On September 24 FAR held the very first forum to celebrate 12 successful years of the Armenian National Science and Education Fund. During the event, dignitaries from U.S. and Armenia acknowledged the great work and tremendous assistance that the ANSEF program has provided in promoting the development of Armenia’s science.

Dr. Aram Chobanian from Boston University led the forum as chairman. Among the attendees were Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and President of FAR His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Chairman of the FAR Board of Directors Randy Sapah-Gulian, academicians, scientists, government officials, and researchers representing various scientific institutions, as well as the FAR Board of Directors and staff members.

Among the speechmakers were Armenia’s Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John A. Heffern, and President of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Radik Martirosyan. Each highlighted the significance of the ANSEF program in developing Armenia’s scientific field.

Dr. Lilit Yeghiazarian from the University of Cincinnati concluded the series of presentations with a panoramic account on “ANSEF Faces” in modern Armenian reality and joined all previous presenters in words of gratitude to the founders and benefactors of the ANSEF program.