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NMC-COMSATS-ISESCO International Conference on Mathematical Modelling Inaugurated in Abuja

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The International Conference on Mathematical Modeling was inaugurated by Prof. Adewale Roland Tunde Solarin, Director/Chief Executive of National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Nigeria, on 28th December 2015, at the Auditorium of the Nigerian National Atomic Energy Commission, Abuja, Nigeria. The event is being jointly organized by COMSATS; the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and the host institution, the NMC, on December 28-29, 2015. The inaugural ceremony of the event was attended by about 40 senior officials from relevant universities, research organizations and government departments of Nigeria, as well as local media personnel. The international conference is being attended by research scientists belonging to Bangladesh, Jordan, Pakistan, Senegal and Nigeria.

During his address at the inaugural ceremony, Prof. Solarin welcomed the local and foreign participants of the event, and thanked COMSATS and ISESCO for collaborating with NMC to organize this important activity. He shed light on the topics being covered during the Conference having focus on addressing major challenges faced by humanity, through mathematical modelling. Prof. Solarin acquainted the participants with the current activities of his Centre in the fields of mathematics, computer science, statistics and theoretical physics. He informed that NMC has been selected for the establishment of UNESCO Professorial Chair Programme in Mathematics (Algebra). Highlighting his Centre’s collaboration with COMSATS, Prof. Solarin stated that several Nigerian students have been awarded scholarships by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan, for pursuing post-graduate studies, some of which have already graduated. He thanked COMSATS for its consistent support towards the capacity building of Nigerian institutions, in general, and NMC, in particular.

On the occasion, a message of the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, was read out by Mr. Farhan Ansari, Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes), COMSATS Headquarters. The Executive Director highlighted the applications of mathematical modelling in various fields of science and technology, having direct relevance to the socio-economic development. He expressed confidence that the event would facilitate scientific and technological cooperation among the participating scientists from different developing countries, and will enhance their capabilities to address challenges related to socio-economic development. The Executive Director noted that COMSATS is committed to developing and strengthening linkages among the countries of the South for the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge, and is also organizing collaborative research activities under its International Thematic Research Groups (ITRGs) programme. In this regard, he shed light on the activities of COMSATS’ ITRG on Mathematical Modelling, which would hold its second meeting in conjunction with the conference. He also highlighted the ongoing collaboration between COMSATS and ISESCO, and paid tributes to ISESCO for supporting COMSATS’ programmes and activities in the common Member States.

Dr. Ismail AbdelHamid, Science Expert, ISESCO, conveyed greetings of the Director General of ISESCO, H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, and expressed pleasure on ISESCO’s partnership with COMSATS and NMC for organizing this international conference. He recounted the applications of mathematical modelling in the fields of bioinformatics, agriculture, environmental protection and health. He informed that the promotion of science is the highest priority of ISESCO and its cooperation with COMSATS, in this regard, has been very fruitful. Dr. AbdelHamid informed that the two organizations jointly organize several capacity-building events each year, and also expressed pleasure on ISESCO’s involvement in the activities of COMSATS’ ITRG on Mathematical Modelling, by way of sponsoring the research project being undertaken by its members.

Also on the occasion, the senior officials and academicians belonging to universities and S&T/R&D organizations delivered goodwill messages. The two-day conference will feature presentation of research papers by the local and foreign participants, covering different topics related to the applications of mathematical modelling in various fields, like environmental protection, health, and energy generation.

Upcoming Events

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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