Qatar University (QU)’s Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) hosted the CAM Open Day 2023 on Monday. This event aims to strengthen academic collaborations and partnerships with industry, government, and academic businesses in line with the organization’s strategies. The event witnessed the attendance of Prof. Mariam Al Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, alongside a number of CEOs of industrial institutions, government members, directors of research centers, educational institutions, academics, and interested students.
The Open Day brought together experts from various disciplines to promote dialogue and the exchange of ideas, as well as identify and address prospects for future interdisciplinary collaborations. One of the key highlights of the event was the panel discussion on “Key to Successful Industry-Academia-Government Partnerships,” where experts from academia, industry, and government shared their insights and experiences on the topic. The participants shared their experiences with significant trends and shifts in the industry, challenges and opportunities for academia, and the role of industry in supporting and collaborating with academic institutions and researchers. The discussion also mentioned how academia and industry can better collaborate to drive innovation. The panelists provided advice to those starting anew in the industry and discussed what they wished they knew earlier in their careers.
The program included a tour of the Center for Advanced Materials to explore the facilities and learn about the patents and CAM Innovation, in addition to a special tour of the Water Technology Unit (WTU), which is instrumental in measuring the quality of drinking water in Qatar. It is expected to become a center for meeting the needs of industry and the local community.
It is worth mentioning that the Open Day event comes within the context of the marketing campaign for the research centers at QU supervised by the Research and Graduate Studies Office. The commencement of the campaign started with the Center for Advanced Materials, which is a center for conducting research in materials science, and covers major research areas including Nanotechnology, Sustainable Materials, Polymers, Composite Materials, Corrosion Studies, Metallurgy, Renewable Energy Methods and others.