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A group of six scientists from Israel, Palestine and Jordan are planning to bring together young Middle Eastern scientists in a meeting based on the US National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) Frontiers in Science symposium.

In this Science feature article, Jon Cohen describes how the idea builds on the NAS programme 'Science academies and councils of the Middle East', which has sponsored meetings between scientific academies from Israel and its Arab neighbours since 1993.

It is hoped that a Middle Eastern take on Frontiers in Science — which gathers together bright scientists under the age of 45 — would help to build understanding and confidence among the next generation of scientific leaders. But organising such a meeting presents several challenges, not least where it would be held.

Link to Science news feature

Reference: Science 298, 2121 (2002)