(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The first Arabian Geo-science Students (AGS) Forum was inaugurated at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) on Sunday, under the patronage of H E Ahmed bin Hassan al Deeb, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
As many as 45 students from different Arabian universities will present their findings in geo-science and related topics at the four-day forum.
As part of the event, two significant competitions titled 'Deep into Petroleum Geo-science' and 'Geo-science Explorer' will be held. The competitions will give students the opportunity to present their ideas and views within a competitive atmosphere.
Apart from this, an exhibition, scientific workshops, social programmes, and a field trip to important geological sites in the country will also be organised.
''AGS forum aims to establish scientific partnerships in the area of geology, build bridges of cooperation and strengthen relationships between universities in the Arab world. The forum will have around 14 oral presentations, as well as workshops and panel discussions. Papers will be analysed by judges for their scientific merit, and winners will receive awards,'' said Amani Humaid al Abri, overall coordinator of AGS forum.
Universities participating in the forum are United Arab Emirate University, King Abdul-Aziz University of Saudi Arabia, Tikrit University of Iraq, The Hashemite University of Jordan, University of Sfax and the University of Tunis El-Manar of Tunis, University of El Hadj Lakhdar Batna of Algeria, Abdelmalek Esaadi University of Morocco, Sana'a University and the University of Aden of Yemen, Benghazi University of Libya, Helwan University of Egypt and from Oman, SQU and GUtech.
According to organisers, the two workshops that will be organised will be called 'Mining' and 'Al Biruni'.
'Mining' will discuss different phases of mining and the importance of geo-scientists in each phase, and it will be organised by the Mawarid Mining Company.
'Al Biruni' will be an educational and entertaining workshop that will focus on geological wonders of Arabian countries. Specialists have been invited for a panel discussion to share their experiences and encourage students to become geo-scientists.
The organisers have also proposed to take a group of students for field trips to Wadi al Abyad and Wadi Bani Kharus. The field trips will be supervised by the Geological Society of Oman.