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RIYADH: The Global Research Council has approved Saudi Arabia, represented by the Research, Development and Innovation Authority and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, to host its 13th annual meeting in 2025, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The 12th annual meeting of the Global Research Council was hosted this week by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Fund for Science, Technology and Innovation in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Munir bin Mahmoud El-Desouki, Chairman of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and Deputy Chairman of the Global Research Council, emphasized the importance of the topics to be discussed at the upcoming 13th Annual Meeting in Riyadh.

The event will be held in collaboration with Turkiye, represented by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

The meeting will focus on “research management in the age of artificial intelligence” and “collaborative innovation to address global challenges in achieving sustainable development, including climate change, pollution and biodiversity.” These topics have been chosen to align with global trends and the Kingdom’s future aspirations in research, development and innovation.

El-Desouki emphasized that the use of AI applications in research and development has been one of the most important global advances in recent years. He said the use of this technology would help identify opportunities and address challenges in the research, development and innovation sectors. He called on the member states of the council to share their experiences and insights on the progress of artificial intelligence and contributions to research and development.

He also emphasized the importance of research in supporting sustainable development, noting its key role in understanding the complex environmental, social and economic challenges facing the world.

Mohammed Al-Otaibi, Controller General of the Research, Development and Innovation Authority, welcomed the decision of the Global Research Council for the Kingdom to host the 13th annual meeting in 2025.

He emphasized the importance of strengthening regional cooperation between research councils in the Middle East and North Africa to strengthen their impact and contributions to global knowledge and innovation.

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