Date: 2 November 2020By

WAITRO Holds 25th General Assembly

For the first time in the history of the Association, WAITRO held its bi-annual General Assembly (GA) digitally via Zoom. On October 30th and on the last day of the Global Innovation Summit 2020, the WAITRO Secretariat, the Executive Board and one official delegate from each WAITRO member organization assembled online to discuss the future of the Association.

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During the 25th GA, it was officially decided that a new Membership Fee structure will be introduced to modernize and adjust the four membership categories that are in place now. The new structure for the Membership fees will come into effect in 2022; until then all membership fees are waived for all WAITRO member organizations. Furthermore, each delegate at the General Assembly could vote for one of five proposals for the focus topic of the WAITRO Innovation Award 2021. As decided by their votes, next year’s topic will be:

‘New technologies to contribute to food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture’ addressing SDG 2.

Stay tuned for more information on the Innovation Award 2021 – the matchmaking for new innovations and projects will take place on SAIRA 2.0 which will be launched in early 2021. Do you already want to learn more about SAIRA 2.0? Until November 27th you can just visit the platform of WAITRO://50 and watch the video on the new version of the Innovation Hub in the SAIRA Breakout Room.

Moreover, the delegates elected a new WAITRO Executive Board for the upcoming term 2021-2022. The President of WAITRO, HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Vice President Rubén Cruz and Second-Vice President David Tveit as well as the Regional Representatives for Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean have been re-elected. The two vacant positions on the Executive Board have now been filled as well: We are happy to welcome Mapitso Molefe from CSIR South Africa as the new Regional Representative for Africa and Emad Ewais from the Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute Egypt (CMRDI) as the representative for Middle East and North Africa to the Executive Board!

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The World Association of Industrial and Technological Research Organizations (WAITRO) is a global membership-based association of research organizations, universities, and innovation stakeholders. WAITRO provides mechanisms and support for its members and partners to connect, share, inspire, and collaborate to solve global challenges and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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