This evaluation of scientific, technology and innovation capabilities in Lebanon is part of a larger regional project called ESTIME (Evaluation of Science, Technology and Innovation capabilities in Mediterranean countries) involving eight of Europe's Mediterranean Partner (MP) countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Palestinian Territories.
The objective of the ESTIME project is to propose a set of strategic policy instruments aiming to establish a dynamic view of the research and innovation systems in Mediterranean Countries and to contribute to a better understanding of the ways institutions operate in the MP countries. This project, hopefully, will contribute to promoting and strengthening S&T cooperation between the Mediterranean and the European countries by identifying the most active research institutions and laboratories, the conditions for their development, the strengths and weaknesses of their systems and their most pressing needs and, above all, by establishing a common language for the strategic evaluation of S&T capabilities among partners. Such objectives are already considered as important by the "Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)" which contribute to the project by seconding some IRD researchers.
ESTIME is being developed in close partnership with a team of European and local partners. In Lebanon, the National Council for Scientific Research (NCSR or CNRS in French) was in charge of gathering information on the national scientific research capabilities, a task it assigned to Ms Mona Assaf, head of international relations and cooperation at NCSR. Jacques Kabbanji, Professor of Sociology at the Lebanese University (UL), coordinated two specific surveys (social sciences and exact sciences) and a study on innovation in Lebanon while Joseph Bechara, Professor of Physics at the UL, conducted the survey on exact sciences. This report takes stock of the information submitted by the Lebanese partners. In April 2007 Jacques Gaillard (IRD research scientist) visited the main S&T institutions, collected missing information and made additional interviews to round out the report.