The Malta Conferences address the shared desire to improve the quality of life and political stability in the Middle East. They serve to identify unique opportunities for collaboration to meet the scientific and technological challenges of the region. The conferences last for five days and deal with issues of science education, air and water quality, and alternative energy sources, among other topics of mutual interest.
With all the eyes of the world now on the Middle East, global leaders have recognized that science diplomacy is an extremely important mechanism for working toward stability in the Middle East. This is what the Malta Conferences have done for the past 13 years.
Malta VIII Testimonies
Each conference and the follow-up activities between conferences cost $350,000 to support the attendance of the Middle East participants. In her acceptance speech for the George Brown Award for International Scientific Cooperation from the Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF), Dr. Zafra Lerman observed:
“Billions of dollars are allocated each year to building weapons ... Just a fraction of these funds dedicated to international scientific cooperation and collaboration that materially affect the quality of life of people in the Middle East will go a great distance in bringing peace to the Middle East."
Dr. Zafra Lerman lecturing about the Malta Conferences
at the Nobel Prize Institute in Oslo, Norway.
Support for the Malta Conferences has been provided by the following organizations
American Chemical Society (ACS)
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
German Chemical Society (GDCh)
United Nations Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Civilian Research and Development Fund Global (CRDF Global)
International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
Office of Naval Research Global (ONRG)
The Munin Foundation, Norway
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
U.S. Army Forward Element Command-Atlantic (USARFEC-A)
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation
Carnegie Foundation of New York
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Korea Chemical Industry Research Group
Center for Global Mentoring
ACS Division of Chemistry and the Law
Committee of Concerned Scientists (CCS)
His Royal Highness Prince Hassan of Jordan with Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, on their way to the opening of the Malta V conference at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, France.