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International Symposium on ‘Light and Life’ inaugurated in Islamabad

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A three-day International Symposium on ‘Light and Life’ organized by COMSATS in association with COMSATS Institute of Information technology (CIIT) was inaugurated on October 14, 2015, in Islamabad. The event is being organized to celebrate the UN International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, as well as to highlight the latest research and developments in the field taking place across the globe. The sponsors of the event include Abdus Salam-International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy; CIIT; the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan; the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan; and Pakistan Academy of Sciences.

The Minister for Science and Technology, and Defense Production, H.E. Mr. Rana Tanveer Hussain, inaugurated the symposium during a ceremony attended by a gathering of over 150 researchers, scientists, students, and officials from relevant organizations in COMSATS’ Member Countries. Apart from the inaugural address by the Minister, the ceremony featured speeches and remarks by the Rector CIIT, Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi; Prof. Dr. Aslam Khan, Advisor Physics at CIIT and the Chairman of the event’s Organizing Committee; Prof. Dr. Aslam Baig, Distinguished National Professor at the National Centre for Physics (NCP), and Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS.

Prof. Aslam Khan informed that the event would comprise of 16 parallel technical sessions, 10 plenary talks, 13 invited talks, 25 contributed talks and 25 poster presentations. The speakers of the event, who are experts on various subjects relating to the theme of the event, belong to Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey, UK, and USA.

As UNESCO’s designated Focal Point for activities related to International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies in Pakistan, Prof. Aslam Baig gave a historic overview of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. It was noted that IYL relates to a number of relevant landmarks in the history: 1000th Anniversary of Ibn Al Haytham’s ‘Book of Optics’; 200th Anniversary of Fresnel’s discovery of the wave nature of light; 150th Anniversary of Maxwell’s discovery of electromagnetic waves; 100th Anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity; and 50th Anniversary of the discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation. Dr. Baig gave a summary of events organized in Pakistan to celebrate the year that started with NCP’s event entitled ‘Celebrating Light’ early this year. Availing the presence of the Pakistani Minister for Science and Technology, and Defense, he urged the Pakistani Government to allocate more resources for education and S&T in Pakistan.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. I. E. Qureshi apprised the audience of COMSATS Secretariat’s close working relations with the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, formalized through signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in March 2015. It was informed that subsequent discussions on modes and means of cooperation with UNESCO led to the holding of the present symposium. Stressing the potential of S&T to help the developing countries prosper, Dr. Qureshi highlighted the nexus between economic growth, technological advances, and political and social patronage. He elucidated his point by quoting relevant examples from the past and present that showed the interdependent nature of these. He further added that the technologies that had seemed fictional a few years back were turning into reality due to advances in light-based technologies.

In his inaugural address, the Minister noted the importance of the theme of the event and recounted the number of relevant fields, in which advancements have benefitted the society. In this regard, he noted that there are wide-spread uses and applications of light and light-based technologies in developed and developing world, in the fields of defense, energy, communication, environmental monitoring, remote sensing, medicine, industrial research, information technology, etc. Cognizant of the importance of R&D in the relevant fields, His Excellency shared his government’s consciousness of the need to do more for furthering the gains from this field. He considered it of key importance to develop well-coordinated programmes in collaboration with national, regional, and international groups and centres of excellence. He also noted that the Government of Pakistan has started several R&D programmes in Lasers and Photonics, including the National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (NILOP), in addition to specialized courses and research activities at various universities across the country, including CIIT.

It is worth mentioning that the technical deliberations of the Symposium had started the day before with a pre-symposium workshop on ‘Technology of Light Emitting Diodes’ that had a participation of over 100 faculty and students of relevant fields.

The subsequent sessions of the symposium that commenced after the inauguration of the event would touch upon a number of themes pertaining to: Light Detection & Harvesting; Light Emitting Devices; Light-Matter Interactions; Light-Based Technologies; Photochemistry & Photobiology; Optoelectronics & Photonics; Imaging Science; and Quantum Informatics. Over 175 registered participants of the event belonging to Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, and Turkey, would be befitting from the symposium’s technical proceedings.

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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