Saturday, 1 Apr 2023
MEDRC announces winners of youth water researchers award

MEDRC announces winners of youth water researchers award

Established by MEDRC and supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands, Omar Zawawi Establishment and Haya Water, the award aims to celebrate planet-class water analysis becoming undertaken by young Omani students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at universities each in Oman and abroad.

Held beneath the auspices of the Public Authority for Water, the MEDRC initiative seeks to encourage and market water analysis that can contribute positively to Oman’s water sector in 4 crucial locations: water management, water therapy technologies, desalination and associated environmental analysis.

Ciarán Ó Cuinn, centre director, MEDRC, mentioned, “MEDRC continues to be amazed by the standard of submissions received each year for this award. Since 2017 and through the continued support of our partners, this initiative celebrates young Omani researchers who are working to achieve the scientific breakthroughs and advancements needed to respond to the global challenge of fresh water scarcity.”


Faisal al Marzouqi, a PhD student at SQU, claimed the best prize in the postgraduate category for his perform treating pharmaceutical wastewater contaminated by bisphenol A (BPA).

Winner of the undergraduate category, Mouza al Ruqaishy, also of Sultan Qaboos University, was awarded for her analysis on wastewater created from textile manufacturing. Wafa al Maamari, from the National University of Science and Technology, won the unique prize for wastewater analysis (sponsored by HayaWater) for her study which investigated the prospective of recovering supplies from expired tyres and reusing them to treat wastewater mostly from heavy metals.

Speaking at the award ceremony, H E Laetitia van Asch, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Oman, mentioned, “With the annual Young Omani Water Researchers Award, a new generation of solutions is emerging. We all know that in future, water and clean water, will be more precious than ever. So, we must encourage and support students and researchers to find creative and innovative solutions for these challenges which we all face.”


Wastewater has grow to be component of the answer to the challenges posed by fresh water scarcity. Huge quantities of water are consumed and created by industries in the course of different stages of processing. The possibilities and prospective for water re-use inside these industries, as effectively as power and resource recovery from created wastewater are driving international development in the sector.

Wastewater was by far the most well-liked location of concentrate shown by researchers competing for this year’s award.

CEO of Haya Water, Eng Hussain AbdulHussain mentioned, “Haya Water strongly believes in research and development and would like to thank MEDRC for this excellent annual initiative. We are very excited to have joined the list of supporting partners this year by sponsoring a special prize for the best wastewater research project.”

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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