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TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM), Turkey, hosts the 15th Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council

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The 15th Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council was successfully held on May 24-25, 2012, at Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey. The meeting was hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Turkey, the TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM).

Apart from the high officials of COMSATS Headquarters, the meeting was attended by Council Members or their representatives from 13 Centres of Excellence of COMSATS; BCSIR-Bangladesh, ICCES-China, CIF-Colombia, NRC-Egypt, CSIR-Ghana (in place of its constituent organization, BRRI), IROST-Iran, ICENS-Jamaica, RSS-Jordan, NMC-Nigeria, ICCBS-Pakistan, CIIT-Pakistan, IRCC-Sudan, and TÜBİTAK MAM-Turkey. Moreover, the meeting was attended by the representative of the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Senegal, in connection with UCAD’s request to be inducted as the Member of COMSATS’ Network of Centres of Excellence; a senior official of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Italy, as an observer; as well as other senior officials of the host centre.

The meeting was inaugurated on May 24, 2012, at the Turkish Institute for Industrial Management (TÜSSİDE), Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey, by the Advisor to the President TÜBİTAK, Mr. Çağatay Telli (who also holds the position of Chief Economist at the Ministry of Development, Turkey). Mr. Telli, in his informative presentation on ‘Principles of R&D Policy: An International Perspective’, emphasized the important role of the private sector R&D in achieving economic prosperity. He also urged the governments of the developing countries to develop their research policies keeping in view their capabilities and resources. Earlier, the host of the meeting, Dr. İbrahim Dinçer, Acting President MAM, in his Welcome Speech, stressed the significance of technological advancement in achieving socio-economic development. He regarded COMSATS’ objectives aimed at promoting South-South cooperation as most laudable and offered the full cooperation of MAM in this respect. In his Introductory Remarks, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, recounted the outcomes of the recently held 2nd Commission Meeting of COMSATS (April 16-17, 2012, Islamabad, Pakistan), one of which was the election of Ghana as COMSATS’ new Chair. The Commission meeting also appreciated the vital role being played by COMSATS’ Centres of Excellence towards the achievement of COMSATS’ programmes and activities. The Chairperson of COMSATS Coordinating Council, Prof. Eduardo Posada, Director CIF, during his address at the Inaugural Session, highlighted the necessity of enhancing scientific collaboration among scientific/research institutions in the developing world, and pointed out some actions to be taken by the developing countries on urgent basis that included: development of policies for the promotion of science, technology and innovation; improvement of the standard of S&T education; and strengthening of linkages between R&D organizations and industries.

As per the standard format of the meeting, the Executive Director COMSATS presented COMSATS’ Annual Activity Report (May 2011 – April 2012); the heads/representatives of the Centres of Excellence made presentations on the scientific activities of their respective Centres with the view to identifying areas of potential cooperation among the Council members; 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. Progress reports of the three operational International Thematic Research Groups (ITRGs) were presented to the Council by the Groups’ respective Lead Centres, as well as matters relating to the launching of the remaining ITRGs were discussed.

The key decisions taken by the Coordinating Council in its 15th meeting include: re-designation of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Ghana; induction of UCAD-Senegal in COMSATS’ Network; approval of the 2nd part of the COMSATS’ Future Strategy Document (Implementation and Monitoring); constitution of a three-member Committee to make necessary amendments in the Charter of the Network; and consensus on establishing two new ITRGs of COMSATS. The Council also discussed at length the possibility of new initiatives. After detailed discussion, it was decided to explore possibilities for the following three new activities:

i) Establishment of a ‘COMSATS Technology Park’;
ii) Launching a scheme whereby outstanding scientists in COMSATS’ Centres of Excellence are designated as ‘COMSATS Distinguished Professors’;
iii) Constituting a network of experts in the field of ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Policy’.

The Coordinating Council showed satisfaction on the administrative and financial affairs of COMSATS, and approved the organization’s budget for 2012-13.

A Communiqué was issued at the end of the meeting that welcomes the election of the Head of State of the Republic of Ghana as the new Chairperson of the Commission; endorses and supports the Resolution unanimously adopted during the 2nd Commission Meeting and expresses its willingness to cooperate with the Secretariat to implement the decisions taken therein; re-affirms the Council’s commitment to the objectives of the Network; and strongly urges the developing countries to allocate at least 2% of their GDPs for science, technology and innovation related initiatives.

It was decided that the next (16th) meeting of the Coordinating Council will be hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana, while the Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST), Iran, will be the alternative host.


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Reports on International Thematic Research Groups

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