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International Workshop on Nanotechnology for Young Scientists (IWYS-2016) held in Malaysia

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The first International Workshop on Nanotechnology for Young Scientists (IWYS-2016) was successfully held from 28th to 30th November 2016, in Selangor, Malaysia. The three-day event was jointly organized by COMSATS; the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia.

The event was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Imran Ho Abdullah, Deputy Vice Chancellor, UKM, Malaysia, on November 28, 2016, in Selangor. In his inaugural address, Prof. Dr. Abdullah highlighted the multidisciplinary nature of nano-technology with numerous applications in applied physics, material sciences, supramolecular chemistry, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, chemical engineering, and bioengineering. He stressed that the technologies being developed by Malaysian scientists, and the research being carried out in the area of nanotechnology need to be commercialized to contribute to the country’s economy. He thanked the foreign resource persons belonging to the Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Pakistan and Turkey for taking part in the event.

Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Executive Director COMSATS, in his message read out on the occasion by Ms. Huma Balouch, Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes) COMSATS, considered it important for the countries of the South to develop a critical mass of scientists and technologists that can contribute to the field of nanotechnology. He also acknowledged the continuous support of ISESCO towards COMSATS’ international programmes and activities.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of Workshop Central Committee, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hafizuddin Jumali of UKM expressed his pleasure over the number of resource persons and participants of the Workshop. He hoped that Malaysian participants would benefit from the experiences and knowledge of the international participants.

The Workshop stimulated interest of young Ph.D students and early-career researchers in the fields of nano-science, and nano-engineering from different parts of the world as well as provided them a platform to learn the latest developments in the field and help forge early collaborations. The workshop focused on developing understanding on nanoscale physics, chemistry, engineering, and biology, and facilitate knowledge-sharing among scientists in these fields.

The Workshop programme consisted of two keynote talks, two invited plenary lectures, six workshop sessions, 20 selected oral contributions, and 50 poster presentations. There was also an exhibition of latest products, services, technologies and industry innovations by the commercial partners, including Bruker AXS, RGS Corporation Sdn. Bhd, Gaia Science, Vistec Technology Services, Alpha Instruments Supplies & Services Sdn Bhd, and ITS Interscience Sdn Bhd. The knowledge shared under these components of the event demonstrated the practical importance of nanotechnology. More than 150 young scientists and researchers in the field of nanotechnology from 13 countries, including Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Turkey, participated in the event.

The highlights of the Workshop included a keynote address by world‐renowned 
physicist, Prof. Dr. Qikun-Xue of Tsinghua University, China, who is the first winner of ‘China’s Nobel’ prize for his pioneering contribution in the Quantum Anomalous Hall (QAH) effect. In his talk, Dr. Xue gave an introduction of three techniques: molecular beam epitaxy (MBE), scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), and angle resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), and presented MBE-STM-ARPES study of topological insulators and iron-based superconductors.

The Workshop sessions covered a number of critical topics, such as fundamental description of metallic nano-particles; flexible organic optoelectronic devices using printing process; low dimensional inorganic optoelectronic nano-materials, defects in wide band gap semiconductors for potential use in light sources; acylated chitosan stealth liposomes, as well as one dimensional electronic oxides nano-materials. The technical undertakings of the event broadly centered around the relevant materials and interface parameters that play a key role in functionality of nanodevices, as well as the overall device design. Discussions during the event delineated on emerging applications with potentially significant impact on materials, electronics, photonics, and life sciences industries, and encouraged debate on the current strategy and perspectives in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The event also featured country status reports by international participants from Bangladesh, Brunei, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, and Malaysia. These, inter alia, covered: applications and benefits of nanotechnology, societal issues and innovation; commercialization processes.

The topical papers of the event focused on synthesis, characterization and self-triggered assembly of nanomaterials; laser-based materials synthesis; emerging nanoscale materials: doped, ferroelectrics; bio-inspired systems and bio-applications; photonic properties; surfaces and interfaces at nanometer scales from electronic to catalysis; nanoparticle-molecule hybrid systems; energy conversion and storage; and optoelectronic and photonic hybrid devices. On last day of the event, a scientific writing workshop was also conducted to help young researchers and students refine their scientific writing and critical reading skills.

The 50 posters covering various aspects and latest developments related to processing, modeling and manufacturing technologies of nano-structured materials, were displayed throughout the event around the perimeter of the exhibition area. Relevant Universities, R&D institutions and industries participated in the poster contest. The prizes for five best posters were handed out during the Gala Dinner on 29th November 2016.

The Workshop ended with closing remarks by the representatives of the co-organizers of the event, Prof. Jumali (UKM), and Ms. Balouch (COMSATS), followed by a video-montage of highlights from the Workshop.

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Sep
25
Tue
2018
4th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology, Rabat, Morocco
Sep 25 – Sep 26 all-day

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Climate-related natural disasters, emerging diseases, rapid growth of World population, and political and social conflicts poses growing threat to food security. These havocs have incapacitated the food availability chain ensuing hunger, poverty and malnutrition around the globe. It is a debilitating fact that globally 815 million people, accounting 11% of the world population, were undernourished in 2016 (FAO 2017) wherein the third-world is bearing the brunt. This scenario, calls for more proactive, innovative yet sustainable approach for attaining and sustaining food self-sufficiency. Besides, the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a call for action ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.

The rapidly pacing scientific advancements in the field of biotechnology can offer promising tools, techniques, methods and practices for enhancing agricultural productivity while conserving the natural resources in their best form for the future generations. Agriculture biotechnology – one of the arms of biotechnology – is the key to sustainable food systems, value-added crop production, improved nutrition and green economy.

Keeping in view the importance of above-mentioned issue, the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) are jointly organizing 4th International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’, from 25th – 26th September 2018 in Rabat, Morocco. The Conference aims to provide an interactive platform to academicians, scientists and researchers to deliberate upon the burning issue of food insecurity while underpinning the significance of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology.

Academicians, researchers, scientists, policy makers and implementers, and government officials working in the field of Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology in the developing countries are encouraged to participate in this international Conference.

OBJECTIVES

The key objectives of this international Conference are to:

  • Provide a forum to scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update their knowledge and share know-how on the recent developments in the field of agriculture and biotechnology;
  • Build and strengthen linkages among R&D/S&T organizations working in the field of agriculture, biotechnology and food security for effective South-South cooperation;
  • Make recommendations to the policy-makers for developing policies and strategies in order to support biotechnology for food security in the common Member States of COMSATS and ISESCO.

HOW TO REGISTER

Applications for participation are required to be submitted through duly filled-in prescribed form to COMSATS and ISESCO, at the contact addresses given at the end of this announcement on or before Thursday, 16th August 2018.

Moroccan applicants may, however, send their applications till 10th September 2018 directly to ISESCO Headquarters, Rabat.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Travel grants and boarding and lodging will be provided by COMSATS and ISESCO to a limited number of individuals from the member countries of ISESCO and COMSATS, selected by the International Conference Scientific Committee.

THEMES

Agriculture

  • Crop breeding, improvement, protection and management
  • Agriculture and sustainable development
  • Agricultural innovation and technology
  • Agriculture Engineering and Agronomy

Food Security

  • Trends and challenges to food security
  • Food Nutrition Security: new concepts and strategies
  • Food safety regulation and standards
  • Food sovereignty, heritage & industry
  • Non-timper forest products and food security
  • Ecosystem based adaptation for food security

Biotechnology

  • Genetic improvement of crops using plant biotechnology
  • Functional genomics using genome editing technology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Food and bioprocess technology
  • Patent, biosafety, biosecurity, plant breeders rights

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Ismaïla DIALLO
Science Directorate
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (ISESCO)
Tel: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 52
Fax: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 12-13
Email: idiallo@isesco.org.ma

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad – Pakistan
Phone: (+92-51) 9204892, 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: tajammul@comsats.org

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