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MEDRC announces finalists of young water researchers award

4 Jan 2021

MEDRC Water Research has announced the names of 12 young Omani researchers shortlisted as finalists for the ‘Omani Young Water Researchers Award 2020′. 

As per a statement, the high-profile award celebrates the world-class water research being conducted by young Omani students at undergraduate and postgraduate level in universities both in Oman and abroad. 

The 12 young students secured their place on the shortlist after being called upon to present their project and defend their research findings to a judging panel consisting of the foremost water experts in Oman. 

“None of this would be possible without the ongoing support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Omar Zawawi Establishment and Haya Water. Year after year their commitment to supporting Oman’s research talent has been truly impressive,” said Ciarán Ó Cuinn, MEDRC centre director. 

First launched by MEDRC Water Research in 2017, the award aims to recognise the valuable contributions of young Omani researchers whose work has or has the potential to make a positive impact on the water sector in Oman. 

The annual event is held under the auspices of the Public Authority for Water and focuses on water research conducted in the following specified areas: 

  • Water management
  • Wastewater treatment and reuse
  • Water treatment technologies
  • Desalination and/or related environment research 
  • Non-revenue water

The winners will be presented a winner’s medal, certificate of achievement and a prize. 

The winners will be announced at an official ceremony which will be attended by dignitaries and officials from the public and private sector, added the statement.

The shortlisted students are:

Postgraduate category

Basim al Farsi, Ibtihal al Manthri, Rasheeda al Abri, Tahani Bait Suwailm 

Undergraduate category

Hawaa al Abri & Faiza al Hatmi, Kawther al Ismaili, Matar al Maqbali

Wastewater research category

Manal al Hashmi, Aziza al Hinai & Halima Alhimali, Thuraya al Fahdi


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