Archive by date | July 2012

Jordanian intellectual property protection may limit access to medicine

Jordanian intellectual property protection may limit access to medicine

Jordan joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2000, which led to the country strengthening its level of intellectual property protection. A new study published in the Journal of Generic Medicines suggests that this may be harming Jordanians’ access to medicines due to a delay in the introduction of generic medicines into the market.  Read more

Gulf states on track for knowledge-based economies

Qatar Science & Technology Park

According to the recently released “industrial map” from the Gulf Organisation for Industrial Consulting (GOIC), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates are on their way to have knowledge-based economies by 2020. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have put this high on their agenda to diversify their economies, prepare for a post-oil future and ensure more sustainable development.  Read more

Young researchers vs. peer reviewing

Young researchers vs. peer reviewing

For many eager young researchers, the first introduction to peer reviewing does not often go very smoothly. Most young researchers (and more than a few established ones) that I have met in the Arab world have blamed this on a ‘bias against Arabs and Muslims’.  Read more

The social aspect of the Higgs boson

ATLAS Experiment

On any average day, my Twitter feed is filled with political tweets from across the Arab world as revolutionaries struggle with post (and continuous) uprisings and revolutions across the region. Today, however, it looks quite different. Today it’s mostly filled up with science tweets – and they are coming from the unlikeliest tweeps too!  Read more