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Portal for Social Impact of Scientific Research "Athar"

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The Portal for Social Impact of Scientific Research in/on the Arab World (Athar) “Athar” is an open repository which benchmarks the whole life cycle of research including knowledge transfer and public or policy-oriented research activities. It targets research in and on the Arab World. The platform can be used to share papers, monitor their social impact, and follow the research in a particular field. “Athar” relies on the data introduced by the researchers which include description of their research projects and outputs of their social impact. The “social” is meant in broad sense, which includes economic, political, cultural and conceptual aspects. The search engine can be used by all stakeholders (researchers, Institutional beneficiaries, policy makers, the public, funding agencies, etc.). It was launched in October 2018, with over 100 projects and researchers, by the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in the American University of Beirut (AUB). It was founded by Sari Hanafi, Professor of Sociology at AUB, and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York..

Usage[edit | edit source]

The Portal for Social Impact of Scientific Research in/on the Arab World (Athar) “Athar” is an open repository which benchmarks the whole life cycle of research including knowledge transfer and public or policy-oriented research activities. It targets research in and on the Arab World. The platform can be used to share papers, monitor their social impact, and follow the research in a particular field. The website allows its users to create a profile, upload their work(s), select areas of interests and then the user can browse the research with is relevant to their field of interest and could benefit them.. The search engine can be used by all stakeholders (researchers, Institutional beneficiaries, policy makers, the public, funding agencies, etc.). Through its interactive search engine, its carefully categorized sections and diverse themes, it enables the correction of the debates on many pressing issues related to public policies in the Arab world, putting an end to the "ignorance industry" (Agnotology), fake news, and non-scientific evidence-based policies.

Social Impact[edit | edit source]

“Athar” relies on the data introduced by the researchers which include description of their research projects and outputs of their social impact. The “social” is meant in broad sense, which includes economic, political, cultural and conceptual aspects. It aims to connect research to relevant stakeholders.

Advisory Board:[edit | edit source]

  • Dr. Tarek Mitri (Chair; Director of Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, American University of Beirut)
  • Dr. Rigas Arvanitis (Director of IFRIS - Institute For Research and Innovation in Society, Senior Researcher in CEPED-IRD)
  • Dr. Samira Omar Asem (Director General and Principal Research Scientist at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research)
  • Prof. Marwan Awartani (President of the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, Palestine)
  • Prof. Abeer Al-Bawab (General Director of the Scientific Research Support Fund of Jordan)
  • Prof. Rahma Bourqia (Director, of the National Authority of Evaluation, Morocco)
  • Prof. Abdelwahab El-Affendi (Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies)
  • Prof. Mouïn Hamzé (Director-General of the National Council for Scientific Research – Lebanon)
  • Dr. Hamad Al-Ibrahim (Vice President for Research, Qatar Foundation)
  • Dr. Fouad Mrad (Senior Officer at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA)
  • Prof. Mahmoud Sakr (President of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology in Cairo, Egypt)
  • Dr. Seteney Shami (Director-General, Arab Council for the Social Sciences)
  • Dr. Marta Soler (Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona and in charge of Social Impact Open Repository)

Staff:[edit | edit source]

Founder and Manager: Sari Hanafi (Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut and the President of the International Sociological Association) Coordinator: Azzam Tomeh (MA Student of Political Science and Research Assistant, American University of Beirut)

External Links:[edit | edit source]

Athar Portal’s Official Website

The American University of Beirut's President Fadlo Khuri posted a message to AUB faculty in his President's Perspective about the Portal for Social Impact of Scientific Research Targeting Research in/on the Arab World (PSISR). June 2018.

"Portal Gives Researchers More Public Exposure". Al Fanar Media. May 2018.

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