QF'S ANNUAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE EXPLORES NEW FRONTIERS
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.