Bahrain’s prestigious Applied Science University (ASU) will convene the International Conference on Sustainable Futures (ICSF) in association with UK’s London South Bank University over November 26 and 27. The convention, which will be chaired by Professor Ghassan, aims to provide a common platform for international researchers to share and discuss their latest studies in the area of global sustainability. It will foster a network of individuals who feel passionately about the future of the world.
“We are privileged that this conference will be held under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Education in Bahrain, Dr Majid bin Ali Al-Nuaimi,” says Professor Ghassan. “Esteemed organisations including the Chartered Institute of Building and Association of Arab Universities have also pledged participation, and we are further supported by the Higher Education Academy and the Nass Group.
“This is a conference that will look at the three vital pillars that will ensure a feasible future – technology, environment and economics. We have attracted 60 scholars from 15 countries, who will publish their research in top-quality research proceedings. Their papers have undergone a blind peer review by external academicians. The focus is on ensuring sustainable years ahead, green buildings, efficient use of fuels, alternative resources, education and the role of Islamic banking and finance in creating viable businesses. We will also touch upon futurology – scenario planning for industries to operate in the time to come with regards to finding new and practical energy reserves.”
The keynote speakers, from the fields of energy, building information modelling and commerce,will shed new light on how to take steps towards a better future from technological, environmental and economical viewpoints.
The conclusions will help students pursuing their PhD and master’s degrees, national decision-makers and private sector professionals. Bahrain will benefit from the information and experiences of delegates from countries such as Australia, UK, Ireland, Turkey, UAE, Cyprus, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and many others.
“This symposium will project the Kingdom as a knowledge hub, in keeping with Vision 2030 of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa,” says Professor Ghassan. “We’re also contributing towards the execution of the excellent research strategy of the country’s Higher Education Council.”
The professor believes that resources will get scarce with time and power will become more expensive. “Keeping in mind the world’s economy, we have to spend our money wisely,” he adds.“Sectors like construction have spearheaded ‘green’ buildings that are environmentally friendly. We need to encourage this trend to reduce our carbon footprint on Earth. The forum will look at this issue holistically to give our region ideas and concrete methodologies to work towards a better planet.
“Students and teachers will also gain more in-depth awareness about the concerns and solutions of this significant subject. Students get a hefty discount on registration. This conference is part of ASU’s strategy of being recognised as a scientific, research-backed institution on the international map. All our pupils and teachers will have electronic access to the proceedings of the conference.”
Participants can also look forward to an interactive session as part of the event that will be held at the Grove Hotel in Amwaj Islands, where speakers will address relevant real-life problems. The event culminates with a gala dinner. “We are honoured to have the support of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Council, and we look forward to welcoming all the renowned guests and speakers to the conference,” says Professor Ghassan.