Posted on December 23, 2020

Qatar University Center for Young Scientists (QU-YSC) has become a member of the International Federation of Inventors' Associations (IFIA), which was established in 1968 in the United Kingdom and includes more than 175 members from 100 countries and territories such as Denmark, Finland, Germany, Britain, Norway, Switzerland, South Korea and other countries.

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The International Federation of Inventors' Associations (FIA) is the global platform for invention, innovation. This non-profit organization aims to spread a culture of invention and innovation, support for inventors, transfer of technology, and cooperation with relevant organizations. Since its initiation, the Federation has been working to educate the public about the importance of inventors in society and the protection of their rights. In addition, the Federation holds international invention exhibitions, scientific seminars and workshops in cooperation with other international organizations to provide an opportunity for its members to display their innovations, benefit from its wealth of knowledge, and exchange views regarding the promotion of creativity and entrepreneurship. Moreover, promoting the most recent achievements of its members allows for the expansion of relationships and the knowledge base required to explore the possibility of commercialization with various entities.

This membership will enable the Young Scientists Center at Qatar University to participate effectively and exchange knowledge and experiences in conferences, exhibitions and events that bring together universities, institutions and prestigious organizations from all over the world, such as Creativity and Innovation Week, Intellectual Property Day, and the International Inventors Day. In addition to increasing international outreach, recognition and interaction with IFIA's vast network. Moreover, it provides an opportunity to participate in innovation and policymaking processes. The membership will also enable researchers and students of the center to share ideas, innovative discoveries and their success stories with the world, provide advisory services on intellectual property protection and inventors' assistance programs, and contribute to the marketing of inventions and their publication in the journals of the scientific organization. They will also be eligible to apply for inventors' funding opportunities in various fields, including energy, environment and health, to contribute to the development of a better world.

The Director of the Young Scientists Center at Qatar University, Dr. Noora Al-Thani, has been keen on obtaining the center's membership in the IFIA for the vast benefits to the youth and the Qatari society. Also, to achieve of the vision of Qatar 2030, whose responsibility rests with all individuals and institutions, especially those interested in youth education. On this occasion, Dr. Noora said, "We are pleased with our acceptance to join the federation after we went through several stages of applying for membership, and that this membership will provide us with several fields of development, advancement and formation of relations with international bodies."

"Our young inventors will be able to take advantage of the global platform, and the various programs to present and develop their ideas and increase their expertise in several scientific and technological fields," she added. Finally, Dr. Noora thanks the center's support program, which is the Ras Laffan Industrial City Community Outreach Program, and the partners, namely, UNESCO, Doha Office, and the Qatar National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.

Qatar has a national vision is to achieve a sustainable, diversified, and knowledge-based economy, with the aim of addressing the challenges by advancing in knowledge and quality education. The Qatar National Vision for Human Development also stipulates the establishment of an infrastructure and an educational system that matches the most prestigious educational systems in the world, and contributes to preparing Qatari students to face global challenges. To become the most important innovators and entrepreneurs in the future, which will allow them to have a greater role in all sectors of the country's economy. Therefore, the Qatar University Center for Young Scientists seeks to focus its efforts and resources to support the social and economic development of the State of Qatar and work to establish links and partnerships with entities and institutions that would enrich its career.