To help further the nation’s ambitious research agenda, Qatar Foundation hosted the annual Qatar National Research Strategy Forum 2013 last week, in collaboration with The New York Academy of Sciences.During the forum six ‘grand’ challenges were identified as fundamental to advancing the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS).
The two-day conference, held at Qatar National Convention Centre, gathered stakeholders from across the QNRS’s key sectors including academia, government and research institutes who collaborated in a series of workshops that narrowed a dozen identified grand challenges down to six. Those chosen included the development and deployment of solar energy and production of high value hydrocarbon products, integrated mobility and road safety, integrated health management systems, desalination and water reuse, cyber security and human capacity.
During his closing remarks, Faisal M. Alsuwaidi, President of Research and Development at Qatar Foundation also revealed next steps for overcoming the six major challenges. The coming phase of the strategy will be executed across the nation’s institutes, universities, service providers, government, industries and funders and is expected to nurture and enhance innovative research.
“I am proud to announce that six grand challenges have been prioritised today. Through our efforts to refine our agenda for the Qatar National Research Strategy, these six will also capture many of the other challenges we are still facing. But by selecting six, we can focus the approach in our strategy implementation and give ourselves the chance to build capacity across a number of sectors nationwide,” explained Mr Alsuwaidi.