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The 19th Meeting of Coordinating Council successfully held in Islamabad, Pakistan

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The 19th Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council was successfully held on May 17-18, 2016, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The meeting was hosted by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) at its Islamabad Campus.

Representatives of 14 international S&T Centres of Excellence of COMSATS, ICCES-China, NRC-Egypt, CSIR-Ghana, RSS-Jordan, KazNU-Kazakhstan, NMC-Nigeria, CIIT-Pakistan, ICCBS-Pakistan, ITI-Sri Lanka, IRCC-Sudan, UCAD-Senegal, HIAST-Syria, TIRDO-Tanzania and CERTE-Tunisia, participated in this annual meeting of the Council. The officials of partner international organizations, UNESCO, ECO Science Foundation and SESRIC also attended the meeting as observers.

The technical sessions of the two-day event were presided over by the President of National Research Centre (NRC), Egypt, Prof. Dr. Ashraf Shaalan, who at the start of the meeting was unanimously elected as the new Chairperson of the Council. Dr. Shaalan succeeded Prof. Eduardo Posada, Director International Centre for Physics (CIF), Colombia, who served two terms as the Chairperson Coordinating Council.

The meeting deliberated upon an 11-point agenda mainly focused at COMSATS’ international engagements, activities of COMSATS’ Centres of Excellence, existing programmes and new initiatives, as well as financial and administrative matters of the organization. The discussions led to opening many prospects of cooperation among the member institutions of COMSATS Network in the fields of renewable energy, environmental protection, nanotechnology, green technology, biomedical technologies, food technology, repair and maintenance of laboratory instruments, greener production, water, ICT/cyber security, and coal-related technologies.

The discussion on new initiatives resulted in a strong commitment to expand and enhance the scope of the relatively newer initiatives of COMSATS, including the Science Diplomacy Programme, Panel on ST&I Policy, and Distinguished Professorship Scheme. The meeting took special note of the accession of three new Member States of COMSATS, the Kingdom of Morocco, the State of Palestine, and most recently the Islamic Republic of the Gambia, since the Council’ last meeting in May 2015. With latest addition of the Gambia, the number of COMSATS Member States has risen to twenty-four.

During the second day of the meeting under one of the agenda items, Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Representative/Director UNESCO Office Islamabad; Mr. Onur Caglar, Technical Cooperation Specialist SESRIC; and Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro, President ECOSF also made statements as Observer organizations sharing the their vision, operations and programmes.

The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting recognized the generous hospitality extended by CIIT and appreciated its high quality academic and research activities; showed satisfaction over holding of the 3rd General Meeting of the Commission; appreciated the Secretariat’s efforts in enhancing COMSATS’ membership to other developing countries; welcomed the new Member States, and appreciated the nomination of Mohamed V University by the Government of Morocco for induction in COMSATS’ Network; lauded the efforts of Prof. Dr. Eduardo Posada F., as the Chairperson of the Council during the period (2010-16). Moreover, the Council expressed satisfaction over adoption of COMSATS Statutes by the Commission; approval of the Rules and Regulations of COMSATS Endowment Fund; and re-adoption of the COMSATS Strategy (2012-16) for the next five years; and acknowledged financial and in-kind contributions by some Member Countries towards COMSATS’ activities. It also urged the Member States to enhance their level of Gross Expenditures on Research and Development (GERD) to a level of 2% of the GDP and enhance financial support for international bodies that facilitate S&T capacity-building.

In his remarks on the concluding ceremony, Rector CIIT, Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi, appreciated the Executive Director COMSATS and his team for excellent secretarial support rendered to the organization and its programmes over the years. He hoped that the meeting arrangements made by his Institute were up to all the delegates’ satisfaction. He recalled to the participants of the meeting the Foundation Meeting of the organization, and hoped that the organization would achieve the objectives envisaged for it.

Speaking at the conclusion, Dr. I.E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, thanked CIIT for appositely organizing the meeting and the newly elected Chairperson for befittingly steering its deliberations. Recalling his past professional associations with Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), and the scientific diplomatic association assigned to him thereafter, he submitted that he did his best for the betterment of the organization. Appreciating the team of CIIT looking after the meeting arrangements, Dr. Qureshi lauded CIIT and expressed pride over such an outstanding Centre of Excellence of COMSATS.

In his closing remarks, Dr. Shaalan lauded the efforts of COMSATS Secretariat in consistently pursuing the mission of COMSATS over the years and especially commended Dr. Qureshi for his able leadership during his two tenures as the Executive Director.

The meeting concluded on a strong note of mutual cooperation and commitment to COMSATS’ programmes. NRC, Egypt, generously offered to host the 20th meeting of the Council to be held in 2017.


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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