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COMSATS-ISESCO Nanotechnology event successfully held in Serpong, Indonesia

The two-day International Symposium on ‘Nanotechnology and Nano-biotechnology Innovative Applications for Sustainable Green Economy and Climate Change Mitigation (ISN-2013)’ successfully concluded in Serpong, Indonesia, on December 17, 2013. The symposium was organized by COMSATS in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), and the National Nuclear Energy […]

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CIIT Organizes 11th International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT 2013)

The 11th International Conference on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT) was organized by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) in Islamabad, Pakistan, on December 16 – 18, 2013, in continuation of the consecutive series of meetings held in Islamabad during the last 10 years. The Conference was technically supported by […]

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3rd International Workshop on ‘Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards’ successfully held in Nabeul, Tunisia

The 3rd International Workshop on ‘Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards’ was jointly organized by COMSATS; the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); the Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT); the Higher Institute of Technological Studies (ISET) of Nabeul, Tunisia; and the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), […]

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Meetings and Visits of COMSATS’ delegation in Tunisia

A delegation of COMSATS, comprising of Executive Director and Advisor (Programmes) COMSATS, held a number of meetings with Tunisian authorities and Heads of scientific organizations during the period 9th to 12th December 2013. The objective of these consultations was to prepare a roadmap for closer cooperation between Tunisia and COMSATS; […]

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COMSATS Represented at World Science Forum

The sixth edition of the World Science Forum was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 25-27 November 2013, where more than 400 scientists, educationists, policy-makers, leaders of research bodies, international organizations, industries and civil society representatives from over 100 countries were present. The Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. […]

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Executive Director COMSATS Visits UNESCO

On invitation from the Government of Pakistan to join its delegation for the 37th General Conference of UNESCO, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, visited UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on November 17-22, 2013. Apart from attending the joint meetings of UNESCO’s Commissions held on 18th and 19th November, […]

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COMSATS Commemorates World Science Day 2013

The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2013 was commemorated by COMSATS by holding a seminar on ‘Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations’ in Islamabad, on November 12, 2013. The event was held at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, and was attended by more […]

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COMSATS-ISESCO Regional Consultative Workshop on National Innovation System and Intellectual Property

The COMSATS-ISESCO Regional Consultative Workshop on National Innovation System (NIS) and Intellectual Property (IP) was held in Islamabad from October 7-9, 2013. The workshop was jointly organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); Inter-Islamic Network […]

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57th Convocation of CIIT held at Lahore Campus

The 57th Convocation of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology(CIIT) was held at its Lahore Campus, on October 05, 2013. Five hundred and twenty nine successful students were awarded degrees in the fields of Architecture, Mathematics, Chemical Engineering, Computer Sciences, Physics, Electrical Engineering and Management Sciences. The Federal Minister for Science […]

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Upcoming Events

International Workshop on Learning about Sustainability, SDGs and Global Challenges, Gebze, Turkey.
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day

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1. Background and rationale
Since the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the achievement of their targets has become a high priority. However, full awareness about the SDGs and the associated Global Challenges at the level of young scientists and researchers is often inadequate. Their role in contributing towards fostering scientific knowledge, technology and innovation is crucial for finding solutions to the sustainability issues. A workshop is being organized aimed at early-career researchers to deepen their understanding of the SDGs.

2. Introduction
In order to raise awareness on SDGs and the associated challenges faced by humanity globally, and to build capacity of young scientists and researchers in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and other countries lagging in science and technology, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), in collaboration with the TWAS Regional Partner for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific, and COMSATS’ Centre for Climate and Sustainability (CCCS), are organizing an international workshop titled ‘Sustainability, SDGs and Global Challenges’. The workshop will be hosted by TUBITAK, at Gebze, Turkey, on 3 – 5 December 2019.

This activity will be within the pursuits of COMSATS and TWAS. COMSATS Centres of Excellence are reservoirs of scientific research capabilities and expertise in diverse fields. Their contribution in enhancing the capacity of COMSATS’ member countries especially the LDCs and countries on the verge of developing ST for SDGs is a strong manifestation of south-south cooperation and commitment to sustainability. The offer of TUBITAK, the COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Turkey, to host the workshop is deeply appreciated.

3. Focus and Possible Topics
If SDGs are to bring about transformative changes in the socio-economic and socio-technical systems, it is imperative to promote active links and dialogue among different actors, disciplines and knowledge holders. This would enable better understanding of the challenges confronted by humanity and possible progress toward their solutions. It is important for all stakeholders to imagine SDGs as a whole, interlinked and interactive process and systems. Hence the overarching aim of the workshop is to provide an overview and training on the concept of sustainable development; the rationale of SDGs; importance of targets set as benchmarks for monitoring the progress of the implementation processes; and on the planetary boundaries. This is expected to provide a useful backdrop to more focused deliberations on three crucial topics: climate, energy and biodiversity. Though these are covered under most of the Goals, the specific ones could be identified as: Goal 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

4. Structure of Workshop
The structure of the workshop is based on presentations by international experts in the fields identified, which will be followed by interactive sessions. The idea is to engage with the participants and involve them in brainstorming on key issues. The handouts and possible reading material will be provided. The participants will be expected to suggest their views on the solutions specific to their countries/regions.

5. Targeted Individuals
The focus of the workshop is on the LDCs and S&T Lagging countries, especially those that are members of TWAS and COMSATS. Young affiliates & scientists holding PhD (graduated at least 3 years ago), belonging to LDCs/S&T Lagging Countries, and the host country are encouraged to participate in the event.

6. Financial Support
Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants belonging to LDCs/S&T Lagging Countries ( The local hospitality will be provided to the foreign participants by TUBITAK, Turkey.

7. Application Procedure
The candidates are required to submit their CVs, duly filled-in application forms (enclosed), expression of interest (up to 500 words), passport copy, and nomination/recommendation letters at the following email addresses:; on or before 18th September 2019.

8. For further information, please contact:

Dr. Max Paoli
Programme Coordinator, TWAS, Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39 040 2240-327
Fax: +39 040 224559

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes),
COMSATS Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7
Fax: +92 51 9216539

Dr. Orkun Hasekioglu
Ankara, Turkey

The 23rd Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council, ICCBS, Karachi, Pakistan
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day