Finalists of ‘Omani Young Water Researchers Award’ for 2019 Announced

MEDRC Water Research have announced the names of 9 young Omani researchers, shortlisted as finalists for the ‘Omani Young Water Researchers Award, 2019. 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 shortlisted students announced today are as follows:

Postgraduate Category
Faisal Al Marzouqi
Saleh Al Saidi
Ahmed Al Mazrouai

Undergraduate Category
Abdulaziz Al Hajri
Husna Al Salmi
Mouza Al Ruqaishy

Wastewater Research Category
Wafa Ak Maamari
Younis Al Aamri
Raiya Al Hashmi

The 9 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 made up of the foremost water experts in Oman.

‘Thanks to the support of our partners, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Oman, OMZEST and now HAYA Water, we have an important annual celebratory event that showcases the world class water research being conducted by young Omani researchers. MEDRC is committed to supporting these young academics as they look for solutions to the challenge of fresh water scarcity.’ said Ciarán Ó Cuinn, Center Director, MEDRC Water Research.

First launched by MEDRC Water Research in 2017, the award aims to recognize 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 (Diam) 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

Previous winners of the award include Ms. Manal Al Balushi (Middle East College, winner 2017), Mr. Abdullah Al Balushi, (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, postgraduate winner, 2018), and Ms. Azza Khalfan Darwish Al Subhi (International Maritime College of Oman, undergraduate winner 2018)

Generously sponsored by the Omar Zawawi Establishment L.L.C and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Muscat, the winners will be presented with a winner’s medal, certificate of achievement, and an international trip to attend a water conference in the Netherlands. HAYA water joined the list of supporting partners this year and have sponsored a prize for the best research project on the topic of wastewater, with the winner receiving a trip to Jordan to attend an international conference on wastewater.

The winners will be announced at an official ceremony held at MEDRC Water Research in September with dignitaries and officials from the public and private sector in attendance.