The Palestine Academy for Science and Technology
The Academy is a national independent institution, aiming to catalyze the advancement of science, scientific research, technology and innovation in Palestine, and to effectively deploy them as levers for economic, social and human development. Towards this purpose, the Academy works in sync with all partners from academia, government and business at home and in the diaspora, to coordinate and streamline national efforts in the science and technology fields. The Academy is led by Professor Marwan Awartani, with its headquarters in Jerusalem and offices in Ramallah and Gaza.
- To provide support, coordination and guidance of national efforts in the fields of science and technology, scientific research and innovation.
- To stimulate and rationalize investment in basic and applied scientific research.
- To integrate and harmonize the components of the science, technology and innovation system in different sectors.
- To strengthen the status and rooting of science and scientists.
- To inculcate the scientific culture in the Palestinian society, especially amongst youth, and enhancement of the role of women and disadvantaged groups in various scientific and technological fields.
- To continuously strive for effective and sustainable integration of Palestinian scientists and experts in the diaspora, for the transfer and resettlement of knowledge and technology in the country
- To effectively recruit knowledge, innovation and scientific research outputs to develop a knowledge-based society and economy, and to find creative solutions to the challenges facing Palestine
- To enhance the capacities of Palestinian researchers and research institutions, improve the quality and ethics of scientific research, and strengthen international research cooperation
- Provide pertinent policy advisory, to contribute to the development of national and sectoral policies and strategies that support the national efforts in the fields of science, technology, scientific research and innovation
- Assist in the formation of specialized scientific societies and committees in various fields of knowledge, in accordance with international standards and best practices in the field
- Contribute to the establishment of specialized development and scientific research centers, technological parks and smart villages
- Establish national databases and networks that adopt information systems and technology, to meet the needs and requirements of scholars and specialists in different sectors
- Periodically monitor the status of scientific research, technology and innovation via the Science, Technology and Innovation Observatory (STIO), and employ the generated data to derive rationalization and planning for the relevant sectors
- Develop policy tools intended to stimulate effective and sustainable partnerships between academic institutions and research centers and relevant public and private sector institutions
- Activate the systematic and objective dialogue between the Academy and the private sector, and enhance the conviction of the importance and feasibility of investing in innovation
- Represent Palestine in regional and international networks and forums of science, scientific research, technology and innovation, and contribute to the establishment of bilateral or multilateral international scientific cooperation
- Acknowledge and honor outstanding Palestinian contributions in the various fields of science and technology
- Promote and rationalize the use of external funding opportunities for research projects, and support intellectual property protection
Programs and projects
- Expatriate Scholars Program, Palestine has a large expatriate community of scholars and innovators who can make significant contributions to the advancement of science, research, technology and innovation in Palestine and support our national efforts to build a resilient, thriving and sustainable Palestine.
For this purpose, the Academy launched a multifaceted initiative that involves outreach to expatriate scientists and scholars, and organization and hosting of short to medium term visits to Palestine.
- Science Bridges, The Academy seeks to build bridges of scientific and technological cooperation between Palestine and other countries around the world. Such “bridges” help strengthen Palestinian national capacities in various areas of science, technology, research and innovation. Two Science Bridge Programs are currently active and running, and a few more are in the pipeline, such as a Palestinian French Science Bridge, a Palestinian Czech Science Bridge and a Palestinian Russian Science Bridge. All Palestinian universities have joined the Science Bridge Program.
The Palestinian German Science Bridge PGSB
PGSB was launched in 2016, by the Academy and Juelich Research Center, with support from the German Ministry of Higher Education and Research, as a joint research and education program. The nine-year project provides grants for collaborative research projects and research clusters in the natural, engineering, technology and health sciences, between researchers from Palestine and counterparts in any of the institutes at Juelich. It also provides outstanding Palestinian students with postgraduate (Master and PhD) scholarships at Juelich, under joint supervision, and recently Postdoc Stipends within the Returners Program to Palestinian Universities.
The Palestinian Quebec Science Bridge PQSB
The PQSB was launched in 2017, by the Academy and the Fonds de Recherche du Quebec (FRQ), Canada. The three-year project provides grants for short to medium term research missions (three to six months) of Palestinian researchers to partner host universities in Quebec, in the fields of health sciences, natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities, or arts and letters.
- The Science Technology and Innovation Observatory (STIO)The Observatory was established by the Academy in 2010 in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) of the United Nations, and recently reactivated in partnership with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). The Observatory conducts periodic assessments and generates reliable metrics and indicators, in various aspects of science, technology and innovation in relevant sectors from academia, industry, business and government.
- Science Societies Scientific societies play a significant role in the advancement of teaching, learning and research in various disciplines. The Academy has undertaken the initiative to catalyze and support the formation of national disciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific societies and clusters in Palestine. This is done in close coordination with all Palestinian universities and expatriate scientists. To date, seven societies in the natural sciences have been created. Societies in other sectors are in the pipeline.
- Employing scientific research and technology to develop manufacturing industries and production sectors:
The Academy is carrying out several projects in cooperation with local and international partners, most importantly:
SwitchMed TEST II Project: Promoting green industry and clean production:
This project aimed to transfer environmentally sound production technology, and to support green industry and sustainable production and development. It also aimed to stimulate the effective involvement of the industrial sector in sustainable development through the progressive transformation of production and consumption patterns into more sustainable patterns. The project was implemented jointly by the European Union and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In the pilot phase, the model was applied to 10 Palestinian factories that have already implemented environmentally sound technology, in reducing water and energy consumption, in reducing CO2 emissions and solid waste, and in the percentage of loss of raw and manufactured materials. In its context, an Academy delegation participated in the “Green and Clean Production Technology Conference” organized by UNIDO in Barcelona.
Takamul Initiative: Developing an effective framework for linking university-based scientific research to industry and public sector:
In cooperation with the Palestinian Federation of Industries (PFI), the Academy has launched the “Takamul” initiative, which aims to build effective, sustainable and rewarding linkages between universities and research institutions on one hand and key production sectors on the other. Through this initiative, the most effective means of identifying the research and development needs of these sectors, how to employ the university research capabilities, and the outputs of the university scientific research, are formulated in order to respond to them. This 3 year project, is funded by the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation Jerusalem (FNF). A preliminary study was conducted followed by a workshop in October of 2018 was under “Enhancing University-Industry-Public Sector Partnership”, detailing and disseminating to stakeholders, mainly from the industrial sector, the results of activities carried out at an earlier stage. In this context, an Academy and PFI delegation conducted an official scientific visit, under “Academia and Industry Partnership- Support and Cooperation of Higher Education Institutions in Germany” to the German State of North Rhine Westphalia, organized and sponsored FNF in July of this year. A collaboration agreement between the Academy and the PFI was also signed this year. Recently, Five Applied Research granted for supporting private industries of PFI within FNS sponsorship
- Conferences and Symposia
The Academy represents Palestine in Science, Technology, and Research conferences and symposia, locally, regionally and internationally.As well, since its establishment, The Academy has convened several workshops, symposia and conferences of national and international dimension that tackle Science, Technology and Innovation fields and issues.The Academy is planning to organize several workshops and conference of national priorities in the coming five years. Focus will be on issues related to promoting STI in Palestine.
- International collaborations and Affiliations
The academy is a member in, and affiliate of a number of international Science, Technology and Innovation entities:
- The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP).
- InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP)
- International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (H.R. Network)
- Network of Academies of Sciences in Countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (NASIC)
- Consortium of Science, Technology and Innovation for the South (COSTIS)
- Euro-Mediterranean Science Academies Network (EMAN)
- All European Academies (ALLEA)
And has developed joint projects and cooperation agreements with:
- Friedrich Naumann Foundation
- Jülich Research Institute, Germany
- Fonds de Recherche du Québec, Canada
- United Nations Industrial Development Organization | UNIDO
- Institut de Recherch pour le Development, France | IRD
- Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientificas, SPAIN | CSIC
- National Technical University of Athens | CSIC
Palestine Academy for Science and Technology
64, Ramallah-Jerusalem Street
Phone: +9722 2960524/6
Fax: +9722 2960525
Cellular: +972 599 671638