27 June 2017
IIASA, Laxenburg

HRH Princess Sumaya of Jordan visits IIASA

IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat welcomed HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan to IIASA for a variety of meetings. Princess Sumaya attended a series of sessions in the afternoon with IIASA senior management, researchers, and Young Scientists Summer Program participants, to discuss potential research collaborations.

HRH Princess Sumaya bint el Hassan of Jordan and IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat © IIASA

HRH Princess Sumaya bint el Hassan of Jordan and IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat © IIASA

Princess Sumaya chairs the Board of Trustees of Princess Sumaya University for Technology and is actively involved in the affairs of the University. HRH is continually working on restructuring the University for it to become a cornerstone of Jordan’s continuing drive towards becoming an IT hub for the region.

Princess Sumaya is actively involved in institutional building to support the development of Jordan’s human capital, and also promoting the use of science for peace and prosperity beyond Jordan. HRH is the President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan (RSS) and she is the Chair of the World Science Forum 2017.

HRH met with IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat, and Chin-Min Lee, Special Adviser to the Director General, to discuss potential research collaborations. During her visit at IIASA, HRH also engaged with several IIASA researchers including Ian McCallum (Research Scholar, Ecosystems Services and Management Program), Anne Goujon (Research Scholar, World Population Program), and Narasimha Rao (Project Leader – Decent Living Energy (DLE Project), Energy Program).

HRH also had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable with Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) participants, to discuss how science and policy can help achieve sustainability. During the discussion, HRH invited the YSSP participants to be a part of the World Science Forum which will be hosted in Jordan in November this year. It will be a congregation of over 3000 scientists from more than 100 countries. She also talked about a possible collaboration with IIASA for a global scientific institute which will be set up in Jordan in the near future. Answering questions raised by the YSSP fellows, she highlighted the need to give voice to scientific diplomacy, where countries come together for science-based solutions to global problems. 

17.06 HRH Princess Sumaya of Jordan visits IIASA

World Science Forum 2017

Recognizing the global nature of challenges facing humankind World Science Forum has been created by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the International Council for Science (ICSU) in the quest for meaningful dialogue among the various stakeholders of knowledge, scientific communities, policy makers and societies. Experiencing the changes in the role of science we strive to offer a forum to discuss policy objectives in reference to the creation, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge. The Forum seeks to provide the scientific community and public policy makers with a global platform to exchange, discuss and harmonize their ideas in respect to the growing interdependence of science with society.

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