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The Regional Expert Meeting on Renewable Energy successfully held in Zahedan, Iran

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The Regional Expert Meeting on ‘Renewable Related Energy Focusing on Microalgae Technology Using Ocean Resources Including Solar and Fuel Cell’ was successfully held from 31st October to 1st November 2016, in Zahedan, Iran. The event was organized by COMSATS in collaboration with its Centre of Excellence in Iran, the Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST), as well as the University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran. The latter also hosted the event that was attended by over 50 participants belonging to Iran, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Syria and Spain.

The event was inaugurated on 31st October 2016, at the auditorium of the University of Sistan and Baluchestan, by H.E. Mr. Ayatollah Solimani, Representative of the Supreme Leader of Iran in Sistan and Baluchestan. During his address, Mr. Solimani extended warm welcome to the foreign and local subject experts for participating in the event. He noted that solar energy is the most readily available and cheapest source of energy and should be adequately utilized. He informed that there is an abundance of renewable energy resources in Iran, and the country is actively engaged in research and development activities in this field, including solar and wind energy. He called for greater cooperation among the developing countries for making the best use of the renewable energy resources available to them.

Earlier, Prof. Bandani, President of University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Iran, expressed pleasure on hosting the event, and welcomed its local and foreign speakers and participants. He presented the status of renewable energy technologies in the province of Sistan and Baluchestan of Iran, and informed that the provincial government is making huge investments for best utilization of the renewable energy resources available in the province. Highlighting the need of enhanced capacity-building in the field of renewable energy, Prof. Bandani welcomed the technical collaboration of the participating institutions with his university. Dr. M. Molanejad, Acting President for International Cooperation, IROST, stated that energy is a fundamental driver of the economic prosperity of countries around the world. He noted that consumption of energy around the world has increased dramatically, which has caused many environmental challenges. He informed that increased greenhouse gas emissions have affected the availability of drinking water in Iran. He called for increased collaborations in the field of renewable energy with a view to finding better substitutes for fossil fuels.

Prof. Nasrin Moazami, IROST, Iran, shed light on global trends in renewable energy investments during the recent years. She apprised the audience about the ongoing research activities in Iran in the field of renewable energy, particularly energy generation from microalgae. She also informed the participants regarding the objectives of the foundation meeting of COMSATS’ International Thematic Research Group on ‘Renewable Energy’, which was being held in conjunction with the regional expert meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Farhan Ansari, Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes), COMSATS, stated that the role of energy in socio-economic development of countries is very significant. He noted that energy generation from fossil fuels causes environmental problems at local, regional and international levels, threatening the health and well-being of current and future generations. He stated that renewable energy has a huge potential of facilitating socio-economic development in a cleaner and more economic manner. He further noted that most developing countries have abundant renewable energy resources, including solar energy, wind power, geothermal energy, and biomass, and simple renewable energy technologies can make a huge difference in improving the lives of their people. He, therefore, stressed the need for enhanced collaboration among the developing countries, in general, and COMSATS’ Member States, in particular, in the field of renewable energy.

The two-day event included six technical sessions that featured 21 technical presentations and invited lectures on different topics related to the theme of the event. The presentations made during the event, inter alia, related to: assessment and market development of wind energy resources in Iran; market of renewable energy in Spain; research on semiconductor optoelectronics and nanophotonics in Kazakhstan, genomic cosmetics and microalgae; bio-fuel production from high energy crops adapted to hot and dry climate; research on photovoltaic systems in Syria; research on solar thermal energy in Iran; study on wave energy resources in Iran; emerging solar energy technologies in Bangladesh; microalgae bio-refinery established in Iran; recent advances in proton-exchange membrane fuel cells in Iran; developments of microbial fuel cells for energy generation and wastewater treatment; research on sold oxide fuel cells in Iran; potential of production of second generation bioethanol in Iran; techno-economic development of solar thermal concentrating power plant; challenges with heating and ventilation systems in the residential near zero energy buildings; and successful experiences of solar energy in the world.

The expert meeting’s recommendations for the promotion of renewable energy technologies and development of this sector in COMSATS’ Member States, inter alia, called for: making best use of the abundant renewable energy resources available in the developing countries; ensuring adequate, reliable, affordable, equitable and sustainable supply of renewable energy to various sectors of the economy for national development; accelerating the process of acquisition and diffusion of technology, managerial expertise and private-sector participation in the renewable energy sector; promoting investments and technology development in the sector; fostering international cooperation and trade in the sector; and strengthening the training institutes for renewable energy.

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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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