Qeeri workshop focuses on collaborative air quality research
The Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (Qeeri), a member of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), organized a three-day workshop titled “The Impact of Sustainable Buildings in Arid Environments : indoor and outdoor air quality”.
Co-organized with the City College of New York (CUNY) and sponsored by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). The workshop brought together nearly 60 Qatar-based and international participants. They represented 24 local and international research and government entities.
The workshop aimed to provide a leading interdisciplinary platform for local researchers and facilitators to exchange knowledge with leading international practitioners and subject matter experts in the fields of sustainable buildings, air quality and urban heat island phenomena.
The results-oriented workshop included breakout sessions where participants engaged in brainstorming discussions guided by facilitators. The focus was on how to generate impact in Qatar by examining the current research landscape and identifying opportunities for collaborative research.
Dr. AbdlMonem H. Beitelmal, Senior Scientist at Qeeri, who led the event, said, “We had excellent attendance throughout the three days and attendees from diverse but complementary backgrounds. Overall, the results of the workshop are very promising and we are very satisfied with the results. We are working collectively to turn the results into tangible and practical results in the near future.”
Commenting on the significance of the workshop, Dr Marc Vermeersch, Executive Director of Qeeri, said: “Events such as these align with our core objectives to address common sustainability challenges facing urban environments across regions. hot arid, especially research and technology development requirements. . Nationally, our Centers for Environment and Sustainability’s air quality research program builds Qatar’s capacity in air quality management, with a focus on human health. To ensure the reach and intended impact of our work, collaboration is absolutely crucial. The workshop laid the groundwork for regional and global cooperation and knowledge sharing. »
Professor Jorge E. Gonzalez, Presidential Professor of the City College of New York, added, “I was delighted to attend this timely workshop on indoor and outdoor air quality, and most importantly, the impact on the health of populations The forum was extremely meaningful with potential impact on society and science We have proposed a program that aims to provide impactful results, locally and globally, on issues related to mitigation and adaptation to climate change in semi-arid and arid environments, which is an important undertaking for a society to undertake. Through such workshops, Qeeri is positioning itself as a leader in these emerging areas and I look forward to many results.”
Last update: 01 June 2022 20:05