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November 17, 2014

Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference To Deliver Powerful Programme at Flagship Event Addressing Qatar’s Grand Challenges


Qatar Foundation’s Annual Research Conference (ARC’14) will host keynote lectures, powerful debates, and presentations relating to Qatar’s most pressing research priorities on the second day of the annual flagship event in Doha.

 The conference will take place on 18 and 19 November at Qatar National Convention Centre.It aims to address Qatar’s research Grand Challenges and critical issues. This includes the country’s cyber and water security, solar and renewable energy solutions, health management systems, as well as the social challenges and opportunities in Qatar and the region.

The keynote lecture presentations during the second day’s plenary session will offer attendees the opportunity to listen and engage in discussions with leading scientists and research experts.

These experts include Dr Steven Chu, former US Secretary of Energy, addressing ‘Solar Energy and Water Security: Issues and Opportunities’; Dr Deborah Frincke, Research Director, National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS), USA, on ‘Global Challenges for Unclassified Cyber Security Research’; and Dr Hsinchun Chen, Lead Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF) Smart and Connected Health Program, USA, on ‘Smart and Connected Health Program of NSF/NIH: Health IT R&D in the USA.’

Day two of ARC’14 will witness debates on health and social sciences with expert contributors exploring the latest themes.

Image 1.jpgThe health debate is entitled ‘Personalized and Precision Medicine in the next 10 years: Hype, hope or clinical reality?’ where panellists will address the challenges of integrated healthcare, and the opportunities it offers for an efficient and cost-effective healthcare system.

The social sciences debate will focus on one of the main economic pillars underpinning the Qatar National Vision 2030: ‘Developing a Knowledge-based economy: Which indicators matter? How to design effective incentives?’

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