The Educational Institute for Responsible Research on Infectious Diseases: Ensuring Safe Science in the 21st Century (referred to after the Institute concluded as MENA 1) was the first regional educational institute held under the auspices of the larger Educational Institutes program. It took place in Aqaba, Jordan from September 8 -13, 2012 and brought together participants from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Libya, and Yemen. Many of the participants from MENA 1 have gone on to be facilitators and committee members on subsequent institutes, including the Egyptian Educational Institutes, which are completely managed by graduates from MENA 1.
Agenda (with live links to materials and videos)
Participants List and Biographies
One of the follow-up activities of the Institute is to provide participants the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $1,500 USD to hold smaller versions of the Institute at their home institutions. After the grant-funded projects have been completed at the MENA 1 participants’ home institutions, all grant awardees, committee members, facilitators, and NAS staff reconvene at a reunion event approximately 8-10 months after the completion of the Institute. The reunion provides time for reconnection, presentation of grant projects, and receiving constructive commentary on how the projects were executed. Materials from the reunion event, including a photo gallery, select videos and materials from the grant activities are located below.