Sun 12-03-2017 17:15 PM

UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science intensifies outreach programme

ABU DHABI, 12th March, 2017 (WAM) -- The UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science has intensified awareness about the perogramme goals and objectives before the proposals' submission deadline next week.

On Sunday, a team from the programme visited the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, to outline the objectives and current activities of the programme and provide more information to students.

Hosted by the Departments of Physics and Geography at the university, the visit marks the latest stage in an outreach campaign that has seen the programme engage with leading research institutions both locally and internationally.

Alya Al Mazroui, Manager of the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science, gave a presentation to an audience of students that explained the current progress being made by the programme’s awardees and the programme secretariat’s role in ensuring that research projects are effectively implemented.

Al Mazroui’s address was followed a presentation by Dr. Sufian Farrah, Senior Meteorologist at the National Center of Meteorology and Seismology, to highlight the UAE cloudseeding infrastructure and the operations achieved since the 1990s.

The visit to Sorbonne builds on the programme’s poster session held at the Frontiers in Theoretical and Applied Physics conference, at the American University of Sharjah in February.

Offering a grant of US$ 5 million over a three-year period to be shared by up to five winning research proposals, the programme is encouraging the submission of 1 to 3 pages pre-proposals before the deadline expires. The selected applications will be evaluated through a two-stage merit review process before the final awardees are announced at an exclusive ceremony during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week in January 2018.