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Thursday 23 auGusT 2012

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Conference Groups from QFI and ROTA share vision for better environment

Qatar Foundation delegation takes world stage at uN summit

mEEZA scheme to streamline QF It services


tEcHNOlOgY. Qatar Foundation (QF) has carried out a major restructure of the way IT services are delivered, outsourcing a large proportion of operations to Qatar Science & Technology Parkbased company, MEEZA. Under the new system, which took effect from the beginning of July, MEEZA acts as a service integrator, managing demand for services from within QF. Other external suppliers will deal with QF through MEEZA. Rashid Al Naimi, Vice President of Administration, said the changes will improve efficiencies, reduce waste, and improve the quality of IT service delivery. They were introduced after a review found duplication of some functions between QFs own IT department and MEEZA. Qatar Foundation has always had a strategic objective to offer worldclass IT services, both within the organization and to its customers and partners, Al Naimi said. We have now created a mechanism in the whole of Qatar Foundation for the delivery of IT services so that we can manage costs better, be able to plan better, and enhance our overall delivery of IT services. Despite the restructure, end users should not see significant changes in the services they receive, with the project mainly affecting behind-the-scenes functions. The same email address and phone number will remain in use for day-to-day IT support: itsupport@qf.org.qa and 44540070. An in-house IT team will also continue to be responsible for a specific portfolio of activities. It will continue to be business as usual in QF for IT services, Al Naimi said. QF IT will continue to deliver application support, but will now channel their services through MEEZA. MEEZA is a QF joint venture, established to provide IT services essential to Qatars development, and now the countrys leading IT solutions and services provider.

YOutH DElEgAtEs from Qatar Foundation (QF) joined thousands of people from around the world at a United Nations (UN) conference in Brazil aimed at working towards a more sustainable future for the planet. Four Qatari students were among the 12 Youth Ambassadors for Science and Environment who represented Qatar Foundation International (QFI) at Rio +20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. A second delegation was sent by QFs Reach Out To Asia (ROTA). The event, attended by world leaders and high-level government representatives, was preceded by the World Youth Congress. Students from the QFI delegation began their presentations by greeting UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon, after discussions between Secretary General Ban and His Excellency Fahad Bin Mohammed Al Attiya, Executive Chairman of the Qatar National Food Security Programme. In partnership with Shell Qatar, Conservation International, and the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), the Youth Ambassadors traveled from Qatar to Brazil and

uN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (center back) with QFI Youth Ambassadors in Brazil

the US to attend environmental and cultural activities at various locations. During the three-day Rio+20 summit, the Youth Ambassadors spoke at the Qatar National Pavilion in Rio about environmental issues. Hamad Al Muftah explained that he had been chosen for the trip because of his research into how Qatar could change its focus from fossil fuels to renewable-energy sources. Members of the QFI delegation, which included students Sahar Al Ansari, Maryam Al Nesf, and Essa Al Malki,

will also attend the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha later this year. ROTA was represented by youth delegates Khalid Al Hamar and Abdulaziz Al Fehani, as well as ROTA Community Development Manager Mohammed Saleh and ROTAs Qatar Youth and Community Development Manager Abdullah Al Bakri. The ROTA delegates communicated the Gulf Co-operation Council Youth Statement on Sustainable Development, which was formulated as a result of debate at ROTAs EM-

POWER Youth Conference 2012 held in Doha in April. The statement suggests developing a long-term policy to ensure an increasing amount of Gulf region energy comes from renewable and sustainable sources. Al Fehani said that while Qatar looked forward to a prosperous future, the summit had highlighted how Qatar and every other country must become much smarter in resource use to meet the challenges of an ever-increasing population.

New name for Qscience.com journal


PuBlIcAtIONs. QScience.coms peerreviewed, online research journal has officially changed its name from Aswan Heart Center Science & Practice Series to Global Cardiology Science & Practice. The new name gives a more accurate description of the original mission of the publication, which is to present to its readership the latest advancements in the areas of science, practice, and global cardiology. The new title gives us the opportunity to refocus and expand the journals reach, while still providing high-quality, original research from scholars in this field, said Arend Kster, Managing Director of QScience.

We are delighted with the thoughtprovoking contributions from the highly-distinguished authors of this edition, who have demonstrated skill and originality in their analyses
Sir Magdi Yacoub, Editor-in-Chief of Global Cardiology

The third issue of the journal is currently accessible and free to read on QScience.com. Topics covered include a study into cardiovascular inequalities among indig-

enous Australians, clinical and molecular classification of cardiomyopathies, and an introduction to molecular genetics. We are delighted with the thoughtprovoking contributions from the highly-distinguished authors of this edition, who have demonstrated skill and originality in their analyses, added Sir Magdi Yacoub, Editor-in-Chief of

Global Cardiology. The range of articles presented herein highlights the international temperament of our journal, with authors from Europe, Australia, the USA, Asia, and Qatar. Furthermore, the wide distribution and accessibility of this journal will maximize its readership and broaden its reach.

Registration underway for new school

n Qatar Academy QF Community is currently enrolling for all grades from nursery (for those who reach the age of three by 1 September) up to the sixth grade. Application forms are available at Pre-university Education Department in Building 2, Room 30, until Monday, 27 August, with a deadline for received applications set for Sunday, 2 September. For more information, call +974 44542337.

n Maersk oil, a Qatar Science & Technology Park member, has teamed up with Qatar Petroleum to raise funds for Action on Diabetes, of which Qatar Foundation member Qatar Diabetes Association is a part. Teams of five will undertake desert-based orientation and team-leadership challenges in the surrounds of Zekreet, North East Qatar, over 17-18 November. Registrations at http://maerskoilandqpchallenge.com/

Desert challenge to raise funds for diabetes