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January 30, 2019

Qatar Foundation to Host ‘La Nuit Des Idées’


Qatar Foundation (QF), in partnership with the French Institute in Qatar, is set to play host to ‘La Nuit des Idées’ (The Night of Ideas) on Thursday, January 31, at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q).

Launched in 2015 by the French Institute in Paris, the annual event aims to promote the exchange of ideas and debates. This year, nearly 120 cities – from Paris to Doha to New York, Buenos Aires, Dakar, and Katmandu – will host activities as part of the ‘La Nuit des Idées’.

The 2019 edition is being under the theme of ‘Facing our Time’, and will feature a series of 10-minute presentations, followed by an interactive panel discussion addressing the changing face of society.

Speakers include Catherine Dufour, a French science fiction and fantasy writer, who will speak about the challenges the science fiction genre is experiencing today; and Dr. Laurent A. Lambert, Senior Policy Analyst at the Social and Economic Survey Research Institute, and Senior Administrator of the Qatar Humanitarian Innovation Lab initiative at Qatar University, who will speak about the effects of global geographical changes, such as climate change.

Meanwhile, Nur Alah Abdelzayed Valdeolmillos, Senior Architect and Heritage Conservation Specialist, QF, will speak about how building the future leads to building the heritage of tomorrow; and Jawaher Al-Khater, Project Manager, Qatar Pearl Legacy, QF, will speak about old and new pearling techniques.

They will be joined by Professor Clyde Wilcox, a faculty member at GU-Q – a QF partner university – who will also moderate the discussion.

The event, which starts at 6.30pm, will be available online at