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COMSATS-ISESCO Workshop on Repair and Maintenance of Scientific, Engineering Equipment in Universities and Research Institutions inaugurated in Rustaq, Oman

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The 8th national workshop on ‘Repair and Maintenance of Scientific, Engineering Equipment in Universities, and Research Institutions’ was inaugurated at Rustaq, Sultanate of Oman, on August 23, 2015, by Dr. Said Bin Hamed Al Rebaie, Secretary General of Education Council, Oman. The workshop is being jointly organized by Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), under the ISESCO-COMSATS joint cooperation programme for the biennium 2014-15.

The workshop is being hosted by the Omani Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) at College of Applied Sciences, Rustaq, Oman. Eighth in the series, the workshop is aimed to develop indigenous capacities of the local scientists and institutions in the developing countries for repair and maintenance of their scientific equipment to ensure smooth R&D activities.

The inaugural ceremony was also attended by Mrs. Wafaa El Alami, Head of Planning, Information and Documentation Centre, ISESCO; Dr. Abdullah Mohammed AL Sarmi, Undersecretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Oman; Dr. Hammod Amur Hamood Al Wardi, Dean College Applied Science, Rustaq, Oman; Mr. Nisar Ahmad, Deputy Director (Systems), COMSATS; Mr. Kamel Al Amry, MoHE, Oman; and the two resource persons of the workshop from Pakistan, Mr. Arif Karim and Mr. Faisal Ghazanfar. Also present on the occasion were the participants of the workshop, as well as senior officials and representatives from various Omani institutions, including MoHE, the Research Council; Ministry of Manpower; Sultan Qaboos University; Military Technological College; International Maritime College; Waljat College of Applied Sciences; Nizwa University; Shoar University; German University of Technology; and A’Sharqiyah University.

Dr. Al Wardi delivered his welcome remarks and hoped for the success of the event in building relevant capacities in the participants. In his message, read out on the occasion by Mr. Nisar Ahmed, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, extended gratitude to ISESCO and MoHE, Oman. Highlighting the importance and relevance of the event, Dr. Qureshi hoped that the event would facilitate linkages among the participants and experts for future networking and interaction. Mrs. El Alami welcomed experts and participants of the national workshop and read-out the ISESCO message of H.E. Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General ISESCO. Dr. Altwaijri considered the event important for promoting South-South cooperation for addressing scientific needs of ISESCO Member States. He hoped that the event would enhance opportunities for mutual cooperation among researchers, technicians and engineers from the different institutions of Oman.

In his keynote address, Mr. Arif Karim, one of the Resource Persons for the workshop, highlighted the need and importance of the workshop for scientists and technicians and shared the workshop methodology.

The programme of the workshop comprises ten technical sessions offering seminars on troubleshooting and repairing Spectrophotometer Systems; Flame Photometer Systems; Atomic Absorption system and XRF system; Thermal Analyzer; Gas Chromatographic Systems; HPLC Systems; Electron Microscopes; Laboratory Balances; Thermal Equipments (Oven & Furnace); and pH Meters. The lectures will be complemented by hands-on training in the labs of College of Applied Sciences and Sultan Qaboos University of Oman. Training will be imparted to more than 30 researchers, academicians, technicians and engineers from different organizations of Oman during the course of the event.

The workshop will conclude on August 27, 2015, after training the participants as Master Trainers.

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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