The "1st Sharjah International Conference on Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology (FISICPAC)" was held at the University of Sharjah between November 11th through the 13th, 2018 and was a great success. Prominent scholars from over the main research institutions of high energy physics attended the Conference: Prof. Fernando Quevedo from Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, ICTP, Italy; Prof. Patrick Fassnacht from CERN – Switzerland; Prof. John Ellis from the King's College London, UK; Prof. Karl Jakobs from the University of Freiburg, Germany; Prof. Bobby Acharya from the King's College London, UK; Prof. Salah Nasri from the UAEU; Prof. Martin A. Barstow from Leicester University, UK; Prof. Andreas Eckart from Kohn University, Germany; and Prof. Albert De Roeck from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Other scientists from different disciplines also took part in the series of talks presented during the Conference.
During the closing ceremony, Prof. Gaffar Attaelmanan, Head of the Department of Applied Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sharjah, gave some final words thanking His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah and Director of the Sharjah Center for Astronomy and Space Scieces, for his great support and contributing in making the Conference a success. Prof. Attaelmanan also emphasized the role of Dr. Rachik Soualah, Assistant Professor of Physics at the UoS. Dr. Rachik initiated the idea of the Conference, and through his multiple connections with the CERN and ICTP groups, he was able to enlist all of the prominent scientists mentioned above to take part in the conference.
One of the highlights of FISICPAC 2018 is the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Sharjah and ICTP. Prof. Al Naimiy and Prof. Quevedo signed the MoU in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah. This MoU will allow more cooperation between the two institutions in terms of students exchange and joint research programs.