Phi’s Research and Innovation Summit (PRIS)

Phi’s Research and Innovation Summit (PRIS) is an annual gathering of the Jordanian and Arab youth under one goal and united by one passion: to create an Arab scientific revolution, a neo-renaissance era in scientific research and innovation.

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Prof. Nidhal Guessoum

Professor, American University of Sharjah, UAE

Prof. Guessoum is an Algerian astrophysicist. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego and spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He has conducted research at several top centers in the USA and France, participated in dozens of conferences worldwide, and published in major international journals. He has been at the American University of Sharjah, UAE, since 2000, where he has served as chair of the Physics Department, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, President of the Faculty Senate, and other roles. In addition to dozens of technical papers in astrophysics, Prof. Guessoum has published several books that have been well received by both specialists and the general public.

Prof. Guessoum has been invited to lecture at prestigious universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Cornell, Wisconsin, Malaya, New York University at Abu Dhabi, and others worldwide. He has been interviewed in numerous international media, including the BBC, The Times, Le Monde, Al-Jazeera, Der Spiegel, NPR, France 2, France 24, Fox News, Sky News Arabia, and others. He is a regular columnist for Arab News and writes occasionally for magazines. He also has a strong online and social media presence: 100,000 followers on Twitter, 82,000 followers on Facebook, and over 300,000 channel subscribers on YouTube, where he presents his regular program Ta’ammal Ma`I (Reflect with Me) on science, culture, and education.

Prof. Rana Dajani

Professor, Hashemite University

Rana Dajani Ph.D. molecular cell biology from U of Iowa, currently Cmalakova Fellow at the Jepson school of Leadership at the University of Richmond, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, Fulbright Foreign Student Program, Jordan to the United States, 2000; Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, Jordan to the United States, 2012. Eisenhower fellow, Professor, former center of studies director, Hashemite University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. World expert on genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations in Jordan. Established stem cell research ethics law in Jordan. Advocate for biological evolution and Islam, speaker at McGill University and MIT. Jordan team leader in studying refugee youth with Yale University and the epigenetics of trauma across generations. Higher education reform expert, member UN women Jordan advisory council. Writer in Science and Nature, Established a women mentor network, received Partnerships for enhanced engagement in research (PEER) award 2014. Organized the first gender summit for the Arab world 2017. Most influential women scientists in Islamic World, 12 among100 most influential Arab women 2015, women in science hall of fame 2015, King Hussein Cancer Institute for cancer and biotechnology award 2009 and 2016 Global Changemaker Award for celebrating 70 years of the Fulbright Programm. President of the Society for the Advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Arab World.

Awarded the Jordan star of science by His Majesty King Abdullah II, University of Iowa, College of medicine, distinguished alumni Award 2018, Higher Education Reform Expert EU-TEMPUS, Jordan, founder service learning center, Hashemite University, speaker at TEDxDeadsea and TEDxPSUT, World Islamic Economic Forum 2012 and World Science Forum 2015 and 2017.

Developed a community-based model “We love reading” to encourage children to read for pleasure received Synergos Arab world social innovators 2009, Clinton Global Initiative 2010, Library of Congress best practices 2013, World Innovation Summit in Education Award 2014, King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014, Star Award 2015, IDEO.org best refugee education program 2015, UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017, World Literacy Council Award 2018 and the Jacobs social entrepreneurship award 2018, Science, Technology and Innovation Award UN 2019, Ashoka Fellow 2019
Author of the book: Five scarves, Doing the impossible: If we can reverse cell fate why can't we redefine success, Nova Publisher 2018. Reviewed by Nature.

Prof. Said Ismail

Director, Qatar Genome Project

Dr. Said Ismail is the Director of the Qatar Genome programme (QGP), one of the major national programs in the region. QGP is a population-based initiative incubated at Qatar biobank and designed around on a comprehensive strategy involving drafting regulations and policies; forging local research partnerships; establishing national genomic data networks; building local human capacity; and facilitating the integration of genomics into the healthcare system. Dr Ismail, a Ph.D. graduate from the University of Oxford, has work experience extending into various fields including research, education and consultancy. His research experience is in the field of molecular biology and genetics with focus on cancer genetics and the screening and characterisation of disease related mutations in the Arab population. He is the first president and co-founder of the International Society on Aptamers, and is also an editorial board member in multiple international journals. As a research fellow at University College London (UCL), Dr. Ismail won the Said Foundation prize for young Arab researchers in the UK. As head of the Biochemistry department at the University of Jordan Medical School, he was awarded the Shoman award for Arab researchers in biomedical sciences in 2013. Dr. Ismail served as a consultant to several regional and international pharma and biotech companies. He also headed the Jordan University Hospital reference lab for molecular diagnostics, was the vice chair for research at the Cell Therapy Centre, and Board Member of the Jordan Advisory Board of the International Consortium for the American Society for Clinical Pathology International (ASCPi). Dr. Ismail has special interest in promoting research among young students and researchers in the Arab world. He launched one of the largest efforts to enhance the Arabic medical and scientific content on the internet; The “Bel-Arabi” initiative: "بالعربي" (http://www.bel-arabi.com). He is also a Board member of the Phi Science Institute, which aims to promote science and research among youth (https://www.f6s.com/phiscienceinstitute).

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