KFAS hosts the Kuwait – UK Science Collaboration Symposium

March 08, 2018

In line with its vision of advancing science, technology, and innovation; Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) hosted the Kuwait Science Collaboration Symposium: Waste Water - Treatment and Reuse.

The symposium was organized by KFAS, with the British Council, the British Embassy in Kuwait, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the UK Science & Innovation Network (SIN). It took place on the 5th and 6th of March 2018 at the Marina Hotel.

The symposium saw a wide participation from government entities, universities, research institutions and start-ups from GCC countries and the United Kingdom. Throughout the two days, participants engaged in critical discussions on the latest scientific findings and emerging technologies in the field of waste water treatment and reuse. Due to the increases in water scarcity in the region (and the world), the issue of waste-water treatment and reuse represents a top priority for GCC countries.

Commenting on this event, Dina AlNakib, Program Manager for the Flagship Projects Program at KFAS said: “KFAS strives to foster and accelerate scientific and technological advancement in Kuwait as part of its strategic plan for 2017-2018. This is why we are always on the look-out for enhanced methodologies to finance innovative programs that will fill the gaps in every field of knowledge.”

She added, “We have been working with the British Council for more than two years, transferring advanced knowledge and expertise of UK researches to their Kuwaiti peers. We strongly believe that this symposium and other similar initiatives will have a positive impact on national priorities regarding water reuse.”

Michael Gordon, Director of the British Council in Kuwait, also commented on this event by saying: “The discussion held by symposium participants covered relevant global challenges, and how to overcome them in various ways, in order to ensure Kuwait’s prosperity.”

He further stated: “I wish to extend my gratitude to our partners in KFAS for their remarkable support in facilitating the exchange of knowledge between scientists in the UK and Kuwait. Their commitment reflects Kuwait’s understanding for the importance of working with the UK to achieve sustainable advancement and growth”.

Through the support of funding from the Gulf Science, Innovation and Knowledge Economy program (GSIKE), The Kuwait Science Collaboration Symposium partnered with the Sustainable Waste Management project. This collaborative project aims to scale up technology and improve the processes used in the thermal treatment of waste water. The project brings together experts from Cranfield University, Aston University, the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) in Kuwait, Kuwait Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and a range of established companies in the waste handling and processing fields of both Kuwait and the UK.

Suzanne Jones, Director at the Gulf Science Innovation & Knowledge Economy Program (GSIK) said that the symposium affirms UK’s endeavors to maintain its role in the advancement of Kuwait and GCC countries, and the Gulf’s position as a global destination for researchers, investors and innovators. “The open discussions during the symposium reflected very high potential for further cooperation between the UK and Gulf countries in terms of investments, trade, innovation and science, paving the way for sustainable growth for both parties”

Mrs. Jones concluded by with an open call for researchers. She asked researchers to join the ongoing efforts to solve global challenges in the field of waste water management by submitting their works and ideas.