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6 September 2020

Stars of Science defies challenges with Season 12


The Stars of Science shared innovation space, where ideas become reality.

Qatar Foundation’s edutainment TV show overcomes production challenges posed by COVID-19

Qatar Foundation’s Stars of Science returns for its 12th season on September 11 on Qatar TV , embarking on a new decade of empowering pan-Arab innovators as they seek to address challenges in Qatar, the Arab world, and across the globe with novel technologies.

Stars of Science promotes collaboration, entrepreneurship, and research in an effort to cultivate homegrown scientific talent

Khalifa Essa Al-Kubaisi

Since 2009, the number one Arabic edutainment TV show has invited Arab innovators between the ages of 18-35 from around the world to design solutions for their communities. This season, aspiring entrepreneurs will innovate technological solutions to harness the productivity benefits and address modern issues such as security threats of digital technologies in everyday life.

With its latest season taking place in the year that marks Qatar Foundation’s 25th anniversary, Stars of Science reflects the organization’s commitment to providing innovators from Qatar and across the Arab world with the opportunity to develop their innovative ideas into reality – finding solutions to key local, regional, and even global challenges, and helping to build stronger communities.

“Invention continues to be a necessity as the world faces unprecedented challenges,” said Khalifa Essa Al-Kubaisi, Media Relations and Press Office Manager, Qatar Foundation. “Stars of Science promotes collaboration, entrepreneurship, and research in an effort to cultivate homegrown scientific talent, vital to helping our communities solve present and unforeseen problems.”

Stars of Science jury members (from right to left): Professor Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, Dr. Khalid Al-Ali, and Professor Fouad Mrad.

The nine-episode series will follow eight contestants as they compete to transform their projects ideas into viable prototypes that are relevant and competitive in local and international markets. This innovation marathon tests their scientific, engineering, and business acumen, featuring several rounds of conceptualization and prototyping, and a critical round of testing, before the final episode.

The contestants will have access to unparalleled resources, including a state-of-the-art innovation space filled with open workstations that encourage a collaborative environment. In addition, the show invites leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic institutions from Qatar and the world, who will bring needed expertise in the development of the projects.

Behind the scenes: sneak peek of Stars of Science filming.

The Stars of Science jury, Professor Fouad Mrad, Dr. Khalid Al-Ali, and Professor Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, will continue to uphold rigorous scientific standards and provide expert guidance to participants. At the end of every episode, they will select the most promising projects deserving additional development resources to continue the journey, ensuring that the most competitive ideas are presented to the world in the final episode, no matter the circumstances.

Viewers tuning in will not only witness Arab scientific excellence, but they will also see the perseverance of the region’s youth this season

Professor Fouad Mrad

“Viewers tuning in will not only witness Arab scientific excellence, but they will also see the perseverance of the region’s youth this season,” said Professor Mrad. “The COVID-19 pandemic posed great issues for Stars of Science and its contestants. However, our participants demonstrated their resilience, adapting and continuing their work with scientific deligence.”

Members of the distinguished Stars of Science alumni network return to the show to help select candidates in the casting episodes while also co-presenting the episodes alongside long-time host, Khaled Al Jumaily.

Part of Qatar Science & Technology Park – QF’s hub of technology innovation, entrepreneurship, and development – Stars of Science is at the heart of a vibrant and diverse innovation community that strives to impact societies around the world.

Khalid Al Jumaily, Stars of Science long-time host.

Growing beyond 139 members across 18 Arab countries, the drivers of change catalyze social progress and create a culture of innovation across the region. Through breaking the wall of fear to inventing and exposing thousands of viewers to the process, Stars of Science fosters an entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Arab region to better equip future generations.

Watch the season premiere on September 11 on Qatar TV. For a full broadcast guide to Stars of Science Season 12, please visit

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