Who we are

The Forum for Open Research in MENA (FORM) is a non-profit membership organisation supporting the advancement of Open Science policies and practices in research communities and institutions across the Arab region.

The Arab states have the resources and capability to play a pivotal role in the global transition towards more accessible, sustainable and inclusive research and education models. We want to support all our research communities and stakeholder groups in the journey towards a more ‘open’ world, by facilitating the exchange of actionable insights and the development of practical policies.

Become a Member of FORM

Any research institution or research community based within the Arab region that wishes to support our mission
and become a signatory of our principles can become a member. Membership is free, so why not join us!

How to Be Open: Libraries

August, 2024


Join our foundational skills workshop for libraries, focused on building ‘open’ policies and practises.

Latest News

Our collaborative network continues to grow

As a relatively new initiative and one, moreover, seeking to provide support for a diverse range of stakeholder groups across 22 different states, each with their own complex set of challenges and capacities, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to prioritise. This is especially true when it comes to Open Science – which […]
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Thanks to our new sponsors

As a small non-profit initiative with a big mission, it is important to ensure our activities are sustainable. That is why we are so grateful to all our sponsors, who help to ensure that we can continue to provide valuable localised resources and free capacity building activities for open science advocates across the Arab world, […]
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Welcome to our First Sponsors for the 2024 Annual Forum

As preparations for the 3rd Annual Forum for Open Research (2024) start to gather pace – with just over 150 days to go until the Forum starts – we want to welcome and thank our first sponsors for their generous support for the event and their endorsement of our mission. Our first Platinum sponsor is IEEE […]
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We Proudly Support of Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information

We are proud to announce our support of the Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information, reaffirming its commitment to fostering openness, transparency, and collaboration in research across the MENA region. The Barcelona Declaration, a landmark initiative in the global open research movement, outlines key principles aimed at advancing the accessibility and impact of research outputs. […]
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Our First Coffee Hour & Drop In – Learning what our community really needs

Last week, we hosted our first coffee hour and drop in. We wanted a chance to talk to our community informally, to give an opportunity for people to come to us with their problems and their priorities (outside of formal, structured Q&A sessions in our regular community development activities). We decided to host the coffee […]
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Announcing the Call for Papers for the 3rd Annual Forum for Open Research (2024)

With just 201 days to go before the 2024 Annual Forum, the 3rd in our series, we are very excited to announce the Call for Papers! The theme of this year’s conference is Transforming Knowledge into Action. We chose this theme to reflect the proactive growth which we have already seen across the Arab region, […]
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We’re going to Doha for the 3rd Annual Forum!

The Annual Forum for Open Research in MENA has grown rapidly since its inception and gone from strength to strength. Our first event was held in Egypt in 2022, in partnership with the Egyptian Knowledge Bank. Our second was held in the UAE, in partnership

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Our Visit to Doha!

Some of our team (our Director Emily, our Community Engagement Manager Nahil, and our Event Manager Lissette) visited beautiful Doha, in Qatar last week. It was fantastic to meet so many potential partners and discuss possible collaborations and future joint projects. Qatar is a regional

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