A teacher from Qatar has become runner up in FameLab International, a science communication competition, the British Council announced on Sunday. 
Ahmed Maani was among 20 scientists from all over the world to compete in semifinals for the top 10 spots. Maani, crowned the Qatar national winner in July, is an IT and technology teacher at Qatar Science and Technology Secondary School.
Usually held at the Cheltenham Science Festival in London, this year’s event, run in partnership with the British Council, saw the finalists competing online – delivering three-minute presentations on a range of topics from the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – with Maani focusing his around data security and encryption.
FameLab, owned by Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK, and delivered globally by the British Council, is brought to Qatar in partnership with Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) – a member of Qatar Foundation and supported by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE).
Maani dedicated his achievement to Qatar, which supports the educational development and provide platforms to scientific research, and all the stakeholders of the competition.
British Council Qatar director Sam Ayton congratuled Maani and expressed pride in working with the QNRF and MoEHE.
Dr Abdul Sattar al-Taie, executive director, QNRF, added: “FameLab is providing us with a steady stream of talented and capable STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) communicators whose ideas are impactful at both the national and global levels."
The FameLab International final can be viewed online: www.youtube.com/user/famelab/

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