QNRF’s virtual gathering brings together future Qatari researchers from all over the world.
Qatar , Qatar
31 December 2020, 12:00 AM
31 January 2021, 12:00 AM
Students pursuing their postgraduate studies at institutions in Qatar and worldwide under the capacity building programmes of Qatar Foundation (QF) member Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) have been brought together in the annual Qatar Research Leadership Programme gathering.
This year’s virtual edition of the Qatar Research Leadership Programme (QRLP) meeting was attended by students who are pursuing their postgraduate studies at 26 top colleges and universities worldwide, including Imperial College London, Stanford University, Oxford University, McGill University and Qatar University.
Organised over three days in virtual form, the event provided more than 50 students sponsored by the programme with insight into ongoing developments within Qatar’s research, development and innovation ecosystem. It also allowed them to discuss their academic and research progress with QNRF experts.
The session also featured presentations from QNRF experts who updated students about current research priority areas, with a workshop being conducted to improve the students’ understanding of Intellectual Property rights. After the virtual meeting, the students presented their ongoing research to receive feedback and held individual meetings with QNRF’s Capacity Building team to discuss their academic and career plans.
Executive Director of QNRF, Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie has emphasized the importance of building high-calibre human capital in Qatar, and provided an overview of QNRF’s role in making this happen. “Over time, we have expanded our portfolio of capacity building programs to ensure a full cycle of support and guidance at all levels from K-12 to postdoctoral fellows,” he said.
“Through our various programs, besides providing funding for more than 3,000 key investigators, we have enabled a vibrant mix of more than 10,000 K-12 school students, 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students, and 1,200 postdoctoral fellows to flourish. Similarly, more than 3,000 research associates, research assistants, and laboratory technicians have built their skills through our programs.”