The Center for Young Scientists (YSC) of the University of Qatar (QU), in cooperation with the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science (QNCECS), organized the third Youth Research Forum 2021 entitled “Identity and cultural tourism: towards a culture and a sustainable heritage. “
The Forum is in line with QU’s strategic plans to develop the capacities of young people in scientific research in postgraduate studies. The two-day Forum began with a virtual ceremony attended by Minister of Culture and Sports HE Saleh bin Ghanem Al Ali, President of Qatar University, Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham, and many participants and researchers. The event was included in the activities of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021, launched in March 2021 under the patronage of Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The Forum is an important platform to present scientific research and projects focused on the role of young people in the dissemination and preservation of Qatari culture and the sustainability of Qatari heritage. A group of scholars, undergraduate and postgraduate students from Qatar and many Islamic countries such as the Kingdom of Morocco, Sultanate of Oman, Algeria and Libya, participated in the forum.
The event aims to achieve several objectives, such as providing a platform for effective communication between young people, researchers and community institutions and raising awareness among young people of their leading role in the development and advancement of society through scientific research. Also, explore the research capacities of young people concerning the consolidation of the concepts of culture and identity, and promote the culture of scientific research, and relate it to historical events.
This Forum also represents an opportunity to create a database of distinguished young people in research and with high capacities in specialized and interdisciplinary studies. In collaboration with QNCECS, QU-YSC launched a research competition to share studies and research on identity issues and encourage scientific research. Universities, institutes and researchers inside and outside Qatar were invited to participate.
The research submitted concerns the areas of World Cup facilities and the sustainability of Qatari heritage, the role of museums in promoting cultural identity, the economy and cultural tourism, the challenges of identity and globalization, medicine, pharmacy and community health. Research posters were evaluated based on several criteria, such as research quality, methodology, field research techniques, discussion of results, and appropriate documentation of references.
The first three winners of the best research competition were honored and presented with prizes and certificates of appreciation. Professor Mariam Al Maadeed, vice president of research and graduate studies at QU, said the event with its rich sports, heritage, economic and social topics, and ambitious national and humanitarian goals is in line with the plans of the Qatar University to welcome young talents, and allow them to conduct real research that strengthens young people ‘s loyalty to their homeland and society and enlightens their professional and personal future.
Dr Hamda Al Sulaiti, secretary general of QNCECS, said the third edition of the Youth Research Forum has become a platform for young people to meet and share ideas. The Forum has become a starting point for unique and new ideas and research projects that combine creative vision with modern technology.
On this occasion, Dr Noora Al Thani, Director of QU-YSC, said in a speech: “We are pleased to be partners in establishing the activities of Doha Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021 and to connect the researchers from Qatar and the Islamic world. During the event, Hadeel Al Attar, Nour Hisham and Cheikh Modo Badr finished first, second and third respectively in the research competition. As for the poster competition, Hagae Menaisy took first place, Raesa Al Dosary finished second, and Kholeh Mortazawi completed the top three.