Doha, October 21 (QNA) – Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development patronized on Sunday the opening of the Joint Qatar Foundation Annual Research Forum and Arab Expatriate Scientists Network Symposium 2012.
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser called to invest some of the natural wealth to build a scientific wealth, an economy knowledge and a research base, expressing concern that this project would disappear and become a dream, especially that our nation passed into troubled experiences in the past and still casting its disappointing shadow on the process of education and scientific research in the Arab World.
In her speech during the opening ceremony of the Forum, Her Highness noted to what had been faced during 2006 Founding Conference of talks about the potential challenges that might face any scientific research project in the Arab world, saying that they concluded at that time that the real challenge is not limited to financial or human resources, but to confirmation of the seriousness and credibility.
HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser also stressed the need of restoring confidence in ourselves so that we can stand as equal to the other side in the world of research and innovation.
Her Highness confirmed that we win the first round of the challenge and we feel proud of the efforts that embodied the vision and objectives of the Founding Conference in these Institute, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI), Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) and Sidra Medical and Research Center.
After winning the first round together, after passing a test of seriousness and credibility, after the return of spirit of the Arab world and after the nation’s regaining of confidence in the potential of its youth, the challenge in how to apply this dream became greater, HH said, calling for concerted efforts to create a stimulating scientific environment for research and innovation and to make the scientific research and intellectual creativity an essence in the nation’s culture, adding that all these require united efforts and wide support by everyone.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development noted to Qatar government’s commitment to allocate 2.8% of GDP for the fields of research, technology and innovation and Qatar Foundation is Charged to manage these resources.
This great generous financing needs investment mechanisms that capable to use it in the best formulas, HH said, indicating that Qatar’s National Strategy for Research comes to accommodate this need and to be a reference mechanism to characterize the forms of research spending.
Her Highness considered that the local dimension of the strategy is working to deal with the various questions and issues of the society and the State at the levels of health, education, environment, energy, humanities, arts and others, noting that the ambition in the regional and global dimension is waiting from the strategy projects to qualify Qatar to serve as an incubator for innovation ideas and exporter of their productions.
She also stressed that the strategy of scientific research in Qatar, despite took the priority of economic needs and the Qatar National Vision 2030, it also concerned with the scientific renaissance in the Arab world and the creation and establishment of a culture of scientific research and make it a positive competitive culture by discovering Arab young minds and adopting their scientific talents as well as providing technical and material support to develop their inventions.
Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser explained that the strategy is supporting investment in funding Arab research projects, pointing out that 78 research projects have been funded so far for 53 institutes in 12 Arab countries with more than $68 million. (MORE)
This year’s Forum, organized jointly with the Arab Expatriate Scientists (AES) Network, will unveil the Qatar National Research Strategy. In addition to establishing the roadmap for the Strategy, participating scientists will present research on fields of national priority to the State of Qatar including health and biomedicine, energy and environment, computing research and technology, as well as behavioral and social sciences, arts, humanities, and Islamic studies.
The gathering presents an opportunity for institutions and research centers to define initiatives they have developed over this past year. It also establishes a platform facilitating coordination and cooperation between prominent researchers in every path, which in turn yields benefits for the State of Qatar and the rest of the countries in the region.
Among the Forum’s highlights during its first day is the launch of the Qatar National Cancer Research Strategy, which will be unveiled by Chairman of the Qatar National Cancer Stakeholder Committee (NCSC) Prof. Lord Darzi. Additionally, AES Network will present the latest activities which took place over the course of the last year. Furthermore, the three-day Forum will feature research posters presented to the committee of experts.
The unique happening is expected to bring together research institutions, policymakers, prominent researchers, and future scientists from all over the world, with the aim of boosting dialogue towards encouraging knowledge exchange and building important partnerships which will bolster research programs adopted by the State of Qatar.
The Annual Research Forum and AES Network are two initiatives launched by QF in contribution to Qatar’s strategy to promote a community of research excellence and world-class education. (QNA)