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International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security, and Biotechnology successfully held in Cairo, Egypt

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The two-day International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security, and Biotechnology’ was successfully organized in Cairo, Egypt, on 8th & 9th June 2015. Hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Egypt, the National Research Centre (NRC), the event was co-organized by COMSATS, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE). Other COMSATS’ Centres of Excellence represented during the Conference included: Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), Sri Lanka; Industrial Research and Consultancy Centre (IRCC), Sudan; Bangladesh Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR), Bangladesh; Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Senegal; and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan. The local organizations that participated in the meeting were: Cairo University, Agriculture Research Centre, Egypt; International Service for Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), Egypt; and Cotton Research Institute, Egypt.

The Conference was organized to build and strengthen linkages among R&D/S&T institutions working in the field of agriculture, biotechnology and food security for effective South-South cooperation; and to provide a forum to scientists, researchers, technologists and faculty members to update one another and share the recent developments in the field of agriculture and biotechnology, as well as for knowledge-sharing on the understanding, current status and needs of food and feed security.

The event was inaugurated by Dr. Mohamed Hashem, Vice President for Research Affairs & International Relations at NRC, on June 8, 2015. In his remarks on the occasion, Dr. Hashem considered it an honor for Cairo to host this important event, and appreciated its relevance for addressing key regional and global issues. He noted that nearly 75 percent of poor people in developing countries live in rural areas, and the agriculture sector has been found to be relatively more effective in reducing poverty.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Amr Abdel-Meguid, Regional Program Manager CEDARE, considered biotechnology the key technology of the 21st century, and highlighted the opportunities that agricultural biotechnology has to offer for the national development, especially of the developing countries. In his remarks on the occasion, Mr. Salah El Din El Gafrawi, ISESCO Representative in Egypt, urged the researchers to take on revolutionary roles to promote advanced agricultural systems in Islamic Countries. He stressed the importance of increasing food production to ensure food security in the Islamic countries by means of modern biotechnology research.

In his message read out on the occasion by Ms. Huma Balouch, Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes) COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, noted that the developing countries are progressively adopting and adapting to agricultural biotechnology to meet their needs including those pertaining to food quality, food security, and sustainable agriculture. He considered the event important in encouraging debate and exchange of ideas related to modern biotechnological approaches to meet sustainable agriculture and food security challenges in the developing world.

A large number of participants from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria benefitted from the event, along with more than 70 registered participants from various academic and research institutions in Egypt. Seven international subject experts from COMSATS’ member countries made thematic presentations on different aspects of biotechnology applications in the food and agriculture sectors. During its seven technical and parallel sessions, more than 30 paper-presentations covered a wide range of topics focusing on relevant applications of biotechnology, ranging from bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers to genetically modified crops.

The presentations and discussions of the event resulted in a number of recommendations, some of which pertained to:

  • Establishment of a scientific network for information exchange between member countries of COMSATS and ISESCO regarding climate change, food production system, automation and precision farming;
  • Working out joint research proposals that can be promoted by COMSATS, ISESCO, IUCN, and CEDARE for seeking funds;
  • Creation of working groups for mapping the strengths and weaknesses in biotechnology R&D in common member states;
  • Establishment of relevant competent committees for necessary decision making on the use of genetically modified products and preservation of biodiversity; and
  • Integration of relevant institutions concerning agriculture policy, rural development, and research strategy in member countries

The closing ceremony was held on 9th June 2015. Prof. Hosam El-Syed, Conference Coordinator and General Coordinator at NRC, in his vote of thanks appreciated the strenuous efforts of the organizers and partner organizations for making the event successful.

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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