Posted on January 30, 2016

The Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference, held under the theme "Investing in Research and Innovating for Society”, has received over 1,300 scientific abstracts in its 2016 edition, a record number since the conference’s inception in 2010.

 Scientific abstract submissions for ARC’16 have seen an 11 percent increase since last year’s conference with submissions from the local and international community comprising 64 percent and 36 percent, respectively, of all abstracts. Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, this year’s conference, will take place on 22-23 March 2016, at the Qatar National Convention Centre, and is now open for registration.

ARC’s Abstract Review Committee  reviewed over 1,300 abstract submissions. The evaluation criteria included research quality, originality, merit, relevance to Qatar and the Grand Challenges as stipulated within the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) – water security, energy security, cyber security as well as healthcare. Over 600 poster presenters along with about 50 oral presenters  will have the opportunity to contend for the Best Poster and Research Presentation Awards respectively. 

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"Since ARC’s inception in 2010, the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference has attracted the world’s foremost scientists and research entities  from Qatar and beyond, providing the appropriate platform to address the most prominent challenges facing not only Qatar’s society but the global community as well," said Dr Nabeel Al Salem, Executive Director of Outreach and Communications at QF R&D. "The calibre of abstract submissions this year are a direct reflection of the strides Qatar is making in research and national development initiatives, consistent with the efforts undertaken by Qatar Foundation Research & Development in addressing the research priorities identified by the Qatar National Research Strategy," he added.

This year’s conference will also be launching Qatar Foundation’s prestigious Research Project Award and Innovation Award ,to recognize local examples of outstanding, commercially viable innovation. The conference program also includes the announcement of successful grant applicants under Qatar National Research Fund’s  National Priorities Research Program. ARC 2014 attracted over 2,000 delegates where 22 local and international researchers received recognition for their presentations and posters.

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