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AMAS IV Conference

The Council Organized the “Fourth International American Moroccan Agricultural Sciences Conference—AMAS Conference IV on May 9-11, 2018 at the Agropolis, Meknes, Morocco


By Abdelmajid Kassem



The High Council of Moroccan American Scholars and Academics—HC-MASA ( in collaboration with the Moroccan National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA), ACRA (Association des Chercheurs de la Recherche Agronomique du Maroc), and Agronomy and Veterinary Sciences Institute Hassan II (IAV), Rabat, Morocco co-organized the Fourth International American Moroccan Agricultural Sciences Conference – AMAS IV Conference” on May 9–11, 2018 at the Agropolis in Meknes, Morocco. This international conference on Agricultural Sciences is co-organized every two years in Morocco by Prof. Abdelmajid Kassem, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Fayetteville State University and Prof. Khalid Meksem, Southern Illinois University.


AMAS IV Conference has been attended by students, faculty, and scientists from over 10 countries including Algeria, Saudi Arabia, UAE, France, Portugal, Germany, and United States of America. They contributed over 77 oral and 179 poster presentations.


  • The student Ms. Ikram Mercha of INRA, Rabat won the Best Oral Presentation Award among all students’ oral presentations. The value of the award was 1,000 Moroccan Dirhams (MAD).
  • Mr. Reda Melhaoui of College of Science, University Mohamed 1st, Oujda won the 1st Best Poster Presentation Award of 500 MAD and
  • Ms. Rababe Essoufi won the 2nd Best Poster Presentation Award of 500 MAD.


This first edition of this international conference (AMAS I) was held on March 18–19, 2013 in Rabat, Morocco; the second edition (AMAS II) was held on October 20–22, 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco; and the third edition (AMAS III) was held on December 13–16, 2016 in Ouarzazate, Morocco.

For more information on the upcoming AMAS V Conference, please check here.


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Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in News |

Meeting of the American Moroccan Competencies in Rabat, Morocco – Saturday June 15, 2013, Rabat, Morocco

By Abdelmajid Kassem, PhD*

In its attempt to mobilize Moroccan competencies abroad, the Ministry of Moroccans Residing Abroad (MRA) organizes a Meeting with the Moroccans residing in the United States of America on June 15, 2013 in Rabat, Morocco.

This meeting, organized in partnership with the American Moroccan Competencies Network (AMCN;, is a follow up to the first meeting organized in New York City on June 23, 2012 during which approximately 50 projects have been submitted and presented in four major areas which are Energy, Water and the Environment, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Human Development.

The objective of this meeting is to involve the American Moroccan Competencies to the development of Morocco and stimulate economic, trading, and technologic cooperation between the USA and Morocco. The US project leaders will meet with their interested Moroccan partners, discuss the projects, and put the ideas presented in New York into concrete actions in Morocco.

This meeting will be attended by approximately 80 participants, among 20 American Moroccan Competencies and will be held Saturday June 15, 2013 at the Conference Center of the Ministry of Equipment and Transport in Rabat, Morocco.

This article is translated into English from the French version published by the Ministry of MRA.

* Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in News |

AMAS Conference I

By Abdelmajid Kassem

Atlas Publishing, LP is organizing “The First International American Moroccan Agricultural Sciences Conference – AMAS Conference I” that will be held in the beautiful capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, Rabat on March 18-19, 2013. Rabat is famous for its historic monuments such as the Hassan Tower, the Oudayas, the old town (Medina), and much more.

Atlas Publishing, LP  is the main sponsor of AMAS Conference which is going to be a biannual international conference that will be organized in Morocco. However, the conference is also co-sponsored by the High Council of Moroccan American Scholars and Academic (HC-MASA), The Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Moroccans Living Abroad, The Moroccan Airline (Royal Air Maroc), and several other entities.

The Conference will take place at the Hassan Tower Hotel in Rabat which is a “Prestigious Moorish-Andalusian style 5* Hotel in Rabat city center. This prestigious hotel is close to Hassan Tower, Mosque and Mausoleum of Mohammed V. 15 minutes from the Dar Es Salem Royal Golf course, and the international airport” (1).

The Scientific Committee which is composed of world known scientists in various fields of Agricultural Sciences developed an attractive program with sessions in the Plant and Animal Genomic Sciences, and Higher Education. The conference will host a variety of speakers including internationally recognized experts in their fields, young scientists, and graduate students.


For more information, please visit the AMAS Conference website.



(1) The Hassan Tower Hotel

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in News |

The American Moroccan Competencies Network (AMCN)

By Abdelmajid Kassem*

A Couple of American Moroccan Competencies led by Dr. Mohamed Boutjdir, a Professor at SUNY Down State in NY, created the “American Moroccan Competencies Network – AMCN” which is an entity who’s goals are to tie collaborations between Morocco and US in several areas of interest to the kingdom of Morocco:

1. Industry and New Technologies

2. Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research & Development

3. Moroccan Women and Development

4. Agriculture et Agro-Food

5. Sustainable Development and Protection of Environment

6. Human Development

The Ministry of Moroccans living abroad and AMCN are calling for projects to be submitted in one of these areas. The selected projects’ Authors/Project Directors will be called for a meeting that will be held New York City on June 23, 2012.   The requests for project (RFP) forms are available in English and French and can be downloaded here:



A flyer with examples of projects from our Canadian Network can be downloaded AMCN_RFP_6-23-2012


Please submit your proposals to: The deadline for projects submission is April 30, 2012.

Please circulate the news and RFPs to Moroccan Associations and colleagues in the US who may be interested in submitting projects.




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