Innovation and Research Commercialisation Conference – Bahrain Polytechnic
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Introduction

Under the patronage of

His Excellency Eng. Wael bin Nasser Al-Mubarak

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture

Chairman of Bahrain Polytechnic’s Board of Trustees

Introduction​

This event will provide foundational information around research and development commercialisation, with excellent platforms to network and forge new partnerships and explore research opportunities. This event is an excellent opportunity to network with leading research and educational institutions, large corporate and small innovative and agile organisations to discuss innovative strategies to enhance collaboration and improve research commercialisation practices.

The conference will bring together academics, researchers, industry stakeholders, and students to shed light on:

  • the impact of research on varied aspects of everyday living in a post-pandemic world
  • research successfully transformed into working models or products, despite the global crisis
  • collaboration promotion and exemplifying how to drive future industries and economic growth through robust research.

This conference will take place from 18 to 20 October 2022 at the Bahrain Hall located at the Bahrain Polytechnic Campus, Isa Town.

TOPICS

Engineering and Technology

The theme of the conference is “Research innovation as a post-pandemic resilient, sustainable response” and the scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes as they relate to research:

Engineering and Technology:

  • Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer software and applications
  • Computing
  • Data Mining
  • Design
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Forestry
  • Image Processing
  • Information Technology
  • Internet and World Wide Web
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Nanotechnology and Smart Materials
  • Networking
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Robotics
  • Space Environment and Aviation Technology
  • Systems Engineering
  • Transport
  • STEM research commercialisation

Business

The theme of the conference is “Research innovation as a post-pandemic resilient, sustainable response” and the scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes as they relate to research:

Business

  • Employee benefits and its effect on employee productivity.
  • Managing conflict in the work team.
  • Start-ups: A look into the issues that occur during business start-ups.
  • Excessive work: Business consequences.
  • The evolving nature of work teams in meeting the requirements of the future.
  • Leadership strategies and Inter-organizational networks.
  • Product and service improvement in a strategic partnership.
  • How to manage crises in an organization.
  • Impact of total quality management practices on customer retention and satisfaction.
  • Effective time management as a tool for organizational survival.
  • Surviving International Competition
  • Educating the Public on the benefits of international investment.
  • Transforming Small Local Businesses into widely Recognized International Brands.
  • Human Resources: Effective Strategies for Maintaining Largely Diversified Organizations.
  • Branding: Effective Strategies to Provide a Competitive Advantage for International Businesses.
  • Business research commercialisation

Logistics

The theme of the conference is “Research innovation as a post-pandemic resilient, sustainable response” and the scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes as they relate to research:

Logistics:

  • Sustainable Logistics Management.
  • Intermodality and Freight Transport Operations.
  • Freight Transport Modelling.
  • Technology and Big Data on Freight Transport and Logistics.
  • Urban Goods Movement.
  • Transportation System.
  • Freight Transportation Externalities
  • Transport along with logistics: taking the example of the United Kingdom.
  • Analysing logistical industry as well as corporate social responsibility.
  • Impact of inventory The impact that information technology on the logistics industry.
  • Efficient warehousing in the logistics industry
  • Value chain strategy.
  • Integrated logistics management.
  • Reverse logistics.
  • Sustainable project management.
  • Application of IoT in Logistics

Higher Education

The theme of the conference is “Research innovation as a post-pandemic resilient, sustainable response” and the scope of the conference includes, but is not limited to, the following sub-themes as they relate to research:

Higher Education:

  • Teaching, learning and assessment in higher education
  • Student transitions and graduate employability
  • Academic work and professional development
  • Policy, management and governance in higher education
  • Inclusion, equality and diversity in higher education settings
  • Internationalisation in Higher Education
  • Development education
  • Global citizenship
  • Transformative learning
  • Critical pedagogies
  • Critical reflection and dialogue
  • Higher education policies
  • Behavioural management among students
  • Education policy
  • Political economy of education
  • Sociology of education
  • Commercialisation of educational research

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Omar Al-Ubaydli

Director of Research at Derasat, Bahrain


Dr. Omar Al-Ubaydli is the Director of Research at Derasat, Bahrain. He is also an affiliated associate professor of economics at George Mason University; an affiliated senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center; a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington; and a non-resident fellow at Trends, UAE. Al-Ubaydli is also the president of the Bahrain Economists Society. His research interests include political economy, experimental economics, and the economics of the GCC countries. Al-Ubaydli previously served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Joint Advisory Board of Economists and a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He regularly publishes his research in international peer-reviewed academic journals, and his mainstream media articles appear in Arabic and English-language newspapers and blogs such as AlHayat, The National, Forbes Opinion, and US News. Al-Ubaydli earned his BA in economics from the University of Cambridge, and his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

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Director of Research at Derasat, Bahrain Dr. Omar Al-Ubaydli is the Director of Research at Derasat, Bahrain. He is also an affiliated associate professor of economics at George Mason University; an affiliated senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center; a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington; and a non-resident fellow at Trends, UAE. Al-Ubaydli is also the president of the Bahrain Economists Society. His research interests include political economy, experimental economics, and the economics of the GCC countries. Al-Ubaydli previously served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Joint Advisory Board of Economists and a Visiting Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He regularly publishes his research in international peer-reviewed academic journals, and his mainstream media articles appear in Arabic and English-language newspapers and blogs such as AlHayat, The National, Forbes Opinion, and US News. Al-Ubaydli earned his BA in economics from the University of Cambridge, and his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Deborah Adair

Executive Director of Quality Matters


Dr. Deborah Adair is the Executive Director of Quality Matters, an international non-profit organization providing a scalable quality assurance system for digital learning.  Utilized by over 1500 institutions across education sectors in more than 30 countries, QM’s tools and training support education professionals in improving digital education and meeting QM’s internationally-recognized standards. Dr. Adair also serves as the 8th President of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), a world-wide association of 300+ organizations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education.  Previously, she has served on advisory bodies for the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, the National University Technology Network, the Presidents Forum, and Credential Engine.

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Executive Director of Quality Matters Dr. Deborah Adair is the Executive Director of Quality Matters, an international non-profit organization providing a scalable quality assurance system for digital learning.  Utilized by over 1500 institutions across education sectors in more than 30 countries, QM’s tools and training support education professionals in improving digital education and meeting QM’s internationally-recognized standards. Dr. Adair also serves as the 8th President of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), a world-wide association of 300+ organizations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education.  Previously, she has served on advisory bodies for the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, the National University Technology Network, the Presidents Forum, and Credential Engine.

Invited Speakers

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Tutor School of Business, Bahrain Polytechnic

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Dr. Diana Aljahromi is the Director of the Unit for Teaching Excellence and Leadership and is an assistant professor of Linguistics. She previously held the post of the Director of Quality Assurance and Accreditation Office at the University of Bahrain. She is a specialist in faculty development, e-learning and quality assurance. She has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Sheffield, UK (2012); a Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice (PCAP) 2015, an MA in Applied English Language Studies (Honors) (2003) from the University of Bahrain, and a BA in English Language and Literature (Honors) (1995) from the University of Bahrain. She is also a fellow of the UK’s HEA. Dr. Diana has received a number of awards (Most Distinguished Teacher, 2003; Bahrain e-Content Award, 2005). She is the country director and representative of a number of international Higher Education organisations such as HETL, World Englishes, EMI, Tera Nova, and others. Her primary research interests focus on assessment, instructional technologies, e-learning, faculty professional development, and quality assurance in addition to linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, corpus linguistics, and second language acquisition. She has many publications in this regard, many of which are published on Scopus.

Dr. Abdul Razzak currently works as an Academic Consultant in the Directorate of Higher Education Reviews at the Bahrain Education and Training Quality Authority (the BQA). Prior to this, she held different teaching and administrative positions at the Bahrain Teachers College of the University of Bahrain and also at Mohammad Almana College of Health Sciences in Khobar, KSA and Effat University in Jeddah, KSA.
She holds a PhD by Published Works from Kingston University, London-UK and a PhD in Educational Technology from Walden University in Minnesota, USA. She has several years of experience with the Saudi NCAAA serving as a Panel Chair of Accreditation Teams reviewing university programs.
Dr. Abdul Razzak has several publications in international scientific journals and her research interests include technology integration in education, effective educational leadership, professional development, and good pedagogical practices in education. She is also a reviewer on several international scientific journals in addition to being the founder and managing editor of her own international peer-reviewed scientific journal ‘The Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education’.

Kate Lister is the Head of Academic Professional Development at Arden University, and is a researcher in accessibility and inclusion at the Open University, UK. She has been an associate at Advance HE for almost three years, most recently working on major AHE collaborative projects around EDI and mental wellbeing in the curriculum. Her Doctorate in Education focuses on mental wellbeing in distance learning: barriers, enablers and solutions which she obtained from The Open University. She also obtained her Master's degree on Online and Distance Learning from the same institution. She is a Principal Fellow of the AHE. Kate’s passion and expertise centre around inclusion; particularly inclusive pedagogies, accessibility, equity, and mental wellbeing in technology-enhanced learning. She is passionate about student voice and equitable participation, and about the transformative power of education for social justice. Her research aligns primarily to the transformative, or critical, educational research paradigm, in that it attempts to not only identify disparities in equity, but to address them in practice. She has led or co-led research projects relating to EDI, inclusive language, student mental wellbeing, administrative burden for disabled students, identifying accessibility practices and perceptions in academic staff, effective inclusive practice in distance learning, and supporting students to reflect on and represent their experiences as a journey. These have involved artificial intelligence, participatory design, narrative inquiry, and other qualitative and quantitative methods. She is currently the principal investigator on the Office for Students-funded project Positive Digital Practices at Arden University, working with three HEIs and three sector bodies to scale up positive practices for mental wellbeing for part-time, distance and commuter students.

Dr. Nuhad Alomair is an Associate professor in Dept of Chemistry, Science College, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU). She completed her Ph.D in the field of physical chemistry at Science College, IAU. She is active in academic, research and administration management. Currently, she is a Vice-president for development and community partnership & Dean of Scientific Research at IAU. She is a member of several IAU committees (12) and member of board of trustees. Founding member/University representative of National industries organization. Previous role includes Director of Basic and Applied Scientific Research Center (BASRC) and Dean of Science college.

She has been teaching graduate, postgraduates and doctoral students. Also, enthusiastically contributing in Research. Current research includes the development of nanohybrid nanomaterial for assisted photocatalysis, Studying the impacts of remote working, traditional learning and teaching environment during COVID-19. Her Innovation research are reflected in number of research publications (30) in reputed Journals, US patent, and many filed patent applications. Participated in various National and International conferences, seminars, delivered oral presentations facilitating knowledge transfer. Involved in various funding projects (15), Delivered keynote speeches in scientific conferences, forum (18) and training courses (32). Supervised master students in the field of photocatalysis and adsorption. Member in scientific and professional societies. Participated in volunteer work and won several awards.

Dr. Layla is the first Bahraini PhD holder in Gender and Management Studies and she has a Master Degree in Business Administration specialist in Human Resources Management: Gender Mainstreaming. She worked in Supreme Council for Women on National Plan for the Advancement of Bahraini Women “Partnership … Competitiveness … Sustainability … Stability”. She is also a well-known author in a number of social management areas. She is a tutor in the Business School at Bahrain Polytechnic leading the Research Committee and Coordinating Management Courses in different levels.

In addition, she worked with NQF – BQA as a Validation Panel Member and part of the team for moderation and verification for courses at multiple Higher Education Institutions. She is a Fellow member in the Higher Education Academy UK. She is a member in MENAPAR Think Tank Network (TTN) team with the United Nation. Also, she worked in Japanese Embassy for different years as educational fellow.

Her PhD research has critically explores women’s underrepresentation in upper management levels in non-western countries and in particular in the context of Bahrain, her study attempts to uncover the multitude barriers from different aspects that impede women’s advancement in this diversify region and examined the effectiveness of possible alternative practical coping mechanisms to improve women’s presence at senior management level and the boardroom by investigating the fundamental causes and effects of the glass ceiling phenomenon.

She has in the last 13 years undertaken empirical research specifically in women’s discrimination and its effect on diversity of management personnel in the workplace. As an author and an advocate of women’s rights, she has built a portfolio of activities to widen awareness and participation of gender related issues in providing specialist training for empowerment of women.

In recent times, she has diversified these major issues concerning women needs and the protection, through the law and local environment, to other contextual platforms such as family, domestic violence, parenting, bullying and moral development.

Her aim is to see a society where everyone regardless of their “age, ethnicity, race, physical ability, physical characteristics, income, education, marital status, religious beliefs, geographic location, parental status, and personality type” is empowered. It’s a rather ambitious goal, but she is at present starting with women!

Dr. Christine is an Associate of Advance HE, handling several projects along the lines of quality enhancements in higher education, educational leadership, curricular change and development and the like. She has an impressive array of achievements under her belt. She was an Associate Professor in the Quality Assurance and Enhancement team of University of Suffolk, UK for close to 9 years. Prior to that, whe was the Director for Open Learning at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She was the Head of Academic Practice at the University of Salford, UK for 2 years. Prior to that was a stint as a Lecturer in Educational Research at Lancaster University, UK for 17 years. She obtained her PhD in Networked Learning from Lancaster University. Her work allows her to lead on strategic development of open, online and distance learning as she supports the development of quality enhancements, with a particular emphasis on effective learning, teaching and assessment. She works across AHE partner institutions to promote new and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, for example through staff development events, team consultancy, bespoke activities and engaging in pedagogic research. Christine is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and is involved with a number of other professional bodies and interest groups including the Staff and Educational Development Association; Heads of Educational Development Group; UK Society for Research in Higher Education; and the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction. Christine's research interests and associated publications have concerned the design and development of open, distance and flexible learning environments, particularly using learning technologies and social media for continuing professional development. Her PhD was on networked learning: continuing professional development and the creation and use of multimedia artefacts. She has interests in exploring conceptions of student engagement, learning transition and evolving academic identity within HE, especially from a community of practice theoretical perspective. She also seeks to promote understanding around and application of creativity in teaching and learning. A new area of research and focus for academic development is looking at the intersections between digital fluency and teaching excellence, within the HE context.

Dr. Bethany Simunich is the Director of Research and Innovation at Quality Matters (QM), an international non-profit dedicated to quality online learning at all levels of education. In this role, Dr. Simunich leads efforts to help institutions, faculty, and staff make data-driven, research-based decisions to implement online quality assurance and promote online student success. In her twenty years in higher education, she has held faculty roles for both in-person and online teaching and also worked in educational technology, instructional design, and faculty development for online learning. As an online learning administrator, Dr. Simunich has both created and managed processes and teams for online instructional design and faculty development for online teaching. As an online learning researcher, her focus includes the creation and implementation of online quality assurance processes, presence in the online classroom, online student and instructor self-efficacy and satisfaction, and learning achievement in online courses. Dr. Simunich earned her doctoral degree from The Ohio State University and two Master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Rabab holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain and her Master’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. She has extensive academic experience in Biochemistry and nutrition and has developed practical experience in proteomics through the on-going PhD project. She is the representative of College of Health and Sports Sciences at the UoB Academic committee. Aside from lecturing, she is also the Head of the College’s Quality committee and the Curriculum Committee

She is actively involved in curriculum reviews at CHSS. She is a pioneer in using e-learning and course management systems in teaching. She is an active member in quality and research committee. She has served as a track chair and technical program committees in e-learning conferences at UOB. She has published papers in journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Girija has taught in the higher education sector for over 20 years. She joined Republic Polytechnic in 2004 after having spent over a decade in the university sector at the faculty of Dentistry of the prestigious National University of Singapore (NUS) and the SRM University, Chennai, in India.

Girija’s contribution to STEM education includes developing inquiry learning programmes in Science, integrating digitalisation tools into education to promote deep learning and creating competency standards for faculty development. She led the team in RP to develop multimedia digital content (eLearning) for a nationwide learning portal for all polytechnics. Girija also serves in the joint polytechnic committee and chairs projects in the areas of Professional Development for Teaching and Learning and ICT enhanced teaching and learning. She had steered the teaching fraternity to pivot to online teaching during the COVID-19 and formulated institutional level policies to address the challenges and restrictions posed due to COVID.

She is passionate and committed to the development of STEM educators to make a difference in students’ life through authentic and deep learning approaches. Her passion is demonstrated by her desire to constantly improve herself through lifelong learning.

Girija was a recipient of the outstanding facilitator award in Republic Polytechnic and is also an accomplished curriculum designer. For her devotion to education and contributions to RP, Girija was conferred the National Day Award 2018 Public Medal Administration (Bronze).

Dr Fahdia is an experienced lecturer and a senior researcher; she is a leading academic in the field of HR teaching and research. She is working with Bahrain Polytechnic, since 2013. At present, Dr Fahdia is also an adjunct faculty member with Chandigarh University, India. The aim of this collaboration is to work towards defining and shaping the HRM knowledge in various sectors of society. She is also a consultant for the General Directorate of Qualifications (GDQ), Bahrain, for reviewing HRM qualifications, their alignment and their fitness for delivery to the local labour market’s HR skill needs along with other areas of HR knowledge and competencies. She has been consulted for reviewing an international HR qualification, for delivery in Bahrain. In early 2020, she was also consulted by the GDQ to review other two HR programmes (local and international), for the same. Dr Fahdia is representing subject experts from Bahrain Polytechnic for their services to Bahrain Training Institute, Bahrain. Fahdia is a part of institution’s Collaborative Applied Research Team (CART). She was requested by the Dean Applied Research & Enterprise to deliberate upon faculty’s research direction and how applied research can be facilitated.