Environmental Research Contest

Environmental Research Contest

March 06, 2016 00:00  -  March 14, 2016 13:00

Environmental Research Contest

Within The Qur’anic Botanic Garden

Celebration of Qatar National Environment Day 2016

 

Introduction

Finding innovative solutions and alternatives to the diverse environmental problems we face is one of the most important concerns of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development.  The environment issue is actually raised in several Qur’anic verses, and Sharia Law urges economy in the use of resources and reprimands extravagance, hence QBG’s focus on the concept of ecological balance and the optimal and fair use of resources.

To celebrate the 2016 Qatar National Environment Day, QBG launches the Environmental Research Contest, which revolves around two environmental issues of concern to all members of society, namely “water management” and "conservation of wild flora"  Using the productive and systematic research undertaken by secondary school students in Qatar, the competition aims to find innovative solutions to these challenges.

Aims of the Environmental Research

 

  1. Find alternative solutions to current environmental problems
  2. Accustom students to systematic research methodology in resolving some environmental issues, such as water management and conservation of wild flora
  3. Explore the reasons, obstacles and ways to solve the problem
  4. Submit the research findings to the relevant entities and decision makers

 

Steps of the Environmental Research Contest

QBG organizes the Environmental Research Contest in celebration of the 2016 Qatar National Environment Day and within the framework of its education and conservation program, which seeks to protect the flora and the environment.  In this regard, secondary school students affiliated with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, as well as some private and independent schools, were invited to participate in this Environmental Research Contest.

As a member of Qatar Foundation, QBG hopes that the candidates submit research projects and ideas which tackle the environmental issues related to water management and flora conservation, also to add to new information to the base of world of science and knowledge.  In collaboration with the relevant local authorities, QBG set up a selection panel composed of members of the Ministry of Education, Qatari National Committee for UNESCO Heritage, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation, and Friends of the Environment Center to determine the guidelines of the research competition and to elaborate a reference guide for students.

In the first stage of the competition, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden delivered a series of educational workshops about the two environment issues: water management and conservation of wild flora, to all the students participating in the contest. Following this, schools presented their research abstracts which consist of 250 to 300 words each and which will be subsequently published in a booklet by QBG.  Afterwards, the documentary videos, which should not exceed five minutes, and the research papers were submitted to the selection panel set up QBG.

On the closing ceremony day of the Environmental Research Contest, each competing team presents the scoreboard to the public; thereupon, the selection panel announces the winning research projects, and awards and certificates of appreciation will be conferred to first-place students and schools.