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COMSATS-ISESCO-NSF International Conference on Nanomaterials & Nano Ethics held in CIIT-Lahore

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The International Conference on ‘Nanomaterials & Nano Ethics’ held in Lahore, Pakistan, successfully concluded on December 3, 2011, at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology-Lahore, Pakistan. The event had been co-organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); and National Science Foundation (NSF) of USA. It was also supported by the University of Delaware of USA, and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

The event was inaugurated on December 1, 2011 by Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Deputy Director General ISESCO. Other distinguished guests of the inauguration were Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS; Dr. Haroon Rashid, Director External Campuses CIIT; Dr. Mahmood A. Bodla, Director, CIIT-Lahore Campus; and Dr. Anwar Saadat Siddiqi, Advisor CIIT; and Prof. Ismat Shah (NSF).

Speaking on the inaugural ceremony, the Deputy Director General ISESCO opined that the time is now right for the Islamic countries to invest in the field of nanotechnology and explore cooperative ventures between developed and developing countries and between public and private institutions. He acknowledged and appreciated the hard work and dedication of all members of technical and organizing committees. The Executive Director COMSATS hoped that the conference would significantly contribute towards the field of nanotechnology as it aimed to provide a forum to the scientists/experts from various developing/developed countries to share expertise and knowledge and develop research collaborations in the area of nanomaterials, on one hand, and facilitatedialogue between the ethicists and scientists/researchers to address the ethical and environmental concerns that are inherent in the fieldof nanotechnology, on the other hand. Dr. Shah highlighted the recent advances in research on nanoscience and technology and considered it essential that the practitionersof nanotechnology be given the opportunity to become knowledgeable in the concepts of ethics.

The three-day event comprised 9 technical sessions on various topics relating to the theme of the Conference and featured technical presentations by 51 subject-experts and participants. There were also 6 contributed talks, 8 students’ talks and 30 poster presentations. The experts who delivered key-note lectures during the technical sessions of the event belonged to various scientific and academic institutions from across the world. Apart from the experts from Pakistan, scientists and technologists from Bangladesh, China, Egypt, France, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Syria deliberated during the event. A total of one hundred and seventy five participants, including 34 from abroad, benefited from the Conference.

During the event, the scientists asserted the need for a new framework for making decisions about nanotechnology development in order to address the uncertainty aboutthe outcomes, while still allowing for scientific and technological progress. Nanotechnology was introduced as an alternative path forward from the current dilemma of reducing supplies and increasing energy demand that could provide a solution to the current energy crisis, particularly in the developing countries. Possibility was shown that nanostructured materials may reduce solar cell manufacturing costs by providing the means to mass produce thin films. The papers presented also created awareness among the participants on the key ethical issues in research in nanotechnology.

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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

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