DOHA: The Annual Research Forum (ARF), organised by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, will take a new international dimension in its second edition with the theme ‘Globalisation of Research.’
The forum will showcase the latest research being conducted in and for Qatar that can also benefit developing countries.
This year’s theme takes its inspiration from a speech delivered by H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser at the inaugural Annual Research Forum in December 2010, in which she noted, “It has become acceptable to talk about globalisation in the fields of education, economy, culture and information technology. The time has come for globalisation in the research field to be recognised as well.”
Reflecting on the 2011 theme, Qatar Foundation’s Vice President for Research Dr Abdelali Haoudi said: “Scientific research has the potential to solve some of society’s most pressing issues, not only through the technologies and scientific advances it produces, but also through the human capabilities it develops and strengthens in the process. Qatar Foundation is eager to lead the movement towards a globalisation and democratisation of research because it will allow developing communities to unlock their human potential in the fields of science and technology.”
ARF 2011 will bring together Nobel laureates, international policymakers, students, scientists, industry leaders, and top academic and research institutions in Doha from November 20 to 22. The deadline for submitting abstracts to participate and present at the forum is September 25.
“This year’s forum has some new and exciting developments — we have significantly expanded opportunities for student presentations and networking, as a reflection of Qatar Foundation’s commitment to building research capacity and promoting a culture of research in Qatar and the region,” said Dr Dirar Khoury, Director of Institutional Research for Qatar Foundation.
The forum will have parallel sessions falling into five tracks: biomedicine; energy; environment; computing; and arts, humanities, social sciences, and Islamic studies research.
Additional sessions will explore the set-up of public-private partnerships, connecting research with the development of new products and technologies, measuring research and development outcomes and research capacity building.
Exhibition stands at the forum will offer participants additional opportunities to network and learn more about the institutions, universities, hospitals, foundations, non-profit and government agencies that are leading Qatar’s drive toward becoming a research powerhouse in the Gulf and the wider region.
On November 22, the forum will conclude with an awards ceremony to recognise research excellence among the professional and student researchers in each track.
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