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Invitation: Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie at Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series
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Invitation: Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie at Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series

Presented Digitally by Texas A&M University at Qatar

"QNRF: 15 Years of Enabling Research Excellence in Qatar"

Special Guest: Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, Qatar National Research Fund

Tuesday, 19 October 2021 • 12-1 p.m. via videoconference

Click here to register for the event.

The talk will elaborate on how QNRF is enabling research excellence in Qatar to advance knowledge and education, improve the health and well-being of its people, and advance Qatar’s progress toward its national vision and sustainability goals by supporting original and competitive research in all fields of science through its rich and diverse portfolio of funding programs and initiatives.

In his talk, Dr. Al-Taie will shed light on QNRF’s remarkable journey and how it has grown in age over the past 15 years to become the leading research funding agency in the region. He will elaborate on QNRF’s pivotal role in building the much-needed local human capacity in research as well as a robust research infrastructure along with nurturing a thriving culture of scientific research to address the grand challenges and priority research areas for Qatar. Moreover, Dr. Al-Taie will share how QNRF has helped the scientific research community in Qatar forge fruitful partnerships both locally and internationally to raise Qatar’s profile as an internationally leading research hub.

Dr. Al-Taie will touch base on the agility and responsiveness of QNRF in addressing and adapting to the various changes and phases in RDI governance and ecosystem in Qatar beginning with the launch of Qatar National Vision (QNV 2030) in 2008, and detailing QNRF’s evolving role with the establishment of the ex-QF RD Enterprise back in 2011, the launch of Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) in 2012 and the identification of the country Grand Challenges in research in 2014, and finally ending with the establishment of Qatar RDI Council ( QRDIC) in 2018 and the launch of the new Qatar RDI Strategy 2030 in 2020.

Finally, Dr. Al-Taie will allude to some landmark achievements and key societal, technological, and economic impact made possible through QNRF. To finish, he will share a selection of success stories of some outstanding projects awarded to key investigators coming from academic, government and private sectors covering diverse and wide-ranging research areas including Education, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Water Security, ICT, Environment protection, Sustainable urbanization among many others.

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