ARC 2016 draws record 1,300 abstracts

The Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference has drawn a record number of entries both locally and internationally, since its foundation in 2010

Dr Steven Chu, former US secretary of energy; Faisal M Alsuwaidi, president, Research and Development, Qatar Foundation; Dr Hiroaki Kitano, president and CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc, Japan; and Dr David J Galas, principal scientist, Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, US, in the plenary session of ARC’14. (image The Peninsula)
Dr Steven Chu, former US secretary of energy; Faisal M Alsuwaidi, president, Research and Development, Qatar Foundation; Dr Hiroaki Kitano, president and CEO, Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc, Japan; and Dr David J Galas, principal scientist, Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, US, in the plenary session of ARC’14. (image The Peninsula)

The Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference received more than 1,300 abstracts this year, reaching a record number since the inauguration of the forum back in 2010.

ARC 16 has seen an 11% increase since last year’s event with submissions from the local community comprising 64% and the international community comprising 36% of all abstracts.

With the theme: ‘Investing in Research and Innovating for Society,’ and held under the patronage of H H Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson, Qatar Foundation, the conference will take place on March 22 and 23 at Qatar National Convention Centre.

“Since its inception in 2010, the conference has attracted the world’s foremost scientists and research entities from Qatar and beyond, providing the appropriate platform to address the most prominent challenges facing not only Qatar’s society but also the global community,” said Dr Nabeel Al Salem, executive director, Outreach and Communications, Qatar Foundation Research and Development.

Under strict scrutiny by the Abstract Review Committee, over 1,300 submissions were evaluated with criteria that included research quality, originality, merit, relevance to Qatar and the Grand Challenges as stipulated within the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS) — water, energy, security and cyber security and healthcare.

Over 600 poster presenters and about 50 oral presenters will have the opportunity to compete for the Best Poster and Research Presentation Awards, respectively, The Peninsula reports.

“The calibre of abstracts this year is a direct reflection of the strides Qatar is making in research and national development initiatives, consistent with efforts undertaken by QF R&D in addressing research priorities identified by the Qatar National Research Strategy,” Al Salem added.

QF’s Research Project Award and Innovation Award will also be launched at the conference, in recognition of local examples of exceptional and commercially viable innovations.

The conference programme also includes the announcement of successful grant applicants under Qatar National Research Fund’s National Priorities Research Programme.

Last year’s conference attracted over 2,000 delegates where 22 local and international researchers received recognition for their presentations and posters.

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