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New Northwestern University in Qatar soccer team to encourage female participation in sports

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In a bid to inspire young women in Qatar to increase their involvement in the world of sports, students at Northwestern University in Qatar have initiated the university's first women's soccer team. Motivated in part by a recent study conducted by Assistant Professor in Residence Geoff Harkness, which showed that females represent only 7.3% of athletes registered to sports federations and clubs, students Maha Al-Ansari and AlDana Al Misned recruited members for the soccer team in hopes of encouraging more females to join and be active members of the sports community.

About Qatar

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The land of Qatar was once famous for its pearl diving, its timeless desert landscape, its importance as a trade bridge, and its hospitable people thriving in an inhospitable climate. With the discovery of rich natural resources in the modern era, the tribes of Qatar began to adapt from traditional modes of living to an urbanised lifestyle. With great bounty came enlightened stewardship and vision.

Qatar Foundation displays a strong commitment to sustainability

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Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development stood alongside its affiliate centres at today launch of the Qatar Sustainability Expo to reveal a host of innovative environmental projects. The sustainability exposition, which is being held at the Doha Exhibition Centre until 7 December, was inaugurated by His Excellency Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, President of COP18/CMP8. The event serves as an opportunity to welcome delegates to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, and to introduce them to the various sustainability initiatives and climate action solutions being undertaken by Qatari organisations.

QNRF awards $1.78mn grants to junior scientists

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DOHA QATAR National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, has awarded grants worth $1.78 million to nine projects in the third cycle of its research funding programme for junior scientists.

HEC Paris academics receive near-US$1 million grant from QNRF

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HEC Paris in Qatar the region leading hub for Executive Education, offering a complete portfolio of management programs including the first ever international Executive MBA (EMBA) in Qatar has announced that two of its faculty members have been awarded a grant of US$993,000 from Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) for a research proposal.

Qatar seeks to lead world in date palm research

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Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) has partnered with the Qatar Ministry of Environment’s Biotechnology Center to launch the Date Palm Research Program, which they hope will make Qatar the world leader in date palm research. Four years ago, WCMC-Q researchers, led by geneticist Joel Malek mapped a draft version of the date palm genome. This helped the team to identify the gene sequences responsible for sex in the tree. This could potentially increase yield by 100% – since only the females of date palms, which are dioecious, can bear fruit. The gene families responsible for fruit quality are next on Malek agenda to help breeders improve the varieties of date palms.
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Breakthrough in use of recycled, local materials in construction

A research project has identified the main solid waste streams in Qatar for potential use in construction and investigated advanced technologies for recycling that could be effectively applied in the country. In a statement, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) said it was awarded the project by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) regarding the implementation of recycled materials in construction.

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Executive Director’s Message

Welcome to the sixth edition of QNRF’s newsletter, ‘Research Matters’. For over the past three months, we have been working from home as per the instructions of the Government of Qatar to control the spread of COVID-19. However, it is still business as usual at QNRF, and though separated by distance, our staff has been working together diligently under our guiding mission of enabling research excellence in Qatar and improving the standard of life, education, and health for its citizens and residents.

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