ADERN in a nutshell

  • Serves as a hub for connecting research and development experts with key stakeholders in Abu Dhabi's environment
  • Dedicates its efforts to tackling the specific environmental research requirements of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi
  • Fosters collaborative efforts across diverse disciplines and sectors, driving sustainability initiatives grounded in scientific knowledge
  • Functions as a dynamic platform for the exchange of knowledge, professional networking, and effective communication within the environmental research community
  • Proactively managed and supported by a team of full-time professionals from EAD
Vision Mission Values

"To be a catalyst for transformative research and innovation, fostering cross-sectoral partnerships that empower sustainable development and preserve the environmental integrity of Abu Dhabi Emirate and beyond."



"Driving interdisciplinary collaboration between research scientists, innovators, and stakeholders to close knowledge gaps, accelerate environmental sustainability, and achieve local, national, and global goals for the benefit of Abu Dhabi Emirate and beyond. “ 

Memberships and Scope

Individual Membership

  • Science and policy researchers and allied technologists
  • Coordinators of Citizen Science and Civil Society Groups
  • Minimum academic qualification is a relevant Masters degree (or Bachelor’s and 10+ years R&D experience)
  • Preparedness to make an active contribution to the network 

To apply for individual membership please complete and submit the form below

Institutional Membership

  • Research institutions such as:
    • Universities
    • Government research centres 
    • Not-for-profit research groups

To apply for institutional membership, contact us via 

Geographic Scope

  • Membership of ADERN has no geographic restriction
  • Activities must relate to (or be transferable to) the environment of Abu Dhabi Emirate

Thematic Scope

  • Membership is open to all disciplines that have relevance to achieving environmental sustainability, for example, natural sciences; social and economic sciences; technology and data sciences etc.

Benefits of Membership


  • Learn about research needs and opportunities of environment stakeholders
  • Learn about and visit research facilities
  • Environmental site visits
  • Professional networking
  • Showcase research and development outcomes
  • Promote collaboration opportunities
  • Peer review opportunities
  • Access to EAD data, publications & reference samples
  • Contribute to update the AD Environmental Knowledge Graph and the Environment Research Needs Register
  • Briefings on innovations & new technologies


  • Engage in and strengthen the science-policy agenda for Abu Dhabi Emirate
  • Showcase facilities and research outcomes
  • Strengthen cross entity and sectoral collaboration
  • Access to extensive communication channels
  • Student internships
  • Develop domestic R&D delivery mechanisms
  • Promote events to network.




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