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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, as the host venue for 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 Swiss National Science Foundation in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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

The event is held in partnership with Turkey, represented by the Scientific and Technical 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 were chosen to align with global trends and the Kingdom’s future aspirations in research, development and innovation.

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

He also stressed the importance of research in promoting sustainable development and pointed out its crucial role in understanding the complex environmental, social and economic challenges facing our world.

Mohammed Al-Otaibi, General Supervisor of the Authority for Research, Development and Innovation, welcomed the Global Research Council’s decision to select the Kingdom to host its 13th Annual Meeting in 2025.

He stressed the importance of strengthening regional cooperation between research councils in the Middle East and North Africa to increase their influence and contribution to global knowledge and innovation.

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