wells, Maker Pro­gram­ming Di­rec­tor at the New York Hall of Sci­ence; Hanaa Hosny, Man­ager of the BA Sci­ence Fes­tiv­ity at Bi­b­lio­theca Alexan­d­rina, Egypt; and Vin­cenzo Li­pardi Pres­i­dent and CEO of Citt· della Scienza in Naples, Italy. GUST was rep­re­sented by Pres­i­dent, Pro­fes­sor Don­ald Bates, Di­rec­tor of Public Re­la­tions, Aseel AlTurkait, As­sis­tant Dean of the Col­lege of Arts, Dr Iqbal Al-Sham­mari, Head of the English Depart­ment, Dr. Cathy Daniel, and Head of the Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Me­dia Depart­ment, Dr Fa­hed Al-Su­mait.

Kuwait Foun­da­tion for the Ad­vance­ment of Sciences was rep­re­sented by Dr Salam AlAblani, Di­rec­tor of the Sci­en­tific Cul­ture Direc­torate, sev­eral pro­gram man­agers in­clud­ing Dr Layla Al-Mu­sawi, Engi­neer Ma­nar AlRashid, and Engi­neer Dina Al-Nakib, in­clud­ing the newly ap­pointed Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of The Sci­en­tific Cen­ter of Kuwait, Rana Al-Nibari.

The work­shop in­cluded dis­cus­sions on var­i­ous as­pects of the fes­ti­val plan­ning, in­clud­ing each en­tity’s spe­cific roles, how its suc­cess will be mea­sured, what youth pro­grams to in­clude, and how to mar­ket it ex­ter­nally to its au­di­ence. The fes­ti­val will launch with the theme of ‘Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment’ with a fo­cus on re­new­able en­ergy and in­no­va­tion, to shed light on the im­por­tance of this is­sue in­ter­na­tion­ally.

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