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Dr. Jauad EL KHARRAZ joined the Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC)[1], based at Al Hail in Muscat Governorate (Sultanate of Oman) as Director of Research on October 1st, 2015. Dr. EL KHARRAZ is in charge of delivering and developing a Research Program at that International Non-Profit Organization established to seek solutions to fresh water scarcity in the MENA region. Among other responsibilities, he will manage and develop MEDRC research activities, and maintain and grow an expert-level network of technical, academic and policy specialists on a wide range of water issues. In addition, he will provide support to the development and delivery of training programs and consultancy projects. The Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) was established to deal with two of the most pressing global and regional grand challenges; water and peace. It is a unique international organization where ten co-equal partners work together on solutions to fresh water scarcity by supporting research, training, knowledge exchange and capacity building. The MEDRC Headquarters is in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman where it operates a state of the art research and training facility. In delivering its mission MEDRC will become a viable and transferable model for governments seeking a mechanism to address significant regional or trans-boundary environmental challenges. Dr. EL KHARRAZ has been information and projects manager at the Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (EMWIS) Technical Unit based in Sophia Antipolis (France) for the last 11 years and half. He also worked as senior consultant for Sud-Convergences consultancy (France) in the period 2006-2008, and Expert Evaluator of the European Commission DG Research & Innovation. On the other hand, he is co-founder and General Secretary of the Arab World Association of Young Scientists (ArabWAYS), member of the Global Change Unit (University of Valencia, Spain). He is member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) that he represented in several occasions among others in the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Science & Technology group in Geneva. He was nominated in 2011 by the French Ministry of High Education & Research as representative at the Intergovernmental framework for EU Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST Action TN1301) in Brussels, where he led its Networking Working Group since end of 2011 in Vilnius (Lithuania). In 2014 he was nominated new leader for the tomorrow by Crans Montana Forum (Switzerland) and was also co-leader of water panel at the regional Think Tank WANA Forum (WANA Institute currently, Jordan). Dr. Jauad El Kharraz was one of 40 scientists worldwide selected to attend the “World Economic Forum 'Summer Davos' for New Champions” in Tianjin China in September 2012. He joined the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic by July 2014 and he became the founding curator (creator) of Nice’ hub (France) to push young talents from Nice to develop projects of development for their local community. He has published and contributed to hundreds of conferences, journals and reports in the fields of water management, agriculture, water information systems, remote sensing applications and scientific research. Moreover, he visited more than 40 countries around the world, chaired several conferences and forums sessions/panels and served as referee for many international scientific journals and international platforms. Dr. Jauad contributed to numerous projects funded by the European Commission, European Space Agency, and other regional programmes (FP5-FP7, H2020, ENPI NGO, ENPI CBC-Med, LIFE…). Dr. EL KHARRAZ has obtained his MSc and PhD in Remote Sensing from the University of Valencia (Spain). He had also a Diploma in Enterprises management & strategy from SKEMA Business School in Sophia Antipolis (France).


Written by février 10 2017 0

MEDRC Water Research organized a technical workshop on “Latest Water Treatment Technologies: Improvements in Membrane Elements” at its headquarters last January 17th. Three distinguished speakers joined us from Belgium, Singapore and Cyprus for presentations on the following topics:

  1. “Produced Water Treatment by Membranes”, Ms. Inge Genné, Leader of Water4Nanotechnologies working group at the European platform WssTP and project manager at VITO
  2. “Use of the Next Generation of Membranes in Desalination by Forward Osmosis FO/ Reverse Osmosis RO and Wastewater Treatment”, Mr. Mark Perry, VP of BD & Sales, Aquaporin Asia Pte. Ltd.
  3. “Pretreatment Cartridges & Filters and how they increase the Membranes lifetime with case studies from Dhekelia Desalination Plant in Cyprus”, Ms. Olga Sallangos, Plant Manager

The workshop helped highlight how the development of synthetic membranes has helped in solving many problems related to water demand and water disposal. But it’s not only in desalination where membrane-based technology is applied. Wastewater reclamation; water purification for food manufacturing; and increasingly, energy generation also require highly efficient and durable membranes. READ MORE

Written by octobre 25 2016 0

MEDRC Water Research Fellows gathered at the Jordan University for Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan to present updates to international experts on their important water research.

At the event, MEDRC Water Research Fellows presented their recent research to international experts on a wide range of topics including:

  • · Hydrological Analysis of Wadis Draining to the Gulf of Aqaba: Flash Floods Mitigation and Risk Management of Selected Watersheds
  • · Solar Desalination with Solar Still
  • · Water Requirements of the Jordanian Nuclear Power Plant
  • · Synthesis of Fouling-Resistant Ultrafiltration Membranes from Nanostructures Composites for Water Treatment Applications
    · Strategic Assessment of Nuclear Desalination in Jordan
    · Evaluation of Excess Sludge Reduction in Oxic-Settling-Anoxic (OSA) – Activated Sludge Process

The event was co-hosted by the Jordan Valley Authority, the University of Jordan, the Jordan University of Science and Technology along with MEDRC.

MEDRC Water Research, in cooperation with the Jordan Valley Authority. has extended its Water Researcher Network to include the Princess Sumaya University and the German Jordanian University. Researchers in the field of water management, water reuse, desalination and waste water, can apply to the upcoming launch of the MEDRC Water Research Fellowship Program in 2017.

MEDRC Water Research Fellows in Jordan and Palestine work on research projects the focus on the crucial water issues facing their countries today.

Since the program started over 170 research projects have been supported. These have made a significant practical impact in the field of water management, reuse, desalination and other pressing topics related to water research in the region.

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Written by octobre 14 2016 0

Research and development have assumed, since decades, an increasingly important place in developing countries strategies and budgets. Nowadays, the Arab states devote 0.2% of their resources to research and development. For instance, where an estimated 0.34% of the GDP is spent on research in Jordan, United States spends about 2.7% of its income, UK 1.8%, and Germany 2.6%. Regarding per capita expenditure on scientific research, United States spends $1205.9 and Japan $1153.3, while the Arab countries spend an average of $14.7 annually per capita. While global focus has been placed on political developments in the Arab region, ongoing scientific research crisis continues which is still leading to Arab brain drain. Hence, there is an urgent need to boost spending on scientific research and consolidate national research institutions and academia as well as encouraging scientists and researchers.

In this context, the Arab World Academy of Young Scientists (ArabWAYS) is called to play a crucial role at least vis-à-vis mobilizing young scientists and researchers in the Arab World to play fully their role in enhancing research and science outputs for the well-being of Arab societies. ArabWAYS is an initiative of the World Academy of Young Scientists (WAYS) that launched its Arab branch at the first Arab regional meeting held in 2005 in Alexandria, Egypt. The objective of this regional association was to contribute towards strengthening the capacity of young Arab researchers & scientists to conduct relevant and high quality research that covers Science and Technology (S&T), environment, social sciences, humanities and their inter-linkages, and to advance science and enhance the situation of young scientists throughout the Arab world.

In an Arab World starting 2011 with Spring revolutions, and in a world moving rapidly towards economics based on knowledge society, capacity building and cooperation in S&T is becoming an urgent need especially in the Arab countries. In addition, young people played a central role in sparking protest movements across the Arab World, and now they are called to contribute also to an Arab science revolution. There is a need in the Arab countries to activate and support the means of broadening the base of S&T suiting these countries and to provide collaboration opportunities between scientific and technological institutions in various Arab countries, and supporting research institutions in their work and in their relationship with the private sector and with governments. Moreover, universities and research institutions should be properly targeted, so they can play an important role in capacity building and the spread of scientific culture, and values of science, and research. This is one of the important factors affecting the construction of a knowledge society.

In this context, ArabWAYS intends to work on encouraging scientific research, increasing the impact and utility of scientific knowledge, building a scientific network that enables the potential of young scientists to contribute to the advancement of science and society, helping and providing training, mobility and career development opportunities to young scientists. On the other hand, ArabWAYS is also concerned about giving S&T a higher profile in the media and education. S&T activities need to be centered on society needs and to improve social impact of research activities, as well as to promote networking capacities and promoting trans-national exchange of good practices and experience.

The activities of ArabWAYS are focused on, but are not limited, to the followings:

- Identifying and addressing major issues of importance to science and Arab societies;

- Facilitating interaction amongst young scientists across all fields and from all Arab countries; 

- Promoting the participation of all young scientists especially those poorly represented i.e. women researchers;

- Providing independent, authoritative way to stimulate constructive dialogue between the young scientific community and international organizations;

ArabWAYS is called to play an important role, especially in the current political context of the Arab revolts and the challenges that it represents for research and young researchers in the Arab countries. Moreover, there is a need of reinforcing the Arab capacity building in terms of S&T and research in general. There is also a need to support research at institutional level so that it will contribute to the construction of a knowledge society in the Arab countries.

For this reason, ArabWAYS started building partnerships and establishing dialogues with international and national organizations such as the German Young Academy, the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Global Young Academy (GYA), the Maghreb Alexander von Humboldt Alumni Association, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Egyptian Young Academy, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Al Akhawayn University, Gulf University, and the Mediterranean Union of Universities (UNIMED). In that context, ArabWAYS organized together with the German Young Academy the First German-Arab Young Scientists Forum (1st GAYSF) in Berlin (June 16-19, 2011) gathering 59 participants from Germany, Hungary, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Bahrain, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine. The participants were young scientists and researchers in natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, including Arab scholars of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Those participants represented different fields of research mainly: Water, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Medicine, Political sciences, Chemistry, Architecture, and Literature. It was an occasion for Arab young researchers to learn from German experience and know-how. Believing that the interests of both science and development are best served by promoting and nurturing the research efforts of promising young scientists who have the potential to become leading scientists in their countries, the German & Arab academies agreed on preparing a joint proposal to make their cooperation efficient, sustainable and with the most impact.

Till now, ArabWAYS counts on more than 700 young scientists from Arab countries (about 20 Arab countries except few ones which will be reached shortly), almost connected and updated through a Facebook page and mailing lists. They cover a wide variety of research fields, with special emphasis on technologies fields such as: water, climate change, renewable energies, computer sciences, agriculture, biotechnology, nanotechnology, organic chemistry, earth sciences (remote sensing), etc.

As young scientists, we have a unique perspective, special responsibility, and active need to build for the future. As such, we have established ArabWAYS to enhance the voice of Arab young scientists in decision making and action for science and society.

Dr. Jauad El Kharraz & Dr. Olfa Mahjoub (Arab WAYS Board)

Newsletter des Humboldtiens du Maghreb 

Nr. 2, année 2011

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