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COMSATS’ collaborative events on Atmospheric Aerosol successfully held in Beijing, China

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The 15th CTWF International Symposium on Atmospheric Aerosol (19-24 September 2016) and the International Lecture Courses on Atmospheric Aerosols (25-27 September 2016) were successfully held in Beijing, China. The events, which were hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in China, the International Center for Climate and Environment Sciences (ICCES), were co-organized by COMSATS, CAS-TWAS-WMO Forum (CTWF), the Aerosol Comparisons between Observations and Models (AeroCom), and the International Satellite Aerosol Science Network (AeroSAT). The events were attended by over 150 participants belonging to Iran, Pakistan, Norway, China, USA, Sweden, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, France, Nigeria, Brazil, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, Ghana, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Belgium, and Switzerland.

The 15th CTWF International Symposium on ‘Atmospheric Aerosol’ was inaugurated on 19th September 2016, at the Foreign Experts Building, Beijing. The opening ceremony of the event included the addresses by Dr. Kai Feng (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Dr. Yifen Pu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), Dr. Xiaohong Liu (University of Wyoming, USA), Dr. Mian Chin (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA), Dr. Thomas Popp (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft-und Raumfahrt (DLR), Germany), and Dr. Ralph Kahn (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA).

The event that spanned six days had 15 technical sessions that featured 50 technical presentations and invited lectures on different areas related to atmospheric aerosol, as well as several discussion sessions. The topics covered during the symposium, inter alia, included: air pollution-climate change relationship; aerosols-cloud interactions; dust storms; effects of aerosol on air quality and surface radiation trends; using satellite datasets for studying aerosol; indirect effects of aerosol; effects of aerosols on the poles; employing different climatic models to assess the impacts of atmospheric aerosol; uncertainties in the satellite datasets related to atmospheric aerosols, etc. Moreover, three poster presentation sessions were arranged to enable the participants to show-case their research efforts and results related to the theme of the event.

The symposium was followed by the three-day International Lecture Courses on ‘Atmospheric Aerosol’, which commenced on 25th September 2016. During the opening ceremony, Prof. Lin Zhaohui, Director ICCES, China, shed light on the programme of the event as well as introduced subject experts/speakers who would deliver the lectures. He noted that atmospheric aerosol poses serious threat to all regions of the world, especially the East Asian countries, and stressed the need of studying and creating related models for the same in order to mitigate its effects. Prof. Brian Toon (University of Colorado, USA), one of the subject experts/speakers of the event, noted that atmospheric aerosol results in the death of about seven million people around the globe every year, including one million deaths in China. He further informed that about twenty thousand people die every year in USA due to air pollution. Prof. Toon highlighted the need of sensitizing the political leaders of the world regarding the significance and impacts of air pollution. Giving his remarks on the theme of the event, Mr. Farhan Ansari, Sr. Assistant Director Programmes, COMSATS, noted that atmospheric aerosol production from anthropogenic sources has increased significantly during the recent past, which are impacting the air-quality, visibility, cloud formation, radiation budget, as well as human health around the globe. He stressed the need for further investigating the atmospheric aerosol on the basis of long-term datasets at local and regional levels for effective mitigation measures.

The event featured 13 invited lectures delivered by five subject experts belonging to USA and China. Prof. Brian Toon imparted lectures on topics, including relationship of aerosol with Asian monsoon, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate change, clouds-aerosol relationship on earth and mars, etc. Prof. Margaret Tolbert (University of Colorado, USA) made lectures on particulate water in atmospheric aerosol, and cirrus cloud formation in the upper troposphere. Dr. Mian Chin (National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA) covered models used to study atmospheric aerosol. Prof. Hong Liao (Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China) discussed historical changes and climatic effects of aerosols in China, while Prof. Xiaohong Liu (University of Wyoming, USA) gave an overview of aerosol-cloud-climate interactions. The events concluded with distribution of certificates among the local and foreign participants.

The two events facilitated the exchange of knowledge, expertise and skills among the participants belonging to research organizations from various developing and developed countries for assessing the impacts of atmospheric aerosol on environment over different regions of the world, to facilitate more informed mitigation measures at national and regional levels.

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Nov
13
Tue
2018
4th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology, Rabat, Morocco
Nov 13 – Nov 14 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 13th – 14th 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.

OBJECTIVES

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.

HOW TO REGISTER

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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.

THEMES

Agriculture

  • 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

Biotechnology

  • 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
Email: idiallo@isesco.org.ma

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
Email: tajammul@comsats.org

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
Email: tnaeem@comsats.edu.pk

Nov
26
Mon
2018
Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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BACKGROUND

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.

INTRODUCTION

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.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

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.

FORMAT

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.

TARGETED INDIVIDUALS

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from LDCs and Member States of COMSATS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
TUBITAK UME
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901
Email: omer.altan@tubitak.gov.tr

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
Email: farhan@comsats.org

Mar
11
Mon
2019
Workshop on Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination, at National Research Centre, Egypt
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day

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