The Science and Innovation Network engages with the local science & innovation community in support of UK policy overseas and also creates strategic relationships.

Science and innovation are at the heart of government strategy for promoting prosperity and growth. Research and knowledge is increasingly developed and transferred through international collaboration which provides opportunities to work with the best in the world, exchange students and researchers, and gain access to large scale international facilities; leading to mutual benefits for the UK and Qatar.

Responsibilities

The Science and Innovation Network (SIN) has more than 100 officers in over 40 countries and territories around the world building partnerships and collaborations on science and innovation.

In Qatar, SIN is working on the following global objectives:

  • Establishing the UK as Qatar’s pivotal partner of choice in science and innovation.

  • Supporting Qatar in enhancing their resilience and security by addressing long-term threats, including emerging health issues and global challenges on water and food security, as well as through building their capacity to deliver evidence-based policies.

  • Increasing trade and investment cooperation in education, healthcare, environment, water & food security, clean energy, sustainable cooling, cyber security, smart cities and artificial intelligence.

  • Broadening security cooperation between the UK and Qatar – keeping Britain, and our interests, safe.

  • Strengthening our bilateral relationship through engagement on science and innovation.

  • Engaging with the next generation of thinkers

Priorities for Qatar

SIN activities in Qatar are focused on the following priority thematic areas:

  • Food and Water Security
  • Digital Economy (Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security)
  • Clean and Renewable Energy/Sustainable Cooling
  • Healthcare, incl. Genomics and Precision Medicine

Our services

The Gulf Science and Innovation Network consist of six officers covering all six Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with the Head of SIN (Gulf) leading from Doha. In Qatar, SIN is based at the British Embassy in Doha. We work closely with DIT, Political and Prosperity teams, as well as with the British Council.

For an introductory brief which covers the local Science and Innovation landscape, UK priorities and activities in Qatar, please read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot.

Opportunities

For information on forthcoming science collaboration events, these are publicised on the Embassy Facebook page, and we chat about them regularly on Twitter, too. Join us!

Contact us

You can email, or telephone us on:
Email: SIN.Gulf@fcdo.gov.uk
Tel: +974 4496 2017

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