Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP), member of Qatar Foundation will be taking part in the bid to host the 2014 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) World Conference in Doha. The 29th annual World Conference of IASP, is taking a place currently in Tallinn, Republic of Estonia from 17 to 20 June.
This year’s IASP World Conference presents an exciting challenge for QSTP as it marks the culmination of an innovative multimedia campaign targeted at IASP member organisations, proudly introducing Qatar as a country on a clear path to an advanced society that maintains a harmony between economic growth, social development and environmental protection by developing human capital through science, research and education perfectly exemplified in the 2030 National Vision- an inspiring setting for the IASP World Conference.
QSTP demonstrated the many advantages of being an integral part of a dynamic scientific environment created by Qatar Foundation in achieving strong results in its numerous activities to support economic and human development in Qatar.
Shortly following its inauguration in 2009, QSTP has become an international hub for technology development and applied research, and the IASP conference would be a great opportunity to share the successes and challenges with the fellow science parks.
On this important milestone for QSTP, Dr Tidu Maini (pictured), Executive Chairman and Science and Technology Advisor to QSTP, said, “We are proud that, as a young organisation, we have accomplished so much. That is why we are so enthusiastic about the opportunity to invite our colleagues from around the globe to Qatar to share our experiences and show them what can be achieved in a relatively short period of time with a lot of ambition, commitment and effort, within a favourable and stimulating environment”.
Should QSTP win the bid, the IASP conference will be held in the Middle East for the first time.
The final phase of the bid process will be held in Tallinn on the 19 June, when three organisations that made the last round of the strict selection process will have the final opportunity to pitch their case to the members of IASP with voting rights. Qatar’s QSTP will be competing with the Pomeranian Science & Technology Park in Gdynia, Poland and JSC Technopark Sistema-Sarov in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.. The winner of the bid will be announced shortly after the final presentations.
The IASP is a global network of Science and Technology Parks that connects professionals from across the globe and provides a number of services to its members. This year’s World Conference, entitled “Science and Technology Parks: Serving the Companies and the Innovation Community” will bring together more than 450 delegates from 50 countries. Experts from science and technology parks (STPs), academia, public sector and business will take part in discussions on the trends in STPs, their management and development.
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