Recently we showcased our research at the Makerspace Initiative organized by the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). This year the event was titled “Green Economy, Business, and Entrepreneurship” and brought together organizations and wider community for interactive exhibitions, workshops, and short talks. Along with the SAFE-Q Project, participants included Qatar Development Bank, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, Qatar Green Building Council, Qatar National Research Fund and Al Jaber Green Construction, Green Maasai Troupe, Rozy Fashion, Papercut, Q-e Waste, Qatar Behavioral Insights Unit, Agrico, Global Farm for Agricultural Supplies, and IbTECHar. We present in Figure 1 an aerial view of the event, where the space is divided into workshop areas for few participants and presentation areas for large audiences.
Figure 1. An aerial view of the event
This public event that took place at the Education City Student Center included an exhibition called Living Off the Land, which presented how different people rely on nature to survive. The even had a children-friendly zone that encouraged upcycling and recycling concepts. Speakers focused on green economies and businesses.
The SAFE-Q research outcomes were presented at a corner (Figure 2) to engage participants with food waste reduction ideas.
Figure 2. SAFE-Q Corner
The SAFE-Q Corner in Figure 2 shows the SAFE-Q poster presented earlier this year in the Annual Research Conference, our SAFE-Q research outcome summarising the causes of food waste in Qatar, a tray sheet for canteens showing recommended daily intakes of proteins, fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy products, and a table tent informing the people dining on the table about food waste.
The SAFE-Q team will continue to participate such events and initiatives to share research outcomes and build on public awareness of the impact of the food waste.
Authored by Dr Hafize Sahin and Dr Emel Aktas