For the first time in Doha, twelve scientists from Qatar pitched their projects at the world’s largest science communications competition, FameLab 2016. The global initiative gave participants with a passion for public engagement just three minutes to present a project of their choice.
A British Council initiative, in partnership with The Times Cheltenham Science Festival and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), the event was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Qatar University (QU) and Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU).
More than 65 students, 45 teachers and 55 researchers applied to take part in the inaugural event. Divided into two categories, 12 participants made it through to the national final, which was held at HBKU’s Student Center in Education City.
After each contestant delivered their presentation before an audience and a panel of judges, Aida Ra’fat was awarded first place in the ‘Aspiring Scientists’ category, and Ro’aa Adel was the overall winner of the ‘Young Scientists’ contest.
Aida Ra’fat will now go on to take part in the international FameLab final held at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in June. Ro’aa Adel will participate in the finals at the London International Science Youth Forum (LIYSF), where she will meet with other young scientists from all around the world.
The ‘Young Scientists’ winner, 16-year old high-school student Ro’aa Adel, believes that her innovative contributions in the areas of science and medicine will make the world a better place.
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