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:
· 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.
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.
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.