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4th International Workshop and Conference on Nano-materials and Nano-devices

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The fourth International Workshop and Conference on ‘Nano-materials and Nano-devices (IWCN-2014)’ successfully concluded in Cairo, Egypt, on December 09, 2014. The IWCN was organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). The event was hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Cairo, National Research Centre (NRC).

The Conference served as a forum for scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update them on the recent developments in the field of Nano-materials and Nano-devices; support building and strengthening linkages among R&D organizations working for developing new materials and devices while adopting the South-South cooperation mechanism; as well as enhance scientific capacity in Islamic and COMSATS Member States. More than 300 scientists, researchers, engineers and academicians from the field of nanoscience and nanotechnology attended the Conference. The Conference was officially inaugurated on December 08, 2014, by Prof. Dr. Ashraf Shalaan, President of NRC and Prof. Dr. Maged Al-Kreme, President of Cairo University, who in their remarks on the occasion hoped that the event will open new avenues of fundamental research and application-oriented programmes in the Islamic and Arab countries.

In his welcome address, Prof. Dr. Mohamed Hashem, Vice President for Research & International Relations at NRC and also the Conference Chairman, applauded the efforts made by COMSATS and ISESCO for their support in organizing the Conference and also highlighted the importance of the event.

Dr. Ismail Abdel-Hamid, Expert at Science Directorate ISESCO, delivering the message from Director General ISESCO noted that nano-science is one of the fastest growing fields of science, which has a potential to significantly contribute to other scientific disciplines. Dr. Ismail informed that as per the mid-term and long-term action plans of ISESCO, the intergovernmental organization seeks to enhance the capacities of its Member States, enabling them to innovate and develop new technologies with the objective to achieve socio-economic development.

In his message read out on the occasion by Dr. Arshad Saleem Bhatti, Dean Faculty of Science, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Quresh, noted that nanoscience and nanotechnology are forming a bridge between all disciplines of science and engineering. He believed that even though the Islamic countries have embarked upon ambitious research programmes in nanotechnology, the full potential of this field is yet to be realized. In his address, he stated that COMSATS acknowledges ISESCO’s consistent support towards its programmes and activities in the common Member States.

The eight working sessions of the Conference were spread over two days and comprised of 35 technical talks. Nine subject-experts belonging to important academic institutions of Bangladesh, China, Jordan, Malaysia, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia delivered lectures on key topics related to the theme of the event. Key areas touched upon during the technical talks included: Nanoparticles and Applications; Carbon Nano structures and devices; Environmental application; Nano-medicine; Drug Delivery and Therapeutics; Composites and Interfaces; Micro and Nano Fluidics; Bionano Materials and Tissues; Modeling Micro/Nanosystems; Nanotechnology for oil and gas industry and Micro and Nano Fabrication.

The participants of the Conference agreed that an adequately trained scientific workforce in Islamic countries is essential for creating and transforming the industries to realize the benefits of nanotechnology. Additional research on the process of innovation and diffusion of nanotechnology development was strongly urged.

A number of suggestions were made by the participants and experts of the Conference with a view of their application in both theoretical and empirical research, as well as in decision making. Following are a few of the recommendations of the event:

  • winter/summer schools on nano-science and technology should be arranged as an annual activity for students and young researchers in collaboration with some national organization;
  • increased number of scholarships for graduate students in the field of advanced materials and nanotechnology should be provided by the funding organizations;
  • the research institutions and governments of the common Member States of COMSATS and ISESCO should be urged to form ‘nanotech societies’ and hold joint meetings with the nanotechnologists of industrially developed countries;
  • institutionalizing ISESCO-COMSATS annual prize for the organizations/institutions with highest achievement in one of the fields of nanotechnology;
  • mega projects according to the national priorities should be initiated by the relevant research institutions in the common member states of ISESCO and under the patronage of their governments.

The event was concluded on December 09, 2013. The Chairman of the Conference gave the Concluding Remarks and Dr. Bhatti gave a Vote of Thanks on behalf of COMSATS.

Upcoming Events

4th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology, Rabat, Morocco
Nov 12 – Nov 13 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), in collaboration with the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) is organizing 4th International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’, from 12th – 13th November 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.


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.


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, 1st October 2018.

Moroccan applicants may, however, send their applications till 30th October 2018 directly to ISESCO Headquarters, Rabat.


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



  • 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


  • 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

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

Mr. Tahir Naeem
Executive Director
Inter Islamic Network on Information
Technology (INIT)
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,
Park Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 90495169, Fax: (+92-51) 9247006

Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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The important role of the Quality Infrastructure, comprised of metrology, standardization, accreditation and certification institutions, in the process of socio-economic development of countries cannot be overemphasized. They provide a critically important technical foundation for industrial development and global trade, and functioning national measurement systems support in increasing industrial productivity and enhancement of product quality for international markets.

Many developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), do not have adequate quality infrastructures, which limits their economic development prospects as products and services fail to meet the demands of domestic and international customers as well as requirements imposed by mandatory regulations. A component of this problem is that these countries lack the requisite technical expertise and knowledge concerning the development, operation and maintenance of metrology facilities, which technically underpin all other functions of the quality infrastructure.

There is, therefore, an urgent need to intensify efforts for capacity building of relevant organizations in the developing countries in order to enhance their expertise and upgrade their infrastructure in the area of metrology, thereby also spurring development in other areas of the quality infrastructure and ultimately facilitating industrial development, growth in trade and a rise in societal well-being.


Keeping the above in view, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); and the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute (TUBITAK UME), Turkey; are jointly organizing a two-day workshop on Metrology for the Least Developed Countries.

The workshop will be held on 26 – 27 November 2018 (Monday-Tuesday), which will be hosted by the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute in Gebze, Turkey.


The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge-base, expertise and capacity of the institutions working in the field of metrology in the least developed countries, as well as to prepare roadmaps towards addressing their needs to develop metrology infrastructures with the capability of supporting their economies.

The workshop shall also facilitate the building of regional and international partnerships for the sharing of approaches and best practices in the field of metrology.


The workshop will include technical presentations by relevant subject experts and scientists belonging to LDCs, Member States of COMSATS and international development organizations, as well as discussion sessions and laboratory visits.


The focus of the workshop is on the least developed countries, particularly those that are also members of COMSATS, namely Bangladesh, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The policy makers, scientists and experts in the field of metrology belonging to the least developed countries and the Member States of COMSATS, as well as representatives of relevant international development organizations and donor agencies are invited to participate in the event.


Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from LDCs and Member States of COMSATS.


Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Sector G-5/2,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7 ext. 209

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