Held in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur

Qatar University Young Scientists Center (QU-YSC) has supported five high school groups to participate in this year's exhibition with distinguished scientific research developed at Qatar University, and thus they won four gold medals and a silver medal.

This achievement, which represents the State of Qatar and Qatar University, was achieved in a strong competition that included 482 participating projects submitted by 32 countries. It is worth mentioning is the history of the center's students, which is full of recognitions and successes through their participation in many exhibitions, and scientific competitions over the past years, which amounted to 69 international and local awards in research and innovation.

The winners were announced on Friday, May 27, 2022 via the official exhibition website, and four groups from Al-Arqam Secondary Academy for Girls won gold medals: Hajar Al-Jumaili and Maha Al-Maraghi for a research entitled “The effect of inhibiting Aryl Hydrocarbon receptors on the immune system CTLA-4 in colon cancer stem cells.” Wadja Al-Qatami for a paper entitled “Generation of blue energy using a water salinity gradient in a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant”, and Noura Al-Abdullah and Jawaher Al-Ansari for a paper entitled “The effect of electrodeposition composite nano-coatings of Ni-P-BN to prevent corrosion of steel Al-Ramil Kindergarten and Al-Maraghi Kindergarten for a paper entitled “Towards the Development of the Next Generation of Printable Carbon-Based Photovoltaic Technology (mPSCs). Students Ali Shams and Muhammad Radwani from Al Jazeera Academy for Boys also won a silver medal for a research titled “Developing the Next Generation of Printable Photovoltaic Technology” for carbon-based printing (mPSCs)".

Prof. Noora Al-Thani, Director of Qatar University Young Scientists Center, expressed her pride in the students’ achievement at the global level, which indicates the their awareness of the importance of harnessing science, investigation and research to find solutions to contemporary problems and challenges using scientific, engineering or technological methods. The professor also stressed the center's keenness to provide a supportive environment for students and encourage them to participate in international participation for the benefit of them and to provide them with the necessary expertise to develop projects and inventions and to represent the State of Qatar globally to highlight its scientific and research output. She also thanked the center's partners, UNESCO, the Doha Office and the Qatar National Committee for Education, Culture and Science.

The International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX), featuring the best innovations and discoveries from around the world, is the region's leading exhibition for displaying new inventions, technologies and products. It aims to secure opportunities and partners for investment, manufacturing and marketing, and to enable young researchers to move from the stage of scientific discovery to commercial application in line with the trends of the world.