Posted on May 01, 2018

Qatar University (QU) launched its Annual Research Forum and Exhibition aimed at showcasing the university’s research projects and activities.

Themed “Pioneering Research”, the 2-day event (May 1-2) brought together QU’s students, researchers, academics, and partners, as well as local stakeholders. It is a platform to demonstrate QU’s new research tools, programs, collaborations, and relevant projects that align with QU Research Roadmap 2014-2019, Qatar National Research Strategy, and Qatar National Vision 2030. Attending the event’s first day were QU President Dr. Hassan Al Derham, QU VP for Research and Graduate Studies Prof. Mariam Al-Maadeed, and representatives of Qatar Petroleum (QP), Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), Total, and Aljazeera Media Network, as well as delegates from MINES ParisTech, Université Bretagne Sud, Université Paris-Est, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Université d’Artois, and Université de Bordeaux.

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The event drew the participation of experts and researchers from Qatar, France, Romania, and Turkey. The first day featured sessions on the “Development of Graduate Programs of Humanities and Social Sciences: Methodological Aspects”, “The Methodology of Dealing with Terms and Concepts in Humanities and Social Sciences”, the “Research Problem in Sociology”, and the “Methodology for Analysis in International Political Phenomena”. Dr. Ozum Uzun (Istanbul Aydin University) discussed the importance of humanities and social sciences literature review. Dr. Ahmet Uysal, Director of Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) and Sociologist at Istanbul University, discussed the problems in humanities and social sciences research and the difficulty to find and fund innovative research projects. During the first day, winners of the Outstanding Thesis Award and 3 minutes Competition awards were also announced.

Winners of the Outstanding Thesis Award were Ali Sehpar Shikoh (PhD in Electrical Engineering), Noora Al Naimi (PhD in Biological and Environmental Sciences), Myriam Jihad (Master of Science in Science of Pharmacy), Fatima Alzahraa Ali (Master of Quranic Sciences and Exegesis), Fareed Unissa Begum (Master of Science in Marketing), Reham Hassan Negm Eldin (Master of Public Health), Shifa Mohammed (Master of Science in Environmental Engineering), Mohammad Nader (Master of Science in Private Law), Mais Monther (Master of Arts in Arabic Literature and Language), Sameera Shaikh (Master of Science in Environmental Science), and Ruba Samih Al Said (Master of Arts in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment).

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Mais Monther (Master of Arts in Arabic Literature and Language) won the first place in the 3 minutes Competition awards for the project titled “Cinematic transformations between narrative text and serial display (bamboo leg novel as a model)”. The second-place winner was Haya Al-Dosari (Master of Arts in Arabic Literature and Language) for the project titled “Child Literature in the State of Qatar”. The third-place winner was Aisha Mohamed Metwally (Master of Science in Pharmacy) for the project titled “Investigating the role of micro RNA in endoplasmic reticulum stress conditions”.

In her remarks, Prof. Mariam Al-Maadeed said: “Since its first session, the research forum has highlighted QU’s commitment to national research priorities and has provided solutions to the challenges faced by researchers in line with the local socio-economic needs. The forum also serves to strengthen the students’ research skills and abilities in order to become talented and competent researchers. This year’s theme "Pioneering Research" reflects the university’s transition to addressing new topics and to applying new methods that produce innovative and reliable outputs. Additionally, this year’s edition marks another milestone in the implementation of contemporary research strategies and programs and the promotion of international partnerships.”