For Jordan, since 1970

The Royal Scientific Society touches the lives of many Jordanians through its work and impacts the future of Jordan through its research and collaboration.

Born out of the great hearts and spirit of His Majesty the Late King Hussein and HRH Prince Hassan in 1970, the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) aims to be the knowledge leader for science and technology locally and regionally. The RSS uses excellent scientific and engineering research to power economic development and social progress.

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan serves as the President of the Royal Scientific Society and is greatly recognised for her work in promoting various scientific endeavours on a local and international level.

The Royal Scientific Society is the largest applied research institution, consultancy, and technical support service provider in Jordan and is a regional leader in the fields of science and technology.

Born out of the great hearts and spirit of His Majesty the Late King Hussein and HRH Prince Hassan in 1970, the Royal Scientific Society (RSS) aims to be the knowledge leader for science and technology locally and regionally. The RSS uses excellent scientific and engineering research to power economic development and social progress.

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan serves as the President of the Royal Scientific Society and is greatly recognised for her work in promoting various scientific endeavours on a local and international level.

The Royal Scientific Society is the largest applied research institution, consultancy, and technical support service provider in Jordan and is a regional leader in the fields of science and technology.

Our Sectors

The RSS campus combines practical science and technology services with research capacity and policy and engagement expertise. Through our various sectors, we provide solutions, stimulate debate, and craft the best evidence-based advice for the nation.

Standards & Technology

RSS Standards & Technology sector supports the Quality Infrastructure in Jordan and it includes: Testing Laboratories, The Jordan National Metrology Institute (JNMI), The Conformity Assessment Centre and The Engineering Maintenance / Directorate of Bio-Medical Engineering. The RSS supports Jordanian businesses with the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of international requirements with flexibility and efficiency.

The RSS has proven to be a leader in providing analytical testing services for both the private and public sectors. For 40 years, the testing sector at RSS has been providing a wide scope of chemical and physical testing for food, environment, mechanical, electrical and construction materials, and industrial products. RSS testing laboratories are accredited by national and international agencies such as UKAS, and JAS according to ISO 17025 in order to produce accurate and reliable results.

Research & Development

The Royal Scientific Society has a rich history of spearheading meaningful research with an ethical and developmental mandate. Through dedicated research centres with strategic specialties, we help build the national foundations for directed and effective research with valuable outcomes. The impact of our research efforts ranges from solving local every-day problems to affecting public policy.

Institutionally, we have always implemented an open innovation strategy, welcoming the opportunity to collaborate at any stage. We have built valuable partnerships with industry, academic, and public sector players worldwide. As a research institution, we have always bridged the gap between our scientific research outputs and the needs of the wider society.

ICT for Development

One of the main technical arms of The Royal Scientific Society, which supports its operations and conducts applied R&D in ICT, yielding high quality commercialisable products.

ICT specialisation has always been an integral part of the RSS since 1972. ICT for Development is committed to performing applied research and specialised technical consultations and services according to international best practices and standards. We have been ISO 9001 certified since January 2001.

Science Engagement

Jordan’s innovation revolution must assist in solving our society’s deep and pressing socio-economic challenges. Global competitiveness, shrinking resource availability, and the requirements of a skilled labour force mean that, increasingly, an awareness and understanding of why science and research are critical to our lives is essential for developing an innovation culture. To fully realise the social, economic, and environmental benefits of the significant investment in science, research, and innovation, we as a country must communicate and engage the wider community more fully in science and in an understanding of the knowledge economy to which we aspire.

The RSS acknowledges the role of science engagement in the achievement of the RSS strategic goals.

The RSS’ Science Engagement Sector has a crosscutting mandate that aims to strategically align all science engagement activities across the organisation. The Sector is also optimally positioned to contribute towards coordinated, consistent, and effective science communication and engagement policy and implementation that will make a meaningful contribution to bridging the gap between science and society.

The mandate of RSS newest sector is to interact with the public on issues of science, engineering, and technology; to communicate the advances in these fields to the public, and to steer young minds to careers in science, engineering, and technology (SET). To achieve these goals, Science Engagement at RSS aims to deliver a diverse set of programmes that work closely with local communities to address challenges and discover issue specific solutions that fall under four key strategic areas:

Training and Science Education, which aims to build the supply of tomorrow’s scientists and innovators.

Science for Society, through which RSS shares science and technology achievements with the public, building up their appreciation of and engagement with the benefits and risks of science.

Science Communication, which engages the public with the phenomena of science, engineering and technology.

Science Policy Analysis, which brings together Jordanian experts from universities, research institutes and government research agencies to consider and advise the nation on scientific issues. It provides authoritative information and advice on current science, technology and emerging research to inform discussion and assist evidence based policy development and decision-making.

These four pillars of Science Engagement are supported by the following subsidiary departments and programs :

• Science Diplomacy
• Socio Economic Studies
• Sustainable Development Goals
• Drivers of Change Program

RSS Outreach

Science is a language that crosses borders and bridges social and economic divides. We believe that engaging with global science networks gives Jordan and the region a voice in decision-making mechanisms and debates that impact on the opportunities available to talented Jordanian scientists and researchers, and that may ultimately affect the quality of life of people in our communities. Science provides the catalyst for positive change in our lives and for better decision-making by our government and institutions. Our outreach programmes seek out the tools to improve people’s lives and to bring equitable and sustainable prosperity based on conversation, creativity and the innovative spirit of our people.

Initiatives

• President’s Office

• UNESCO and ‘Science for Peace’

• International Science Organisations – participation and partnership

• Global Science – A family of Fora

• Risk Audit and Quality Assurance

• Communications and Public Relations

• Marketing and Strategic Development

• External Engagement and Relationship-Building