Under the Patronage of
His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
Chairman of Board of Directors of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies
Her Royal Highness Princess Loulwa Al Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and General Supervisor of Effat University

Research in the Middle East and Africa: Overcoming the Barriers

Universities have always been, and will always be, centres for intellectual contribution and innovation that can drive change and have a great societal impact. Universities in the Middle East and Africa region are also striving to play this important role. However, their researchers face a great number of barriers, ranging from funding to language. These barriers have led to the undervaluation of their research output and limit their ability to contribute to global science.

At this conference, governmental officials, university administrators, directors of research centres, editors of academic journals, as well as young and expert researchers are invited to discuss on the barriers to university research excellence faced by researchers in the Middle East and Africa. They are also encouraged to discover to overcome the challenges for the benefit of the region itself, and the wider world that surrounds them.

Keynote Speakers

Don't miss the chance to hear from our distinguished speakers!


Dr Shaher Momani

Professor of Mathematics
(Nominated for Nobel Prize in Physics 2016)

University of Jordan

Dr Arho Suominen

Senior Researcher

VTT Technical Research Centre