Conference on "The State of Knowledge Society in Lebanon - Prospects for Joint Knowledge Product between Lebanon and Germany"

The following article was taken from our First Newsletter (pdf, 2.91 MB)

Science, innovation and knowledge production are key elements for the progress of any society. The significant question of the state of knowledge society was debated extensively in 2003 by the UNDP Arab Human Development Report entitled “Building a Knowledge Society”.* Fifteen years after the release of this landmark report, the jointly organized conference by CNRS-L and DAAD Lebanon discussed the current state of knowledge production in Lebanon.

The event took place under the patronage of H.E. Dr Marwan Hamadeh, Lebanese Minister of Education and Higher Education; and in the presence of H.E. Martin Huth, German Ambassador to Lebanon, who both delivered much acclaimed keynote speeches. Furthermore, the conference was attended by H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCWA

At the event a panel of renowned experts discussed Lebanon’s prospects and challenges towards building a knowledge-based society and possibilities of joint knowledge production between Germany and Lebanon: Dr. Marianne Paasi, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation / TU Berlin, Chair of Innovation Economics, Prof. Dr. Sari Hanafi, Professor of Sociology at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Prof. Dr. Birgit Schäbler, Director of Orient-Institut Beirut (OIB) and Prof. Dr. Kamal Abouchedid, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU). Representatives of Lebanese Universities were present, as well as scientists, students and the interested public.

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Sari Hanafi, Professor of Sociology at AUB, Dr.
Marianne Paasi, European Commission DG for Research and Innovation / TU
Berlin Chair of Innovation Economics, Prof. Dr. Birgit Schäbler, Director Orient-
Institut Beirut, Prof. Dr. Kamal Abouchedid, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities
at NDU © DAAD Lebanon