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COMSATS Commemorates World Science Day 2013

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The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2013 was commemorated by COMSATS by holding a seminar on ‘Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations’ in Islamabad, on November 12, 2013. The event was held at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad, and was attended by more than 70 students, academicians, scientists, and diplomats.

The event commenced with a brief inaugural session presided over by veteran scientist and former Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on S&T, Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad. The session comprised a Welcome Note from Dr. Shahid Ahmed Khan, Campus Director, CIIT, Islamabad; an Address by the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi; and a Keynote address by the Chief Guest.

Dr. Khan welcomed the distinguished guests and participants of the seminar and stressed the need for capacity-building events in sensitizing societies and proffering research-based solutions for development issues.

In his address on the occasion, Dr. Qureshi noted that Pakistan has the distinction of being the country on whose request the United Nations decided to celebrate World Science Day every year on 10th November. Dr. Qureshi also informed that 10th November coincidently is the birthday of a renowned Pakistani scientist, Prof. Dr. Riazuddin, who had sadly passed away on 9th September 2013. Stressing the importance of the title of the Day, Dr. Qureshi gave a broader perspective whereby science has been used both for the betterment of mankind, as well as for the purpose of war and destruction. Only the ‘lights’ of science need to be celebrated, he opined, while ‘shadows’ are to be shunned and discouraged. Dr. Qureshi also elaborated worldwide focus on freshwater availability and cautioned that Pakistan will face a major destabilizing situation if water management were not addressed at the highest priority.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ahmad stressed the need to keep water-related issues on high priority by international organizations like IIASA, UN, and COMSATS. He recalled that an extensive discussion session on water issues was organized by COMSATS in 2001 and the proceedings were published in a book form in 2013.

The technical session of the Science Day comprised four talks pertaining to the theme of the Day. Dr. Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry, Senior Advisor, LEAD Pakistan, in his keynote speech, explicated the concept of water cooperation and highlighted its importance in the wake of Pakistan’s diminishing water resources to a critical level of 1000 m3 per person per year. He cautioned that serious steps must be taken in time to address the depleting water resources of Pakistan, which is highly vulnerable to climate change effects, lest the country face even graver issues of water, food and energy security.

Other speakers of the seminar were: Dr. Amir Haider Malik, Professor, CIIT Abbottabad Campus; Dr. Zulfiqar Ahmad, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Quaid-e-Azam University; and Dr. Hassan Abbas, CIIT, Wah Campus. The speakers advocated efficient use of technology-based solutions in the field of water resource management to enhance per capita water availability in the country. A new concept of sub-irrigation was introduced that could enable Pakistan to save water at least 4 folds, increase agriculture yields by 64% and improve water-use efficiency by 6 folds.Consensus prevailed among the experts to make increased efforts to promote ‘water cooperation’ among nations to ensure poverty reduction, socio-economic development, protection of environment, and promotion of peace and sustainability.

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Nov
26
Mon
2018
Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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BACKGROUND

The important role of the Quality Infrastructure, comprised of metrology, standardization, accreditation and certification institutions, in the process of socio-economic development of countries cannot be overemphasized. They provide a critically important technical foundation for industrial development and global trade, and functioning national measurement systems support in increasing industrial productivity and enhancement of product quality for international markets.

Many developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), do not have adequate quality infrastructures, which limits their economic development prospects as products and services fail to meet the demands of domestic and international customers as well as requirements imposed by mandatory regulations. A component of this problem is that these countries lack the requisite technical expertise and knowledge concerning the development, operation and maintenance of metrology facilities, which technically underpin all other functions of the quality infrastructure.

There is, therefore, an urgent need to intensify efforts for capacity building of relevant organizations in the developing countries in order to enhance their expertise and upgrade their infrastructure in the area of metrology, thereby also spurring development in other areas of the quality infrastructure and ultimately facilitating industrial development, growth in trade and a rise in societal well-being.

INTRODUCTION

Keeping the above in view, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); and the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute (TUBITAK UME), Turkey; are jointly organizing a two-day workshop on Metrology for the Least Developed Countries.

The workshop will be held on 26 – 27 November 2018 (Monday-Tuesday), which will be hosted by the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute in Gebze, Turkey.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge-base, expertise and capacity of the institutions working in the field of metrology in the least developed countries, as well as to prepare roadmaps towards addressing their needs to develop metrology infrastructures with the capability of supporting their economies.

The workshop shall also facilitate the building of regional and international partnerships for the sharing of approaches and best practices in the field of metrology.

FORMAT

The workshop will include technical presentations by relevant subject experts and scientists belonging to LDCs, Member States of COMSATS and international development organizations, as well as discussion sessions and laboratory visits.

TARGETED INDIVIDUALS

The focus of the workshop is on the least developed countries, particularly those that are also members of COMSATS, namely Bangladesh, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The policy makers, scientists and experts in the field of metrology belonging to the least developed countries and the Member States of COMSATS, as well as representatives of relevant international development organizations and donor agencies are invited to participate in the event.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from LDCs and Member States of COMSATS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
TUBITAK UME
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901
Email: omer.altan@tubitak.gov.tr

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Sector G-5/2,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7 ext. 209
Email: farhan@comsats.org

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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