Qatar University (QU) hosted on 21 and 22 March 2017, an annual meeting of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
Themed ‘Environmental Quality in the GCC: Addressing the Challenges’, the meeting was sponsored by QU and ExxonMobil Qatar. It brought together over 90 delegates and representatives of government, academia and industry from the GCC countries. They had the opportunity to network and discuss the current and future needs for environment research and development, and management and education.
Attendees included QU Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Professor Mariam Al Maadeed, SETAC Arabian Gulf Branch President Dr Christopher Warren, and SETAC members from the GCC countries, as well as QU faculty, students and staff.
The event’s programme featured three sessions entitled ‘Oil Spill-Related Research and Monitoring 25 years after the Gulf Oil Spill’, ‘Assessing Environmental Impacts and Ecosystem Well-Being’, and ‘Addressing Future Challenges to Environmental Quality’.
Also on the agenda was a poster session delivered by professionals and undergraduate and graduate students.
QU student Noor Al-Naimi won the top undergraduate poster, while QU PhD student Kavita Nair, who is studying the development of a sustainable solution to the environmental impacts of chemical insecticide use in Qatar, was awarded the top student presentation.
In her remarks, Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed said:
The meeting gives credibility to the fact that Qatar University’s researchers have been equipped to use state-of-the-art resources to conduct cutting-edge research in marine science, atmospheric science, and earth and terrestrial sciences.’
More information available at qu.edu.qa.