PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN RESEARCH HOSTED

In commemoration of the International Women’s Day 2018

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies organized on March 8 a panel discussion titled Women in research: Successes and Challenges in commemoration of the International Women’s Day 2018.

The panel discussion drew the participation of successful women in the field of research — QU VP for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed, Director of QU Laboratory Animal Research Center (LARC) Dr Hamda Al-Naimi, QU Professor of Chemistry Dr Siham Al-Qaradawi, QU Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences Dr Mashael Alshafai, QU Research Assistant Professor Dr Alexandra Hamadou and young research assistants Khadija Zadeh, Salma Habib and Hamda Aboujassoum.

They discussed and shared their ideas on many topics including the subjective measures of success for women in academic science, gender equality, challenges, opportunities and determinants of success and well-being, the STEM environment for female scientists, doing more for women in science, and the factors of low representation of women in leadership positions in academic science.

Commenting on the event, Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed said: This panel discussion sheds light on the role of women in the field of research and serves to underline women’s successful contributions and to find effective solutions to overcome the challenges that women may face in this field. This panel discussion aligns with QU’s continuous efforts to empower young women with the necessary knowledge and skills enabling them to become leaders in the world and to take their place in the national development process. In this context, the University provides its female students with a wide range of opportunities such as workshops, training, and competitions that contribute to acquaint them with the concept of building their personal leadership capabilities in light of the changing path for women in Qatar and the objectives outlined in the National Vision 2030 and the development strategies.

Source: Qatar University