The ‘First International Conference on Advanced Research (ICAR)’ in Bahrain, which was jointly organised by Asia Pacific Institute of Advanced Research (APIAR) and Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU), Saudi Arabia, was a great success. Held in January of this year, the conference attracted around seventy participants from all over the world. During the two days of the presentations, participants shared their knowledge and experience, and APIAR and PMU officials discussed future collaborative activities. The management team of APIAR thanks every individual who contributed at the conference and helped to make it such a success.