FORM

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!

FORM Drop In!

March 18, 2024

Online

Join us on Slack for a “drop in” session to meet the FORM team, discuss the challenges you face, and identify how we can help.

Latest News

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 with Khalifa University, the UAE Ministries of Education and Culture, […]
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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 leader in the promotion of Open Science, particularly with regards […]
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Introducing Our Newest Member: Open Science Community Egypt!

The Forum for Open Research in MENA is a community-led organisation with a clear mission: to support the advancement of Open Science in the Arab region by working with research communities across all 22 Arab states. An integral part of our strategy to achieve this goal is by building long-term partnerships with grassroots initiatives across […]
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FORM Releases Arabic Version of Website

As a cross-regional initiative established to provide localised resources and support for open science advocates and research communities, it is important we are accessible to all our stakeholders. We are therefore hugely excited to announce the long-awaited Arabic language version of the FORM website. Produced by our team of Arabic Open Science experts, we hope […]
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FORM Releases Arabic Version of Website

As a cross-regional initiative established to provide localised resources and support for open science advocates and research communities, it is important we are accessible to all our stakeholders. We are therefore hugely excited to announce the long-awaited Arabic language version of the FORM website. Produced

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Announcing the Arabic Open Science Glossary!

One of our core goals is to support the development of “accessible and localized resources relating to the implementation of Open Science policies and practises” in higher education and research communities. The historic absence of a pan-regional open science vocabulary is one of the key

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