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UCL Qatar News

Getting to Know... Dr Myrto Georgakopoulou

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Myrto Georgakopoulou

In Getting To Know… we speak to a member of staff from the UCL Qatar community about their role and responsibilities, their background, and their experiences within the UCL and Qatar communities. In this edition, we speak to Dr Myrto Georgakopoulou, UCL Qatar’s Lecturer in Archaeological Materials Science.

UCL and QNRF to host Heritage of Doha, Identity of Qatar workshop

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Origins of Doha

On 5 November 2014 UCL Qatar alongside Qatar National Research Fund (QNFR) will host a public workshop Heritage of Doha, Identity of Qatar. The workshop will present the work of UCL Qatar’s QNRF-funded Origins of Doha project, including the results of the joint Qatar Museums-UCL Qatar excavations in central Doha. These archaeological findings will then be used to explore the history and people of Doha, the transformation of the traditional town to a modern city, and the experience of its inhabitants through time.

Exhibition to showcase Qatari Natural Heritage

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This November, UCL Qatar is to exhibit the results of a series of workshops run at three local secondary schools. Students from the Al Ruqayya School, Qatar Canadian School and Doha College have created artworks to form the basis of the exhibition Qatar Natural Heritage under the Microscope: Designs based on Flora and Fauna found in Qatar.

UCL Qatar student wins coveted award at 20th European Association of Archaeologists conference

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Can Aksoy, a research student at UCL Qatar, has received the prestigious Student Award in front of 2500 delegates at the European Association of Archaeologists 20th Annual Meeting, held from 10-14 September 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.

First graduation ceremony a milestone moment for UCL Qatar

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The first students to graduate from UCL Qatar have been honoured at the UCL Graduation Ceremony in London. The students, who were the first cohort of MA Museum and Gallery Practice students to enrol at UCL Qatar in 2012, were conferred in front of family, friends, distinguished guests and the wider UCL community.

Archaeology staff and students present at Seminar for Arabian Studies

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Seminar for Arabian Studies

Three members of the UCL Qatar community have delivered presentations at the Seminar for Arabian Studies, an international forum showcasing the latest academic research on the Arabian Peninsula.

Sudan research team concludes latest excavations at Royal City of Meroe

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Lecture for visiting University of Khartoum Students

The UCL Qatar Sudan research team has recently completed the third year of archaeological excavations investigating the iron production industries at the ancient Royal City of Meroe in Sudan.

UCL and Sheikh Faisal Museum inspire the public to explore museum objects through drawing

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Adventures in Drawing

UCL Qatar and the Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum have joined forces to inspire the public to explore museum objects through drawing. Adventures in Drawing, which took place on Saturday 31 May, saw four international Doha-based artists offering drawing workshops in different locations within the unique environment of the Sheikh Faisal Museum.

New book on Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula published by UCL Qatar academics

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Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices

Dr Karen Exell, Lecturer in Museum Studies and Dr Trinidad Rico, Lecturer in Heritage Studies, have co-edited a new volume exploring the issues and debates surrounding the construction of heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices (Ashgate 2014).

Peruvian Deputy Minister for Cultural Heritage Delivers Distinguished Lecture at UCL Qatar

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His Excellency Luis Jaime Castillo Butters, PhD, Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Industries of the Republic of Peru

His Excellency Luis Jaime Castillo Butters, PhD, Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Industries of the Republic of Peru, has delivered a public lecture at UCL Qatar as part of a visit to the Gulf region and in the presence of distinguished guests from Qatar’s diplomatic community.

Gulf region's first Maritime Archaeology course takes place at UCL Qatar

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The first formally accredited maritime archaeology course to ever be held in the Gulf region has taken place at UCL Qatar. The intensive two week course, with a particular focus on maritime archaeology in the Arabian Gulf, provided students with an overview of the principles and practices of maritime archaeology.

Special Library Association Arabian Gulf Chapter conference a success for UCL students

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Faculty and students from UCL Qatar’s MA Library and Information Studies programme have attended the Special Library Association Arabian Gulf Chapter conference in Doha, a key regional networking event for library and information professionals.

MIA and UCL create new forum on heritage accessibility for Qatar’s disabled community

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Members of Qatar’s disabled community have come together for a ground-breaking 'Disability Focus Group' held at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). Organised by the MIA and UCL Qatar, this event saw Qatar's disabled community share their views on how to improve access to Museums for disabled people.

UCL teams with British Council to launch Museum Training School

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UCL has teamed with the British Council to launch the Museum Training School (MTS). Commencing with a summer school in London in August 2014, MTS will provide arts and heritage professionals from around the world with the skills and knowledge necessary to increase the sustainability and growth of museums and galleries.

Museum Studies students launch UCLQurates with two Doha exhibitions

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Students from the MA Museum and Gallery Practice degree programme at UCL Qatar have launched UCLQurates as a platform for curating student-led exhibitions under the guidance of academic staff. Debuting with two exhibitions to be held in Doha in April, UCLQurates 2014 is the first of what is set to become an innovative annual feature on Doha's cultural calendar.

Prospective students invited to discover UCL at first Qatar Open Day

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On Tuesday 18 March, UCL Qatar will hold its first Open House event, Discover UCL, where prospective students, existing applicants and members of the community will be able to learn more about study opportunities at UCL, both in London and Doha.

UCL Qatar to hold first Spanish-language Public Lecture

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On 11 March 2014 UCL Qatar will hold its first ever public lecture delivered entirely in Spanish. Dr Jose Carvajal Lopez, Lecturer in Islamic Archaeology at UCL Qatar, will present Una visión de al-Andalus: El pasado islámico de España at the Fanar Islamic Cultural Centre in Doha.

Dr Jane Humphris presents UCL's Sudanese archaeological research to German audience

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Dr Jane Humphris, Head of UCL Qatar research in Sudan, has delivered a lecture and presentation at the prestigious Institut für Ur- und Frühgeschichte, University of Cologne, highlighting UCL Qatar's research activity on early Iron production in Sudan. 

Museum object brought to life for community outreach

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UCL’s Outreach programme strives to enrich and inspire individuals through engagement in activities related to heritage and culture. As part of this mission, UCL Qatar’s Outreach team have delivered an education programme for children that has brought to life one of Qatar’s most recognised museum objects.

Roundabouts in Qatar: an overlooked heritage?

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Students from UCL Qatar’s Museum and Galley Practice MA have been researching the unusual role that Doha’s well-known roundabouts may play in modern Qatari heritage, as part of their module Interdisciplinary Methods for the study of Cultural Heritage.

Archaeology students join Origins of Doha excavations

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Origins of Doha excavation

Students from the Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA have joined archaeologists from UCL and Qatar Museums Authority in a round of excavations in the heart of downtown Doha, as part of the UCL Origins of Doha Project.

Introduction to Cultural Communication and Museum Marketing added to Short Courses schedule

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UCL Qatar’s Professional Development team have announced the addition of a new short course in Cultural Communication and Museum Marketing, to take place over two days, 4-5 December 2013.

Doha Drawathon to take place on 9 November

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Doha Drawathon

The inaugural Doha Drawathon 2013, an initiative of UCL Qatar MA Museum and Gallery Practice student Sonia Brewin, is to take place on 9 November with events and drawing spaces available across the city. 

Dr Karen Exell on new approaches to Egyptology

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Lecturer in Museum Studies at UCL Qatar Dr Karen Exell has published an edited volume exploring new approaches to Egyptology. The book, Egypt: Ancient Histories, Modern Archaeologies is an extension of Dr Exell’s previous research in the field of Egyptology and covers Egyptian history from the Predynastic to the late Roman Period.

New programmes commence at UCL Qatar

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UCL Qatar has today welcomed students onto two new programmes. The MA Library and Information Studies and the Diploma in Academic Research and Methods (DARM), developed to address substantial local and regional needs, draw upon the expertise of existing programmes offered at UCL’s Department of Information Studies, as well as the UCL Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE).

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