COMSTECH and IUCr will collaborate to promote Science and Technology via X-ray crystallography in African and Central Asian OIC member states
Islamabad, September 21, 2020: International Union of Crystallography
(IUCr) and COMSTECH agree to start joint projects in the field of crystallography
for OIC member states in a virtual meeting. The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr.
M. Iqbal Choudhary (Coordinator general COMSTECH), Dr. Samar Hasnain (University
of Liverpool), Dr. Sven Liden (IUCr President), Mr. Michele Zima (IUCr Outreach
officer), Mr. Alex Ashcroft (IUCr Executive Secretary), and Dr. Smmer Yousuf
(Associate Professor, ICCBS).
The Coordinator General COMSTECH, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, briefed the participants
on the current and the future programmes and initiatives of COMSTECH and highlighted
the mutual benefits of the IUCr and COMSTECH joint collaborative projects. Responding
to Prof. Choudhary, President of IUCr, Prof. Sven Liden agreed to initiate collaborative
projects with COMSTECH and invited Prof. Choudhary to attend general assembly of
This meeting was facilitated by Prof. Dr. Samar Hasnain, an acclaimed mentor of
crystallographic community in Pakistan. COMSTECH and IUCr upon suggestion of Prof.
Dr. Samar Hasnain, agreed to plan activities through targeting countries like Cameroon,
Nigeria and Kazakhstan.
Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, termed this meeting historical with the confidence
of vibrant collaboration between the two organizations and appreciated the leadership
and the team of the IUCr in his concluding remarks.