The Young Scientists Center (YSC) at Qatar University (QU), in cooperation with the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science (QNCECS), recently concluded the third Research Forum on youth 2021 entitled “Identity and cultural tourism: towards a sustainable culture and heritage.
The honor ceremony was held at QU, under the patronage of President Dr. Hassan al-Derham in the presence of Professor Mariam al-Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, while taking all precautionary measures against the Covid-19.
The Forum was described as an important platform to present scientific research and projects focusing on the role of young people in the dissemination and preservation of Qatari culture and the sustainability of Qatari heritage. A group of researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students from Qatar and many Islamic countries such as Morocco, Oman, Algeria and Libya participated in the forum.
The event also represented an opportunity to create a database of young people distinguished in research and endowed with high capacities in specialized and interdisciplinary studies. In collaboration with the CNCECS, the QU-YSC has launched a research competition to share studies and research on identity issues and encourage scientific research. Universities, institutes and researchers inside and outside Qatar have been 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 findings, and appropriate documentation of references.
During the forum, held virtually remotely, undergraduate and postgraduate researchers presented 17 papers and three research posters, focusing on scientific and cultural topics related to the role of young people in the dissemination of culture and durability.
The winners of the best scientific research were honoured, Hadeel al-Attar, first prize for a research titled “Islamophobia in entertainment media”, and second prize, Nour Hisham al-Zaftawi for an article titled “A systematic review for Analyze the Cost Impact of Using Breast Cancer Drugs in Developing Countries. Cheikh Modu Badr received third place for a research titled “The Use of Computational Linguistics in the Service of the Arabic Language”.
As for the poster contest, Hagae Menaisy won first place, Raesa al-Dosary finished second and Kholeh Mortazawi completed the top three.
Dr. Hamda al-Sulaiti – secretary general of the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science – also honored the winners of the best science poster competition, at the committee headquarters at the Ministry of Education and of higher education.