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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.

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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