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. However, while many institutions and organisations are at the forefront of this change, there is a clear need for something more focused on the specific needs of research communities and research institutions just starting out on their journey towards openness.
Our focus is on empowering libraries, higher education institutions, research councils and policy makers to collaborate on activities, projects and resources that promote engagement with, and the generation of, open research – enabling them to better serve the needs of local research communities. We want to support all our stakeholder groups in the journey towards a more ‘open’ world by facilitating the exchange of actionable insights and the development of practical policies, and by encouraging the evolution of a strong cross-regional collaborative community.
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.