Eight students have been selected to represent Qatar and their respective schools at the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) to be held from 27 July to 10 August in London, UK.  

The forum offers a 15-day Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) summer camp to students aged 16 to 21 years old. During the event, the students from Qatar will engage with other students and mentors from around the world who are equally passionate about science and research.

The opportunity to participate in the Forum is a direct result of the collaboration between Qatar Foundation, Hamad Bin Khalifa University and the Qatar Youth Science Forum of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The forum aims to ensure the well-rounded scientific development of the next generations through their efforts with K-12 and higher education, while encouraging high school students to demonstrate their scientific creativity and apply research methods to resolve identified challenges.

Winning posters

Lara Michaella Z Espiritu and Marcus Wein E Monteiro from the Philippine International School Qatar, coached by their teacher Judileine Dabin, placed first in the competition for their poster titled, Solar-Powered Arduino-Based Control System for Seawater Desalination using Ultrasonic Humidification Technique and Filtration System.

Seth Zackari Balde and Gwyn Steffany Maningo of Philippine School Doha, coached by Evelyn Marinas, placed second for their poster titled, The Utilization of Lemongrass in the Creation Biocomposite Dish Plates.

Nancy Shamel El-Sayed Awadallah Ibrahim and Zena Ahmed Saleh Latif of The Middle East International School, coached by Dr Reena Rajesh, placed third for their poster titled, Plantable Biodegradable Masks.

Rashid Khalifa Al-Kuwari and Omar Saad Al-Bader of Qatar Science and Technology Secondary School for Boys, coached by Ibrahim Alnuaimi, placed fourth for their poster titled, Automated System for Cleaning Solar Panels using Atmospheric Moisture.

Representing Qatar

Expressing excitement at her success and the opportunity to represent Qatar, Espiritu said they feel the pressure but are very happy that they get to represent Qatar at the London International Youth Science Forum. She said that it has been one of their dreams to help position Qatar in leading a new era of desalination and this opportunity is really exciting for them.

Monteiro added that participating in the Qatar Youth Science Forum has been an amazing experience.

My advice to other young innovators seeking to make a mark and benefit their ongoing studies is to make best use of such opportunities available in Qatar. And, of course, to remain determined and never lose hope.

This year’s LIYSF will follow the theme, Science for Society, to address, through scientific development and discovery, the challenges that our societies and the world at large face. These include climate change, sustainable energy, viruses, data management, cyber-security and many more.

The event is one of the longest-running and prestigious STEM events of its kind and aims to empower youth from all backgrounds to pursue their STEM potential, enable globally-relevant discussions and equip them to take their place as citizens of the world.

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