This Symposium will be attended by scientists from Universities, other research institutions, start-up companies and established industry from the Gulf countries and the UK, as well as government entities. It will invite open discussions and potential investment to encourage the creation of UK-Gulf collaboration to access the deep pool of information & technology, which will in turn lead to benefits for both the Gulf and the UK and open the door for commercial opportunities.
This event will be funded and delivered as part of the UK Government Gulf Science Innovation Knowledge Economy Programme. It will include a research call via the Institutional Links in the spring of 2018 and food security sub-topics will be part of the call. This research call, the second in as many years, includes a UK Government contribution of £2.4 million.
This event is organised in collaboration by the UK Science & Innovation Network (SIN), the British Embassy in Oman, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the British Council, and is to be hosted by Sultan Qaboos University and supported by The Research Council, Muscat, Oman.
Food security is a topic of global concern and is of specific importance to Gulf countries due to rapid population growth and constraints to local food production caused by a harsh climate and limited water supply.
Gulf States depend heavily on food imports to meet local needs, and this dependence is expected to increase with food demand projected to grow by 50% over the next 20 years. This leaves Gulf nations exposed to risks due to unreliable supply chains and unstable prices in global food markets. Recognising these risks, countries across the Gulf have identified food security and associated topics including agritech, aquaculture and food safety as national priorities. Dr Julian Smith will be joining the panel as a keynote speaker.
Julian Smith – Session VI:
09.00 – 10.15 UK – Gulf Science and Innovation Partnerships
Moderator: Suzanne Jones, Gulf Science, Innovation Knowledge Economy Programme Director
Professor Ghassan Al-Kindi, Dr. Rajamohan Natarajan, Sohar University, Oman & Professor Duncan Cameron, University of Sheffield
HMG UK - Gulf Institutional Links Project - Self-sustainable Green House in Oman – Renewable Energy