DOHA, Qatar, Mar 23 – Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Chairperson of Qatar Foundation of Education, Science and Community Development, underlined that Qatar is one of the most developing countries, qualified for worthwhile investment in scientific research, where all elements of the overall development are available.

Sheikha Moza opened today the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2016 (ARC’16) at Qatar National Convention Centre, in the presence of an elite of local and global scientists and researchers in various sectors.

Addressing the opening, Sheikha Moza said, Qatar has almost all elements of the comprehensive development based on scientific research. It has the political will and the high quality education, as well as, financial resources and research and development centres, in addition to the global scientific and academic partnerships.

Over the past ten years, Qatar Foundation has established the foundations of the basic research system in Qatar (The Ecosystem). However, the accomplishments of this long-term process, as it happened in all countries, need patience to be realised, she said.

Highlighting the direct impact of economic development on all other development paths, Sheikha Moza underlined that, economy should enjoy a broad and in-depth research through applied research. That can be realised through a broad coalition of stakeholders in the public and private sectors, in order to help the research sector corresponds to the requirements of development in both sectors and respond to the terms of renaissance at different levels.

Sheikha Moza noted that, the comparison with Western countries and East Asia reveal the diminutive Arab spending on scientific research, especially by the private sector.

She underlined that national efforts must all collaborate in support of the scientific research sector as the only gate capable of ensuring the establishment of a diverse, sustainable and knowledge-based economy.

The renaissance of nations in the modern era proved that the great development was built on a foundation of quality education and systematic financial support for scientific research, she said.

Similar to that, Qatar developed strategies, plans and mechanisms that reflect a systematic awareness of the conditions of progress, based on the unlimited support of scientific research and sustainable development of scientific knowledge, in conjunction with sustainable human development.

She went on to say, Qatar Foundation played a great role in improving scientific research out of its conviction that this will enhance the leading position of Qatar and its society and economy.

She added, any investment channelled toward scientific research, would directly enhance its structural foundations and would help in attaining Qatar National Vision 2030, pointing out that some changes will take place in the workforce after the completion of infrastructure, a matter which will help in reducing the need for workforce and promote competencies and skills.

This year’s conference follows on the success of ARC’14, which was attended by more than 2,000 delegates. A record number of more than 1,000 scientific abstracts were received, of which close to 450 high-quality abstracts were accepted for poster presentations. Additionally, the authors of about 50 exceptional abstracts had the opportunity to deliver oral presentations on their research and contend for the best research presentation award.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Investing in Research & Innovating for Society.’ ARC’16 will feature various sessions related to the four thematic pillars defined in Qatar’s National Research Strategy (QNRS) – Energy and Environment, Computing and Information Technology, Health, and Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities

Source: QNA