Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

December Talk: COP26 Through the Eyes of a Youth Participant followed by
The Journey from Architecture to Biotecture


Dear Fellow Members and dear QNHG friends,

Please, the Steering Committee needs help to keep up with the group’s missions. If you could spare a few hours per month to volunteer and help with some responsibilities within the committee, we do have a few positions available.
The group is awe-inspiring and offers good opportunities to discover the Qatari peninsula and the region. But we need members to get involved in the planning and organization of our activities.

Thank you! Do get in touch with us and inquire about these openings.


Date & Time: Wednesday, December 1st, video Conferencing  Starting at 7 pm. 

Speakers: - Guilia Pinna - Secretary General of THIMUN Qatar and Student at Doha College
                 - Dr. Alex Amato - Head of Research, Qatar Green Building Council

Venue: Video conference via Zoom

Registrations: Zoom Link to register for the talk: Register Here
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the meeting.

Synopsis of of COP26 Through the Eyes of a Youth Participant

 

This talk will break down the importance of this year’s COP and the role of youth in climate action. Having taken part in COP26 as a party delegate and panellist, Ms. Pinna will talk about her own experience in this conference, all the while highlighting what we as a community can do to ensure that action on climate change goes beyond the limited changes in policy enacted by politicians.

 

Speaker Bio 

 

Giulia Pinna, is the Secretary General of The Hague International Model United Nations, Qatar. Taking a keen interest in global issues from a young age, she now works towards building education for advocacy; empowering the local youth community to unite in service of the Sustainable Development Goals. Through THIMUNQ – a Qatar Foundation youth organization - and with her team, she builds awareness on current issues, centralize local and marginalised youth and encourage peers' shift from discussions to action. Ms. Pinna attended the Pre-COP26: Youth4Climate conference and following this, COP26. At these conferences Giulia represented Qatar, the THIMUN organization and the youth she works with in Qatar.

   

 

Synopsis of The Journey from Architecture to Biotecture

 

Fundamentally embedded within “Our Common Future” the seminal document that introduced the concept of sustainability delivered by the World Commission on Environment and Development on 20th March 1987 in Oslo by its chairperson Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, is the notion of EQUITY. Not only amongst human society but also between present and future generations and MOREOVER this obligation extended to all living species on the planet. But we are witnessing one of the greatest periods of mass extinction of the planet’s flora and fauna in geological history. Only our species is responsible for this. So now is the time when architects along with all our other design professionals should embrace fellow ecologists and engage them in the process of design. With their knowledge we can produce a built environment that is rich in biodiversity by creating not only structures fit for purpose but also create habitats for numerous flora and fauna. In short, we need to now practice not just architecture but biotecture.

 

Speaker Bio 

 

Dr. Alex Amato has over 40 years’ experience in the built environment. He has worked in both the private and public sectors in the UK, SE Asia and now in the Middle East. Since 1996, his research has largely focused on the application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), quantitatively assessing the environmental impact of buildings, construction systems, and products.

He has worked in architectural practice, industry, and academe and his work covers a wide gamut, from design, to construction, product development and research. He has taught architectural design, construction technology, and sustainable construction in the faculty of Architecture and Real Estate and Construction, at the University of Hong Kong and also wider afield in China, particularly the University of Chong Qing.

In Qatar he spent the first three years providing sustainable consultancy within Davis Langdon but for the last eight years he has held the position of Head of Research at the Qatar Green Building Council, which is part of Qatar Foundation.

Here he has helped deliver an expanding research and education programme. In particular, the development of the first Passivhaus in the GCC Region, and research with Texas A&M University and with the College of the North Atlantic both funded through the National Priorities Research Programme of the Qatar National Research Fund.

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He is part of the team that has recently been awarded the largest ‘cluster research’ project to be funded by the QNRF. The project will examine the development of direct atmospheric carbon capture around existing building air-conditioning systems.

   

 

 

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