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December 8, 2015

Qatar National Research Fund Holds Women in Science Workshop

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Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) recently held a two-day workshop in partnership with CRDF-G entitled ‘Women in Science’ at the Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center.
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The initiative was designed to provide mentorship opportunities in science and technology-related research to female scientists in Qatar who have completed their PhD studies in one of four main areas: the ecology of infectious diseases, environmental science, cyber security, and materials science in energy.

Over two days, female researchers from the US and Qatar discussed gender issues and navigated cultural challenges related to careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with female graduate students in Qatar.

Dr Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, QNRF said, “The initiative aims to fill the gap between the number of successful females graduating with science degrees and the number of females proactive in the research workforce, which represents a treasure trove that Qatar can tap into for meeting the increasing demand for scientists and researchers.”

The specialized workshop was designed to highlight opportunities and develop recommendations on how to encourage more women to enter the fields of science and engineering, and network with some leading women researchers from Qatar and the US who could offer them mentorship and guidance in their research careers.

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