The Executive Director of QNRF Dr Abdul Sattar Al Taie during his address.
DOHA: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), showcased its support for international research cooperation by hosting the Global Research Council (GRC) regional meeting, a two day event which concluded on Sunday.
Following a bidding process, QNRF was selected to host the GRC regional meeting by the National Science Foundation (NSF), a governing board for GRC. QNRF is a leading funding agency in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.
Representatives from the local and international science and research community from 12 countries attended the productive sessions, furthering GRC’s objective of advancing research and development excellence by enabling the exchange of knowledge.
In his opening address, Dr Abdul Sattar Al Taie, Executive Director of QNRF, said: “At QNRF, we have always been inspired by the tremendous potential that research has for growth, security and prosperity. Research is defining our future. It is a tool that crafts tomorrow’s progress. In Qatar, research is essential to achieving the nation’s mission and transformation into a knowledge based economy.”
Eminent researchers from across the Mena region shed light on their respective country’s efforts to address these themes.
As a result of the QNRF hosted regional discussions, a feedback document will be updated and addressed at the GRC’s third Annual Meeting which will be held in Beijing, China next year.
Dr Graham Harrison, Programme Officer in the Office of International and Integrative Activities at the NSF, explained GRC’s origins, mission and developments.