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The 1st  MEDRC Palestinian International ‎Alumni Forum is organized by the ‎Chemistry Department at An-Najah ‎National University, Palestine in ‎association with Palestinian Water ‎Authority (PWA) and Middle East ‎Desalination Research Center (MEDRC) .


The forum aims to bring together leading ‎academic scientists, researchers and ‎research scholars to exchange and share ‎their experiences and research results on all ‎aspects of Water Purification and ‎Wastewater Management. The Palestinian ‎MEDRC International Alumni Forum will ‎be the first of its kind in Palestine and will ‎be related to inviting all postgraduates who ‎have completed their master studies at the ‎expense of MEDRC  to present their ‎research. An-Najah National University was ‎chosen as the first host of this forum. The ‎forum will be attended by scientists and ‎researchers from the Water Authority, the ‎MEDRC Foundation and other Palestinian ‎universities.‎

Forum Programme

The forum aims at:‎

  • Expanding scientific research skills among graduate students assisting the development of scientific ‎research and publication. ‎
  • ‎ Developing the general knowledge of participating students on the mythologists used in scientific ‎exploration.‎
  • ‎ Reviewing research papers in the field of Water Desalination and assessing their relevance to ‎community needs.‎
  • ‎ Taking advantage of the vast experience in academic and research fields and benefiting of knowledge ‎and modern technology in Palestine.‎
  • ‎ Emphasizing the role of Palestinian universities as a source of knowledge development and ‎highlighting their role in community service.‎
  • ‎ Promoting and developing scientific research among researchers, professors and students.‎
  • ‎ Encouraging creativity and excellence among graduate students through active participation in the ‎conference.‎
  • Promoting scientific researchers from Palestinian Universities to establish their own companies

The forum will invite lectures, oral and ‎poster presentations. The scientific ‎committee is ‎seeking ‎contribution of ‎research in the following areas:‎

  • Water pollution and aquaculture
  • Purification of drinking-water ‎supplies
  • Water pollution and environmental ‎engineering
  • Treatment, disposal and discharge ‎of wastewater
  • Wastewater treatment technologies
  • Methods of monitoring water ‎quality
  • Modelling and measuring of water ‎pollution
  • Water purification technologies
  • Ground water pollution control
  • Water resources and quality ‎assessment

Abstracts should be a summary of the presentation to be delivered and must not exceed one page ( ‎including title, author(s) and affiliations). ‎

Abstracts must be single spaced with a clear line between paragraphs. ‎

Tables, graphs, images and references must not be included. ‎

Layout Guidelines ‎

Title: The abstract title should be short, informative and contain the major key words. ‎

Authors:  Abstract titles should be followed by authors’ last name and first initial. Numbers must be ‎used to indicate the author’s institution- placed in brackets, followed by city and country (in this ‎order). You don’t need to include professional titles (e.g. Dr, Prof., etc). ‎

Abstract Body: (Times New Roman 12-point, single-spaced, maximum of 250 words).  A properly ‎submitted abstract text will include the following elements: ‎

  • Purpose or Aim ‎
  • Methods and Materials ‎
  • Results ‎
  • Conclusion ‎

Abstract should be submitted by November 28th, 2018.‎

The submitted abstracts will be accepted for publication after being reviewed.‎

Notifications of receipt sent by: November 30th, 2018 ‎

Abstracts must be sent to [email protected]

The submitted abstracts will be published in a book and distributed at the forum . ‎

E-mail Submission: ‎[email protected]

Poster Information and Guidelines

Submitted poster abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts.‎

Please, follow the instructions for abstract submission and information.‎

Layout Guidelines ‎

  • Posters should be in English.‎
  • Poster boards will have size: 100 x 240 cm. Posters must NOT EXCEED that size.‎
  • Posters should be prepared in advance and should be brought and attached to the poster board by ‎the author at the beginning of the poster session.‎
  • Poster shall be organized in sections:‎
    • The title, names of the authors (with the name of the presenter underlined), institutions, city and ‎country.  ‎
    • Introduction, Poster body and Conclusions.‎
    • Tables, graphs, images and references may  be included Poster body
  • The recommended size for poster is 90 x 120 cm.‎
  • Materials to fix posters on boards will be provided at the desk located in the poster area. ‎
  • Main presenter or a member of the presenting team should be available next to his poster during ‎the assigned poster session. ‎
  • Your Poster number, time of presentation and location will be e-mailed to you ‎
  • Poster prizes will be awarded by the forum committee.‎
  • Prof. Maher Natsha  (Acting ‎President of An-Najah National University‎)
  • Dr. Nidal Zatar ( Head of Chemistry Department -NNU) 
  • Mr. Brendan Smith (MEDRC)‎
  • Eng. Hazem Kittaneh (PWA)‎

Forum Chairman

Dr. Maen Ishtaiwi

Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Maen Ishtaiwi (chairman)‎
  • Mr. Brendan Smith (MEDRC)‎
  • Dr. Nidal Zatar
  • Prof. Shehdeh Jodeh‎
  • Dr. Subhi Samhan (PWA)‎
  • Eng. Hazem Kittaneh
  • Ms. Suhad Al Malki
  • Dr. Ibrahim Abu Shqair
  • Ms. Bayan Khalaf
  • Ms. Ghadir Hanbali
  • Mr. Ali Shaikh Ibrahim
  • Mr. Ahmad Othman
  • Mr. Omair Nabulsi
  • Mrs. Nisreen Hamadneh
  • Mr. Mohammed Morshed
  • Ms. Renad Hamed
  • Eng. Malak Issa

Forum Secretariat

Ms. Bayan Khalaf ‎[email protected]
Cellular: 0597530368‎

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Subhi samhan (PWA)‎
  • Mr. Brendan Smith (MEDRC)‎
  • Prof. Shehdeh Jodeh

Scientific Committees

  • Chairman: Prof.  Shehdeh Jodeh
  • Eng. Hazem Kittaneh
  • Dr. Ahed  Zyoud ‎
  • Dr. Sammer Shakshir
  • Dr. Subhi Samhan
  • Bayan Khalaf
  • Ghadir Hanbali
  • Hiba Nassar

The forum is sponsored by Middle East ‎Desalination Research Center (MEDRC).


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