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Al Maerifa Public Seminar Series

About the seminar series

Presented by Texas A&M University at Qatar, global industry leaders and distinguished faculty and researchers present community seminars to promote ideas on topics central to Qatar’s pursuit of a knowledge-based economy. These seminars are centered around Qatar’s grand challenges and research pursuits, including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, energy, water, food security and infrastructure, among other topics. The talks are designed for a general, nontechnical audience, and participants are invited to ask questions at the end of the presentation. Presented in English, we welcome students and visitors from across Qatar to interact with pioneers and catalysts of our future economic and industrial growth.

Past seminars

QNRF: 15 Years of Enabling Research Excellence in Qatar

Presented by Dr. Abdul Sattar Al-Taie

Introduction to the American Bureau of Shipping

Presented by Pantelis Skinitis

The New Cold War with China

Presented by Will Hurd

Football World Cup and its Engineering Feats

Presented by Bashir Mirza

Pathways to Success as Engineering Leaders in Qatar 

Presented by graduates of Texas A&M University at Qatar

The Inescapable Inevitability of District Energy for Our Future

Presented by Yasser Al Jaidah, CEO, Qatar Cool

Qatar Development Bank: Empowering SMEs Towards Business Growth and National Development

Presented by Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa, CEO, Qatar Development Bank

Industry-Academia Collaboration in Advancing Qatar’s Gas Processing Research

Presented by Dr. Nimir O. Elbashir, Professor, Texas A&M University at Qatar
Qatar Foundation Distinguished Inventor of the Year 2020

Qatar’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned

Presented by Dr. Abdullatif Mohammed Al Khal, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Hamad Medical Corporation and Chairman of National Pandemic Preparedness Committee

The Joy of Discovery

Presented by Dr. Ben L. Feringa, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2016
Presented in partnership with the American Chemical Society, Qatar Chapter

The Torch and the Hearth: The Universe of Meaning of Extremism

Presented by Dr. Marwan M. Kraidy, Dean and CEO, Northwestern University in Qatar

Responding to COVID-19 in Qatar

Moderated by Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Explaining Why Donald Trump’s Rhetoric is So Dangerous

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University

The Role of Cryptography in Our Information-Based Society

Presented by Dr. Joseph Boutros, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Innovation by Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life

Presented by Frances H. Arnold, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, 2018
Presented in partnership with the American Chemical Society, Qatar Chapter

Donald Trump is Recession Proof: Partisan Polarization and the End of Economic Voting
in the United States

Presented by Dr. Joe Ura, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Process Safety: When Engineering Meets Safety

Presented by Dr. Luc N. Véchot, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Photonics: The Science of Light that Shapes Our Modern Technological World

Presented by Dr. Stylianos Tzortzakis, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Air Quality: The Burden of Locally Produced Fugitive and Airborne Particulate Matter

Presented by Dr. Konstantinos E. Kakosimos, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Water Desalination: An Imperative Way for Water Security in Arid Countries

Presented by Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Rise of the Autonomous Intelligent Internet

Presented by Dr. Hussein Alnuweiri, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Energy Markets

Exclusive Interview with H.E. Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada

Technological Breakthroughs and Challenges in High-Energy Physics

Presented by Dr. Othmane Bouhali, Texas A&M University at Qatar

Road Design and Safety: Recent Developments and Future Directions

Presented by Dr. Eyad Masad, Texas A&M University at Qatar