Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi on Monday inaugurated the National Science Research and Innovation Week under the slogan ‘Promising Researchers for Qatar’ in the presence of President of Qatar University HE Omar Mohamed Al Ansari and several senior officials from the ministry.
The week is organised in collaboration with the Qatar Research Development and Innovation Council (QRDI).
The National Science Research and Innovation Week, which will continue until November 23, includes accompanying training workshops, the 15th National Student Research Exhibition, the final rounds of the Academic FameLab competition, a fun corner for primary school students, presentations by scientific research partners and the closing ceremony to announce the winning research projects and honour the top three winners in all categories and educational stages within the Scientific Research and Innovation competition for 2023.
In a statement. Executive Director of Qatar National Research Fund Programmes at QRDI Council Dr Hisham Saber said the aim of the week is to encourage and develop Qatari student talents in research and innovation, nurturing them to become scientists and innovators for the future of Qatar.
He added that the Scientific Research and Innovation competition within this week started with 712 schools, which were narrowed down to about 160 schools to select the winning competitors. They will be honoured on Thursday at the end of the events.
He pointed out that two groups from among the winners will be selected to represent Qatar at the International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) in Malaysia and the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in the United States.
Head of the Research, Talent and Innovation Department at MoEHE Dr Asmaa Al Mohannadi praised the achievements of students in preparing these research projects.
She said there are about 244 projects, including 160 projects for middle and high school students and 84 projects for elementary school students in various scientific and humanitarian fields.
She added that, at the end of the events, the top three winners in eight categories for all educational stages of the Scientific Research and Innovation competition for 2023 will be honoured.
Director of Educational Programmes at the Qatar National Research Fund Dr Abdullah Al Kamali and RDI Programme Director at QRDI Riham Daher attended the programme.