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The Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS), in collaboration with the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA) and Necmettin Erbakan University, organized the 21st Conference of the Islamic Academy of Science (IAS) under the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation for Global Peace and Prosperity” between October 8th and 11th, 2017 in Konya, Republic of Turkey.
The Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) is an autonomous international non-governmental organization that plays the role of ‘science advisor/advocate’ to the state members of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC).
The IAS has become a think-tank working on matters related to science education, higher education and has managed to raise the profile of science in OIC-countries. IAS has become an advocate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) within the political circles.
The Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) was invited to present the Innovation Barometer for the MENA-region, as a tool to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems in the respective countries.
All parties commended the innovation barometer to be an important, yet comprehensive instrument to indicate to policymakers the priorities for their countries’ road towards a more innovative and inclusive economy, with higher value-added jobs, prosperity and stability.
The IAS members proposed to extend the innovation barometer to other Islamic countries, outside the MENA region, and to undertake efforts to remedy those indicators for which (timely) data is not available.
For more information about the Conference, please visit the official website.