GTALKS hosts its second edition for knowledge exchange and public engagement

The platform which stood as an interdisciplinary academic vocation to blend all domains together, extended to various areas of benchmark research.
by Tala Ramadan

16 October 2019 | 20:08

Source: by Annahar

  • by Tala Ramadan
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 16 October 2019 | 20:08

Gtalks researchers and board members (Annahar photo)

BEIRUT: In an effort to make a bridge between researchers and society for knowledge sharing, GTALKS hosted its second episode on Tuesday at the Lebanese American University to showcase its new batch of selected Ph.D. holders to share their research findings in 7-minute presentations.

Five researchers came from different scholarly disciplines to share their findings, raise awareness, change policies, influence practitioners, and impart knowledge. 

“We call on the public sector entities, private sector companies, and academic institutions to invest heavily in research in general, and in particular, of course, to seriously consider supporting researchers presenting at GTALKS,” said Michel Jean Goguikian, President of the Goguikian Foundation and Gtalks Founder.

The platform which stood as an interdisciplinary academic vocation to blend all domains together, extended to various areas of benchmark research. Sirine Taleb shared her research findings on the operating system of smart devices which can be beneficial to everyone with a smartphone and even those with smart heart implants. Amin Al Awar spoke about the effects of anti-diabetic drugs on Myocardial infarction and the new protective insights on that matter.

On an artistic level, Joanna Raad presented her research on the relationship between theatre and painting, in particular between Modern Theatre and Modern Painting in the 19th century. Mira Moussa demonstrated a new implant-coating that speeds recovery two-fold, and finally Sara Obeid introduced her exploration in minimizing the cost and pollution of biofuel production from Microalgae.

The conference was open to the world through live streaming of the organization’s social media pages. An open online library of all the presentations given at Gtalks by researchers will be up on the organization’s Youtube channel.

Araz Nashalain, a board member at GTALKS explained to Annahar the process of selecting the researchers, “we call for abstract via social media platforms, the selection committee evaluates thoroughly all the studies received, and we choose the most noteworthy study amongst every area.”

The conference was beneficial to the attendees as it gave them the possibility to obtain knowledge about certain topics and research areas that they are not familiar with. On the other hand, the researchers were equally benefiting by positioning themselves in the academic discussions, as well as contributing to the praxis. 

At the end of the conference, a networking cocktail took place, where the attendees talked with the researchers who opened unforeseen avenues of research to the public.

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