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January 2023

High School Medical Conference

Research Competition

Abstract submission

Click here to submit your abstract. Abstract submission deadline is June 30, 2022. Only qualifying students from the research competition will be participating (as presenters) in the High School Medical Conference in January 2023.

Schools are invited to attend the Conference. 

Guidelines for team formation

  • No more than 5 students in each team
  • No more than 1 group per theme
  • Students can be from high school years (Grade 9, 10, and 11) 
  • 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

Prizes and awards

  • Exciting and valuable prizes for the top 3 winning teams awarded to the students and advising teachers
  • A chance to present at the Medicine Unlimited Conference
  • All participants including students, teachers and school administrators will receive a Certificate of Participation



Each school team will select a topic under the overarching themes mentioned below. These themes can also be viewed in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Under each theme we have suggested some research topics; however, feel free to choose one or select your own. 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.

 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.

Examples of research topics:

  • How could Qatar better promote mental health and well-being?
  • What could Qatar do to improve air quality?

2. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing 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.

Examples of research topics:

  • How could Qatar increase recycling?
  • How could Qatar improve its water-use efficiency?

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.

Examples of research topics:

  • How could Qatar improve road safety?
  • How can Qatar reduce the adverse environmental impact of its cities?

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.

Examples of research topics:

  • How can Qatar reduce waste generation?
  • How can Qatar increase awareness for sustainable development?

5. Understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

We are currently in the middle of a major coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic. This has caused worldwide pandemonium, impacting our lives in many ways.  It has resulted in the loss of many lives, overburdened healthcare systems and caused social and economic disruption. COVID-19 presents many challenges but also a window of opportunity to innovate, research and adapt to a new norm.

Examples of research topics:

  • How has COVID-19 affected individual and population health and well-being in Qatar?
  • What measures did Qatar implement to mitigate the spread of the SARS-Co-V 2 virus? Were the measures successful?
  • What is the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on Qatar’s healthcare system?
  • What lessons can we learn from the current pandemic to help us address future pandemics and other emergencies?
  • What are the innovations that have been implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic in Qatar to help ‘normalize’ life for its residents?