De­sali­na­tion re­searchers and alumni to gather at MEDRC Wa­ter Re­search

Times of Oman - - ROUND-UP -

MUS­CAT: MEDRC Wa­ter Re­search is com­bin­ing two im­por­tant net­work­ing meet­ings into one event, to­day at its head­quar­ters, in Al Hail, Mus­cat; namely, The Omani De­sali­na­tion Re­search Net­work and the MEDRC Alumni Lec­ture Series.

The Omani De­sali­na­tion Re­search Net­work was launched by MEDRC to help pro­mote knowl­edge ex­change be­tween Omani re­searchers work­ing in de­sali­na­tion. This is the sec­ond time this year that the net­work has come to­gether since they were first formed and launched, in 2016. The net­work will pro­vide Omani re­searchers work­ing on de­sali­na­tion tech­nolo­gies with a plat­form to share ex­pe­ri­ences and best prac­tice with the hope that their col­lab­o­ra­tion will have the ca­pac­ity to de­velop new and bet­ter ap­proaches to over­com­ing wa­ter chal­lenges.

The Alumni Lec­ture Series of­fers MEDRC Alumni the op­por­tu­nity to present their re­search out­puts to a dis­tin­guished au­di­ence of wa­ter ac­tors in Oman. This is the sec­ond Lec­ture Series to take place this year, with the honor of de­liv­er­ing lec­tures go­ing to Ali Al­sheikh of Al – Na­jah Uni­ver­sity, Pales­tine and Mo­hammed Ra­sool Qtaishat of Jor­dan Uni­ver­sity, Jor­dan. Both stu­dents are Alumni of the MEDRC fel­low­ship pro­gramme which is a unique ini­tia­tive de­signed to sup­port re­search ca­pac­ity in Jor­dan and Pales­tine. It of­fers bril­liant young re­searchers with the ap­ti­tude but with­out the means, the chance to fur­ther their stud­ies in the field of wa­ter re­search.

“The idea of com­bin­ing both meet­ings is to give the Omani Re­search Net­work an op­por­tu­nity to get to know more about the re­search un­der­taken by our most ta­lented alumni, while also of­fer­ing those same Alumni, with an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to present their re­search out­puts to a wider au­di­ence and ex­plore po­ten­tial col­lab­o­ra­tions and ex­change of know-how,” said Dr Jauad El Khar­raz, MEDRC head of Re­search.

The au­di­ence will com­prise re­searchers and ex­perts rep­re­sent­ing in­sti­tu­tions, univer­si­ties, gov­ern­men­tal and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions as well as those from the pri­vate sec­tor in­volved in de­sali­na­tion and wa­ter re­search in Oman. The pres­ence of ex­ter­nal ex­perts aims at en­rich­ing dis­cus­sions and bring­ing dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties of col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Present will be: Dr Tarik El­jaddi (Post Doc Re­searcher at LRGPENSIC, Lor­raine Uni­ver­sity, France), Dr Mo­hammed Ra­sool Qtaishat (di­rec­tor of Wa­ter, En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment Cen­ter - The Uni­ver­sity of Jor­dan), Ali Ibrahim (Agri­cul­ture fac­ulty, Al-Na­jah Uni­ver­sity, Pales­tine), Kaw­tar Ra­haoui (RMIT Uni­ver­sity- Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia), Sok­ina Joseph from the Im­pe­rial Col­lege (UK), and Ge­orges Geha from the Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity of Beirut (Le­banon).

Par­tic­i­pants from dif­fer­ent Omani in­sti­tu­tions will take part in this event, mainly: The Re­search Coun­cil of Oman, Oman Wa­ter So­ci­ety, Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Elec­tric­ity and Wa­ter, Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture & Fish­eries, Sul­tan Qa­boos Uni­ver­sity, A’Shar­qiyah Uni­ver­sity, In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Col­lege of So­har, Mid­dle East Col­lege, Cale­do­nian Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing, Oman Re­fresh­ment Com­pany, Ex­press En­ergy & Ser­vices Com­pany, Rose Gar­den TRDG Com­pany and in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tants.

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