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10th ISESCO-COMSATS’ National Workshop held on ‘Repair and Maintenance of Scientific, Engineering Equipment in Universities, Research Institutions and Small Scale Industries’, in Almaty, Kazakhstan

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The 10th National Workshop on ‘Repair and Maintenance of Scientific, Engineering Equipment in Universities, Research Institutions and Small Scale Industries’ was successfully held from October 02-06, 2017, at KazNU, Almaty, Kazakhstan. The workshop was jointly organized by COMSATS, ISESCO, KazNU, Kazakhstan under ISESCO-COMSATS biennium Cooperation Programme for 2016-2017. The event was hosted by Al Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), Republic of Kazakhstan, a COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Kazakhstan.

The event was organized within the framework of EXPO 2017 Astana (Future energy) and the declaration of OIC summit (September 2017, Astana) on the theme “Science, technology, innovations and modernization in the Islamic world”. The latter emphasized to “increase the investment in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and that the transfer of science and technology is one of the principal ways of accelerating the economic development of developing countries”.

The aim of the series of workshops is to build indigenous capacity of the local scientists and institutions in the developing countries and promoting self-reliance for upkeep of scientific equipment being used in research Labs. More than 60 participants including senior scientists, engineers and technicians from various research institutions and universities of Almaty, and other cities of Kazakhstan, benefited from the training provided by the COMSATS’ international experts.

The event was inaugurated on October 02, 2017 by Prof. Dr. Tlekkabul Ramazanov, Vice-Rector for Research & Innovations, Al Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), Kazakhstan. The inaugural ceremony was co-chaired by Mr. Tajammul Hussain, Advisor (Programmes), COMSATS. The ceremony was attended by a number of senior officials of KazNU, Ministry of Education and Science, Kazakhstan and other organizations. The distinguished guests included Dr. Zayadan Bolatkhan, Dean of Faculty of the Biology and Biotechnology; Dr. Yerdos Ongarbayev, Dean Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical technology; Dr. Vitaly Salnikov, Dean Faculty of Geography and Environmental Sciences; Dr. Serik Muhambet Zhanov, Head Department of Science and Innovation; Dr. Askar Davletov, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology; Dr. Bisenbaev Amangeldy, Director, SRI of Biology and Biotechnology Problems; Dr. Skakova Aizhan, SRI of Ecological Problems; Dr. Kalugin Sergei, SRI for New Chemical Technologies and Materials; Dr. Kenesov Bulat, Center of Physico-Chemical Methods of Research and Analysis; Dr. Muratov Mukhit, National Nanotechnology Open Laboratory; Dr.Temirbaev Amirhan, Scientific Technology Park; and Dr. Batyrshev Didar, Laboratory of engineering profile Al-Farabi KazNU. Mr. Nisar Ahmad, Deputy Director (Systems), COMSATS; and the two experts from the Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Mr. Arif Karim and Mr. PirBuksh Khan were also present on the occasion.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Ramazanov commended both ISESCO and COMSATS for organizing this important national workshop and hoped that new techniques taught and learnt during the workshop would enhance the expertise on repair and maintenance of scientific instruments. He also lauded the participants’ hands on training provided on various scientific instruments in different labs, and participants making the best use of this opportunity.

Mr. Hussain read out the message of Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, who extended gratitude to ISESCO and KazNU, Kazakhstan. Sharing the experience of the previous workshops on the theme, he informed that more than 380 scientists, engineers and technicians have been previously trained on troubleshooting of various instruments in similar 9 workshops. He hoped that the event would facilitate linkages among the participants and experts for future networking and interaction.

Mr. Hussain also read-out the message of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General ISESCO. In his message, Dr. Altwaijri noted that it is important to prioritize the maintenance of equipment in order to achieve continuous production and avoid costly interruption in R&D endeavors. He expressed his satisfaction over ISESCO-COMSATS collaboration and pledged to continuously support this partnership for the benefit of common Member States. He also reaffirmed ISESCO’s readiness to increase the number of such workshops in the OIC Member States.

The ten technical sessions of the workshop comprised of lectures and hands-on training and troubleshooting and repairing of the scientific equipment in the different labs of KazNU. First half of the day was reserved for lectures/theoretical part of the workshop while in second half of the day, hands-on training and practical demonstrations were conducted to consolidate the learning.

Using the knowledge and techniques learnt during the workshop, the experts and participants successfully repaired/made operational a number of expensive and important equipment in various labs including: Spectrophotometer Lambda 35, PerkinElmer, Auto Distillation Unit (ADU-4), Laboratory Reactor LR-2/ST (Germany) UNIZIK, FTIR Systems CM1201, Liquid Chromatograph, FTIR Systems FSM, Spectrophotometer Shimadzu UV 3600, Highly effective liquid chromatography (HELC) SYCAM, Alloy analyzer (spectrometer) Agilent 725, ICP-MS Agilent 7500 USA, IR-Spectrometer Nicolet IR200, Mass Spectrometer / Chromatech-crystal 5000 and Auto Distillation Unit.

Interactions with professionals working in these labs further added for the trainees’ experience.

Speaking at the Concluding Ceremony held on 6th October, 2017, Prof. Dr. Ramazanov and Mr. Hussain delivered a vote of thanks for the experts and participants of the workshop who shared a unique experience of co-working in the labs. They emphasized the need to set up centralized facility and group for repair and maintenance of scientific instruments and for greater collaboration among the developing countries for relevant R&D projects. Both thanked the Organizing Committee members from ISESCO, COMSATS, and KazNU for working hard to make the event a success. They hoped that the interactions and networking during the workshop continue in future.

The participants expressed their gratitude to COMSATS and ISESCO for organizing the workshop which enhanced their existing capacities.

The ceremony concluded with the distribution of certificates by the Prof. Dr. Ramazanov and Mr. Hussain among the experts, participants, and the Organizing Committee members. The workshop has encouraged and promoted self-reliance among Kazakhstani scientists and institutions for indigenously repairing and maintaining their scientific equipment to help them save time, effort and finances involved in outsourcing the task.

Upcoming Events

Mar
11
Mon
2019
Workshop on Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination, at National Research Centre, Egypt
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day

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Theme: “Rational Use of Water Resources”

Background and Rationale of the Workshop

Many parts of the world today are confronted by an acute water crisis that has several facets, including water deprivation among the world’s poor, fast-rising global water demand and climate change. The water security and poverty nexus is a particularly serious issue for development. Economic activity and growth, which are necessary for job creation and raising incomes in developing countries, depend on adequate, affordable and reliable supplies of water.

One of the main goals of the UN to be achieved by 2030 is to “substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity” (SDG No. 6).

Introduction

Keeping in mind the SDG number 17: “Partnerships for the Goals”; the National Research Centre (NRC), Cairo and the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), Islamabad are co-organizing a workshop entitled “Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination”.

Aims and Objectives

The workshop is designed to be an intensive co-working for specialists in the academic, administration and industrial sectors in all subjects of interest related to Science, Technology and Innovation. It will give them an opportunity to discuss, exchange opinion and reach recommendations of how to maximize efforts for rational use of water resources.

Targeted Participants

This event targets a wide range of participants, including:

  • Young scientists working in Science, Technology and Innovation with specific emphasis on water resources.
  • Academician working in industrial and service sectors related to water resources, and
  • Mid-to senior-level government officials in related Ministries.

Language

All technical and discussion sessions of the workshop will be conducted in English language.

Financial Support

Accommodation for three nights in a suitable hotel and local transportation for international speakers and local administrative expenses of the workshop will be covered by NRC, Egypt. The economy class airfare and perdiam of the selected international speakers will be covered by COMSATS.

Themes

1. Water crisis in different parts of the world
2. Successful stories in water desalination
3. Successful stories in rational use of water in industrial sectors
4. Successful stories for rational use of water in agriculture
5. Future outlook regarding cooperative programs and projects among COMSATS Member States
6. Water recycling and utilization

How to Apply

Applications for participation (duly filled-in prescribed form, abstract of presentation, detailed CV and passport copy) are required to be submitted to NRC and COMSATS no later than Monday, 31st December 2018, at the following addresses:

Prof. Hosam El-Sayed
Assistant Vice President for Research &
International Relations
National Research Centre
33, El-Behouth St., 12311-Dokki,
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: (+20 100) 544 36 51
Fax: (+202 333) 701010
E-mail: hosam@trdegypt.org, hosamelsayed58@gmail.com

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: farhan@comsats.org

Apr
16
Tue
2019
The 22nd Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council, 16-17 April 2019, Tianjin, China
Apr 16 – Apr 17 all-day

The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is pleased to announce the convening of the 22nd meeting of its Coordinating Council scheduled to be held in Tianjin, China, on 16 – 17 April 2019. The meeting will be hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence, the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. The meeting programme includes a visit to TIB’s laboratories on 18th April 2019.

The Coordinating Council meets every year, inter alia, to: review the activities of COMSATS’ Network; follow up on the decisions and recommendations made in the previous meeting; and outline the future course of action.

Invitations and Confirmation of Participation

The Executive Director COMSATS has extended invitations to all members of the Coordinating Council. The representatives of some international partner organizations have also been invited to participate in the meeting as Observers.

COMSATS Headquarters is closely coordinating with the host institution (TIB) to ensure timely arrangements.

Agenda and Working Paper

The provisional Agenda of the meeting has been prepared. The detailed Working Paper and associated documents of the meeting are under preparation and will be electronically distributed to the Council members and other invitees during first half of March 2019.

For further details, please contact:

COMSATS Secretariat, Pakistan TIB, China

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9204892
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: tajammul@comsats.org

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: farhan@comsats.org

Prof. Dr. Jibin Sun
Deputy Director-General
Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Tianjin, China
32 West 7th Avenue, Tianjin Airport Economic Area, Tianjin 300308, China
Tel: 0086-22-84861949
Fax: 0086-22-84861943
Email: sun_jb@tib.cas.cn

Ms. Qianqian Chai
Officer of Foreign Affairs and Academic Exchange
Division of Science and Technology Development
Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS)
32 West 7th Avenue, Tianjin Airport Economic Area, Tianjin 300308, China
Tel: +86-2284861925
E-mail: chai_qq@tib.cas.cn
http://english.tib.cas.cn

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