Invitation to experience research work up close

MUSCAT: Sultan Qaboos University, through the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research, will host the SQU Research Centre’s Open House on Wednesday at the university’s conference and exhibition halls.
Now in its second year, the Research Centre’s Open House will again provide an important opportunity for SQU researchers and faculty, business leaders, policy makers, community members and non-SQU academics from across the Sultanate to come together to discuss how research can contribute to their organisations and to Oman’s continued social and economic progress.
During the Research Centre’s Open House, each of SQU’s twelve research centres will offer audience members updates on their research and innovation activities in their respective fields.
This year, the university has seen the addition of two new research centres — the Sustainable Energy Research Centre and the Nanotechnology Research Centre. These research centres will be making their first presentations at the Open House and are sure to draw interest among the audience.
The two new research centres join an already extensive research eco-system at SQU which includes: the Omani Studies Centre, the Humanities Research Centre, the Oil and Gas Research Centre, the Earthquake Monitoring Centre, the Centre for Environmental Studies and Research, the Water Research Centre, the Earth Science Research Centre, the Communication and Information Research Centre, the Remote Sensing and Geographical Information System Centre and the Centre of Excellence in Marine Biotechnology.
In addition to hearing about the latest developments at these research centres, participants at the event also have the opportunity to learn more about the university’s state-of-the-art facilities, research programmes, and expertise through a speech delivered by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research, Dr Rahma al Mahrooqi, and through presentations offered by representatives from each of the research centres.
The Research Centre’s Open House programme also includes an exhibition devoted to the achievements of the research centres during the past year. Through this combination of presentations, question and answer time, and exhibition displays, the Open House offers a great opportunity for the development of networks of key stakeholders concerned with research and innovation in Oman, which will result in increased inter-institutional/organisational and inter-disciplinary research in strategic areas in the Sultanate.
By understanding more about the valuable work, SQU’s research centres do and what they offer industry and the community, the Open House will promote the formation of long-term associations and the development of networks that have the potential to benefit all involved.