Scientific texts are a key gateway to the study of the advanced topics critical to technological growth. Today, most Arab students are introduced to the importance of exploring scientific and technical advances through methodological reading and studying basic scientific concepts. However, major issues relating to the sustainability and development of Qatar, such as climate change, water security, desertification, space exploration, renewable energy and food security, remain poorly understood.
To address the deficiency, the Library established the Science Book Forum, a science reading initiative to attract more young readers to science books. We will achieve this objective through the production of short videos that introduce specific sets of books on scientific questions of relevance to the Arab reader. Additionally, we will hold public forums to discuss influential books on milestone topics in science and address scientific misconceptions. Finally, we will host monthly follow-ups so young readers can meet scientists and authors.
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Through these activities, we will:
- Encourage the next generation of learners (ages 12 – 25) to pursue science and engineering studies by fostering their scientific curiosity and critical thinking skills
- Build a digital platform—with a strong social media presence—to promote science books to young readers
- Host public discussions about scientific issues and books that have had a significant impact on human development and intellectual evolution
- Establish the Library as the first Arab library with a science forum to help spread Arab science literature regionally and internationally
Dr. Issam Heggy, a planetary scientist at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California and a ROSETTA co-investigator at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will moderate nine science book forums. These will ignite curiosity among participants and guide them to specific books and readings that can improve their scientific and technical skills.
Upcoming forums for the academic year 2018-2019
|Date||Topic||Moderator & Guests|
|October 2018||Science Forums as a Motor for Peace||Dr. Essam Heggy and Dr. Richard O'Kennedy, Qatar Foundation Vice President for Research|
|November 2018||Landing on Mars: Why and How||Dr. Essam Heggy and a member of the Insight Mission|
|December 2018||How climate change shaped Qatar and the MENA history?||Dr. Essam Heggy, Amrouni and Basti|
|January 2019||How do we capture and create solar Energy?||Dr. Essam Heggy and Vermeersch|
|February 2019||Where does Qatar Get its water from?||Dr. Essam Heggy, Al-Sulaiti and Shomar|
|March 2019||Why do we observe earth from Space?||Dr. Essam Heggy, Evans & Wolfenbarger|
Science Forum associated books:
|Date||Book Title (Springer) and Authors|