The Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI) announced the Call for Papers for the upcoming second edition of its International Conference on Sustainable Energy-Water-Environment Nexus in Desert Climate 2021 (IC-SEWEN’21). QEERI is part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University.

The four-day hybrid event is scheduled from 22 to 25 November. More than 500 renowned national and international researchers, scientists, engineers, and stakeholders are expected to join the efforts to promote a better understanding of the links between energy, water and the environment, particularly in desert climates, and develop key priority areas for human development and environmental sustainability.



IC-SEWEN’21 will be a platform for collaboration between participants from around the world to share ideas and intensify combined efforts to develop tangible solutions that positively impact the community. Delegates can submit abstracts on any of the 20 themes, which include Wastewater Treatment, Sustainable Energy Solutions, Pollution Control, Transportation Electrification, and other such topics connected to mitigating the challenges arising due to climate change. The event will also feature plenary sessions, workshops, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, as well as a programme of specialised activities for school and university students.

Speaking about the event, IC-SEWEN’21 chairperson and senior research director for the Water Center Dr Jenny Lawler, said that as a signatory to the Paris Agreement, Qatar has put a huge emphasis on research, development and innovation as a pathway to achieving sustainability goals for, not just the region, but the world. She said that the aim of the conference is to bring together experts involved in research, policy, practice, and business related to the EWE nexus. It will be an excellent opportunity to engage in lively discussions and present the latest results.

In its second edition, IC-SEWEN’s heart is in Doha, Qatar, but embracing the sustainability gains that the global pandemic has driven, participation in the conference will take place live around the world – meaning that the travel-related carbon footprint typically associated with an international conference is reduced to almost zero.

Finding tangible solutions

During the first edition of the flagship conference, over 500 participants shared insights on topics such as Water Desalination, Environmental Challenges in a Changing Climate, Sustainable Oil and Gas Processes, Food Security and the EWE Nexus, and Opportunities in Decentralized Energy, among others. Over 1,000 students from various schools in Qatar also participated in the inaugural edition of the Young Innovator Award competition.

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Reiterating QEERI’s commitment to finding tangible solutions to Qatar’s grand challenges, QEERI Executive Director Dr Marc Vermeersch said they look forward to having speakers and experts from around the world join IC-SEWEN’21. He said that some of the challenges in Qatar are unique to this particular environment where factors such as dust, high temperature, humidity, and salinity play a key role.

Hence, we celebrate the chance to collaborate with specialists dealing with similar concerns when it comes to the EWE nexus, in order to share knowledge, build cooperation and collaboration, and develop solutions towards our collective goals. Together, we can absolutely make a change not just for Qatar and the region, but on a global scale.

QEERI welcomes submissions of abstracts for oral or poster presentations on various topics relating to sustainability in the energy, water and environment nexus. The deadline to receive all submissions is 31 August 2021. Selected full papers will be published in leading scientific journals. Abstracts can be submitted here.

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