Medical, energy professionals to meet in Doha
Doha, April 24, 2011
Leading members of the energy and medical industries will come together to explore ideas and technologies common to these two fields at a conference in Doha this week.
More than 150 distinguished guests as well as national and international speakers from well-renowned institutions are expected to attend the Pumps & Pipes conference to be held on April 28, said an announcement from Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and ExxonMobil.
Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Robotic Surgery Centre and the Methodist Debakey Heart & Vascular Center are all valuable contributors to the event and will provide world-class speakers.
The Pumps & Pipes conference began in Houston, Texas in 2007 as an opportunity to foster unique research and development opportunities between two of the area’s largest industries - energy and medicine. Now in its fifth year, the Pumps & Pipes conference is being held internationally for the first time as it moves to Doha, Qatar, a city also known for its emphasis on advancements in science and technology, particularly in the fields of energy and medicine.
“Many of the most significant innovations in scientific research happen in interdisciplinary areas where different types of expertise are combined, and Pumps & Pipes leverages this concept. Pumps & Pipes is expected to lead to the formulation of new ideas and the sharing of new technologies between industries that face similar challenges, even if it is on different scales,” said a statement.
The conference will explore the common attributes of oil and gas technology, computational sciences, cardiovascular medicine and surgery.
Pumps & Pipes will invite people from across many disciplines including surgeons, researchers, engineers, geoscientists, imaging specialists, robotics experts, energy and medical equipment suppliers and service company representatives. With attendees spanning several specialties, the conference will foster interactions that can address challenges in areas such as imaging, fluid dynamics, robotics and remote monitoring, said the statement.
Dr Tidu Maini, executive chairman of QSTP and Science and Technology Advisor said “QSTP is delighted to lead this initiative and to bring Pumps & Pipes to Qatar as this is the first time it is being held in the Middle East. Energy and Healthcare are two main pillars in Qatar, and initiatives like Pumps & Pipes provide a pool of knowledge especially after tackling common challenges facing these two industries. This in turn holds advantages not only to the participants but also to the society.”
Alex Dodds, president and general manager of ExxonMobil Qatar, added: “ExxonMobil is very pleased to partner with QSTP in bringing a prestigious event like Pumps & Pipes to Doha. ExxonMobil supports QSTP’s efforts in advancing science and technology and hopes to see many collaborations result from this conference that will have broad applications in the energy sector and the medical industry. As one of the first members at QSTP, the ExxonMobil Research Qatar facility exemplifies the importance we place on supporting research and development activities in Qatar.” – TradeArabia News Service