Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS)

International Thematic Research Groups

COMSATS created International Thematic Research Groups (ITRGs) with an objective to achieve South-South cooperation by undertaking well-defined joint research projects in various S&T fields with the participation of researchers and scientists belonging to different R&D institutions from COMSATS’ Member States and other developing countries. The focus of these ITRGs is on joint research projects, expert-exchange, short-term trainings and sharing of facilities/laboratory resources. The Groups’ membership is open to all willing relevant institutions from the developing countries. [ Click here for further details ] Currently, six ITRGs are active, their names and corresponding research projects decided in their foundation meetings are enlisted below:
Name of the Groups 
Title of Research Project/Group Leader
International Thematic Research Group on ‘Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)’ e-Solutions for Community Using Low-cost Wi-Fi Dr. Sajjad A. Madani Associate Professor Incharge Virtual Campus COMSATS University Islamabad (CIUI) Islamabad, Pakistan Tel: +92-51-111-001-007 Email:
International Thematic Research Group on ‘Natural Products Sciences’ Drug Discovery from Nature for Neglected Diseases Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary Director International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) Pakistan. Email:
International Thematic Research Group on ‘Climate Change and Environmental Protection’ Characteristics and Mechanism of the Extreme Climate Events under the Climate Change Background Prof. Lin Zhaohui Director International Center for Climate and Environment Sciences (ICCES) China. Email:
International Thematic Research Group on ‘Mathematical Modeling’ Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of Air and Water Pollution: Effects and Remedies Prof. Benjamin O. Oyelami Professor National Mathematical Centre (NMC) Nigeria. Email:
International Thematic Research Group on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology’ Improvement of Wheat Quality and Productivity Uisng both Traditional and Modern Techniques Dr. Ghazi Hamid Badawi Assistant Professor Department of Agronomy University of Khartoum, Sudan Email:
International Thematic Research Group on Renewable Energy i) Measurements and Characterization of New Silicon Crystalline Solar Cells ii) Development of Microbial Fuel Cells for Bioelectric Generation and Wastewater Treatment Prof. Nasrin Moazami Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), Iran. Email:;