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MILSET STEAM Photo Contest

Open your eyes on science!

Taking a camera, shooting a picture is an easy deal. What about going further? What about using the pictures to discover science? From a water drop to a rainbow, from a bubble to a geyser, from smoke to light, from microscopy to astronomy, everywhere, we are facing scientific phenomena. MILSET aims to give you an opportunity to freeze them for eternity!

When Art meets Science, The MILSET STEAM Photo Contest (SPC) aims at creating a leeway for youth to creatively express what they observe within science, in pictures.


Goals and Objectives

  • Engage youth in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEAM) by:
    • Exploring visual aspects of STEAM through the art and science of photography;
    • Capturing images to demonstrate and communicate STEAM concepts and phenomena;
    • Applying STEAM techniques to the capture of digital images.
  • Build a collection of STEAM images by youth from around the world to be used by MILSET and its member organizations.


  • Youth between the ages of 13 and 25 as of [01/07/ 2019] are eligible.
  • MILSET global, regional and national office staff and volunteers, contest judges and their immediate family members are not eligible.

Image Eligibility

  • Each contestant may submit a maximum of three images for judging. An internet entry form must be completed;
  • Any image that demonstrates, communicates, or explains a scientific, technological, engineering, or mathematical concept or phenomenon is eligible.
  • The internet entry form requires the contestant to describe briefly the concept or phenomenon associated with each image.
  • Images must be the sole work of the contestant.
  • Images must be captured using a digital camera – images created in software are not permitted
  • Processing, including cropping and adjustments to correct or enhance exposure or colours, is acceptable; the addition, removal or distortion of significant content is not permitted.
  • Images must not include a watermark or descriptive text.


Description to be included with the image

  • Name and surname
  • Age
  • City and Country
  • Email address
  • Title (maximum of 50 characters)
  • Brief plain language (English) description of the science concept or phenomena depicted in the image. The description should be understandable for youth/students and the public. (Maximum 300 characters)


Image format

  • Colour or grayscale
  • Minimum resolution: 2000 pixels wide
  • Maximum file size: 5MB
  • jpeg, png, psd, or tiff format

Evaluation Criteria

The submitted images will be evaluated anonymously by a jury comprised of at least ten (10) persons recognized for their competence in the fields of photography, STEM, STEM education or scientific communication.

A People Choice Award will be selected through a voting process on social media.

If the number of entries is large, MILSET may conduct a pre-judging screening.

Entries will be judged on:

  • Originality: creativity of the image and/or photographic technique
  • Informational Content: effectiveness at communicating the phenomenon or concept
  • Technical proficiency: focus, composition, depth of field, image processing
  • Artistic and Visual Impact: aesthetic quality, visual and emotional appeal

Publication rights and copyright

  • If your entry is selected by MILSET as a winning image, you give MILSET non-exclusive irrevocable, worldwide rights to use your name and the image in connection with the competition as MILSET sees fit.
  • You certify and warrant that you hold the rights to grant such permission and agree to hold MILSET harmless in any disputes that arise out of image ownership/rights.
  • Image copyright remains the property of the contestant even though permission to use the image is given to MILSET.
  • MILSET agrees to identify the image's creator in all publications and presentations of the image.


Contestant agreement 

  • By submitting an image to the competition, contestants agree to abide by the competition's official rules.
  • I acknowledge that all decisions of competition organizers about any aspect of the competition, including eligibility or disqualification, are final and cannot be appealed.

 Contest new dates

MILSET STEAM Photo Contest will be opened from 01/02/2019 to 01/07/ 2019. 


For more information, please contact

Young Citizens Conference

MILSET Young Citizens Conferences (YCC) are dedicated to the views and concerns of youth regarding the social impact of science and technology on the modern world, gathering their voices from every part of the globe and encouraging them to actively enter the discussion. The exponential growth of new technologies and scientific knowledge has generated new and exciting possibilities; however, this has also raised new ethical, social and ecological issues. We believe that the open-mindedness of young scientists combined with their sense of social responsibility can yield important contributions to the dialogue.

The primary goals of these conferences are achieved through a three-step methodology: 

  • Concerns
  • Discussion
  • Actions


  • Create a space where youth can express their views on the topic;

  • Engage youth in discussion and debate concerning their future;

  • Enable youth to discover their personal responsibilities;

  • Encourage youth to express their concerns about the topic through participation in an open global discussion;

  • Present the voice of youth through short video presentations which will be posted on the MILSET website and other internet platforms.


Lectures, Workshops and Round Tables and Conferences

The purpose of these scientific sessions is to complement the scientific contents showcased in the exhibiting area and to encourage communication and interaction between the participants.

These activities provide the forum for scientific discussions between students as well as between the scientific communities and teachers, students, and even public attendees.

An important theme is inter-disciplinary research. Fellows are working in different groups, laboratories and institutes and the research activities address a wide variety of scientific problems. The main objective of these sessions is to alert researchers and key players in the different research disciplines to the needs of society for science in different scientific area.

We would like to propose to concentrate these activities focusing on the following subjects:

·      Nanotechnology

·      Research & Development

·      Science and Innovation

·      Sustainable development

·      Renewable Energies

·      Peaceful Nuclear Energy


Nanotechnology, sometimes shortened to "Nanotech", refers to a field whose theme is the control of matter on an atomic scale. Generally, nanotechnology deals with structures 100 nanometres or smaller, and involves developing materials or devices within that size. Nanotechnology is extremely diverse, ranging from novel extensions of conventional device

physics, to completely new approaches based upon molecular self-assembly to developing new materials with dimensions on the nano scale, even to speculation on whether we can directly control matter on the atomic scale. The conference aims at assessing Nano and micro technologies for emerging applications and its prospects in the region. Nanotechnology

plays a significant growing role in the daily life, adding that its effect could affect the international community and economies of many countries. Nanotechnology bears huge potential that can effect changes in the fields of energy, technology, medicine, communications, food industry, military strategies and national security. UAE through its universities is engaged in

developing Nano engineering centers in order to enhance research activities in this field. The UAE is expected to require 500,000 skilled workers in nanotechnology and their education and training will be a challenge for the country.


Research & Development

To achieve its economic vision, the Abu Dhabi government aims to push the economy's R&D intensity, both public and private, to reach levels comparable to leading innovative countries.

UAE is actively engaged in establishing a world-class Research and Development (R&D) Centre that addresses different clusters and includes several R&D and innovation centers. The vision for the center is to be the leading regional hub of R&D in technology and applied sciences. Its mission is to promote the economic development and competitiveness of Abu Dhabi and the UAE by fostering innovation, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship.

To support the Emirate of Abu Dhabi vision of 'Knowledge Revenue Generation Economy', the R&D Enterprise at Khalifa University will continue to attract well established R&D technology institutions and companies to Abu Dhabi and the UAE. It will also incubate and support the growth of new innovative R&D technology start-ups. The Enterprise will carry on the strengths of the University's research and postgraduate studies to support the relevant clusters. It will also continue to foster partnership and collaboration between the University, research institutions, government, business, and industry. With state-of-the-art facilities and resources, the Enterprise will continue to employ staff with a proven international track-record in technology R&D.

The Enterprise is committed on delivering value to its local R&D partners through the provisioning of Exceptional students – Excellent employees. It will also continue to identify and focus on the development of science and technology clusters that are most relevant to Abu Dhabi and the UAE. Examples are the information and communication technology cluster, the

Energy & resources cluster, the aerospace & robotics cluster, the semiconductor & nanotechnology cluster, the health and medicine cluster, and the logistics & Trade.


Science & Innovation

The activity aims at inspiring scientific innovation and fostering technological advancement. In economies around the world there is recognition that science and innovation is vital in nhancing competitiveness and wealth creation. It impacts on the competitiveness of firms, universities and R&D establishments and more widely on city, region and country economies. This is in turn affected by, and has implications for, human resources and skills. But knowledge creation on its own is insufficient. Knowledge must be translated and shared speedily and effectively into new products, processes, services and networks. Business and other knowledge-based organizations

derive competitive advantage from communities of organizations, a high skills base, knowledge-based infrastructure and locations which can deliver these conditions. This presents the key challenge for a range of organizations - government, universities and businesses - so that knowledge-based business and research- based organizations can create the right conditions for success in an increasingly competitive market.


Sustainable Development

The fundamentals of sustainable development have been embraced as core values in Abu Dhabi's Urban Plan 2030. The plan calls for the protection and enhancement of Abu Dhabi's natural environment as fundamental to development. It also calls on us to pursue green building standards in design and construction, and to pursue sustainable technologies for the anagement of energy, waste and water. The political will to pursue sustainability is there at the highest level." Abu Dhabi is promoting a clear vision to strike a fine balance between environmental, economic, cultural and societal needs in order to improve the quality of life for all living beings.

The initiatives promoted by Abu Dhabi Government aim to launch a new concept of co-existence with culture and the environment while maintaining people's lifestyle to enable future generations to benefit from today's wise choices. The initiatives support the principle of  sustainable living and resources by working closely with communities, organizations, businesses

and policy makers to promote responsible decision making that will make Abu Dhabi and the region the world leaders in sustainability.


Renewable Energies

The past few years have seen Abu Dhabi Emirate, which controls over 90% of the UAE's oil reserves and nearly a similar percent of the nation's gas wealth, taking the lead in setting ambitious economic diversification goals and fulfilling them in a steady and sustained manner. Among the key targets outlined by the Emirate's diversification policies is ensuring a secure energy future and a significant reduction in carbon emissions by diversifying away from  conventional fossil energy sources. This resulted in the creation of an entirely new economic sector in the country, the renewable or future energy sector, and today the Emirate is emerging as an investment hot spot in these vital sectors. Abu Dhabi's renewable aspirations were not merely driven by spur of the moment decisions, but they involved a lot of planning and strategies aligned with the government's overall economic vision. The Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 and other government policies provide a favorable legislative environment and business-friendly approach to enable the Emirate to embrace the new wave of energy revolution by all means possible. At the center of the Emirate's transition strategy from fossil energy to alternative energy is the mastering of new technology, developing industry

infrastructure, building national human capital and supporting research and innovation in the future energy. This vision was further translated into the development of many multi-billion projects such as the world's first zero- waste and zero-emission city, Masdar, and later the country's landmark nuclear deal with South Korea.


Peaceful Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy generation represents a viable and attractive source of electricity for the United Arab Emirates from economic, environmental, reliability of supply, and national infrastructure development perspectives. Further, the UAE is capable of developing this technology safely and efficiently, so that electricity can be delivered to power the grid by as early as 2017. The United Arab Emirates has a critical need for new, clean sources of electricity. Studies conducted by the Government of Abu Dhabi show that national annual peak demand for electricity is calculated to rise more than 40,000 megawatts by 2020, a cumulative annual growth rate of about 9 percent. Faced with this challenge, the UAE government evaluated all alternatives for power generation, taking into consideration four factors: economics, the environment, security of supply, and the potential for long-term economic development. This evaluation has led to the conclusion that a peaceful, civil nuclear power program is a viable solution to the country's energy needs. 

Cultural Night

The cultural evening will provide an interesting glimpse into the country's past. This cultural evening enlightens the senses and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the country we have all grown to love! Attendees would be able to enjoy an evening full of excitement with an Emirati conversation demo lesson, cultural tips, traditional cuisine, and complete insight into the UAE and its history.


Cultural and scientific tours will be organized for the exhibitors, students, teachers and VIP's, in order to explore the extraordinary heritage of UAE and also visit the main attractions of our country.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has emerged as one of the popular tourist destinations in the world, offering visitors interesting sightseeing and recreational opportunities. Sightseeing in the UAE includes a visit to ancient archaeological sites, historical landmarks, museums, mosques, traditional houses, as well as artificial islands, sand dunes, beaches and world-class theme parks. Almost all seven emirates have some interesting sightseeing opportunities to offer to visitors.

There is a wide variety of tourist sites and activities in and around Abu Dhabi. We would like to recommend to our guests the following places /activities to visit while in Abu Dhabi:

 Louvre Abu Dhabi

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A spectacular museum city in the sea, Louvre Abu Dhabi is a sprawling cultural beacon that seeks to harmonize different cultures and celebrates the achievements of artists from all around the globe. The centerpiece of his vision is the signature dome that anchors the entire 'museum city' that has been created, at the point where the desert sand meets the clear, cool waters of the sea. Inspired by the cupola, a constant touchstone in Arabic architecture, Nouvel's design is an intricate metal web of 7850 stars, rendered in various sizes and at different angles over eight different layers. After 10 years of planning, 5 long years of delays, and billions of dollars spent, the Louvre Abu Dhabi, an outpost of the famed Louvre in Paris opened on November 8th, 2017 and is most sought after attraction in Abu Dhabi. Jean Nouvel, a Pritzker Prize-winning French architect designed this archipelago at sea with a seamless blend of French design and Arabian heritage. Touted to be the largest art gallery in the Arabian Peninsula, Louvre showcases art from the Eastern and Western world, promoting cross-cultural integration. This floating dome of light and shade is a really complex geometric pattern of 7,850 stars in eight different layers. When sunlight passes through this dome, it creates an alluring 'rain of light', inspired from the overlapping of palm trees in UAE's oases. Walking through this serene promenade overlooking the lapis lazuli sea beneath this geometric dome is sure to transport you to another world. A stimulating attraction for kids and adults alike, Louvre Abu Dhabi boasts a dazzling collection of artworks, artefacts and loans from France's top museums. The collection here is symbolic of the entirety of human evolution, right from its prehistoric rarities to contemporary pieces of art. 

Interesting Numbers:  

  1. The UAE Government has paid $464 million to use the word "Louvre" for the art gallery
  2. Louvre is home over 600 diverse artworks, 300 of which are on loan from France.
  3. A must-to-see attraction point in Abu Dhabi.

 Masdar City

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Masdar City is an emerging global clean-technology cluster located in what aims to be one of the world's most sustainable urban developments powered by renewable energy. This special economic zone, located about 17km from downtown Abu Dhabi will eventually be home to companies, researchers, and academics from across the globe, creating an international

hub for companies and organizations focused on renewable energy and clean technologies. It is a city where current and future technologies will be funded, researched, developed, tested and commercialized. The city is anchored by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology – a graduate-level, research-driven institution that is collaborating with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop and offer courses focused on education and research in  advanced energy solutions, sustainable technologies and policy.


 Visit Ferrari World

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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – the world's first Ferrari theme park and its largest indoor theme park. More than 20 rides and attractions lie beneath the huge, iconic red roof, including Formula Rossa, the world's fastest roller coaster, reaching speeds of 240 kmph. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi delivers the thrill of some of the world's most inventive rides, eye-catching surroundings,

authentic aromas and distinctive sounds of Italy. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is not just a theme park, but an immersive experience that will spark the Ferrari spirit within every guest. The park is a perfect venue for special events offering various spaces that can accommodate small and large groups, whether for personal celebrations or large corporate events.


 Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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This architectural work of art is one the world's largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. The mosque's first event was the funeral of its namesake, Sheikh Zayed, who is buried at the site. It features 80 domes, approximately 1000 columns, 24-carat gold-plated chandeliers and the world's largest hand-woven carpet. Unlike other mosques

in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is open to non-Muslims.


 Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital

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The Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH), is the first public falcon hospital in the United Arab Emirates. Opened on 3rd of October, 1999, as affiliate of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) , it has become the largest falcon hospital in the UAE with a patient influx of more than 42,000 patients in the first eleven years of existence. Moreover, ADFH has highly successfully entered in the field of leisure tourism by continuous and tremendous increases in tourists who have visited and participated in Falcon World Tour year after year. Through its award-winning tourism program, ADFH had proven its importance as one of the major tourist attractions in the Emirate and continuously promoting Abu Dhabi as tourists destination. World Wide known from TV & Media articles, Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital has opened its doors in 2007 to visitors to experience the fascinating world of falcons and falconry. The unique tour is a once in a lifetime experience the visitors never forget. It provides with a deep insight into the world of those majestic birds, the history of falconry as well as the life of falcons in modern times.


 Saadiyat Island and Manarat Al Saadiyat

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Just 500 metres off the coast of Abu Dhabi city, the 27-square kilometer Saadiyat Island is undergoing remarkable transformation to become a world-class leisure, residential, business and cultural hub of global proportions, housing the world's largest single concentration of premier cultural assets. Saadiyat, a natural island, is a multifaceted destination. It is zoned into seven different districts, each featuring diverse offerings. Saadiyat will boast a range of hotels and resorts as well as a number of restaurants and shopping malls. It will also include schools and the New York University-Abu Dhabi campus. Saadiyat will be a relaxed waterfront home for residents; a cultural magnet for art lovers; the home of dazzling architectural icons; a pristine beachfront tourism destination and a focal point for compelling sporting experiences. This purpose-built visitor centre – Manarat Al Saadiyat (which translates from Arabic as 'a place that provides enlightenment') brings the island's vision to life. This exciting artistic venue hosts a dedicated space for touring international cultural and art exhibitions, and has been designed in line with international specifications to house a variety of art pieces. The centre encompasses four major galleries, a central events space, sales centre, 250-seat theatre and a restaurant. 


 Zayed Centre

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For a fascinating sneak peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, affectionately known as the 'Father of the Nation', visit the Zayed Centre in Abu Dhabi's Al Bateen district. This museum, housed in an Emirati heritage village replete with camels, is an incredible homage to the man who shaped the nation. A photo gallery of Sheikh Zayed and many visiting regional and international royalty and dignitaries lines the walls of the museum, which is also full of personal memorabilia such as his favourite hunting rifles. Taking centre stage are the late President's cherished vehicles – which he often drove through the city without a bodyguard – and gifts he received from all over the world such as stuffed lions and cheetahs.


 Women's Handicraft Centre

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This creative initiative is run by the Abu Dhabi Women's Association as a showcase for local art and crafts. The small museum within is the chance to examine and learn about local artists' handiwork. There is also a shop onsite. The round buildings near the museum are workshops where female artists display distinctive Arabian oils, handmade souvenirs, incense, local dress, silver thread work, and weaving.


 Desert Safari

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This off-road Arabian adventure takes you from the city to the desert of golden sand dunes. You will travel to the desert from your pick-up point in a luxury 4WD (Toyota Land Cruiser). Next, the Arabian roller coaster ride known as dune bashing (desert driving) will begin, where you will shriek and laugh with excitement. As the sun descends into the horizon, we stop to allow you to take sunset photographs, while standing on top of the fading desert dunes. We now head to the campsite where a convoy of camels awaits your arrival for short camel rides. After returning, you can purchase some souvenirs before relaxing on a majlis (low cushions) in traditional Bedouin tents. Enjoy an Arabian BBQ (barbeque/barbecue) buffet dinner and dessert beside a blazing bonfire with traditional cups of coffee and dates, underneath the pitch-black night

sky. You can also get more dressed for the occasion by dressing in traditional Bedouin male or female garments, and also have Henna (temporary tatoo) decorate your hands, legs and feet and smoke flavored sheesha (hubbly-bubbly/water pipe). Before we head back, we will be entertained by the dancing of a belly dancer to traditional Arabic music, and you are welcome to joinalignment as the car goes up and down the dunes.


 Embrace Arabia Farm - A truly Arabic Experience

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The United Arab Emirates, much to the surprise of most visitors, is an agricultural country. Most of the Bedouins of the Arabian Peninsula used to live in oases and cultivate date palms and breed livestock for survival. Embrace Arabia Farms allows you to enjoy and taste the true Arabian lifestyle as it was and how it came to be. Just half an hour away from the centre of the city of Abu Dhabi, the farm is a refreshing retreat from hectic city life. With a classic majlis and a nice terrace overlooking the plantation, the farmhouse and its surrounding outdoor venues can be used for meetings, workshops and conferences as well as for recreational gatherings. Local farmers offer true Arabian hospitality and chat about their way of life at the campfire over coffee and refreshments. Visitors are welcome to stay overnight in the family-style house,

enjoying a breakfast prepared from the fresh products of the farm. A local farmer will host you on his Al Ain property, which is spread over one square kilometre and features a huge palm garden, green fields and a traditional farmhouse. Visitors can enjoy the fresh breeze under the palm trees while watching gazelles roam around. The more adventurous can hop on Arabian horses for a ride. Goats, sheep and chickens are also kept as livestock. Farmers will explain how fruits and vegetables are cultivated and explain the traditional irrigation method known as falaj. In the summer, guests can even taste delicious dates fresh from the palm tree and learn about harvesting methods.


 Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi

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Set to be one of the world's largest indoor theme parks when it opens on Yas Island on 25 July 2018, Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi will bring together all your favorite Warner Bros. characters and stories under one roof to offer you an enthralling, captivating day out for all the family. Walk through the iconic Warner Bros. shield and be transported to a whole new world of action, adventure, wackiness and more, in which you can create and enjoy many a memorable moment with family and friends!

Six truly immersive lands - Warner Bros. Plaza, Gotham City, Metropolis, Cartoon Junction, Bedrock and Dynamite Gulch - will come together to create an unparalleled fan experience. Expect everyone from Batman to Bugs Bunny, Superman to Scooby-Doo amongst 29 state-of-the-art thrilling rides, a host of interactive family-friendly attractions and unique live entertainment. There's also multiple dining options, from grab-and-go to full-service sit-down restaurants and cafes, and a variety of enticing retail offerings from which you can choose your favorite Warner Bros. inspired souvenirs.

 Saadiyat Public Beach

Saadiyat Public Beach occupies a prime location within the Saadiyat Beach District. Fully managed by BAKE, the Saadiyat Public Beach provides a laidback, leisure-oriented lifestyle for both residents and visitors alike, offering a host of sport and recreational activities in an unparalleled beach setting.

The friendly and dedicated staff will deliver the best attention to detail and best possible service to accompany this memorable beach setting. There are beach fitness classes to ensure guests' bodies and minds stay in shape along with eco-friendly water sports activities such as kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. The Beach Club Bistro offers food and beverages with over forty covers and can accommodate more than one hundred guests for corporate and private events.

To make guests' beach experience as enjoyable and relaxing as possible, there are lifeguards on duty from 8 a.m. till sunset, showers and changing rooms, together with sun loungers, towels and lockers for rent.


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