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The Coordinator General of COMSTECH in 2006 conceived the idea to offer thematic symposia, training courses and training courses in frontier technologies. The ultimate aim behind it was to build capacity of young scientists in the Islamic world, and to develop strategies to find solutions through the applications of advanced technologies. These strategies are hoped to provide guidance and prescribed agenda of research for various university laboratories and Research and Development organizations. Initially, the main thrust of the proposed program was on emerging sciences and technologies under the broad umbrella of biotechnology, with the main outcome directed towards research programs geared to impact national economies.

The first phase of this program started in August 2006, and was completed in June 2009. The total cost in this phase amounted to US$ 0.566 million. The program was jointly sponsored by COMSTECH and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

Originally, it was planned to organize 10 thematic training courses to benefit 200 researchers over a period of two years. The project was later revised and extended till June 2009 and, instead, 19 international training courses were offered within the same budget. Resource persons from Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cuba, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, U.A.E.,

U.K., and U.S.A., made themselves available to train 447 scientists from 23 OIC member states. In addition a number of resource persons from Pakistani universities and institutes who were actively involved in research were also invited to conduct training sessions.

Looking at the success of the training courses, COMSTECH decided to revive the program in 2011. During this phase, 43 courses have been organized to-date at a cost of US$ 0.299 million. These training courses covered broad areas of Science and Technology, and have brought together a large number of young scientists from OIC member states to update their knowledge and develop future collaborations.

The 43 training courses of this phase were attended by 1,148 participants from 21 countries, from Afghanistan, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, and UAE. They were trained by 141 resources persons from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA, and 298 from Pakistan. Judging from the feedback received from the participants, COMSTECH intends to continue with this activity.

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For the Year 2011

Workshop Title/ Theme

Date

1:

Latest Advancements in Mathematical Research

27th – 29th December, 2011

2:

Advances in Genetic Engineering of Plants

20th – 22nd December, 2011

3:

Healthcare in the 21st Century: Importance of Interoperability

21st – 23rd November, 2011

4:

Bio-safety, Bio-security and Bioethics

17th – 19th October, 2011

5:

Modern Techniques in Structural Biology

1st – 4th October, 2011

6:

Bio-safety Practices: Need & Necessity

26th – 28th September, 2011

7:

Integrated Pest Management

4th – 6th July, 2011

8:

Green Technologies

28th – 30th June, 2011

9:

Modern Techniques in Combinatorial Chemistry

13th – 16th June, 2011

10:

Mathematical Sciences and their Applications

23rd – 25th May, 2011

11:

Essential need of Nano-Education in OIC Countries

7th – 9th April, 2011

12:

Frontiers in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

28th – 30th March, 2011

13:

Biotechnology for Economic Development

16th  – 18th February, 2011

14:

Synthetic Biology and its Dual Use

3rd – 5th  February, 2011

For the year 2012

 

Work shop Title/Theme

Date

1:

Plasma Science

19th – 21st November, 2012

2:

Food Production and Processing Technologies

6th – 8th November, 2012

3:

Water Quality and Quantity Assessment

16th – 18th October, 2012

4:

Nonlinear Problems in Mathematics

9th – 11th October, 2012

5:

Adaption to Natural Hazards in the Changing Global Climate Scenario

25th – 27th September, 2012

6:

Laser-Matter Interaction

11th – 13th September, 2012

7:

High Altitude Ecosystems and Climate Change

3rd – 5th September, 2012

8:

Industrial Biotechnology

10th – 12th July, 2012

9:

Marine Biology – Ecology and Applications,  Advancements and Issues of the 21st Century

26th – 28th June, 2012

10:

Green Economy

16th – 18th May, 2012

11:

Computational Methods in Mathematics

7th – 9th May, 2012

12:

An update on pathogenesis of Mycobacterial Diseases

25th – 27th April, 2012

13:

Ensuring Food Security through Prevention of Biodiversity Loss

18th – 20th April, 2012

14:

Recent Trends in Analytical Chemistry

3rd – 5th April, 2012

15:

Pakistan’s Energy Option

29th – 30th March, 2012

16:

Bioinformatics: Database Mining and High Throughput Genomic Analysis

19th  – 21st March, 2012

17:

Vacuum Technology                                                 

6th – 8th March, 2012

18:

Modern Biotechnology in Muslim Countries – Specific Issues and Challenges

27th – 29th February, 2012

19:

High Performance Computing Using Multicore Processors

6th  – 8th February, 2012

20:

Nanotechnology and its Industrial Applications

10th – 12th January, 2012

For the year 2013

 

Work shop Title/Theme

Date

1:

Advances in Food analytical Methods: Oils/ Fats and Phenolics                                         

4th – 6th December, 2013

2:

Disaster Risk Management and Reduction

19th – 21st November, 2013

3:

Sustainable Water Management

28th  – 30th October, 2013

4:

Radiotracers: Production Technology and Applications

21st  – 23rd October, 2013

For the Year 2014

 

Work shop Title/Theme

Date

1:

Bioinformatics: Ensemble Database mining and whole genome sequencing analysis

16th – 18th December, 2014

2:

Saponins, A group of useful natural products

24th – 26th June, 2014

3:

Innovations in Drug Discovery, Delivery and Pharmacy Practice

12th – 15th May, 2014

4:

Solutions of Differential Equations from Transform Techniques

30th Jan – 1st February, 2014

5:

Market Analysis for Technology Innovations

27th  – 29th January, 2014


No.

Workshop Title

Date

Participants

Resource Persons

Total

Foreign

Local

Foreign

Local

  1.  

Synthetic Biology and its Dual Use

Feb. 3-5, 2011

24

4

20

10

7

  1.  

Biotechnology for Economic Development

Feb. 16-18, 2011

17

6

11

3

10

  1.  

Frontiers in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

March 28-30, 2011

25

4

21

7

10

  1.  

Essential Need of Nano-Education in OIC Countries

April 7-9, 2011

24

5

19

5

8

  1.  

Mathematical Sciences and their Applications

May 23-25, 2011

28

3

25

5

14

  1.  

Modern Techniques in Combinatorial Chemistry

June 14-16, 2011

27

9

18

2

5

  1.  

Green Technology

June 28-30, 2011

29

4

25

3

15

  1.  

Integrated Pest Management

July 4-6, 2011

25

9

16

2

10

  1.  

Biosafety Practices: Need & Necessity (Workshop for Laboratory Professionals)

Sept. 26-28, 2011

23

2

21

5

9

  1.  

Modern Techniques in Structural Biology (Venue: ICCBS, Karachi)

Oct. 1-4, 2011

45

10

35

2

3

  1.  

Biosafety, Biosecurity and Bioethics (for Managers)

Oct. 17-19, 2011

29

1

28

3

9

  1.  

Healthcare in the 21st Century: Importance of Interoperability

Nov. 21-23, 2011

36

1

35

2

10

  1.  

Advancement in Genetic Engineering of Plants

Dec. 20-22, 2011

34

2

32

1

8

  1.  

Latest Advancements of Mathematical Research

Dec. 27-29, 2011

27

0

27

2

20

  1.  

Nanotechnology and its Industrial Applications

Jan. 10-12, 2012

36

9

27

2

12

  1.  

High Performance Computing Using Multicore Processors

Feb. 6-8, 2012

14

4

10

0

2

  1.  

Applications of Modern Biotechnology in Muslim Countries- Specific Issues and Challenges

Feb. 27-29, 2012

26

1

25

8

5

  1.  

Vacuum Technology

Mar. 6-8, 2012

36

1

35

2

22

  1.  

Bioinformatics: Database Mining and High Throughput Genomic Analyses

Mar. 19-21, 2012

35

4

31

2

0

  1.  

Pakistan’s Energy Options: Availability and Affordability, and the role of regional grids

Mar. 29-30, 2012

40

5

35

5

10

  1.  

Recent Trends in Analytical Chemistry

April 3-5, 2012

31

0

31

0

5

  1.  

Ensuring Food Security through Prevention of Biodiversity Loss

April 18-20, 2012

14

4

10

10

3

  1.  

An update on Pathogenesis of Mycobacterial Diseases

April 25-27, 2012

18

3

15

1

3

  1.  

Computational Methods in Mathematics

May 7-9, 2012

30

2

28

4

10

  1.  

Green Economy

May 16-18, 2012

18

0

18

3

1

  1.  

Marine Biology – Ecology and Applications, Advancements & Issues of the 21st Century

June 26-28, 2012

25

2

23

3

2

  1.  

Industrial Biotehcnology

July 10-12, 2012

26

7

19

3

5

  1.  

High Altitude Ecosystem and Climate Change

Sept. 3-5, 2012

22

3

19

1

3

  1.  

Laser-Matter Interaction

Sept. 11-13, 2012

24

0

24

2

5

  1.  

Adaptation to Natural Hazards under the Changing Global Climate Scenario

Sept. 25-27, 2012

27

5

22

5

8

  1.  

Nonlinear Problems in Mathematics

Oct. 9-11, 2012

20

1

19

4

10

  1.  

Water Quantity and Quality Assessment

Oct. 16-18, 2012

31

3

28

4

6

  1.  

Food Production and Processing Technologies

Nov. 6 - 8, 2012

26

1

25

3

10

  1.  

Plasma Science

Nov. 19-21, 2012

36

0

36

2

9

  1.  

Radiotracers: Production Technology and Applications

Oct. 21-23, 2013

27

2

25

2

5

  1.  

Sustainable Water Management

Oct. 28-30, 2013

22

1

21

4

3

  1.  

Disaster Management and Risk Reduction

Nov. 19-21, 2013

14

0

14

1

5

  1.  

Advances in Food Analytical Methods: Oil/Fat and Phenolics

Dec. 4-6, 2013

23

0

23

2

2

  1.  

Market Analysis for Technology Innovations

Jan. 27-29, 2014

14

0

14

1

2

  1.  

Solutions of Differential Equations from Transform Techniques

Jan. 30- Feb.1, 2014

17

4

13

7

2

  1.  

Innovation in Drug Discovery, Delivery and Pharmacy Practice

May 13-15, 2014

39

6

33

2

8

  1.  

Saponins, a Group  of Useful Natural Products

June 24-26, 2014

31

5

26

2

2

  1.  

Bioinformatics: Ensembl Database Mining and Whole Genome Sequencing Analysis

Dec.
16-18, 2014

33

5

28

4

0

  1.  

Current Developments and Applications of Mathematical Sciences

5 – 7 Jan, 2015

30

0

30

4

18

  1.  

Integrating Clinical Pharmacy Education, Practice & Research: Bridging the Gap

22 – 24 Feb, 2016

39

13

26

5

2

  1.  

Application of Nuclear Radiation in Agriculture, Medicine, Non-Destructive Testing and Nuclear Regulatory Practices

18 – 23 Apr, 2016

35

16

19

5

37

  1.  

Genomics & Genome Editing

24 – 27 May, 2016

27

14

13

3

9

  1.  

Nano-sciences: Education and Industrial Applications

Dec. 13-15, 2016

16

8

8

7

8

  1.  

Science Communication: Enhancing Public Understanding

Jan. 10-11, 2017

19

3

16

4

16

  1.  

Dr. S. Qasim Mehdi Symposium - Human Population and Disease Genomics

Apr. 10-12, 2017

20

8

12

5

12

  1.  

Rational Design of Materials for Energy Needs: Computation & Experimentation

May 22-26, 2017

12

2

10

7

10

  1.  

A Public Lecture by Prof. Mark Tester on “Food Security in Perspective of Advances in Increasing the Salinity Tolerance of Crops”

March 15, 2018

100

0

100

1

0

  1.  

Singularity University Islamabad Chapter’s First Event on Technology for the Greater Good

March 16, 2018

90

0

90

5

1

  1.  

International Workshop on Plant Genetic Resources and Genebank Operations Management System

May 8-11, 2018

29

19

10

4

10

  1.  

Options for an Energy Mix: Issues of Cost and Sustainability

June 26-28, 2018

66

4

62

5

20

  1.  

RSC Pakistan 1st Int’l Conference on Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Oct. 18-19, 2018

217

3

214

21

12

  1.  

Use of Genome Editing and Other New Breeding Technologies for Global Food Security

Apr. 8-10, 2019

97

18

79

12

10

  1.  

2nd Annual Biodiversity and Health Big Data (BHBD) Alliance Meeting

&

International Symposium on Global Biodiversity and Health Big Data

July 18, 2019

202

2

200

8

4

  1.  

International Workshop on Renewable Energy: Affordable & Clean Energy for All

29-31 Jul 2019

41

41

0

10

2

 

2188

289

1899

247

469

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S. No.

Workshop/Training Title

Date

Participants

 1

Challenges for Socio-economic Development in Pakistan: Role of Science and Technology

October 26-28, 2009

25

2

Advances in Bio-inoculants/ Biopesticide Production, Formulation and Application

October 20-22, 2009

24

Recent Advances in Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance

October 9-11, 2009

12

Laboratory Bio Safety and Containment Facilities

October 5-9, 2009

30

Proteomics in Health and Disease

August 17-20, 2009

18

 6

Policies and Strategies for successful Implementation of Employment Generating Programs in Renewable Energies, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Environment and ICTs

August 11-12, 2009

23

 7

Enhanced production of Recombinant  Bimolecular of Commercial Importance

July 6-10,

2009

23

Separation Science and The Omics

April 6-10,

2009

18

 9

Climate Change: Adaptation Challenges in OIC Countries

June 30 – July 5, 2008

24

10

Nanomedicine: The Use of Nanoparticles in Medical Diagnosis

March 13-20, 2008

33

11 

Biofertilizer Technology: Dawn of Sustainable Agriculture

January 22-28, 2008

27

12 

DNA Vaccines: Self Induced Vaccination

September 3-9, 2007

26

13 

Current Advances in Gene Therapy

April 2-10,

2007

29

14 

Computational Biology and its Role in Understanding Complex Cellular Processes

January 13-24, 2007

37

15 

Molecular Medicine

January 16-27, 2007

16

 16

The Use of Stem Cell in Human Regenerative Medicine

January 10-18, 2007

20

17

The Use of RNAi Therapeutics

November 25- December 8, 2006

21

 18

Industrial Biotechnology: Connecting Business, Academia

November 6-17, 2006

21

19 

Use of Bioinformatics in Genomic Research

August 19 - September 2, 2006

19

For further information, Please contact:

Hanifa Beg
Programme Manager
Tel: +92-51-9220681-3
Fax: +92-51-9205264, +92-51-9220265
Email: hanifa@comstech.org; comstech@comstech.org


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