Iran: Science Cooperation in a Post-Sanctions Era

Saturday, February 13, 2016: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Marshall Ballroom South (Marriott Wardman Park)
The July 2015 nuclear agreement between the world powers and Iran has created both a mechanism and an atmosphere for enhanced scientific cooperation between western and Iranian scientists. This symposium explores three ambitious efforts just getting underway in Iran in which the global scientific community could play a major role: the Iranian Light Source Facility, a synchrotron that will be Iran’s biggest basic science project ever; the Iranian National Observatory, a world-class 3.5 meter optical telescope on a mountaintop in central Iran; and the Iranian government’s plans to spend $6 billion over 10 years restoring Lake Urmia, a vanishing salt lake.
Richard Stone, AAAS Science
Reza Mansouri, Iranian National Observatory
Javad Rahighi, Iranian Light Source Facility
The Iranian Light Source Facility: A Citadel of Science & Engineering
Ali Brivanlou, Rockefeller University
Prospects for Cooperation in Stem Cell Research
Hossein Akhani, University of Tehran; Morteza Djamali, 2. Institut Méditerranéen de biodiversité et d’Ecologie; Arash Sharifi, University of Miami; Masoud Tajrishy, Sharif University of Technology
The Past, Present, and Future of Lake Urmia
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