• BSc on chemistry and biochemistry, Birzeit University, Palestine 1994
  • MSc on water and environmental sciences, UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands 1999.
  • PhD on Environmental Geochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany 2005

Professional Experience

 Before joining QEERI, Dr. Shomar was a Project Manager and Research Group Leader in the faculty of Chemistry and Earth sciences at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. His research there was focused on the assessment of Wastewater/Sludge Reuse and Implication on Groundwater Quality; the biogeochemical Assessment of Wastewater and Sludge Used in Agriculture: Chemo-dynamics, Bioavailability and Plant Genotoxicity; the mass balance and transport of certain organic and inorganic parameters in the food chain through wastewater reuse project; the bioavailability of heavy metals in plants using laboratory scale digestion system; the factors affecting occurrence and build-up of PAHs and PCBs through the treatment processes within wastewater treatment facilities and ; finally the speciation of heavy metals in wastewater, sludge and plants. During the German Habilitation period, Dr. Shomar was a lecturer of Environmental engineering, Water treatment. For the period of 1994 to 1997 he was an environmental lab manager at the Center for Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Birzeit University, Palestine. 


  • CDG, Germany. 1995. Water and Wastewater Management.
  • JICA, Japan. 1995. Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies.
  • NUFFIC, the Netherlands. 1997.
  • DAAD, Germany. 1999.
  • Alexander von Humboldt, Germany. 2008. 

Selected Publications

  • Shomar B, Al-Saad K, Nriagu J. 2014. Mishandling and exposure of farm workers in Qatar to organophosphate pesticides. Environmental Research, 133, 312-320. (Elsevier IF: 4)
  • Shomar Basem, Dare Anne. 2014. Ten Key Research Issues for Integrated and Sustainable Wastewater Reuse in the Middle East. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, DOI 10.1007/s11356-014-3875-7. (Springer IF: 2.8).
  • Shomar B., Darwish M., Rowell C. 2014. What does Integrated Water Resources Management from Local to Global Perspective Mean? Qatar as a Case Study, the Very Rich Country with No Water. Water Resources Management, 28, 2781–2791. (Springer IF: 2.5)