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16th Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council successfully held in Accra, Ghana

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The 16th Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council was successfully held on 2-3 May 2013, at Accra, Ghana. The meeting was hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Ghana, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with support from its parent department, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Government of Ghana. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 2nd Meeting of COMSATS Consultative Committee (1st May 2013).

A joint inauguration ceremony of the two meetings was held on the morning of 1st May 2013, which was attended by senior officials belonging to the diplomatic community, universities and R&D institutions in Accra, as well as the participants of the two meetings. Dr. Abdulai Baba Salifu, Director-General CSIR, in his Welcome Speech, expressed pleasure on hosting meetings of COMSATS’ main organs in Ghana. Dr. Salifu shed light on the focused areas and on-going programmes of his organization, and informed that the activities of CSIR are well-aligned to the national needs of Ghana. In his Introductory Remarks, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, stated that the concurrent holding of meetings of COMSATS’ Consultative Committee and Coordinating Council in Ghana will facilitate a stronger South-South cooperation by bringing together the government officials having greater administrative powers to take decisions and allocate necessary funds and the working scientists in these countries, having the expertise to spell out specific requirements for R&D and also to implement relevant programmes. The Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Government of Pakistan, Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, who is the incumbent Chairperson of COMSATS Consultative Committee, considered the absence of political will and misplaced priorities as major retarding factors for development in S&T in the developing countries and called for a major paradigm shift, whereby S&T should be placed at the core of developmental agenda of these countries. Speaking on the occasion, the Chairperson of COMSATS Coordinating Council, Dr. Eduardo Posada Florez, Director CIF, Colombia, stated that the social, climatic and topographic conditions of the developing countries are very different from those in industrialized nations and, therefore, need the development of original solutions well adapted to their particular characteristics. He quoted tropical diseases, biodiversity, climate changes and natural hazards as few examples of fields of common interest to the developing countries, for which expertise is available in COMSATS’ Network of S&T Centres of Excellence.

In his Message, delivered to the august gathering by the Director General CSIR, H.E. Dr. Joe Oteng Adjei, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Republic of Ghana, assured of his full support for the programmes and activities of COMSATS. He accentuated the role of strong investment in S&T sector and international cooperation in achieving socio-economic progress, and informed that his Government is actively working on the better Ghana agenda. Recounting some of the activities of COMSATS in its Member Countries, the honourable Minister considered COMSATS as an excellent platform for pooling of resources and expertise, and hoped that the meetings would be able to achieve their desired outcomes. Other distinguished guests of the Inaugural Session included the Ambassador of Zimbabwe to Ghana, Deputy High Commissioner of Nigeria in Accra, and the Director (Science, Technology and Innovation), Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology, Ghana.

Apart from the senior officials of COMSATS Headquarters, the meeting was attended by Council Members or their representatives from 12 Centres of Excellence of COMSATS; BCSIR-Bangladesh, Embrapa Agrobiologia-Brazil, ICCES-China, CIF-Colombia, NRC-Egypt, CSIR-Ghana, IROST-Iran, NMC-Nigeria, ICCBS-Pakistan, CIIT-Pakistan, IRCC-Sudan, and TÜBİTAK MAM-Turkey. Moreover, the senior officials of the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), Sri Lanka, and the Center of Earth Sciences, Metallurgy and Ore Beneficiation (CESMOB), Kazakhstan, attended the meeting in order to formally present their requests of induction in COMSATS’ Network. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of TWAS and UNESCO, and a member of COMSATS Technical Advisory Committee as observers.

The meeting deliberated on a 14-point agenda. Under the agenda-item related to the Future Programmes of COMSATS, the Council discussed at length different ways and means for effective implementation of the new initiatives of COMSATS; namely, establishment of COMSATS Technology Park at CIIT, Pakistan; launching of COMSATS Distinguished Professors Scheme; and constituting a Network of experts on ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Policy’. During a separate agenda-item, progress reports of the three operational International Thematic Research Groups (ITRGs) on ‘Climate Change and Environmental Protection’, ‘Information and Communication Technologies’, and ‘Natural Products Sciences’ were presented to the Council by the groups’ respective Lead Centres, as well as matters related to the launching of remaining ITRGs were discussed. In accordance with the standard format of the meeting, the Executive Director COMSATS presented COMSATS’ Annual Activity Report (May 2012 – April 2013); the heads/representatives of the Centres of Excellence made presentations on the scientific activities of their respective Centres during the period since the last Council meeting; and the Advisor (Programmes) COMSATS briefed the Council on the administrative and financial matters of COMSATS as well as the implementation status of the decisions taken by the Council in its previous meeting.

The key decisions taken by the 16th Coordinating Council meeting include: induction of ITI-Sri Lanka in COMSATS’ Network; approval of the proposed amendments in the Charter of the Network of International S&T Centres of Excellence; re-election of Dr. Eduardo Posada Florez, Director CIF, Colombia, as the Chairperson of Coordinating Council for a further term of three years; and removal of the Biosphere Reserve – Beni Biology Station (BBS), Bolivia, from COMSATS’ Network, which has discontinued research activities and can no longer function as COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence. The Coordinating Council also showed satisfaction on the administrative and financial affairs of COMSATS, and approved the organization’s budget for 2013-14. It was decided that the next (17th) meeting of the Coordinating Council will be hosted by the Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST), Iran. The COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan, was chosen as an alternative host.

The meeting issued a Communiqué that encourages the Centres of Excellence to: increase the number of their scientific collaboration visits within COMSATS’ Network; avail the standing offers of 100 postgraduate scholarships per year by CIIT-Pakistan and seven PhD scholarships and five post-doctoral fellowships by IROST-Iran, and to offer such scholarships/fellowships to students from COMSATS’ Member Countries; regularly contribute News reports and scholarly articles for publication in COMSATS’ two-monthly Newsletter and biannual journal, ‘Science Vision’; extend full support to the Secretariat in the implementation of COMSATS’ five-year strategy, in particular, the launching of more ITRGs by the respective Lead Centres; ensure regular payments of the Annual Membership Contributions by their respective governments; and to explore avenues to operationalize the Endowment Fund approved during the Second Commission meeting. The meeting also encouraged COMSATS Secretariat to continue its efforts towards enhancing the Membership of the Commission and the Network of Centres of Excellence.



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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