Posted on May 03, 2015

Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), a research and development entity under Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), will host its second Science Majlis on Wednesday 6 May.

Occurring every month, QEERI’s Science Majlis series has been designed to actively engage members of the community, who may not traditionally attend scientific events. Topics raised at the Science Cafés include renewable energy, water, environment and technology in a social context. As part of QEERI’s continued efforts to address critical national issues concerning energy and the environment, the Science Majlis supports QF’s mission and unique approach in contributing towards Qatar’s priorities to ensure the sustainable development and management of energy that will benefit the country and rest of the world.

The first Science Majlis was launched last month and centered on air quality research.  Mohammed Ayoub, QEERI’s Scientist and Research Programme Manager, delivered a clear and informative talk about the composition of air in Doha on an average day, as well as the air components of the recent sandstorm in the country, which triggered the audience to engage with questions and comments. Ayoub cited that there are more than 30 air quality monitoring stations in Qatar, and the major contributor to air pollution in Doha are motor vehicle emissions and not industrial emissions, as often believed.

Qatar Airways Baku

In addition, the audience learnt about the peak times of carbon monoxide concentrations in Doha’s atmosphere, the difference between primary, secondary, natural and anthropogenic pollutants, as well as the perfect timing for outdoor activities. The event highlighted data collected by QEERI on Qatar’s commitment to reduce CO₂ emissions and the positive effects of the nation’s policies by limiting the circulation of trucks for specified hours.

Through the Science Majlis series, QEERI aims to contribute to scientific literacy and capacity-building, engage the public in dialogue about science, inform the community about environment and energy issues, relate science to societal issues, allow scientists to gain public perspectives and support the nurturing of a research culture in Qatar. The Science Majlis is open to everyone and takes place on the first Wednesday of each month at the Fogue Café, in Grand Hamad Street, from 6:00 to 7:30pm. No registration or entrance fees are required.

The next Science Majlis, on 6 May, will raise and attempt to answer the questions: ‘Is Qatar a water-secure country? Given that 99 per cent of the water used in Qatar is desalinated seawater, how much do we know about the current desalination technologies, associated risks and costs? Are there any innovative ways to mitigate risks and ensure sustainable water supply?  

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