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Academy to bring UAE scientists under one roof.

Summary: The Academy invites Scientists & Researchers, Subject Matter Experts and Young Scientists (ages 21-30) to apply

Members of the UAE scientific community were urged to join Mohammed Bin Rashid Academy of Scientists (MBRAC), a dedicated platform to bring together renowned scientists across the UAE.

The Emirates Scientists Council (ESC) opened the nomination process for the MBRAC during its meeting at the Prime Minister's Office on Monday.

Starting today, the council receives applications and candidates will be selected by a committee formed by the council. Nominations should be supported by a scientific or technical entity in the UAE. Experts on the following specialisations can apply: Physics, Mathematics, Nano technology, Engineering, Materials Science, Biotechnology, Genomics, Energy, Artificial Intelligence, Aerospace Science, Aviation and Medicine. Meanwhile, the criteria for joining the academy is divided into three categories: Scientists & Researchers, Subject-Matter-Experts and Young Scientists.

The MBRAC is a pioneering initiative adopted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, aiming to provide a platform for influential scientists in their respective fields to discuss scientific solutions to challenges that will contribute to the achievement of the country's goals.

"Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's vision is the key motivator behind initiatives of this kind, which works towards empowering the UAE Science Community and weaving them into the fabric of development in the country. The academy will provide independent and objective advice on matters related to the development of science and technology sectors in the UAE," said Sarah Al Amiri, chairwoman of the Emirates Scientists Council.

"The academy will be able to align development in science and technology sectors with the directions of the UAE Vision 2021, and the UAE Centennial Plan 2071."

Candidates should have published a quarter of their research in peer-reviewed indexed journals during the last five years. Preference is given to those who have published in the top 5 per cent of journals. The candidates must also have contributed to the development of their field.

The academy will also include subject-matter experts in its membership. Professionals in science, engineering, medicine and other fields aligned with the science, technology and innovation policy can apply for membership. Priority is given to candidates who have had significant contributions in the development of their area of expertise in the UAE. All candidates should be affiliated with an entity in the UAE.

The ESC is committed to supporting future scientists. To that end, the council introduced a third category dedicated to youth between the ages of 21 and 30, who are at the start of their scientific careers.

Candidates must either be enrolled in a PhD program, or hold a PhD/Master's degree in a scientific discipline and works in a science or technology related-field in the UAE for less than 3 years.

The nomination portal will be up and running on the council's website until June 11. Members of the academy will be announced early in September.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:May 22, 2017
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