Posted on June 30, 2011

The World Conference of Science Journalists concluded sessions yesterday evening after three days of discussions on a range of significant topics tabled on its agenda. The conference, which is the biggest event ever organized and hosted by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development at its student centre, discussed the most important challenges facing media coverage of scientific, health and environmental affairs in in the Middle East and the world at large, as well as food security issues.

During the meeting's workshops and sessions, participants also discussed climate change and epidemics as well as other controversial scientific issues. Addressing a press conference, President of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) Dr Mohammed Fathy Saoud lauded the valuable achievements accomplished by the Qatar Foundation since its inception, thanks to the political will that made those achievements possible, referring to the hard work made by QF staff in developing the Foundation's strategy, which will cover the next ten years and will be announced soon once approved by the Board of Directors. "We have great dreams and aspirations that we do our utmost to fulfill and we aim to ensure the best performance ... we have initiated new direction that we are proud of. And we are at the top and we wish to continue to do so, and our Foundation has overcome its challenges," he said.

Dr Saud stressed that the Foundation pays special attention to humanitarian and social issues, scientific research and natural sciences, and cooperation with universities and colleges, adding that QF gives also due importance to food security and water issues with a focus on sea water treatment and technology methods used in irrigation, considering the issue of water and food as a "national security". He noted in this context that the world suffers from shortage and scarcity in these materials, especially as food is used in power generation. The President of Qatar Foundation said that one of the major challenges faced by the QF was the issue of renewable energy as it invests heavily in this area and in solar energy with new technology particularly, adding that Qatar Foundation is cooperating with others in Germany, America and Spain to develop such projects.

The World Conference of Science Journalists 2011 (WCSJ2011) was hosted in Doha by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. It brought together more than 600 of the world’s leading science journalists, established and aspiring reporters, writers and science communicators from around the world to debate, network, develop their professional skills and report on the latest advances in science and technology. Reflecting its commitment to fostering science and research innovation, Qatar Foundation has invited conference organizers to bring the event to its campus in Doha for the conference’s debut edition in the Arab world.