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CTWF-COMSATS International Training Workshop in Beijing (China) Addresses Issues Relating to Regional Climate Change

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The 10th CTWF International Training Workshop on ‘Regional Climate Change and its Impact Assessment’ was held in Beijing, China, on September 26-29, 2011. The 4-days Workshop was jointly organized by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and CAS-TWAS-WMO Forum on Climate Science (CTWF). The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Government of China; Chinese Meteorological Administration (CMA), China; Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), China; and International Center for Climate and Environment Sciences (ICCES), China, also co-sponsored the event.

The rationale of organizing this workshop was based on the need to understand past experiences of climate change from both regional and global points of view to reveal the multifarious consequences of the phenomenon. To achieve this end, the workshop aimed to reinforce the scientific capacity of the developing countries relating to the understanding of climate change impact and to develop international linkages among the participating researchers and their institutions. The proceedings of this 4-days workshop encompassed various topics relating to the: i) Facts of Regional Climate Changes and the Detection Techniques; ii) Impact of Climate Change on Regional Water Resources; iii) Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture and Ecosystem; and iv) Regional Climate Models and their Applications for Climate Change Studies.

The Deputy Director IAP, Prof. Jiang Zhu (also a member of COMSATS’ Technical Advisory Committee) chaired the Inaugural Session of the event. During his remarks, Prof. Zhu highlighted the importance of the Workshop’s theme and welcomed the distinguished guests and participants. Messages from the President Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Executive Director TWAS, and Executive Director COMSATS were also read out on the occasion by Mr. Jinghua Cao, Deputy Director, Bureau of International Cooperation, MOST, China; Ms. Shuqin Fu, Director, TWAS Regional Office for East & Southeast Asia, CAS, China; and Mr. Tajammul Hussain, Advisor (Programmes) COMSATS, respectively. Also attending the Inaugural Session, the Executive Directors of CTWF, Prof. Huijun Wang and Prof. Qingcun Zeng, appreciated the efforts made by the collaborating organizations holding the Workshop and hoped that the event would generate a better understanding on climate change and relevant adaptation and mitigation measures.

The Workshop comprised of 29 invited lectures and presentations on various topics of current interest related to its theme, and included visits to the CMA’s National Climate Centre, Beijing Climate Center, Huafeng Audio & Video Center, and China Meteorological S&T Exhibition Hall, as well as ICCES/IAP.

Experiences regarding climate change specific to various regions and countries, including, Indo-china, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Jordan, Malaysia, Uganda, etc. were shared. Impact of various weather conditions were evaluated to gauge their long-term effects on various aspects of human life that include, food security and water resource management, geography, and health, aimed at suggesting ways and strategies to better monitor them in the future. Various regional climate models, ICTP RegCM4, PRECIS, ECHAM4 GCM, HadAM3P, WRF Model, RegCM3, etc. were also taken into account.

A total of 63 professionals and students from 14 developing countries attended the Workshop. The participants and institutions represented belonged to Ghana, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Pakistan, Malaysia, Nepal, Mongolia, Uganda, Iran, Egypt, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Jordan and China. Apart from Mr. Tajammul Hussain, Mr. Farhan Ansari, Assistant Director Programmes, represented COMSATS Headquarters while Dr. Shahina Tariq represented the Department of Meteorology, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT).

The event resulted in enhancing South-South Cooperation in the field of climate sciences and strengthening networking among scientists of developing countries, in general, and COMSATS’ member countries, in particular.

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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