National Exhibitions

The Center of Genomics and Systems Biology Researchers and outreach team participate in events and exhibitions to introduce different audiences to the different research programs and activities in the Center. Exhibitions included:

  • Expo2020 Dubai Sustainability District: The CGSB Date Palm Evolutionary Genomics Group highlighted their research in its results in "Sameem - Story of Our Culture" in the Sustainability District in Expo 2020 Dubai. The curated content allowed Expo2020 visitors to discover the research and emerge in the world of date palm genomics and its importance.
  • SIAL's Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition: CGSB researchers participated in the 2021 SIAL's Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition. The research team displayed their achievements on the date palm genome at the exhibition.
  • MEMBS: CGSB outreach team hosted a research information booth at the Middle East Molecular Biology Sources (MEMBS) Conference at Zayed University in 2017. At the exhibition, the CGSB promoted research conducted within the Center, and many Researchers presented posters at the conference.
  • World Future Energy and International Water Summit: CGSB Researchers participated in the NYUAD booth at the Summit in 2013, and they have showcased the Center's different research initiatives.
  • Date Palm Festival: CGSB Researchers organized a booth at the 6th annual Date Palm Festival in 2012. The Researchers provided visitors history of date palm trees and information about their research conducted at the Center.
The 4th Middle East Molecular Biology Congress and Exhibition 2017 - Abu Dhabi


Glimpses, a unique multi-sensory exhibition at New York University Abu Dhabi. The exhibition aims to bridge the gap between art and science and to overcome any existing barriers. Science opens up immense opportunities for experimentation with materials and methods that may give art new perspectives.

'Could the bacteria of the Arabian Gulf provide the World with new medications?' presented by Julie Connelly, consisted of two printed photos of exciting and colorful microscopic images of bacteria that were isolated and cultured from sediment samples from the Abu Dhabi coastline.

Researchers Najate Benhra and Rana El Danaf presented 'The Drosophila fruit fly: Small Creature, Big Science.' The installation showcased two artwork pieces; 'The Dissected Drosophila' and 'Drosophila Optic Flowers,' representing the fruit fly anatomy, including the optic lobes and brain in an artistic way.

Bacterial species isolated and cultured from soil samples from the Abu Dhabi coastline

Little Monsters

'Little Monsters' was the first formal exhibition of the Emirati photographer Yousef Al-Habshi, whose award-winning photographs have been featured in National Geographic and Al Arabiya.

The exhibition's inspiration came from a chance encounter between Al-Habshi and NYU Abu Dhabi Professor of Biology Claude Desplan, whose work focuses on insect life's eye patterns. 'Little Monsters' is an extension of a collaboration between the two, who work to identify rare insects and visually document their unique eye patterns—ultimately leading toward publication in scientific journals. The exhibition ran from September 7 to October 8, 2016.