Thanks to the generous support of many donors, the first fundraising effort (here) of Scientists for Palestine(like us on Facebook!) was an incredible success and we have smashed our fundraising target. This made the second Palestinian Advanced Physics School a reality: it took place at Birzeit University, in July 2017 and was a great success!
We are now organizing our first international meeting for Science in Palestine which will be held at the University of Cambridge from January 5th to the 7th 2018 (for more info here).
Yet our goal is far more ambitious than just the school and with your continuous support we can work towards other goals, such as:
-- Creating a mentorship program to match students in Palestine with more senior researchers throughout the world.
-- Building further long-term relationships between the Palestinian and international scientific communities.
-- Offering fellowships for highly qualified Palestinian students to pursue higher education abroad.
Thus please consider donating if you can – your donation will make a difference to science in Palestine. No donation is too small!
Higher education has a strong standing in the Palestinian community. The proportion of 18-24 year olds attending university is among the highest in the Arab region. Advanced degrees in physics are granted at four universities on the West Bank and one university in Gaza. A majority of the students pursuing advanced physics degrees are women.
Unfortunately, the development of high-level science in Palestine has been stifled by a number of factors. Many problems and hardships are caused by the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, including restrictions on mobility within and outside the occupied territories. This has led to international isolation and limited development opportunities for students and academics.
Despite these challenges, physics in Palestine is advancing. Several universities have, over the past five years, developed fruitful collaborations with international partners, both European and from the Arabic region. These developments have increased the mutual interest of further scientific interactions between the Palestinian and international scientific communities.
What is Scientists for Palestine?
To channel this interest, a group of international scientists formed Scientists for Palestine (S4P) in 2016. The goal of S4P is to promote science in Palestine and support the integration of the occupied Palestinian territories into the international scientific community.