Under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) organized its annual ceremony to reward winners of the 2013 Kuwait Prize and Scientific Production Prize.

The event launched with the National Anthem and recitation of verses from the Holy Quran, followed by honoring a number of winners for each of the 2013 Kuwait Prize and Scientific Production Prize then followed by a presentation of KFAS achievements 2013 and winners biography video.

The winners of the 2013 Kuwait Prize are Prof. Dr. Habeeb Amari from Tunisia, who currently works as a senior research director in the Institute of Mathematical Science at the National Center for Scientific Research in France. He won the award for basic sciences – mathematics category.

The second winner, Dr. Najeeb Nassar from Egypt, who currently works as an emeritus professor in genetics and morphology at the biological sciences institute in the University of Brasilia in Brazil. He won the award for applied sciences – environment category.

In the Arab and Islamic scientific heritage category, the award was granted to both Prof. Dr. Amer Al-Najjar from Egypt, who works as an emeritus professor at the Philosophy Department at the Faculty of Arts in Ismailiya, Suez Canal University, and Dr. Lutfullah Qari from Saudi Arabia, who works as a consultant at the Ibn Rushd – Sabic– Yanbu company in Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, the winners of the 2013 Scientific Production Prize were announced as follows: in the natural sciences and mathematics category, the award was granted to both Dr. Ali Bumejdad, the Assistant Dean for Scientific Affairs and Higher Studies at Kuwait University’s Faculty of Science, and Dr. ImanAl-Shammas, head of the mathematics department at the Faculty of Basic Education at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training.

The award for engineering sciences was presented to Dr. Ahmad Al-Kandari, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Technological Studies at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, while Dr. Mohammad Al-Bahwa, director of the agricultural production in arid areas program at the Kuwait Institution for Scientific Research, was awarded in the life sciences category.

In the medical sciences category, the award went to Dr.Suad Al-Fadhli from the College of Allied Health Sciences in Kuwait University, while Dr. Ali Abdulmohsen Taqqifrom the Faculty of Basic Education at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training won the social sciences and humanities award. Meanwhile, Dr. Abdulla Al-Obaidan, head of the financing and financial establishments sector at Kuwait University’s College of Administrative Sciences, won the administrative and economic sciences award.

Dr. Adnan Shihab Eldin, KFAS Director General, congratulated the winners in the event’s opening speech. He also emphasized the importance of recognizing scientists as a step towards encouraging scientific and technological advancement and creativity in Kuwait and the Arab World, in addition to inspiring the youth to consider learning as an important part of scientific advancement.

Dr. Shihab Eldin also congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for being recognized by the United Nations as a Humanitarian Leader, and for Kuwait being named a Humanitarian Center, in recognition of His Highness’ initiatives and sponsorship for humanitarian activities on the regional and international scenes. A commemorative gift was presented to His Highness on this occasion.

KFAS Director General pointed out that the great appreciation and gratitude that Kuwait and His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received from the United Nations last September was not surprising “for everyone who knows HH the Amir closely, witnessed his humanitarian work, and lived through Kuwait’s humanitarian activities during the past decades since His Highness was the Foreign Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister and the Amir of Kuwait in 2006.”

“Kuwait’s continued commitment towards the advancement of sciences derives from its wise leadership’s vision that science is the engine that always drives humanity towards advancement and sophistication, and the bridge to build relationships as an aspect of human heritage,” Dr. Shihab Eldin said.

“I have noticed that since Kuwait’s establishment as a small country in size, and with limited population, the importance of contribution that can be achieved through science and education to build qualified and creative national forces that are capable of carrying the burden of building their nation,” Dr. Shihab Eldin continued.

Meanwhile, KFAS Director General pointed out the “historical and pioneering role of Kuwait’s private sector in supporting science, education and scientific research.” “KFAS is considered the finest example of that, as it was established based on the vision of Kuwait’s late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, and initiative of leaders of Kuwait’s private sector. Today, it is a catalyst of scientific and educational development as it receives continuous support from HH the Amir, its board chairman, and commendable financing from private companies which contribute currently with one percent of their annual profits as part of their social responsibilities,” Dr. Shihab Eldin added.

It is worth mentioning that KFAS made great steps when His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah chaired its board, which created a motivation to exert all efforts to achieve more accomplishments on the national, regional and international levels, such as establishing scientific centers like the Scientific Center, the Sabah Al-Ahmad Center for Giftedness and Creativity, the Dasman Diabetes Center, the Jaber Al-Ahmad Center for Nuclear Medicine. All these centers receive constant support from His Highness the Amir. It is also worth mentioning that the Scientific Center has received around eight million visitors of all ages in 2013.

Meanwhile, researchers at the Dasman Diabetes Center achieved around 50 scientific researches, and made exceptional therapeutic services.This qualified the center to receive the golden accreditation from the Canadian authority for medical institutions accreditation. In the meantime, the Sabah Al-Ahmad Center for Giftedness and Creativity continues its support for gifted and talented people, as it registered more than 250 patents internationally for Kuwaiti inventors so far. Also, the JaberAl-Ahmad Center for Nuclear Medicine has become operational, and will be opened soon as the only center of its kind in the region.

Moreover, KFAS’s achievements include signing scientific cooperation program agreements with a number of distinguished universities and scientific research centers around the world, in order to improve scientific and academic cooperation with its peers in Kuwait, to serve the country’s scientific development.

KFAS continues to play its role in spreading scientific culture and teaching science by giving annual support for hundreds of scientific missions, dozens of scientific conferences, exhibitions and competitions, in addition to publishing many scientific books and magazines. Furthermore, KFAS’s work expanded to include executing a range of research and training programs that are dedicated to helping private companies build their innovative, technological and scientific abilities. In addition, KFAS annually finances dozens of researches in various scientific fields, including environment, energy and water, and studies concerning issues of urgent priority in the country.

KFAS Director General highlighted in his speech the foundation’s newest and most important projects in the field of renewable energy. KFAS continues to carry out a number of model projects to promote the use of photoelectric cells to generate electricity by solar power in homes and co-op societies, in order to reduce the load on the electrical grid and preserve the oil resources, in realization of HH the Amir’s directions. Furthermore, KFAS promotes Kuwait University’s virtual project that will achieve the dreams of a large number of young Arab men and women whose conditions prevent them from continuing their studies.

The Director General added in his speech that KFAS “will go ahead with H.H. the Amir’s initiative titled ‘The Abdurrahman Al-Sumait Award’ which includes allocating $1 million annually to support the best researches, and developmental projects in health, nutrition and education in Africa.”

Meanwhile, he added that “the KFAS’ awards managed to garner a pioneering and exceptional position regionally and internationally, for their proven objectivity and integrity, and their importance in supporting Arab and Kuwaiti researchers and providing an extra motivation for them.”