Qatar to host 2014 IASP World Conference

October 28, 2013 11:36 am

Qatar to host 2014 IASP World Conference

Doha 28th October 2013: Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) will host the 2014 International Association of Science Parks (IASP) 31st Annual World Conference in Doha.

The official announcement of the host came at an international gathering of science parks, entrepreneurs and policy makers in Recife, Brazil last week. Qatar is a country on a clear path to an advanced society that maintains a balance between economic growth, social development and environmental protection by developing human capital through science, research and education, according to report published by IASP.

 Qatar won the bid with 70 per cent of the votes of the 338 members, defeating Poland and Russia. Hamad Al-Kuwari, QSTP Managing Director and IASP 2014 Organizing Committee head addressed delegates at the closing ceremony of this year’s IASP World Conference.

Al – Kuwari unveiled preparations for IASP 2014 and assured to bring a strong discussion on how technology goes to work in science parks to create knowledge and commercial opportunities among entrepreneurs, science parks, academia and industry

Qatar is the first Arabic and Middle Eastern country which wins IASP hosting bid. IASP will take place on October 19-22, 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Center.

QSTP invited science parks, national development agencies, industry groups, venture capitalists and others to submit abstracts for the IASP 2014 aiming at the expansion of role of science and technology parks and the future of cross-sector


Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) is a part of Qatar Foundation R&D enterprise. It is the primary incubator of the country for technology development, supporting the environment required for stimulating commercialization of research and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. It focuses on four themes, Energy, Environment, Health Sciences and Information & Communication Technologies.

About the Author

Asad Ahmed Kan is a Special Correspondent for Qatar Chronicle. He has worked in the higher education industry for nearly 20 years. He also has an M.S. in instruction technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University and a B.A. degree in computer science from Rollins College.

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