Tuesday, September 4, 2012

OIC Research Expert Group Meeting

Day 2

The second day started with a brainstorming session among participants.  Discussions include priority research areas that OIC participating countries can embark on for now and for the forthcoming years; the establishment of the OIC Research Cooperation Agency and the identification of suitable funding bodies.  The meeting identified priority researchable topics which include nanotechnology; Human safety and poverty eradication.  Among the funding framework suggested for the OIC R&D initiatives include "Seed Grant for Initial Research Grant for the Agency", "Matching Grant by respective OIC countries", "Qatar Foundation", "Kuwait Fund for Development Agency", and "Supreme Council of Science".   Participating countries have  also identified specific research area that they wish to lead: Iran - Nano & Bio Technology; Qatar - Marine; Turkey - Defence;  Brunei - Oil & gas and Malaysia - Food security, tropical disease, renewable energy, Islamic finance. The meeting also suggested for the establishment of the OIC Laurette Prize and to identify possible international funders for this initiative.
In the afternoon, participants visited two research centres: Halal Products Research Institute (HPRI) of Universiti Putra Malaysia and the Green Technology Innovation Park of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.