Posted on December 04, 2017

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences (DBES) at Qatar University College of Arts and Sciences hosted the 11th Qatar University Life Sciences Symposium (QULSS 2017) on December 3-4.

Themed “Water Resources and Management: Future Challenges”, the 2-day event is organized in collaboration with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa). It aimed to establish collaboration between researchers in Qatar and beyond and to engage undergraduate and graduate students in the field of research. The opening session was attended by CAS Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs Prof Ibrahim Al Kaabi, DBES Head Dr Mohamed Al-Safran, and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Professor of Division of Sustainable Development Prof Gordon McKay, as well as CAS faculty, staff and students.

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Keynote speakers were Prof Andras Szollosi-Nagy, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme and Professor of Sustainable Development Studies at the National University of Public Service (NUPS), Budapest, and Dr Jauad El Kharraz, Head of Research – MEDRC Water Research, Oman. They presented on “Water Security and Sustainability: The State of Global Water Resources and Related Future Challenges” and “Freshwater Scarcity in the MENA Region: Between Desalination Solution and Environmental Implications”.

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The event featured the presentation of more than 30 research posters from universities and institutions in Qatar, England, Hungary, India, Japan, Malaysia, and Oman. Prof Ibrahim Al Kaabi said: “This edition of QULSS comes at a time when the region and the world focus on water resources and management. This initiative supports the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the national aspirations towards social development and sustainable economic growth. Over the past years, the Life Sciences Symposium has discussed many topics related to health, biotechnology, environmental pollution and others.”

Dr Mohamed Al-Safran said: “Through hosting this event, DBES brings together researchers from national, regional and international institutions pioneering breakthrough biological and environmental solutions in partnership with experts across the academic, public, private, industry, and government sectors in Qatar.”