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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.

Upcoming Events

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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Theme: “Rational Use of Water Resources”

Background and Rationale of the Workshop

Many parts of the world today are confronted by an acute water crisis that has several facets, including water deprivation among the world’s poor, fast-rising global water demand and climate change. The water security and poverty nexus is a particularly serious issue for development. Economic activity and growth, which are necessary for job creation and raising incomes in developing countries, depend on adequate, affordable and reliable supplies of water.

One of the main goals of the UN to be achieved by 2030 is to “substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity” (SDG No. 6).

Introduction

Keeping in mind the SDG number 17: “Partnerships for the Goals”; the National Research Centre (NRC), Cairo and the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), Islamabad are co-organizing a workshop entitled “Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination”.

Aims and Objectives

The workshop is designed to be an intensive co-working for specialists in the academic, administration and industrial sectors in all subjects of interest related to Science, Technology and Innovation. It will give them an opportunity to discuss, exchange opinion and reach recommendations of how to maximize efforts for rational use of water resources.

Targeted Participants

This event targets a wide range of participants, including:

  • Young scientists working in Science, Technology and Innovation with specific emphasis on water resources.
  • Academician working in industrial and service sectors related to water resources, and
  • Mid-to senior-level government officials in related Ministries.

Language

All technical and discussion sessions of the workshop will be conducted in English language.

Financial Support

Accommodation for three nights in a suitable hotel and local transportation for international speakers and local administrative expenses of the workshop will be covered by NRC, Egypt. The economy class airfare and perdiam of the selected international speakers will be covered by COMSATS.

Themes

1. Water crisis in different parts of the world
2. Successful stories in water desalination
3. Successful stories in rational use of water in industrial sectors
4. Successful stories for rational use of water in agriculture
5. Future outlook regarding cooperative programs and projects among COMSATS Member States
6. Water recycling and utilization

How to Apply

Applications for participation (duly filled-in prescribed form, abstract of presentation, detailed CV and passport copy) are required to be submitted to NRC and COMSATS no later than Monday, 31st December 2018, at the following addresses:

Prof. Hosam El-Sayed
Assistant Vice President for Research &
International Relations
National Research Centre
33, El-Behouth St., 12311-Dokki,
Cairo, Egypt
Tel: (+20 100) 544 36 51
Fax: (+202 333) 701010
E-mail: hosam@trdegypt.org, hosamelsayed58@gmail.com

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

Apr
16
Tue
2019
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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