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Qatar Foundation to partner Royal Society on project mapping science in Islamic countries

07 April 2010

The Qatar Foundation is to become a lead partner on the Royal Society’s Atlas of the Islamic World Science and Innovation project. The agreement was signed at the Royal Society today by Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society and by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.

The project will explore the changing landscape of science and innovation across a diverse selection of countries with large Muslim populations in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, including in-depth case studies of 15 geographically and economically diverse countries. Working closely with partners in each of these countries, the Atlas will chart the delicate interplay between science, innovation, culture and politics, and explore new opportunities for partnership and exchange.

Qatar’s science and innovation system will be amongst the first highlighted as part of this comprehensive study. This study will explore and profile Qatar’s science and innovation system whilst also considering its ambitions and strengths, and its potential challenges. It will include closer analysis of initiatives such as Education City, the Qatar Science and Technology Park, the Qatar National Research Fund and the Sidra Medical Research Center.