Qatar National Library Helps Inspire Individuals and Create Productive Researchers This Month

Aug 25, 2020 by QNL

A jam-packed schedule of online events at Qatar National Library this month includes a variety of interactive lectures in science and research to help inspire visitors to think a little differently. 

Qatar National Library has curated a diverse catalog of online events this month for researchers, science enthusiasts, budding public speakers, creative writers and inquisitive young minds.

On 7 September, participants can start their sustainability journey. Presented by the Doha Environmental Actions Project, this session will allow participants to learn about how plastic pollution affects marine life in Qatar, as well as some of the simple changes they can make in their lives to help ease the problem.


On 8 September, take part in the fifth session of the Productive Researcher series. Part of the Postgraduate Peer Support Network Program, these lectures are aimed at encouraging researchers in Qatar through peer-learning with leading academics from around the world. Interact with these experts to find out more about the habits and thinking processes that make them so successful in their field. The sixth session of the series will take place on 22 September.


On 12 September, join the Library’s experts in public speaking to learn how to present achievements and successes in a team or interview with supreme confidence. Their tips will help participants become assured public speakers in next to no time.


On 13 September, learn more about how the trafficking and smuggling of heritage items from libraries and archives are on the rise globally. In the MENA and West and Central Africa regions, this phenomenon is bigger due to the greater prevalence of conflict and insecurity. The guest speaker will be Dr. Alsharqi Dahmali, a member of the Advisory Council of the International Council of Museums in Morocco.


On 14 September, parents and educators are invited to an event supporting children to get to the next level in their academic lives. The workshop will cover a broad range of topics such as human psychology, neurolinguistic programming and physiology to find smart ways for children to study, help them construct essays more efficiently and improve their memory.


On 17 September, enroll for the next lecture of the Inspiring Individuals series, where luminaries from Qatari society share their stirring stories. Abdullah Srour is one such figure; a photographer and teacher who earned acclaim for his photo of the world's largest printed poster, “Tamim Al Majd,” which entered the Guinness Book of World Records.


On 18 September, the Science Book Forum returns with “What the Moon is Really Made Of.” NASA scientist Dr. Essam Heggy will discuss his team’s latest discovery that the subsurface of the Moon might be richer in metals like iron and titanium than researchers previously thought. This finding could help paint a clearer picture than ever before of the relationship between Earth and the Moon.

On 20 September, join the Library for “Readings in Qatar National Library’s Manuscript Collection: Prominent Copies of Hanafi Fiqh.” This is the fourth in a series of lectures and talks providing readings of rare historical works from the Heritage Library's collection of manuscripts. The series is a rare opportunity to explore the rich collection and its masterworks, along with the Heritage Library's digital and virtual services. This lecture will discuss notable manuscripts of Hanfi Fiqh, one of the four Sunni Islamic schools of jurisprudence. The lecture will be delivered by Mohammed Yaser Shahin, a researcher at the Center of Islamic Research (?SAM) in Turkey.


On 22 September, take advantage of the latest lecture in the Reading for Self-Development series. This session will reveal tips on developing a strong personality and help to raise self-confidence levels. Participants will also learn which books on the topic are available in the Library’s collection.


On 24 September, the Young Adults Creative Writing Circle gives young writers of any experience level the opportunity to come together, share projects they are working on and get feedback in a supportive environment; participants also receive writing prompts in each session.


Finally, on 30 September, parents, caregivers and educators are invited to “Visual Aids for Children with Autism.” Visual supports are non-verbal ways for children with an autism spectrum disorder to communicate their needs and make sense of the world around them. This online training session will introduce the different types of visual schedules and the importance of using these schedules, as well as ways to use them effectively at home.

For more information on all of the events taking place in September, keep an eye on the Library’s website and social media channels for the latest.