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Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

Samira A. S. OMAR

Director General

KUWAIT INSTITUTE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

R&D is important and Covid-19 cannot be solved without science, technology and innovation.
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Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research In Figures

Number of researchers:Around 580

Number of patents obtained in 2023: 4

Planned capacity of the Shagaya Renewable Energy Project: 3.2 GW

The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) is a government agency whose role is to conduct applied scientific research and develop technology to address the preservation of the environment, the responsible management of Kuwait’s natural resources and the development of innovative methods of agriculture.

The institute is responsible to Kuwait’s council of Ministers. In its undertakings, it undertakes consultations and collaborates with governmental, academic and private organisations throughout the Arab world and internationally.

KISR has five main research centres:

  • Water
  • Petroleum
  • Environmental and life sciences
  • Energy and buildings
  • Government initiatives

The petroleum centre seeks to further technical fields such as EOR, reservoir characterisation, petroleum chemistry and materials science. Mindful of the commercial potential of its findings, KISR also partners with oil companies with experience in product development and marketing.

The water centre focuses on researching resource management and desalination technologies. It seeks to develop ways to minimise the environmental impact of meeting Kuwait’s potable water requirements, to reclaim wastewater streams, and to optimise the operation of freshwater distribution systems.

The environmental and life sciences centre researches sustainable food production strategies for the agricultural and fish industries, and it assesses and addresses pollution risks. It also carries out research to mitigate health problems related to food consumption and lifestyle choices.

The energy and building centre seeks to facilitate a transition towards diversified and sustainable energy generation and energy storage, and researches issues related to construction materials.

The government initiatives centre provides general research and technological support for government-led projects in a variety of sectors, such as the development of the Shagaya Renewable Energy Project (wind and solar), and the deployment of the Al Mostakshif and Bahith 1 research vessels for marine surveys and sampling.

Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research News and Interviews

Interview
Kuwait - June 01, 2023

Hamad R. Alradhan, CEO of Life Energy, talks to The Energy Year about the challenges that come with developing a business in…

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Kuwait - June 01, 2023

Hasan Qabazard, CEO of the Kuwait Catalyst Company, talks to The Energy Year about the impact of the Al Zour refinery on Kuwait and the effect of recent developments on…

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Samira A. S. OMAR
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Kuwait - July 14, 2020

Samira A. S. Omar, director-general of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), and Osamah A. Alsayegh, executive director of KISR’s Energy and Building…

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Kuwait - July 17, 2018

As Kuwait embarks on ambitious upstream, downstream and renewables programmes, KPC and its subsidiaries are increasingly looking to embrace the latest technologies and…

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Kuwait - April 05, 2018

Samira Al Sayed Omar, director-general of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), talks to TOGY about the institute’s R&D and partnerships in the energy…

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Kuwait - March 28, 2017

TOGY talks to George Bou Mitri, president of Honeywell Kuwait, about the company’s recent milestones, its part in driving the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and…

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Kuwait - October 28, 2016

TOGY talks to Samira Al Sayed Omar, the director-general of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR), about the importance of R&D and innovation projects for…

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Kuwait - December 4, 2015

Nobuhiko Masunaga, Sumitomo Corporation’s Kuwait country manager, talks to TOGY about the legal landscape with regards to project financing, public-private…

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Kuwait - November 6, 2015

Meena Marafi, the executive director of the Petroleum Research Centre, talks to TOGY about the innovations in enhanced oil recovery and catalyst blending in oil…

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