Role of Science in Shaping National Identities Discussed at Qatar National Library

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Published October 17th, 2018 - 05:11 GMT
The Science Book Forum is a reading initiative established by the Library to encourage young people to develop a lasting interest in scientific literature.
The Science Book Forum is a reading initiative established by the Library to encourage young people to develop a lasting interest in scientific literature.

The role of scientists in creating a path to peace in times of hostility was explored at the inaugural session of the Science Book Forum, which took place at Qatar National Library today.

The Science Book Forum is a reading initiative established by the Library to encourage young people to develop a lasting interest in scientific literature. The forum will hold monthly discussions to explore topics that are key to Qatar’s sustainability and development, such as climate change, water security, desertification, space exploration, renewable energy and food security.

The guest speaker at today’s session was Dr. Richard O’Kennedy, Qatar Foundation Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation. Dr. O’Kennedy highlighted the role that science can play in shaping a national identity and achieving the ambition of a knowledge-based, tolerant and diverse society.

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Qatar National Library

Qatar National Library acts as a steward of Qatar’s national heritage by collecting, preserving and making available the country’s recorded history. In its role as a research library with a preeminent heritage library, the Library fosters and promotes greater global insight into the history and culture of the Gulf region. As a public library, we provide equal access for all of Qatar's residents to an environment that supports creativity, independent decision-making, and cultural development. Through all our functions, we provide leadership to the country’s library and cultural heritage sector.

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