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The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World Hosts the 13th Coordinating Council meeting of COMSATS

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The 13th Coordinating Council meeting of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) was held on 12th & 13th May 2010 in the Italian city of Trieste, under the chairmanship of Executive Director, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Prof. M.H.A. Hassan. Delegates representing COMSATS Centres of Excellence in eleven developing countries participated in the meeting and highlighted the achievements of their organizations in different fields of S&T, especially in agriculture, bio-technology, industrial products, information and communication technology, environmental studies, material science and space technology. Important advances were reported by China, Brazil and Iran in the fields of weather prediction, bio-fuels and communication satellites, respectively.

Speaking in the inaugural session, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, underscored the importance of international organizations, such as COMSATS that play a crucial role in the development of S&T cooperation among developing countries. He noted the unique nature of COMSATS, being an apex organization established by the countries of the South and having sixteen renowned R&D Centres affiliated with it as a Network of Centres of Excellence.

COMSATS is working neither under the patronage of North-based international bodies nor under the umbrella of any international political grouping. Its main purpose is to help develop S&T capacity in Member States through mutual cooperation. The regular annual event of the Council meeting itself constitutes a mechanism of South-South cooperation as the Heads of R&D organizations present in the meeting learn from each other’s experiences in executing research projects, relevant to the interests of their countries.

The meeting endorsed the administrative decisions of COMSATS Secretariat, approved its budget for 2010-11 and expressed satisfaction over the support provided to COMSATS by the host country, Pakistan. A 10-point communiqué issued at the end of the meeting endorsed the plan of creating scientific thematic groups for research activities to be conducted by clusters of countries within the Member States of COMSATS. The communiqué called upon the Member States to spend 2-3% of their GDP on R&D.

The Council also elected a new chairperson for the next three years. Prof. Eduardo Posada F., Director, Centro Internacional de Fiscia of Colombia, was unanimously chosen for this position. The Council also approved the induction of the following five new members in the Technical Advisory Committee:

1. Dr. Jean-Pierre Revol (Switzerland)
2. Dr. Moctar Toure (Senegal)
3. Prof. Farida Habib Shah (Malaysia)
4. Dr. Afsaneh Safavi (Iran)
5. Prof. Zhu Jiang (China)

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Upcoming Events

Apr
16
Tue
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The 22nd Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council, 16-17 April 2019, Tianjin, China
Apr 16 – Apr 17 all-day

The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is pleased to announce the convening of the 22nd meeting of its Coordinating Council scheduled to be held in Tianjin, China, on 16 – 17 April 2019. The meeting will be hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence, the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. The meeting programme includes a visit to TIB’s laboratories on 18th April 2019.

The Coordinating Council meets every year, inter alia, to: review the activities of COMSATS’ Network; follow up on the decisions and recommendations made in the previous meeting; and outline the future course of action.

Invitations and Confirmation of Participation

The Executive Director COMSATS has extended invitations to all members of the Coordinating Council. The representatives of some international partner organizations have also been invited to participate in the meeting as Observers.

COMSATS Headquarters is closely coordinating with the host institution (TIB) to ensure timely arrangements.

Agenda and Working Paper

The provisional Agenda of the meeting has been prepared. The detailed Working Paper and associated documents of the meeting are under preparation and will be electronically distributed to the Council members and other invitees during first half of March 2019.

For further details, please contact:

COMSATS Secretariat, Pakistan TIB, China

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9204892
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: tajammul@comsats.org

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: farhan@comsats.org

Prof. Dr. Jibin Sun
Deputy Director-General
Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Tianjin, China
32 West 7th Avenue, Tianjin Airport Economic Area, Tianjin 300308, China
Tel: 0086-22-84861949
Fax: 0086-22-84861943
Email: sun_jb@tib.cas.cn

Ms. Qianqian Chai
Officer of Foreign Affairs and Academic Exchange
Division of Science and Technology Development
Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS)
32 West 7th Avenue, Tianjin Airport Economic Area, Tianjin 300308, China
Tel: +86-2284861925
E-mail: chai_qq@tib.cas.cn
http://english.tib.cas.cn

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