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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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.



  • 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


  • 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

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