(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Turkish
research agency, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of
Turkey (TUBITAK) has proposed collaboration with Qatar in several areas
such as space, energy, aviation and many more.
'We hope to expand the
scope of joint activities as well as the areas of collaboration into a
number of fields such as energy, aviation, space, biotechnology, health
and several more programmes, Dr Orkun Hasekioglu, vice president,
TUBITAK, said in Doha recently.
He was speaking at the launch event
of the joint funding initiative on cybersecurity by TUBITAK and Qatar
National Research Fund (QNRF).
Dr Hasekioglu noted that such a
collaboration would immensely help both the countries as well as in
meeting the Grand Challenges specified in Qatar National Research
'Some of the areas where we can work within the expertise
of TUBITAK are designing and building unmanned aerial vehicles, building
a micro factory for inexpensive electric cars; water treatment and
desalination facilities, symbiotic cities, building gas turbine internal
combustion engines, building next generation genome sequencing
systems, building satellites for surveillance and communications,
building food processing plants and detection and counter measures for
chemical and biological agents, continued Dr Hasekioglu.
pointed out that there should be a mechanism for the effective
implementation of the programmes between both the countries such as a
joint committee, a co-ordination office, a research centre or all of
Referring to the co-operation between QNRF and TUBITAK on
cybersecurity research, he said it would constitute the beginning of
many other significant, high-impact partnerships in science and
technology between Qatar and Turkey. 'In future calls, we are planning
to expand the programme, both in magnitude and scope, he explained.
to the official, establishing deep collaboration in all fields, most
importantly in science, technology and innovation is a top priority for
his organisation. 'In 2015, we signed an agreement to enhance
activities in the field of science and technology and innovation
between Qatar and Turkey.
The agreement in 2015 highlighted that
both the organisations will support science, technology and innovation
in both Turkey and Qatar. It also includes scholarships for students,
establishing research centres in Turkey and Qatar that will help joint
operations for developing advanced technologies for scientists and
engineers, he added.