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Scientists in the West Bank and Gaza face many challenges including shortages of water, food, and electricity, strict visa restrictions, raids and forced closures of universities, a lack of funding and investment in science, and severe limitations on availability of equipment and experimental resources. Nevertheless, Palestinians remain steadfast in their determination to pursue science. For example, the West Bank and Gaza’s high-tech sector is booming with young and highly educated founders.
In fact, the West Bank and Gaza has one of the highest-educated populations in the world, with over 25% of the population of 18-24 year-olds enrolled in university, almost double the average for the Arab region. Roughly half of those students are women, a ratio among the highest in the world. Palestinian scientists have also joined international collaborations, such as CERN, the world’s largest particle accelerator. Panelists will share first-hand perspectives on the situation of scientists in the West Bank and Gaza and participants will learn about opportunities for scientists around the world to collaborate and take action.