Qatar, Doha, September 5, 2020:
Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Stars of Science returns for its 12th season on September 11 on select channels, embarking on a new decade of empowering pan-Arab innovators as they seek to address challenges in the Arab world and across the globe with novel technologies.
Since 2009, the number one Arabic edutainment TV show has invited Arab innovators between the ages of 18-35 from around the world to design solutions for their communities.
“Invention continues to be a necessity as the world faces unprecedented challenges,” said Khalifa Essa Al Kubaisi, Press Office and Media Relations Manager, Qatar Foundation. “Stars of Science promotes collaboration, entrepreneurship, and research in an effort to cultivate homegrown scientific talent, vital to helping our communities solve present and unforeseen problems.”
The nine-episode series will follow eight contestants as they compete to transform their ideas into viable prototypes that are relevant and competitive in local and international markets. This innovation marathon tests their scientific, engineering, and business acumen, featuring several rounds of conceptualization and prototyping, and a critical round of testing, before the final episode.
The Stars of Science jury, Professor Fouad Mrad, Dr. Khalid Al-Ali, and Professor Abdelhamid El-Zoheiry, will continue to uphold rigorous scientific standards and provide expert guidance to participants.
“Viewers tuning in will not only witness Arab scientific excellence, but they will also see the perseverance of the region’s youth this season,” said Professor Mrad. “The COVID-19 pandemic posed great issues for Stars of Science and its contestants. However, our participants demonstrated their resilience, adapting and continuing their work with scientific diligence.”
Members of the distinguished Stars of Science alumni network return to the show to help select candidates in the casting episodes while also co-presenting the episodes alongside long-time host, Khalid Al Jumaily.
Part of Qatar Science & Technology Park – QF’s hub of technology innovation, entrepreneurship, and development – Stars of Science is at the heart of a vibrant and diverse innovation community that strives to impact societies around the world. Growing beyond 139 members across 18 Arab countries, the drivers of change catalyze social progress and create a culture of innovation across the region.
For a full broadcast guide to Stars of Science Season 12, visit www.starsofscience.com .
It is noteworthy that “Stars of Science” is the leading program in the Arab world in the field of innovation, and one of the initiatives of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, within the framework of educational and entertainment reality television. It aims to enable Arab innovators to develop technological solutions for their societies that benefit people’s health and lifestyles, and also help them preserve the environment.
Contestants, over the course of twelve weeks, showcase their solutions and their range of activities with the support of a team of experts that includes engineers and product developers, in a race against time.
A committee of experts evaluates and disqualifies projects every week within several rounds of proof-of-concept, product modeling and testing, leaving in the end four candidates who qualify for the final qualifying stage in order to compete for a share of a $ 600,000 prize money to fund their projects. Winners are decided based on jury decision and online audience vote.
The Stars of Science program will be broadcast every Friday and Saturday from September 11, 2020 until November 6, 2020, and you can visit the broadcast guide to see the full list of broadcast channels and broadcast times.
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The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development is a non-profit organization that supports the State of Qatar in its path towards building a diversified and sustainable economy. The Foundation seeks to meet the needs of the Qatari people and the world, by providing specialized programs, based on an innovative environment that combines education, research, science, and community development.
The Qatar Foundation was established in 1995, based on a wise vision shared by His Highness the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, based on providing quality education to the children of Qatar. Today, Qatar Foundation’s state-of-the-art education system provides lifelong learning opportunities for community members, from six months of age to their Ph.D., to enable them to compete in a global environment and contribute to the development of their country.
The Qatar Foundation has also established a multidisciplinary edifice of innovation in Qatar, in which local researchers work to address pressing national and global challenges. By spreading a culture of lifelong learning and stimulating community participation in programs that support Qatari culture, Qatar Foundation empowers the local community and contributes to building a better world.
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