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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

Three Omani innovators participate in Falling Walls Lab in Germany

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Berlin: The Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, took part in the Falling Walls Lab competition that is being held from November 7-9, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.


Winners of the Falling Walls Lab competition in Oman are taking part in the international competition, those include Maira Ahmed al Qaidi, Dr Faisal Rashid al Marzouqi and Emad Abdullah al Obiadoon.


Maira al Qaidi, participated in the global Falling Walls Lab Finale, which included 80 participants from all over the world in various disciplines, with her project ‘Breaking the Wall of Unsustainable Wastewater Quality Monitor’.


Maira al Qaidi said that “It is a great opportunity to present my project about the invention of a biosensor based on microbial cells to measure a very important parameter in contaminated water (COD), and to present the idea of the device for three minutes to a group of scientists and researchers, and the main guest of honor of the Berlin Science Summit, in addition to a jury made up of specialized expert that can help me in improving the development of the device.”


Dr Faisal al Marzuqi also participated with his project ‘Breaking the Wall of Sea Water to Drinking Water’, which is about a new and innovative way to produce water without relying on traditional sources of energy and electricity. This method relies on sunlight with the help of nanometre thermal catalysts.


Dr Faisal said that “this participation will undoubtedly be very beneficial to me, and will refine the basic idea of the project by discussing it with the most prominent researchers and innovators in the same field. It will allow me to see the latest developments in research and innovation around the world.”


Emad al Obiadoon’s project titled ‘Breaking the Wall of OMMOFs for Climate Change’, involved a new method of using metal tires t absorb gases that affect climate change and turns those gases into environmentally friendly compounds.


Emad said that his participation in the Falling Walls Lab competition in Berlin is “A wonderful experience that I learned a lot from. The participation also allowed me to see the latest scientific studies in various fields and meet many of the contestants who I was able to exchange knowledge with.”


The Falling Walls Lab competition aims at boosting innovative ideas and business models among researchers and entrepreneurs across different fields. The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation takes part annually in the competitions since 2016.


Falling Walls Lab competition aims to build and strengthen relations between distinguished researchers, academics, entrepreneurs and professionals.


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