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February 2024

Doctors of the Future Conference

Research Competition

Abstract submission

Abstracts can be submitted here. Make sure you submit before October 15.  Only qualifying students from the research competition  will be participating (as presenters) in the Doctors of the Future Conference in February 2024.

Click here to view the last year's Conference Brochure.

Research Abstract Guidelines

should not be more than 300 words and have the following structure:
  • Topic
  • Research question
  • Research methods to be used
  • Findings

Guidelines for team formation

  • No more than five students on each team
  • No more than one group per theme
  • Students can be from high school years (Grades 9, 10, 11, 12) 
  • No more than two teaching advisors from the school for each group (preferably Science and/or Math teachers)
  • Highly preferred to have at least one Qatari student in each group (for local schools)

Prizes and awards

  • Exciting and valuable prizes for the top three winning teams awarded to the students and advising teachers
  • A chance to present at the Doctors of the Future Conference
  • Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation


The topics and themes of the competition are inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (2030).


Each school team will select a topic under the overarching themes mentioned below. Each research team can submit more than one proposal as long as these fall under different research themes. A maximum of two proposals can be submitted by each team. A maximum of four teams can participate from the same school, however each team will need to have a different teacher advisor. Topics that are medically relevant, demonstrating creativity and innovation are highly encouraged. You can address any topic of interest, provided it is relevant to one of the themes below.

1. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

By 2030, reduce by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being.  By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water, and soil pollution and contamination.

2. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing the release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.  By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.

3. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible, and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities, and older persons.  By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.

4. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.  By 2030, ensure that people everywhere have the relevant information and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.