Qatar Natural History Group

People, Nature, Culture

January Talk: What is Ecotheology?: Religion, Spiritualism, and Nature


2021 ended with a much needed thunderstorm on the peninsula, and hopefully the rain will change the dry desert scenery in the coming weeks. It will be interesting to document this change.

Unfortunately, because of the rising concerns over a new wave of COVID and the recent strain of new restrictions, we have to put our rambles on hold until further notice, but we invite you to enjoy responsibly some family outings. Please, don’t hesitate to share your discoveries.

To start 2022, we’re very grateful to have our members Alan Weber and Diana Woodcock as speakers on a deep and meaningful topic.

All the best,


Date & Time: Wednesday, January 12th, video Conferencing  Starting at 7 pm. 

Speakers: TAlan S. Weber, Professor of English, Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar
Diana Woodcock, Professor of English, Virginia Commonwealth University - Qatar

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.

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.

November Talk: Agriculture and Food Security in Qatar

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Date & Time: Wednesday, November 3rd, video Conferencing  Starting at 7 pm. 

Speakers: Theodora Karanisa, Ph.D., Agricultural Researcher, Center for Sustainable Development, Qatar University

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.

October Talk: Communicating Environmental Sustainability: From Scientific Research to Exhibition

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Date & Time: Wednesday, October 13th, video Conferencing  Starting at 7 pm. 

Speakers: Lina Patmali (Exhibition Researcher, National Museum of Qatar) & Bouthayna Baltaji (Head of Exhibitions, National Museum of Qatar)

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.

Summary for QNHG Talk Series - Season 2020-2021

What a wonderful series of talks we had this season! We covered topics from the gentle giants in our Arabian Gulf, the miraculous Whale Sharks, to the not-so-gentle microscopic SARS-CoV-2 virus that has changed our realities in deep-rooted ways.

This season as in the last one, we were able to circumvent the mandate for no social gatherings by holding our talks electronically. We even got to go on a virtual ecological exploration in the desert and her seas, a fruitful collaboration with the Qatar National Library! We covered new topics such as the toads in Qatar, and revisited others that we hadn’t touched upon for years, like the insects in Qatar.

Under the light of sustainability, we contemplated on heritage, art, and natural resources conservation in Qatar with talks on fishing practices and fisheries management, fashion, and on the smart re-use of water in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM.

Finally, the talk on natural history, reinforced in us why we do what we do as naturalists and in serving our community, with the take home message that nature exploration sharpens our minds, heightens our senses and fills our hearts with joy!!

We want to thank our eleven speakers for volunteering their time to share their amazing work with our group. It is outreach efforts like theirs that have kept our beloved QNHG running for 40 years and counting. We thank you, our members for your quick smile, gentle energy and ongoing support on all matters including helping us locate speakers.
If you would like a more detailed run-down of each of the talks and the biographies of our speakers, please read our informative Newsletters, and visit our website.
As always we welcome your ideas and suggestions for new topics to be covered in the new season’s programming we are preparing for you. Send us your ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Enjoy your summer adventures in nature, and don’t forget, our first talk of the new season will be on Wednesday, October the 6th.

Dr. Aspa D. Chatziefthimiou
QNHG Talks Coordinator

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