Posted on October 17, 2014

Qatar Foundation Research & Development’s Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) announced that Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Financial Centre Authority, Qatar Airways and ExxonMobil are among those supporting the 31st International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation World Conference (IASP 2014 Doha), Qatar’s biggest innovation event of the year. 

In support of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development to build Qatar’s innovation and technology capacity through research in education and science, QSTP unveiled the list of those supporting and exhibiting at IASP 2014 Doha – a global gathering of science and technology park heads who set the innovation agenda. 

The annual event, which is being hosted in the Arab world for the first time, has also generated significant interest and support from the regional and international innovation community. The Skolkovo Innovation Centre – a high technology business park near the Russian capital Moscow Moscow, Russia, comes on board as Gold Sponsor; Qatar Petroleum is named Silver Sponsor; and Qatar Financial Centre Authority and Turkey’s Teknopark Istanbul, a renowned innovation hub in the region, are the Bronze Sponsors.

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National carrier Qatar Airways is the Official Carrier while ExxonMobil has been named as Lunch Sponsor. Commenting on IASP 2014 Doha and the sponsors, Hamad Al-Kuwari, Managing Director of QSTP and Head of the IASP 2014 Organising Committee, said: “Science parks are where innovation and business meet – a place top global companies, government and researchers gather to plant, grow and harvest the next big ideas in science and technology. 

“We are grateful to each of our sponsors – in Qatar and internationally – for supporting an event that helps set the innovation agenda around the world. “Having hosted this annual conference 30 times before, it is significant that the International Association of Science and Technology Parks members chose Qatar to host this year’s global event – underscoring the growing importance and leadership of QSTP and the region in driving science and technology research and innovation.”

The four-day event, which begins on October 19, takes place at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), one of the most sophisticated convention and exhibition centres in the world, with state-of-the-art facilities, cutting edge technology and iconic design. The IASP 2014 pre-conference seminar begins on Sunday 19 October at the QNCC, with the opening ceremony on 20 October. YouTube Co-founder Chad Hurley will open the conference proceedings by addressing dignitaries, global innovation chiefs and students. For a full list of conference speakers please visit: Follow @QSTP on Twitter for live updates from the event.