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Forum 2021

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.

 Wednesday, October 20, 2021 

 09:00am – 14:30pm (Doha Time)

09:00 - 09:05 Welcome Address by H.E. Dr. Hassan Al-Derham, President, Qatar University
09:05 - 09:10 Opening Address by H.E. Mr. Ahmad Al-Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Qatar Free Zones Authority
09:10 - 09:30

Keynote Speaker by H.E. Dr. Abdulla Al-Subaie, Minister of Municipality and Managing Director & CEO of Qatar Rail

09:30 - 09:45 “Overview of Research and Graduate Studies Activities” by Prof. Mariam Al-Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Qatar University
09:45 - 09:50 Research Excellence and QU Innovation Awards Ceremony
09:50 - 09:55 Speech by Mr. Todd Creeger, President of ConocoPhillips Qatar & National 3MT Competition Awards Ceremony
09:55 - 10:20 Break and Exhibition Opening
10:20 - 11:30

Panel I:
Role of Universities in Transforming Society: Challenges and Practices

Moderator: Dr. Saba Qadhi, Associate Director of Core Curriculum Program, Qatar University


  • Prof. Fatima-Zohra Iflahen, Vice President in Charge of Innovation, Research and Cooperation, Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco
  • Dr. Haya Al-Thani, Director of Curatorial Affairs, National Museum of Qatar
  • Dr. Maryam Al-Kuwari, Lecturer of International Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Qatar University
  • Eng. Rashid Al-Rahimi, Executive Director of the Qatar Scientific Club
11:30 - 12:40

Panel II:
Towards the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Moderator: Dr. Mohammad Al-Saidi, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Sustainable Development, Qatar University


  • Prof. Remmer Sassen, Chair of Business Management, esp. Environmental Management, TU Dresden, Germany
  • Dr. Maisaa Youssef, Officer-In-Charge of the 2030 Agenda and SDG coordination Cluster, ESCWA
  • Dr. Jon Truby, Director of Law and Development Center, Qatar University
  • Ms. Sandra Concepcion Das, PhD Student, Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences, Qatar University
12:40 - 12:50 Break
12:50 - 14:00

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

Moderator: Dr. Hareb Al-Jabri, Director of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Office, Qatar University


  • Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Khalifa, CEO of Qatar Development Bank
  • Dr. Nasser Al-Nuaimi, Associate VP for Research & Graduate Studies, Qatar University
  • Prof. Mohamed Chehimi, Research Director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
  • Ms. Yosra Magdi, Graduate Student, College of Medicine, Qatar University
14:00 – 14:30 Posters, Visualization and Graduate Studies Awards Ceremony

We are glad to introduce to you the Book of Abstracts for the Qatar University Annual Research Forum and Exhibition 2021, which is now published on QSpace platform.

You can view the Book of Abstracts at the following link:

Research Excellence Awards

  • Sciences & Engineering
    Prof. Sumaya Al-Maadeed

    College of Engineering
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
    Dr. Mohammad Al-Saidi

    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Medical, Biomedical & Health Sciences
    Dr. Hadi Yassine

    Biomedical Research Center

Qatar University Innovation Awards

  • First Category (Faculty Members and Researchers)
    Dr. Ibrahim Almaslamani

    Office of the VP for Research & Graduate Studies
  • Second Category (Students)
    Jayakanth Kunhoth

    College of Engineering

Visualization Challenge Awards

  • Photography
    Prof. Fadhil Sadouni, Prof. Hamad Al-Kuwari, Dr. Wael Mattar

    Environmental Sciences Center
  • Video Dr. Fuad Abdulaziz Mohamed

    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Interactive / Virtual Reality
    Dr. Monica Zolezzi

    College of Pharmacy

Poster Awards

  • Energy and Environment
    Faculty and PostDoc
    Hosseini Hoda; Amir Simil; Al Jabri Hareb; Al Jamali Fahad; Ben Hamadou Radhouane; Saadaoui Imen

    331: Impacts Assessment of Desalination Brine Discharge on The Marine Biodiversity
  • Energy and Environment
    Graduate Students
    Al-Kaabi Maryam Ali; Al-Ghouti Mohammad Ahmad; Zouari Nabil A.; Ahmed Talaat Abdelfattah

    360: An Integrated Approach for Produced Water Treatment Using Sand Filtration, Activated Carbon and Microemulsions Modified Activated Carbon
  • Energy and Environment
    Undergraduate Students
    Al-Attiya Wadha Ahmed Khalifa; UI Hassan Zahoor; Al-Thani Roda; Jaoua Samir

    108: Prevalence of Toxigenic Fungi and Mycotoxins in Arabic Coffee: Protective Effect of Traditional Coffee Roasting, Brewing and Microbial Volatiles
    Hafsa Umme; Zavahir Sifani; ElMakki Tasneem; Ahmad Zubair; Han Dong Suk
    158: Facile and Novel LiAlO2 Film Electrodes for Energy Efficient Li Recovery from Seawater Reverse Osmosis (SWRO) Brine
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
    Faculty and PostDoc
    Malkawi Asma Hussein; Chatti Chedli Baya; Lahmamed Elmehdi; Al-Otaibi Afrah Farhan

    265: الصورة المعيارية للمجتمع القطري: دراسة في تصورات المقيمين
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
    Graduate Students
    Altiok Huzeyfe

    281: Smart City and Preservation of Identity in Doha
    Al-Thani Sarah M., Furlan Raffaello
    105: Tod’s Role in Enhancing Urban Quality of Life and Preserving Built Heritage: The Case of Msheireb Downtown Doha
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
    Undergraduate Students
    Ghonim Omar Khaled; Muley Deepti; Kharbeche Mohamed; Mohamed Yousef; Madkoor Ahmed

    253: Effect of Pedestrian Penalty on Pedestrian Behavior in Qatar
  • Health and Biomedical Sciences
    Faculty and PostDoc
    Benslimane Fatiha; AlKhatib Hebah; Albatesh Dana; Al-Jamal Ola; Al-Thani Asma; Yassine Hadi

    197: One year of SARS CoV 2: Genomic Characterization of COVID 19 Outbreak in Qatar
  • Health and Biomedical Sciences
    Graduate Students
    Zahid Muhammad Ammar; Agouni Abdelali

    301: Identification of a miRNA Signature as a Diagnostic and Prognostic Marker in Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Health and Biomedical Sciences
    Undergraduate Students
    AlAtieh Nouralhuda; Ahmad Salma; Nazar Hanan; Ouhtit Allal

    361: Anti-cancer Properties of Microalgae (T1) Extract in Breast Cancer Cell Lines
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
    Faculty and PostDoc
    Subramanian Nandhini; Kunhoth Jayakanth; Al-Maadeed, Somaya; Bouridane Ahmed

    170: Stego-eHealth: An eHealth System for Secured Transfer of Medical Images Using Image Steganography
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
    Graduate Students
    Alkhereibi Aya Hasan; Wakjira Tadesse; Kucukvar Murat; Qidwai Uvais; Muley Deepti; Siam Abdalla

    238: Machine Learning Approach to Predict Metro Ridership based on Land Use Densities
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
    Undergraduate Students
    Boray Yahia; Zaky Hesham; Osman Omar; Fetais Noora

    319: Development of an Immersive Cultural Game using Mixed Reality

Graduate Research Awards

  • Graduate Research Award Sciences – First Place
    Salma Nagy Mahmoud Zaky Younes

    Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, College of Health Sciences
  • Graduate Research Award Sciences – Second Place
    Mohammad Meraj

    PhD in Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Graduate Research Award Sciences – Third Place
    Duaa Walid Al-Sadeq

    PhD in Medical Sciences, College of Medicine
  • Graduate Research Award Humanities & Social Sciences – First Place
    Tahniyath Fatima

    PhD in Business Administration, College of Business and Economics
  • Graduate Research Award Humanities & Social Sciences – Second Place
    Rawdha Ali Al-Hammadi

    MA in Arabic Literature and Language, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate Research Award Humanities & Social Sciences – Third Place
    Nurgul Oruc

    PhD in Gulf Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

Outstanding Thesis/ Dissertation Awards

  • Haya Mohammed Al-Khayarin
    Thesis / College of Sharia and Islamic Studies
  • Maryam Hamad Al-Hajri
    Thesis / College of Law
  • Suelen Qassim
    Thesis / College of Health Sciences
  • Sabah Akhtar
    Thesis / College of Pharmacy
  • Abdullateef Almohamad
    Thesis / College of Engineering
  • Amani Mohamed Allouh
    Thesis / College of Education
  • Omar Hassan Mohamed Sharief
    Thesis / College of Business and Economics
  • Rawdha Ali Al-Hammadi
    Thesis / College of Arts and Sciences (Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Asma Abdulgader Mohamed Abdulkareem
    Thesis / College of Arts and Sciences (Sciences)
  • Fatima Ghassan Mohamed Alabtah
    Dissertation / College of Engineering
  • Tahniyath Fatima
    Dissertation / College of Business and Economics
  • Salma H. AlHajri
    Dissertation / College of Arts and Sciences (Sciences)

National 3MT Award

  • First place
    Sara Amani

    Texas A&M University
  • Second place
    Nour Hisham Al-Ziftawi

    Qatar University
  • Third place
    Muhammad Danyal Imam

    Texas A&M University
  • People’s choice
    Amani Mohamed Allouh

    Qatar University

QU 3MT Award

  • First place
    Rawdha Ali Al-Hammadi

    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Second place
    Amani Mohamed Allouh

    College of Education
  • Third place
    Nour Hisham Al-Ziftawi

    College of Pharmacy