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ARC 2016 brought to­gether lead­ing re­searchers both within and out­side of the coun­try to dis­cuss var­i­ous as­pects of Qatar's grand chal­lenges.

The one-day event had sev­eral tracks deal­ing with en­vi­ron­ment, en­ergy, com­mu­nity, sus­tain­abil­ity and more. For ex­am­ple, the in­for­ma­tive health panel ses­sion, en­ti­tled `Biomed­i­cal and Health Re­search in Qatar' dealt with the progress made to ad­vance the na­tional can­cer and di­a­betes strate­gies. The ses­sion closed with pre­sen­ta­tions on the progress that has been made on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Qatar Genome Project, cur­rently be­ing spear­headed by Qatar Biobank and Sidra Med­i­cal and Re­search Cen­ter.

The En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment ses­sion be­gan with an overview of Qatar En­vi­ron­ment & En­ergy Re­search In­sti­tute's (QEERI) wa­ter se­cu­rity, en­ergy se­cu­rity and en­vi­ron­men­tal se­cu­rity projects. In ad­di­tion, the var­i­ous means of cre­at­ing so­lar-pow­ered en­ergy, its in­flu­ence with ma­jor de­vel­op­ments in Qatar, and the use of ma­te­rial sci­ence to solve en­er­gyen­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, were ex­plored in de­tail. The Com­put­ing and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy ses­sion high­lighted the fun­da­men­tal sig­nif­i­cance of han­dling big data, in light of the rapid growth of wire­less tech­nol­ogy in the past five years and the fu­ture of in­tel­li­gent ma­chines. The So­cial Sci­ence, Arts and Hu­man­i­ties panel ses­sion on `Sus­tain­able Ur­ban­ism' high­lighted the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity, data in­fra­struc­ture, and of de­sign­ing cities with sus­tain­abil­ity in mind. Dr Ab­dul Sat­tar Al Taie, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Qatar Na­tional Re­search Fund, pre­sented the ARC'16 Awards at the con­clu­sion of the con­fer­ence, hon­our­ing win­ners in var­i­ous cat­e­gories like `Best Re­search Of­fice of the Year Award', `Un­der­grad­u­ate Re­search Ex­pe­ri­ence Pro­gramme Com­pe­ti­tion Awards', `The Best Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Im­age of an Outcome Com­pe­ti­tion Awards' and recog­ni­tions for the Qatar STEAM Fair and the Qatar Re­search Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme Grad­u­ates.

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