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ICTP, KFAS Renew Commitment to Science

New funding agreement expands longtime KFAS support

31/01/2018 - Trieste

ICTP and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) have renewed an agreement to provide support for scientists from Kuwait and the Arab world to participate in ICTP activities.

ICTP Director Fernando Quevedo and KFAS Director General Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin made the agreement official in a signing ceremony at ICTP on 31 January. The renewed partnership continues KFAS support for ICTP postdoctoral fellowships, as well as for Arab students who have been accepted into the Centre's Postgraduate Diploma Programme and for scientists from Arab countries to attend ICTP conferences and workshops. KFAS has also agreed to continue its sponsorship of ICTP's annual Salam Distinguished Lectures Series.

In addition, the two institutes agreed to expand the partnership to new activities related to scientific capacity building and teacher training.

"On behalf of ICTP and its scientific community, I would like to thank KFAS for its faithful and generous support of ICTP's efforts to advance science in Kuwait and other Arab countries," said ICTP Director Quevedo. KFAS has supported ICTP activities for over 35 years, contributing more than US$2,000,000 to enable scientists to participate in ICTP activities.

"I am delighted and honored to be here, and to sign a renewal of the ICTP-KFAS agreement, which has been expanded. KFAS prides itself in allowing many students and scientists from the developing world to benefit from this great center," said KFAS DIrector General Shihab-Eldin.

For more details about the ICTP-KFAS partnership, visit the web page for the Kuwait Programme at ICTP.

  From left: Yousef Al-Mazeedi, KFAS Program Manager for International Programs; ICTP Director Fernando Quevedo; KFAS Director General Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin; ICTP scientist Karim Aoudia; and ICTP scientist and leader of Scientific Programmes and Outreach Sandro Scandolo.