The Palestine Academy for Science and Technology held an information day within Al Maqdisi Programme-17th Call for project proposals in scientific research 2022- in coordination with the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, as part of the mission to enhance the exchange of Palestinian and French Researchers.
The Al Maqdisi program is the French-Palestinian Hubert Curien partnership. It is coordinated by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE), the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI), and the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem.
Al Maqdisi Programme aims to develop and strengthen scientific and academic exchanges between French and Palestinian higher education institutions and research organizations.
For this purpose, it supports the mobility of French and Palestinian researchers and seeks to foster new structuring collaborations, closer ties with the private sector, and encourage the participation of young researchers. The program is open to all scientific fields.
These programs will provide an opportunity to integrate Palestinian researchers into French-funded research projects and its network of national and international partners and their research funding programs, allowing them to carry out their scientific research projects in collaboration with researchers in France.
The 17th Call for project proposals in scientific research 2022 was launched for 2022, where researchers will be selected from Palestinian Higher Education Institutions transparently and based on the merit selection process.
Ms. Anne-Laure Mercier-Academic and scientific cooperation in the Consulate General of France in Jerusalem moderated the session. She welcomed Dr. Basri Saleh, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Dr. Rana Samara, associate professor at Platestine Technical University Kadoorie, representative of the Academy.
Dr. Basri Saleh welcomes all colleagues from Higher Education institutions and Scientific Research centers. He addressed how deep this relationship with French Consulate and with Al Maqdisi Programme & joint research institutions started in 2001. A joint agreement was signed between the two governments to start this initiative. He thanks the counterpart of the French Consulate in supporting Palestinian institutions, especially in promoting the capacity of Palestinian scientific research, which goes with strategies adopted by MOHESR. He also expressed the Ministry's interest in mobilizing network for researchers and collaboration with Palestinian Universities to have this network actively interested to utilized, and the importance of the regional and international opportunities in scientific research like Horizon and Erasmus in the European Hub that will promote scientific research. He announced that the MOHESR would launch a national fund for scientific research and quality improvement research and quality to support and help Palestinian researchers. This financial support will support specific research projects in cooperation with the private sector.
He was followed by Dr. Rana Samara, who addressed the leading role of PALAST within scientific cooperation and mentioned the success in building the science bridges between Palestine and international countries.
An Overview of The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) was presented by Amel Feredi and Alexandre Courtoux from French national Centre for Scientific Research CNRS – European Research & International Cooperation | DERCI, where they focus on International cooperation with Palestine and the domains of scientific collaboration between Palestine and CNRS.
CNRS is among the world's leading research institutions. Its scientists explore the living world, matter, the Universe, and the functioning of human societies to meet today's and tomorrow's major challenges. Internationally recognized for its excellence in scientific research, the CNRS is a reference in the world of research and development and among the general public.
The CNRS is also a key player in innovation, both in France and worldwide. Finding applications for research results ensure that scientific advances benefit society, which is one of the missions entrusted by the French government to the CNRS. Innovation is founded on the scientific excellence of laboratories engaged in productive interaction with industrial actors. Each year this original model generates inventions, technologies, and start-ups that contribute to the nation's wealth.