Posted on September 19, 2019

A former astronaut and scientist has said Qatar has the potential to become a global leader in innovation because she believes its people can change the world.

Speaking during a visit to Qatar Foundation (QF), Dr Mary Ellen Weber – who spent almost 19 days in space on two Space Shuttle missions as a NASA astronaut – spoke of how she has been struck by Qatar’s commitment to science, research and innovation while in the country. “Pure research sometimes takes decades to produce results – the results of any applied or theoretical research won’t be apparent immediately,” said Dr Weber. “For Qatar not to participate in the global race for innovation, and be a bystander, would be a travesty. But that is not going to happen. From what I have seen of the people I have met here, and the leadership of the country, the people of Qatar have the ability to transform the world.”

During her time in Qatar, Dr Weber was given a tour of Education City and an insight into QF’s work in the fields of research, development, and innovation, education and community development.

source: Qatar Tribune

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