TUBITAK President attended the Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference 2018 (ARC’18), held on 19-20 March 2018 in Doha.
Giving his remarks during ‘R&D: Focusing on Priorities, Delivering Impact’ Panel, Mandal said: “TUBITAK-QNRF Joint Call resulted in funding two projects with 5 Million TL for each, and we are looking for launching the 3-year projects in the second half of 2018.”
The Conference brought together more than 2000 local and international researchers and entrepreneurs that participated in ARC’18 expert-led panel sessions and presentations of research projects focused on four thematic pillars defined in Qatar’s National Research Strategy (QNRS): Energy and Environment; Computing and Information Technology; Health and Biomedical; and Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.
During the panel on ‘R&D: Focusing on Priorities, Delivering Impact’, Mandal said: “Science, technology and innovation management activities are still input-oriented and process-oriented. However, in order to be capable of problem-solving, management mechanisms must be more output-oriented, effective collaborations must be established and talents must be used. And this can be possible through academy-industry collaborations and enhancement of human resources.”
Turkey and Qatar Will Collaborate in the Fields of Energy, Health and ICT
During his meeting with Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, “H.H. stressed the importance of launching scientific collaborations between two countries in such a strategic field -cybersecurity, and she focused on the necessity of extending this cooperation to energy, health and ICT. Moreover, cooperation between Turkey and Qatar in a strategic area such as defense will strengthen the relations between both countries,” Prof. Mandal said.
Professor Mandal mentioned that TUBITAK and its Qatari counterpart Qatar National Research Fund decided to jointly fund two research projects that focus on strengthening the protection of critical infrastructures and strengthening against cyber threats. “Warning: A Defense-in-depth Cyber Intelligence Platform to Defend against Emerging Cyber Attacks” and “Cyber Security of Smart Distribution Grid Infrastructure with State-level Auditing” projects aimed at strengthening the cyber security shield of electrical networks and developing a cyber-threat intelligence platform against cyber-attacks. And both projects are going to receive approximately 5 Million TL as the project budget, and they will be launched in the second half of 2018 and will last for the next three years. Those projects will be carried out with the partnership of academy, industry and public sector and are expected to offer innovative solutions against cyber-attacks.
Prof. Mandal, reminding that during the visit of His Excellency, President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to Qatar in December 2015 a scientific and technological cooperation agreement between TUBITAK and Qatar National Research Fund was signed, stated that since then the relations between the two countries have been maintained at the highest level.