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Qatar University Annual Research Forum and Exhibition 2021

Annual Research Forum & Exhibition 2021

Building Resilience at Universities: Role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Qatar University (QU) Annual Research Forum and Exhibition is a crucial event that brings together students, researchers and academics from the University’s colleges, research centers and institutions, in addition to partners and stakeholders, to assess, review and discuss QU’s research outputs and activities.

The Forum aims to highlight QU’s approach in addressing the community’s issues and challenges. This approach relies on research anchored on a vibrant partnership with industry and various other stakeholders, including institutions and research centers. Indeed, QU aims to achieve research-driven learning, discovery and entrepreneurship. The event also helps QU faculty, researchers and students to take advantage of the opportunities offered by respective partners. It will also focus on QU significant and award-winning research that promote the University’s vision, and supports Qatar’s research priorities of and the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030.

This year’s high-profile event will be held under the theme: “Building Resilience at Universities: Role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship”.

Date: Wednesday October 20, 2021.
Venue: Qatar University, Research Complex H10, Auditorium and WebEx (hybrid).

The event includes opening remarks from distinguished guests, QU President and Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies, as well as a keynote speech by a renowned academic name.

It will feature the opening of the Research Posters Exhibition, the distribution of Awards and three Panel Discussions focusing on the Forum’s theme. QU Press will also publish a booklet of summaries of the Forum's proceedings.

Panel Discussion 1: Role of Universities in Transforming Society: Challenges and Practices
The University should develop social and human sciences that are pivotal for transforming society. In the meantime, QU should preserve the identity, traditions, and customs of the Qatari society, Arab culture, and Islamic values.

The panel will foster discussions on significant planning areas that are necessary for developing strategies for societal transformation. It will focus on the following topics:

  • Highlight how universities could preserve the society’s identity and culture.
  • Develop the social and human sciences that are vital for transforming society.
  • Develop future strategies for societal transformation.
  • Present case studies from an international level.

The panel will consist of faculty members and researchers, distinguished representatives from government entities, and international partners.

Panel Discussion 2: Towards the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The university should play a leading role, preparing the students to contribute to a sustainable future for all. The panel will be a great opportunity to shed the light on the recently launched Academic Network for Development Dialogue (ANDD), and will focus on some key issues such as:

  • Which SDGs to approach, and how to implement them by the university?
  • What are the transformations in research and education towards SDGs?
  • Which frameworks for demonstrating the impact? Benchmark with international experiences.
  • How to be a responsible university?
  • Which role QU colleges and centers can play in the coming years?

The panel will consist of faculty members and researchers, distinguished representatives from government entities, in addition to partners, and international agencies such as UNESCO, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).

Panel Discussion 3: Knowledge-based, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Driven Research and Teaching

QU has built an enabling strategy leading it to excellence in education and research, by stressing on the role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship in facing challenges and adapting to changes and disruptions. The panel will focus on the following topics:

  • What is entrepreneurial research and education and how can it be implemented in universities?
  • How can research centers and innovation and technology hubs strengthen such vision now and in the future?
  • What are the needed transformations in universities?
  • Which role QU colleges and centers can play in the coming years?

This panel will consist of faculty members and researchers, distinguished representatives from industry and technology hubs, and international partners.