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COMSATS-ISESCO International Workshop on Nano-technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh, September 21-23, 2012

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Under the patronage of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), and the OIC’s Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH); the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh; and the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh, organized the International Workshop on Nano-technology on September 21-23, 2012, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The workshop was held with the objective of providing a forum for academicians and professionals from various developing countries to exchange ideas and enhance collaboration in the field of nano-technology, and to sensitize the policy makers, academia, public and private sector businesses and industries, and research organizations towards promoting studies, research and the use of nano-technology.

The technical proceedings of the workshop were spread across 4 technical sessions that comprised lectures and presentations on various aspects of Nanotechnology. Apart from the lectures specific to nano-technology, the experts also covered its applications on other interdisciplinary fields, which included: Health and Medicine; Food and Agriculture; Energy and Environment; Nano-technology in ICT and Electronic Devices; and Industry and Consumer Products.

The three-day international workshop was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, H.E. Ms. Sheikh Hasina Wajid. In her remarks, the Prime Minister considered research programmes imperative for making progress in science and technology. Appreciating the organization of this well-timed workshop in Bangladesh, Her Excellency stated that nano-technology can directly benefit the local industries in different sectors, and encouraged public-private partnership in this regard. The Prime Minister informed that the scientists of Bangladesh have made a breakthrough in the field of gene research by decoding genomes of the jute in 2010 and a devastating pathogen harmful for nearly 500 crops including jute. She also pledged support of her government for the establishment of a National Centre of Nano-technology in Bangladesh.

H. E. Mr. Dilip Barua, Minister for Industries, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, also attended the event as the ‘special honourable guest’ of the event. The Vice-Chancellor BUET, Prof. S. M. Nazrul Islam; Vice Chancellor University of Dhaka, Prof. Dr. A.A.M.S. Arefin Siddique; and the Deputy Director General ISESCO, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, were also among the distinguished guests who spoke at the Inaugural session of the workshop that was attended by 300 people from different walks of life.

About 25 experts belonging to important scientific and academic institutions of Bangladesh, Canada, Germany, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and USA, delivered lectures on the key topics on various aspects of nano-science and technology. Around 100 participants from different universities, research institutions, industries and government and private companies benefited from the lectures and oral presentations delivered during the workshop.

H. E. Dr. Nurul Islam Nahid, Minister for Education, Government of Bangladesh, graced the Closing Ceremony as the Chief Guest, which was held on September 23, 2012. Highlighting the importance and potential benefits of nano-technology, the Minister urged the Bangladeshi researchers working in this field to utilize their research results for achieving progress in other scientific fields that are vital for Bangladesh’s socio-economic development, including medicine, agriculture, engineering and environment. “Nano-technology can bring about a great revolution in the field of agriculture”, stated H. E. Mr. Nahid “We can reduce fertilizer and pesticide use in agriculture.”

Other distinguished guests of the closing ceremony included Prof. Mesbahuddin Ahmad, President, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences; and Prof. Dr. M. Afzal Hossain, Former Vice Chancellor of Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science & Technology University, Bangladesh.

The event also included poster presentation session as well as panel discussions to finalize recommendations.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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

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