The Islamic World and the West: Rebuilding Bridges through Science and Technology.
Under the patronage of H E Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al-Thani, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar, the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) convened its 18th international science conference in Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar, during 22-24 October 2011. The theme of the conference was The Islamic World and the West: Rebuilding Bridges through Science and Technology. The conference was followed by the 9th Doha Interfaith Conference, 24- 26 October 2011 under the title: Social Media and Inter-Religious Dialogue: A New Relationship, which was organized by the Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue (DICID).
Held at the Sheraton Hotel, the IAS Conference, which coincided with IAS’s 25th Anniversary, was an open activity in which over 200 local and international participants representing over 35 countries participated. Among the participants were 55 Fellows of the IAS, the representatives of 25 academies of sciences from around the world including the Netherlands, Hungarian, Portuguese, American, French and Russian academies of sciences; as well as the majority of academies of sciences of the OIC. Prior to the conference, the 19th Meeting of the General Assembly of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences –in which HRH Prince El-Hassan bin Talal, Founding Patron of the IAS participated- as well as the 37th Meeting of the IAS Council were arranged.