Qatar Foundation’s flagship Annual Research Conference 2014 (ARC’14) aimed at tackling Qatar’s national research challenges began on 18 November 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).

ARC’14 is held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), and supports Qatar Foundation Research and Development’s (QF R&D’s) mission to build Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity while addressing immediate social needs in the community.

This year’s conference ‘Towards World-Class Research and Innovation’ examines research priorities closely aligned to the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS), including Water Security, Energy Security, Cyber Security and Integrated Healthcare.

In yesterday’s Plenary Discussion, Faisal Alsuwaidi, President of Qatar Foundation Research and Development, discussed with world-renowned scientists the future of Qatar’s research agenda and said:

Over the past five years our business model has focused on building local infrastructure. We are fully aware this is not something that can be achieved in the short term, but is rather a long term investment – managing expectations around this is essential. As we move forward, a successful research model will depend on building bridges between industry and research.’

The Opening Plenary Discussion concluded by recognising 33 graduates of the Qatar Science Leadership Programme (QSLP), a QF led initiative. Qatar Foundation strives to nurture the future leaders of Qatar and in all of its activities, promote a culture of excellence in Qatar that aspires to develop sustainable human capacity, social, and economic prosperity for a knowledge-based economy.

QF R&D is the custodian of the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) and leader of a science and research mission that puts Qatar and the Arab region on the map globally.

ARC’14 will continue its two-day programme at QNCC on Wednesday, building on previous successes for the fifth consecutive year, offering thought-provoking panel discussions, technical presentations, and high-powered debates where leading experts will share constructive experiences and innovative approaches. Abstract submissions have also been chosen on their merit and will be presented at the conference.

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