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COMSATS-ISESCO-NSF Third International Conference on Nanotechnology held in UAE

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The third International Conference on Nanotechnology was held in United Arab Emirates on November 28-30, 2011. The event was jointly organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); National Science Foundation (NSF) of USA; and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), and had the support of Arab Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the International Association for Sharing Knowledge and Sustainability (IASKS) of Canada. The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) hosted the Conference in Al Ain.

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of UAE, Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan inaugurated the event. Highlighting the importance of this emerging field of science, Shiekh Nahyan impressed upon the scientists and researchers to stay conscious of the ethical dimensions of research and development while working in micro and nano technologies. “Free and creative thought will and should characterize your discussions”, said Sheikh Nahyan, “You will, however, greatly enrich the interchange by remembering always that we measure the worth of nanotechnology in terms of the social good that it creates.”

In his message, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, considered nanosciences as one of the fastest growing multi-disciplinary fields of science with the potential to change the world in many ways, and making an impact on a variety of scientific disciplines including, but not limited to, medicine, healthcare, electronics, telecommunications, renewable energy and environmental preservation. He noted with pleasure that the International Conference on Nanotechnology had brought together some of the best international experts from all parts of the world having a wide spectrum of backgrounds and perspectives.

The event served as a forum for researchers and scientists to assess Nano- and Micro-technologies for emerging applications and their prospects in the region. Also, entrepreneurs and venture capital managers were given an opportunity to discuss collaborative research and business development. The Conference integrated three distinct themes: (a) Emerging research that focuses on the applications of Nano- and Micro-technologies; (b) Venture investment that takes the results from the laboratory to the product; and (c) University and research agencies that foster the development of feasibility studies at its institutions.

The Conference comprised 6 technical sessions featuring keynote addresses by Dr. Charalabos C. Doumanidis (Arlington, USA); Prof. Mohamed Henini (Nottingham, UK); and Prof. S. Ismat Shah (Newark, USA). Additionally, around 115 speakers from across the globe deliberated on various topics relating to the main theme of the event.

The scientific topics covered in the Conference had a bearing upon various fields, such as biotechnology, materials, energy, medicine, and food. These topics included: Nano-and Micro-Fabrication and Fluidics; Modeling Micro/Nano-systems; Bio-nano Materials and Tissues; Bio-sensors and Diagnostics; Bio-markers and Nano-particles; Cancer Nanotechnology; Drug Delivery and Therapeutics; Nanotech to Neurology; Polymer Nanotechnology; Carbon Nano-structures and devices; Nano-particles and Applications; Environmental applications; as well as, Composites and Interfaces.

Upcoming Events

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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