Posted on September 20, 2014

Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Conference (ARC), held under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, announced it is advancing on its journey towards research excellence at ARC’14, on November 18th and 19th.

Annual Research Conference (ARC), Qatar Foundation Research and Development’s flagship conference, builds on nationwide efforts to advance Qatar's ambitious research agenda. It provides a unique platform to activate multidisciplinary knowledge sharing and collaboration needed to tackle the most pressing national challenges in research, as well as bolster Qatar’s research and development sector.

Local research excellence in the spotlight 2 [].jpgFollowing the success of last year’s conference, ARC’14 will offer attendees from around the world thought-provoking panel discussions, technical presentations, and high-powered debates where leading experts will share constructive experiences and innovative approaches on the theme, ‘Towards World-Class Research and Innovation.’

The November conference aims to address Qatar’s research grand challenges and critical issues such as the country’s cyber and water security, solar and renewable energy solutions, health management systems, as well as the social challenges and opportunities in Qatar and the region. Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), one of the main pillars of Qatar Foundation, is leading Qatar’s science and research efforts in these fields.

Last year’s event featured participation of leading scientific minds, including Nobel Laureates Prof. Shinya Yamanaka of the Centre for iPS Cell Research and Application at Kyoto University, Japan; Prof. Sir Martin John Evans of Cardiff University, UK; Prof. Asit Biswas, of the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico; and Prof. Anthony Cheetham of the University of Cambridge, UK.

Announcing ARC’14, Dr Nabeel Al Salem, Executive Director of Outreach and Communications at Qatar Foundation Research and Development (QF R&D), said: “Since its inception in 2010, ARC has grown as a platform for discussing Qatar’s ambitious research agenda to propel the country towards a diversified economy and the realization of Qatar National Vision 2030. “ARC’14 offers a unique opportunity for local, regional and international experts to come together to recognize local research excellence, as well as activate multidisciplinary knowledge sharing and collaboration to tackle pressing national and international challenges in research.”

Local research excellence in the spotlight 3 [].jpgHosted at Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), this year’s conference follows on the success of ARC’13, which was attended by more than 2,000 delegates and where many of Qatar’s research grand challenges were unveiled. A record number of more than 1,000 scientific abstracts were received, of which close to 450 high-quality abstracts were accepted for poster presentations. Additionally, the authors of about 50 abstracts had the opportunity to deliver oral presentations on their research and contend for the best research presentation award.

ARC’14 will feature various sessions related to the four thematic pillars defined in Qatar’s National Research Strategy (QNRS) - Energy and Environment, Computing and Information Technology, Health, and Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. For more information on ARC’14 or to register visit: For the latest news and announcements, follow @QF_ARC.

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