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12 researchers feted at annual forum

RAMY SALAMA

DOHA A GROUP of 12 researchers, both professionals and students were formally recognised for their groundbreaking discoveries at a ceremony to award the winners of the Qatar National Research Fund during the third Annual Research Forum on Monday. The award aims to inspire collaboration for future research and advance the nation’s developmental goals.

The winning abstracts were picked based on quality, merit and relevance to the country. The abstracts were comprehensively reviewed by a committee comprising international scholars, academics, researchers and members of the Arab Expatriate Scientists Network.

Speaking at the event, President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation (QF) Faisal al suwaidi said, “These talented scientists will not only advance their own ambitions, but the agenda of Qatar’s National Research Strategy. Human capital is what drives research and we must continue to find ways to invest in those who can help carry out the strategy’s implementation.” Director of Institutional Research and Acting Executive Director of Qatar Foundation’s Research DivisionDr Dirar Khoury said, “Today is a celebration of all the stakeholders in Qatar who have come together and are able to truly look at the fruits of their work with the launch of the Qatar National Research Strategy. This participatory process has resulted in large dialogue among attendees regarding their abstract presentations”.

The award for the Best Energy and Environment Research Program of the Year’’ went to Nimir Elbashir from Texas A&M University at Qatar for multi-scale investigations leading to the design of a novel Fischer- Tropsch reactor for gas-to-liquid processes.

The award for the ‘Best Computing and Information Technology Research Program of the Year’ was awarded to Khaled Harras from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar in collaboration with Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology, Egypt, for OPERETTA: An optimal deployable energy efficient bandwidth aggregation system.

Ayman Shabana from Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar won the the ‘Best Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Islamic Studies Research Program of the Year’ award for conducting sustaining Islamic bioethics research.

Momina Zakzok from Qatar University received the award for the ‘Best Student Energy and Environment Research of the Year’ for ‘Concentrations and bioaccumulation of trace metals in soft sediments of mangroves, east coast of Qatar’.

For extending the reach of socialbased context-aware ubiquitous systems, Dania Abed Rabbou from Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar received the award for the ‘Best Student Computing and Information Technology Research of the Year.

Diaa Noufal from University of Angers, France, ‘won the award for the ‘Best Student Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Humanities, and Islamic Studies Research of the Year’ for social sustainability and the historical district projects: Souq Waqif in Qatar as a case study.

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