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The International Centre of Physics (CIF), Colombia, hosts the 14th meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council

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COMSATS held the 14th meeting of its Coordinating Council in Bogotá, Colombia, on 26th and 27th May 2011. The meeting was hosted by the International Centre for Physics (CIF), the Centre of Excellence of COMSATS in Colombia. The meeting was attended by Heads of 8 Centres of Excellence of COMSATS, from Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, and Turkey. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Eduardo Posada F., Director CIF, who was elected the Chairperson during the last meeting of the Council, held in Trieste, Italy.

The two-day international meeting was inaugurated by Dr. J. Restrepo, Director Colombian Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (COLCIENCIAS) on May 26, 2011. In his Inaugural Address, Dr. Restrepo stated that Colombia found itself at a crossroads in terms of S&T in the wake of the new Law of Science, Technology and Innovation passed in 2009, which has provided a framework for integrating S&T sector to make it more productive. He stated that the objectives of COMSATS coincide with the Colombian aim of using S&T for the sustainable utilization of its rich biodiversity, energy and natural resources for the benefit of the people of Colombia. Shedding light on the new approach of Colombia towards S&T, Dr. Posada emphasized the need of developing capable S&T manpower, strengthening scientific institutions and increasing national expenditure on S&T by the developing countries. The Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, who is also the Ex-officio Secretary to the Council, elucidated the role of COMSATS as an effective forum for South-South cooperation. Dr. M.H.A Hassan, Former Executive Director TWAS, also attended the meeting as an honorary life-time member of the Council.

The Council that met for the first time in a Latin American country deliberated on an 11-point agenda that covered important matters relating to: programmes and projects of COMSATS; finalization of the 1st part of COMSATS’ future Strategy Document; and the nomination of Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) as a new member of COMSATS’ Network of International S&T Centres of Excellence. Besides the presentations by the participating Heads of Centres of Excellence on the S&T activities of their respective Centres, exclusive presentations were made by the Lead Centres of COMSATS’ Thematic Research Groups elucidating the collaborative group research activity undertaken by the members of their respective Groups. In this regard, the representatives of ICCES-China and CIIT-Pakistan made presentations.

A 12-point communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, inter alia, underscored the need for: having more projects launched in the thematic areas that were agreed in the previous Coordinating Council meetings; capacity-building by means of training, technical exchange, workshops, higher education, dissemination of knowledge and linkages with donor agencies; undertaking necessary work in order to achieve the objective of holding the 2nd Commission meeting of COMSATS (possibly in 2012); and annual allocation of at least 2% of GDP by the Member States for their S&T sectors.

The Council showed satisfaction over the administrative and financial matters of COMSATS Secretariat and approved its budget for 2011-12. The 15th meeting of the Coordinating Council will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, and will be hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence, the TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Centre.


Reports of COMSATS Thematic Research Groups

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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