Under the patronage of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the National Council for Scientific Research (NCSR) launched the “2018 Research Excellence Award at le Grand Serail.
The awards were given to distinguished researchers working in the fields of Engineering and Sciences, Medical Sciences and Public Health, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences, Human and Social Sciences, in addition to a Life-long Scientific Achievement Award.
Professor Moueen Hamza, Secretary General of NCSR said: "Today's meeting with these elite scientists and their distinguished academic institutions is a source of pride to the National Council for Scientific Research. In its eighth edition, the Excellence Award recognizes its credibility and objectivity in evaluating the innovative scientific output of Lebanese researchers and the scientific pioneering position they occupy at the local and global levels. "
Professor Tarek Ghaddar, Chairperson of the department of Chemistry at the American University of Beirut (AUB), received the 2018 Research Excellence Award in the Engineering and Sciences category for his high-level scientific contribution in the area of solar energy and solar cells. Professor Ghaddar, who received his BS and MS in Chemistry from AUB and his PhD from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, joined AUB in 2003 as an assistant Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2016. In his speech he said: "I’m honored today by being here; this achievement was possible thanks to the Council and AUB’s continuous support to complete and publish my research in renowned scientific journals.”
He added, “I take this opportunity to thank my prestigious university’s current and previous administration for supporting research and providing state of the art laboratories and equipment for scientific researches."
He continued, "Let me assure you that Lebanon has great human potential in the fields of science, medicine, engineering and agriculture, but all of them need support – especially financial support for high-quality research, which is comparable, if not better in some cases, to scientific research in many international universities." He concluded by stating, “My last thanks go to my students, whom I owe the most since 2003 to this day. Last but not least, I would like to dedicate this award to everyone who helped in realizing it, starting with my family and certainly my students and my university and the National Council for Scientific Research.”