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The 3rd International Workshop on Applications of ICTs in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture

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The 3rd International Workshop on Applications of ICTs in Education, Healthcare and Agriculture was successfully held in Amman, Jordan, from 31st May to 1st June 2016 at the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), which is the largest applied research institution of the country. The third of the series, the workshop was jointly organized by the COMSATS; Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the Inter-Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) in cooperation with RSS.

The series of workshops aims at strengthening the capacity of software and application developers, researchers and students involved in designing practical applications addressing development problems in the areas of education, health and agriculture from the common Member States of the partner organizations. The objective is to understand as well as to possibly help develop ICT applications and policies conducive for improving governance structures in thematic areas of the workshop. The first event of the series was held in Islamabad (December 2014), while the second was held in Rabat (November 2015).

The institutions and organizations represented during the workshop included among others: RSS, Jordan; Al-Quds University, Palestine; COMSATS Secretariat, Pakistan; ISESCO, Morocco; COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan; INIT, Pakistan; Mohammadia School of Engineering (EMI), Rabat, Morocco; Pay Attention Programme, Jordan; Alhodhud, Jordan; Princess Sumaya University of Technology, Jordan; Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China; Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization, Tanzania; Agricultural Research Centre, Egypt; Yarmouk University, Jordan; Electronic Health Solutions, Jordan; Seneca Associates and NatHealth, Jordan.

The inaugural session of the event was held on May 31, 2016 and was presided over by Mr. Daher Thabet, Director ICTs, RSS, while prominent participants included Dr. Bilal Zaka, Director, CIIT-Virtual Campus and Representative INIT, Mr. Abdul Majid Qureshi, Research Scholar, COMSATS Secretariat, Dr. Ismail AbdelHamid, Programme Specialist, ISESCO and Engr. Nael Elmulki, Jordan National Officer, UNESCWA. Around 60 subject specialists and experts from Morocco, Pakistan, Tanzania, Egypt, Jordan and Palestine also participated in the inaugural function.

The technical proceedings of the workshop, spread over six sessions, comprised of 22 talks, case studies, and keynote lectures that introduced innovative applications being developed by students, researchers and government institutions for improving governance related problems in the areas of Health, Education and Agriculture. First two sessions of the first day focused on the theme of ICT applications in Education, and the third session focused on ICT applications in Agriculture, while three sessions on second day covered talks under the theme of ICT applications in Healthcare. Several case studies of actual software developed and employed in educational Institutions and healthcare settings were shared, while some speakers presented applications with profitable and social models of marketing. Key problems were highlighted in the adoption of these applications by Public institutions. It was felt during the discussions, which followed the presentations, that a favorable regulatory environment and patronage of public institutions is vital to the adoption of many existing applications and for encouraging the continuous development of these applications upon use.

Participants thanked COMSATS, ISESCO and INIT for creating a platform for allowing researchers to present their work for peer review and bringing it to Jordan. A need for greater awareness regarding the merits of certain ICT applications was stressed, particularly in the Healthcare sector as well as the need for addressing awareness of IP issues among software developers was also asserted.

Mr. Daher Thabet, Director ICTs, RSS presided over the closing ceremony of the event held on June 1, 2016. In his closing remarks, he opined that the developing countries need to strengthen their capacity to indigenously develop software applications to address local problems. Dr. Ismail AbdelHamid in his vote of thanks appreciated the strenuous efforts of the partner organizations for making the event successful and lauded the hospitality of the host institution. He encouraged the participants to give their feedback to further improve the outcomes of the future events. Certificates were presented/awarded to the participants during the closing ceremony.

Upcoming Events

Sep
25
Tue
2018
4th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology, Rabat, Morocco
Sep 25 – Sep 26 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) and the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) are jointly organizing 4th International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’, from 25th – 26th September 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, 16th August 2018.

Moroccan applicants may, however, send their applications till 10th September 2018 directly to ISESCO Headquarters, Rabat.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Travel grants and boarding and lodging will be provided by COMSATS and ISESCO 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

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