04 May 2018 – 4:53

Winners of Research Excellence Awards honoured

Minister of Education and Higher Education, H E Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi (second left), at QU Annual Research Forum & Exhibition 2018.

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DOHA: Minister of Education and Higher Education, H E Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al Hammadi, honoured the Day 2 of Qatar University’s (QU) Annual Research Forum & Exhibition 2018.

Themed “Pioneering Research”, the two-day event brought together QU’s students, researchers, academics, and partners, as well as local stakeholders. It is a platform to demonstrate QU’s new research tools, programs, collaborations, and relevant projects that align with QU Research Roadmap 2014-2019, Qatar National Research Strategy, and Qatar National Vision 2030.

Dr Al Hammadi was joined by QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, French Ambassador to Qatar Eric Chevallier, QU VP for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam Al Maadeed, and representatives of Qatar Petroleum (QP), Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), Total, and Al Jazeera Media Network, as well as delegates from MINES ParisTech, Université Bretagne Sud, Université Paris-Est, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Université d’Artois, and Université de Bordeaux.

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During the first session, the Minister awarded the winners of the Research Excellence Awards — Dr Adriaan Stephanus Luyt (Science & Engineering), Prof Said Elbanna (Humanities & Social Sciences), and Dr Hatem Zayed (Biomedical, Medical & Health Sciences).

The Day 2 program included three sessions on “International Cooperation and Research Strategies”, “International Experiences in Research and Graduate Studies: The French Experience as a Model”, and “Research towards innovation, intellectual property and commercialisation”.

In his remarks, Dr Al Hammadi said: “The annual Annual Research Forum & Exhibition is a distinguished event that is moving forward while achieving consecutive accomplishments due to the leadership and efforts of the research and graduate sector at Qatar University. The forum’s theme “Pioneering research” emphasises the University’s ongoing endeavours to provide more opportunities to conduct quality research and apply modern approaches that produce innovative and authentic knowledge and provide effective solutions that meet the national priorities of society and the country”.

Also on the program was a Poster Awards Ceremony. Winners of the Best Research Poster of Faculty and Postdoctorate were Hassan Mehboob and Faris Tarlochan (Sciences & Engineering), Maryam A Al Thani and Salma M (Humanities & Social Sciences), and Nahla Eltai, Asmaa Al Thani, Sara Hadid, Eman Wehedy, Anand Deshmukh, Khalid Alansari and Hadi Yassine (Biomedical, Medical & Health Sciences).

Winners of the Best Research Poster of Graduate Students were Mohammad Ashfaq, Mohammad Al Ghouti, Nabil Zouari and Hazim Qiblawey (Sciences & Engineering), Noora Hamad Al Hajri (Humanities & Social Sciences), Sara Taleb, Shilu Mathew, Maria Smatti, Khalid Alansari, Asmaa Althani and Hadi M Yassine (Biomedical, Medical & Health Sciences). Winners of the Best Research Poster of Undergraduate Students were Minoli Doshi and Dr Samir Jaoua (Sciences & Engineering), Rana Abuakar (Humanities & Social Sciences), and Raghad AL Ishaq and Pejman Hanifi-Moghaddam (Biomedical, Medical & Health Sciences).

Dr Al Derham said: “The Annual Research Forum & Exhibition is an opportunity to develop the future of QU’s research strategy, to showcase outstanding research projects, and to highlight the outcomes of the successful partnerships between QU and institutions from industry.”

Prof Mariam Al Maadeed presented a summary of QU’s development since its establishment. She highlighted the University’s interest in international cooperation in various sectors, disciplines and cooperative research partnerships through the joint funding program.