The ASL First Symposium on the the Sciences in Lebanon was held on November 6 and 7, 2009
The Crowne Plaza Hotel
Hamra Street, Beirut
(By invitation only)
with a Public Lecture
(Open to general public)
“Voyage & Exploration:
from the Phoenicians to the Frontier of Space”
Dr. Charles Elachi
Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 6, 2009
The symposium was sponsored by the Friends of the Lebanese Academy of Sciences
The First ASL Symposium on the Sciences in Lebanon gathered leading scientists, educators, policy makers and administrators on November 6 and 7, 2009, at the Beirut Crowne Plaza Hotel, to define the challenges and future directions for scientific research and education in Lebanon. The symposium opened with addresses by His Excellency the Lebanese Prime Minister, Mr. Fouad Siniora, and ASL Academicians Professors Edgar Choueiri and Georges Bahr. A number of invited speakers then reviewed some of the challenges facing the development of scientific research and education in Lebanon. The rest of the symposium consisted of a series of parallel working sessions and panel discussions aimed at drafting a set of concrete recommendations and directions for developing the sciences in Lebanon.
ASL Academician Dr. Charles Elachi, Director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, gave a public lecture on the evening of Friday November 7, 2009.
Registration for the symposium was free and by invitation only.
The discussions at the symposium were recorded then transcribed into a document that is presently serving as the basis of a detailed ASL study and overview of the status of the sciences in Lebanon. This study, along with the recommendations derived from it, will published this year by the ASL and will be available for download from the Publications Section of this website.