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Biodivision Alexandria 2012 held successfully with a promise to help developing countries in linkingScience to Society

Biodivision Alexandria 2012 held successfully with a promise to help developing countries in linkingScience to Society

Biovision Alexandria 2012 was successfully held from 22nd to 25th April in Alexandria, Egypt. This year the theme of the conference was “New life sciences: linking science to society” . The conference was inaugurated by the Director of Bibliotheca Alexandrina Dr. Ismail Serageldin, followed by a session with illuminating talks from Nobel Laureates Richard Ernst, John Marie Leahn and Harold Kroto where they emphasized the importance of linking science to society and responsibility of scientists in this regard.  [Composed by Ms. Sabrina Elias who participated in the Biovision Conference arranged by Third World Academy]The plenary sessions were divided mainly into three areas comprising Health and medical issues, Agriculture and food security and Environmental issues. Among the invited speakers Bruce Albert, Abdallah Daar,, Ramy Aziz, Constantin Canavas, Malcolm Elliott, Nina Fedoroff, Jagadish Mittur, Jeffrey McNeely, Romain Murenzi, Norman Uphoff, , Kanayo Nwanze, and Ingo Potrykus were present along with many more renowned scientists from different countries. Preceding the conference a discussion spanning 2 days named TWAS.BVA.NXT was carried out where 80 young scientists from 23 developing countries presented their works, discussed about obstacles and solutions currently the developing countries are facing. In the conference many new areas of life science were highlighted – from the use of artificial intelligence in human interaction to utilization of everyday plants to develop new products. It was a successful conference in that it focused on obstacles faced by current life science researchers with some suitable examples that can be adopted as a solution for some Third World Countries.

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