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2nd International Workshop on ‘Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards’ successfully held from September 16-20, 2012, in Amman, Jordan

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The 2nd COMSATS-ISESCO-INIT International Workshop on ‘Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards’ was jointly organized by COMSATS; the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); the Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT); the Royal Scientific Society (RSS), Jordan; and the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Pakistan, from September 16-20, 2012, in Amman, Jordan.

Hosted by the Royal Scientific Society, COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Jordan, the event was second of the series of workshops that are being jointly organized by COMSATS, ISESCO and INIT in their common member countries in order to train IT professionals to collectively address network issues and challenges related to information and internet security. The first workshop of this series was held last year in Damascus, Syria.

The workshop was inaugurated on September 16, 2012, by Prof. Odeh Al-Jayyousi, the Vice President – Science and Research, RSS. During his Inaugural Address, Prof. Al-Jayyousi stated that the key role for organizations like ISESCO, COMSATS, El-Hassan Science City, and RSS, is to enhance both organizational and societal learning, and to ensure the confluence and fusion of ideas in science, technology and innovation for overall well-being of humanity. He further stated that through the smart use of information and communication technologies (ICTs), we can envision a very transparent society that actively and critically participates in problem-solving and decision-making process, and is secure and capable of better responding to emerging threats and risks in the cyber world.

In his message read out on the occasion by a representative of COMSATS, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, asserted the need to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the large amount of critical information on the networking infrastructures worldwide. He opined that in the absence of secure computers and networked systems, individuals and organizations are vulnerable to cyber crimes, computer frauds, telecommunications abuse, and the unauthorized access, disclosure, modification or misuse of information.

Conveying the greetings of Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director General of ISESCO, Dr. Abdelwareth Sarhan, Expert of Science, Science Directorate of ISESCO, hoped that the outcomes of the workshop will be of great value in strengthening the scientific capacities of the participants and enhancing their skills on protection of computer networks. He further stated that the event would bring together academicians, researchers and practitioners from the fields of Information Technology and Internet Security, thus creating an opportunity for the international community to exchange ideas and discuss best practices in keeping their respective networks more secure.

Thanking the Jordanian authorities for hosting the workshop in Jordan, Mr. Naeem stated that INIT aims at directing and encouraging the use of ICTs and associated systems to promote collaboration and cooperation in building human resources and institutional capacity. Other distinguished guests at the Inaugural Ceremony of the workshop included: H.E. Mr. Taofeek Oladejo Arapaja, Ambassador of Nigeria to Jordan; H.E. Mrs. Attiya Mahmoud, Ambassador of Pakistan to Jordan; and Dr. Emmanuel R. Fernandez, First Secretary and Consul, Embassy of Philippines in Jordan.

The five-day workshop provided a forum to the young scientists/researchers from the developing countries to learn about the latest advancements in the field of Internet security; promote the use of state-of-the-art technologies for protection of network and network accessible resources from different types of software attacks; and identify effective Internet/information security solutions for general public, governmental organizations and commercial ventures through rigorous risk analyses and security management approaches.

Four resource persons of the workshop; Dr. Sheikh Ziauddin (Assistant Professor, CIIT, Pakistan); Dr. Abbas Haider (Research Fellow, Center of Excellence in Information Assurance, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia); Mr. M. Mustafa Khattak (Assistant Professor, CIIT, Pakistan); and Dr. Malik Najmus Saqib (Assistant Professor, CIIT, Pakistan), conducted the workshop under five modules, covering wide-ranging tools to ensure cyber security. The key topics covered in the workshop included: Network Security; Modern Cyber Attacks, Evasion Techniques and Defenses; Malicious Code Analysis and Detection; Information Security Management; Measuring Security; Ethical Issues of ICT Security; Organizational Security; Hardware and Physical Security; Operating System Security; Android/Mobile Systems Security; Cryptographic Techniques for Network Security; Biometrics Security; Web Security; Social Network Security; and Cloud Security.

Speaking at the Concluding Ceremony held on September 20, 2012, Prof. Odeh Al-Jayyousi considered international scientific collaboration vital for achieving socio-economic progress in the developing world. He stated that the Internet is a unifying power that must be protected from all types of attacks, cyber crimes and misuse. Representing all the organizers of the event, Mr. Farhan Ansari, Assistant Director (Programmes), COMSATS Headquarters, gave a vote of thanks, in which more collaborative scientific activities aimed at science-led socio-economic development of the Member States were pledged.

Around 40 participants from Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tunisia benefited from the proceedings of the workshop.

Upcoming Events

4th International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology, Rabat, Morocco
Nov 12 – Nov 13 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), in collaboration with the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) is organizing 4th International Conference on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’, from 12th – 13th November 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, 1st October 2018.

Moroccan applicants may, however, send their applications till 30th October 2018 directly to ISESCO Headquarters, Rabat.


Travel grants and boarding and lodging will be provided by ISESCO, COMSATS and INIT 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

Mr. Tahir Naeem
Executive Director
Inter Islamic Network on Information
Technology (INIT)
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,
Park Road, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 90495169, Fax: (+92-51) 9247006

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

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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.


Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901

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

Workshop on Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination, at National Research Centre, Egypt
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day