About Innovation Think Tank

 

One of the major aims of the official and policymakers in science and technology in the country is to encourage Iranian scientists, technologists, and students living abroad to return to the country and provide the perfect conditions for scientific activities, technology transfer and the establishment of the company inside.

The number of Iranian professors, as well as doctoral and postdoctoral scholars in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine in high-rank universities of United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia, is quite significant. Therefore, it is crucial to communicate with them in order to benefit from their vast knowledge and capabilities to develop this field of science and technology in Iran.

 The Innovation Think Tank has been established under the Council for Development of Stem Cell Sciences and Technologies to collaborate with Iranian scientists in this area of science. 

 

During 2015-2016, a group in the Council have identified and collected the scientific records of prominent professors and researchers through scientific and technological networks and also published papers in the international. More than 190 researchers have joined the club by the end of September 2017. 

1. Getting to know Iranian stem cell scientists and young researchers with the aim of facilitating the communication, and exchange of ideas on how to resolve the challenges ahead and push the frontiers of this field of knowledge forward.

2. Establishing communication networks with young Iranian stem cell researchers living abroad.

3. Benefiting from experiences of qualified stem cell researchers and creating links between experienced senior and young researchers in this field.

4. Inviting Iranian scientists and researchers living abroad to participate in the annual festivals of the Council to share their accomplishments and experiences with their local peers in workshops which can help us transfer those technologies to the local scientific communities.

5. Follow up the latest findings, developments, and international strategies in the area of stem cells to translate them into new stem cell strategies and priorities for the country.

6. Encouraging Iranian scientists and researchers residing abroad to come back home, either permanently or temporarily, to cooperate with the local scientific institutions in this field. 

7. Supporting novel ideas in the field of stem cell and regenerative medicine.

8. Investigate and solve the problems of permanent or temporary returning abroad Iranians to start cooperation with scientific-academic institutions and knowledge-based companies in Iran 

The results of the creation of thought and innovation center: 

 

1. Identification of over 190 abroad faculty members, researchers and graduate students in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine.

2. Hold an annual meeting with the Vice President of Science and Technology of Iran, heads of the Council of Stem Cell Science and Technology, National Elite Foundation, universities and research centers and knowledge-based companies in order to discuss about problems and suggestions for establishing scientific communication and cooperation, facilitating the military-service process, job opportunities and supports of Vice President of Science and Technology of Iran and National Elite Foundation

3. Invitation and attendance of 15 Iranians from different countries for the First National Festival and the International Congress of Stem Cells Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, 2016

4. Invitation and attendance of 35 Iranians from different countries at the 2nd National Festival and the International Congress of Stem Cells Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, 2017 for presenting lectures and holding workshops.

5. Hold a meeting and connect the heads of universities, research centers, and knowledge-based companies.

6. Invitation of prominent professors to formal scientific cooperation as invited and adjunct Professors in universities.

7. Introduction of the "Cooperation System of Iranian abroad Professors and Entrepreneurs" which is belonged to National Elite Foundation (https://international.bmn.ir) for communicating with the Iranian scientific centers and using facilities in the form of supports for conducting academic courses such as post-doctoral and research courses, inviting professors, funding the short-term and long-term technology projects, and holding lectures and workshops.

8. Inviting members to present lectures and hold workshops and introduce their abilities to transfer technology or scientific cooperation at various domestic research centers.

9. Conducting a scientific visit from research centers and universities which are active in the field of Stem Cells technologies and Regenerative Medicine.

 

The first symposium of “thought and innovation center” was held at the meanwhile of The First National Festival and the International Congress of Stem Cells Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, 2016 with the presence of the 20 Iranian abroad professors and post-doctoral students and the presence of the Vice President of Science and Technology of Iran, Dr. Sattari, as well as the Secretary of the Council of the Development of Stem Cells Science and Technology, the heads of the National Elite Foundation and International Affairs Department of Vice Presidency of Science and Technology of Iran. At the second National Festival and the International Congress of Stem Cells Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, 2017, the second symposium of “thought and innovation center” was held with a wider welcome and attendance of 35 abroad scientists and researchers. In the second symposium, more detailed programs were prepared for the members of the conference, including visiting the Technology Park, meeting with the heads of universities, research institutes, and companies. The third symposium will be held at the same time as the Third National Festival and the International Congress of Stem Cells Technologies and Regenerative Medicine, 2018.

 

 

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