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QU hosts 3-day Sustainable Materials and Materials for Sustainability workshop
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QU hosts 3-day Sustainable Materials and Materials for Sustainability workshop

A 3-day workshop “Sustainable Materials and Materials for Sustainability” held on May 8-10 at Qatar University (QU) brought together over 50 experienced and early career researchers from multidisciplinary backgrounds such as materials science, chemistry, engineering, and energy and environment. The workshop was co-organized by QU Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) and Ulster University under the Qatar-UK Research Networking Programme, and sponsored by British Council and Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) in collaboration with UK Science and Innovation Network and UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The workshop program featured lectures by QU QAPCO Chair Prof Igor Krupa, QU researcher Dr Anton Popelka, Ulster University Royal Academy of Engineering chair Prof Eileen Jones, University of Sheffield research fellow Dr Hassan El-Dassouky, QAPCO head of R&D Dr Mabrouk Ouderni, and Qatar Shell senior materials and corrosion engineer Dr Nick Laycock.  Key topics included Sustainable Design, Energy and Environment, Advanced Polymer Composites and Coatings, Functional Materials, Environmental Challenges faced by Industries, and Recycling and Waste Management.  Also discussed -- advanced lightweight polymer composites/nanocomposites used in aerospace, wind turbine blades, low cost solar cells and fuel tanks, as well as disposal issues. 

Day 3 of the workshop consisted of a poster session in which over 40 early career researchers from QU, Texas A&M University in Qatar, and Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute participated. It was an opportunity for participants to get feedback from academic and industrial experts as well as network with colleagues. Commenting on the forum, QU VP for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Mariam Al-Maadeed said:  “Collaboration among researchers and institutes is essential for advancement in scientific discovery. Qatar University is pleased to be hosting such workshops that serve as a platform for researchers to build upon each other’s ideas as well as challenge them, hence paving way for future collaboration”.

British Council director Dr Frank Fitzpatrick said that his organization is connecting researchers from the UK and Gulf through funding grants, to increase collaboration and development of educational institutions. He added: “In Qatar, we’re supporting research capacity and identifying common research priorities between Qatar and the UK. This helps us to identify and back UK-Qatar partnerships that support greater economic engagement, and joint research and innovation with Qatar.” Head of UK Science and Innovation Network (Gulf), Dr Malak Hamdan said:  “International collaboration in scientific research plays a crucial role in promoting prosperity and sustainable growth in every country. We hope to see a number of long-term UK-Qatar research projects established as a result of this Research Networking Programme”.

QU post-doctoral researcher Dr. Deepalekhsmi Poonnamma who participated in the oral and poster session said: ”As an early career researcher, this workshop was as an excellent opportunity for me to learn about the latest trends in sustainable materials, share my research experience with leading researchers and get their expert feedback on how to further progress my research activities. I look forward to more such workshops in the future”

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