Thomson Reuters Commemorates Partnership With Moroccan Institute For Scientific and Technical Information

By Thomson Reuters, PRNE
Monday, June 27, 2011

CASABLANCA, Morocco, June 29, 2011 -

- National Launch
Event to be held at the CNRST in Rabat on the 30th of June 2011

Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent
information for businesses and professionals, will host a welcome
event Thursday, June 30, to celebrate its new partnership with
Institut Marocain de l’information Scientifique et Technique
(IMIST).  The three-year contract will bring Thomson
Reuters Web of Knowledge
(SM)- an integrated and versatile
discovery search platform - to scientists and researchers at 14
IMIST public institutions.

Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge delivers access to the
world’s leading scholarly information in the sciences, social
sciences, arts and humanities, while providing metrics and
analytical tools for assessing research influence and impact.

Keith MacGregor, executive vice president at Thomson
Reuters, said: “In years past, Morocco ranked among the top five
African nations producing research papers in 11 of 21 fields of
study, including clinical medicine, engineering, chemistry,
mathematics and physics. Now, with this partnership, Moroccan
researchers can continue to expand their collaborations internally
and across national borders.”

IMIST, a research institute dedicated to creating a network of
science and technology information for the scientific community,
holds an investment budget of 150 million dirhams and reports to
the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique
(CNRST) as operator of research.  Through the Web of
, IMIST will provide Moroccan scientists and
decision-makers with quick and efficient access to scientific and
technical information.

Professor Said Belcadi, director of the CNRST commented:
“We look forward to our partnership with Thomson Reuters and are
pleased to offer Morocco’s universities access to the world class
research information within Web of Knowledge. The agreement
provides us with continuity for the next three years and underlines
our commitment to increasing research excellence in Morocco and to
playing a greater role in leading research and innovation in a
global market.”

The IMIST’s other goals for the research environment include
streamlining resources of national scientific and technical
information, and contributing to strengthening and upgrading the
national economy to better cope with international competition.

The “National Launch of the Web of Knowledge Partnership with
CNRST and Thomson Reuters” event will take place at the CNRST, on
the 30th of June 2011.

Event Agenda:

  • Welcome - Secretary General-Ministry for Higher Education and
  • Partnership announcement from Mr. Belcadi, director of the
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientigique et Technologique
  • Official thank you from Thomson Reuters and overview of
    strategy for Morocco and surrounding region
  • Brief presentation of SSR and Web of Knowledge, followed by an
    introduction to the road show
  • National and international comparisons - Morocco in Web of
    Knowledge and Web of Science
  • Networking buffet and cocktails

Thomson Reuters Attendees:

Ahmed Bourghida - Account Manager, Scientific Scholarly
Research, EMEA

Erik Jan Van Kleef - Vice President of Sales EMEA, Scientific
Scholarly Research

Guillaume Rivalle - Manager, Strategic Business Development,
Scientific Scholarly Research

Ministry Attendees:

Secretary General of Higher Education and Scientific Research-
Mr Abdelhafid Debbarh

Director of the CNRST- Pr Said Belcadi

Director of the IMIST- Pr Mohammed Essadaoui

Academic Attendees (the entire
Academic Consortium-14 Universities):

The University Presidents

The Deans of Research of the Science Faculties

The Vice Presidents of Development and International

The Heads of each Research Unit


IMIST is a key organization within the Moroccan Ministry for
Higher Education. It reports to the National Center for Scientific
and Technical Research (CNRST) in its capacity as operator of

Their main objectives are:

  • To enable Moroccan scientists in the world of business and
    different decision-makers a quick and efficient access to
    scientific and technical information (STI).
  • To promote the development of the national STI and adapt to
    user needs.
  • To support the dynamics of technological innovation in all
    economic sectors.
  • To streamline the means and resources of national STI.
  • To contribute to the strengthening and upgrading of the
    national economy with a view to better cope with international

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