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

To promote international collaboration on Science and Innovation, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office jointly fund the UK Science and Innovation Network (SIN), which includes over 90 officers based in 30 countries around the world.

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, infrastructure, water, clean energy, cyber security, Science and Innovation – working on higher education, collaborating with the British Council and the Gulf Science and Innovation, Knowledge and Economy programme.

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

  • Strengthening bilateral relationship through engagement on science and innovation.

  • Helping Qatar to deliver commitments made at COP 22.

  • Influencing policy, inter alia on Anti Microbial Resistance (AMR), climate change and women’s rights

  • Engaging with the next generation of thinkers.

Priorities for Qatar

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

  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
  • Food Security
  • Cyber and ICT
  • Clean and Renewable Energy
  • Future/SMART Cities

Our services

The Gulf Science and Innovation Network consist of three 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, read the UK Science and Innovation Network Country Snapshot.

Opportunities

Gulf Science and Innovation Knowledge Economy Programmer’s Grants, Science Collaboration Symposiums and funding opportunities are often 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@fco.gov.uk
Tel: +974 4496 2017

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