Shatha Al-Sabbah from Jordan impressed the judges at the 3rd annual Intel Science Competition – Arab World 2012 (ISC-AW), receiving 1st place Grand Prize for her “Estimation of the Anhepatotoxic and Antioxidant Activity of Ocimum Basilicu in Vivo and in Vitro” project in the field of medicine & health sciences, microbiology, cellular & molecular biology and plant sciences. 120 of the most promising students from 11 Arab countries competed during the 4 day event, held under the patronage of UNESCO in partnership with the Ministery of Education of the United Arab Emirates.
Ghadeer Abdullah Hamood Altobi from Oman came second for her project on using palm trees as fertilizers instead of soil, while Mohamad Oussayran from Lebanon ranked third for his project on wireless power transfer.
This initiative is part of UNESCO and Intel’s shared commitment to support sustained economic growth in the Arab region by fostering local innovation and research capacity. In collaboration with governments and educators, this science competition means to help transform education, by expanding local research initiatives and applying state-of-the-art technologies to support local talent and enable countries to compete in the global economy.
There were another 18 winners in various scienctific categorie including: Behavioral & Social Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Energy & Transportation, Environmental management & Sciences, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences & Computer Science, Medicine & Health Sciences, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Physics & Astronomy and Earth & Planetary Science.
The final Awards Ceremony took place at the Dubai World Trade Center and was attended by Dr. Hayat Sindi, UNESCO Good Will Ambassador for Science, the UAE Ministry of education officilas and several dignitaties from across the region. Participating countries included Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.