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COMSTECH Thematic Workshops in Frontier Technologies

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. It is worth mentioning that all presentations given in each training course are put on COMSTECH website( http://media-center.comstech.org) for one month for the benefit of all concerned in the OIC.

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.

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

For the year 2015

 

Work shop Title/Theme

Date

1:

Current Developments and Applications of Mathematical Sciences

5th – 7th January, 2015

For the year 2016

 

Work shop Title/Theme

Date

1.

International Workshop on “Integrating Clinical Pharmacy
Education, Practice & Research: Bridging the Gap”

February 22-24, 2016

2.

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

April 18-23, 2016

3.

International Workshop on Genomics and Genome Editing

May 24-27, 2016 in Lahore, Pakistan

4.

Nanosciences: Education and Industrial Applications

13-15 December, 2016

For the year 2017


  • 10-11January,
    2017
    COMSTECH-Technology Times Joint International Workshop on “Science Communication Portfolio: A Guide to Creating Communication Materials that Complement Science”

    Venue:COMSTECH Secretariat, 33-Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad.

  • 10-12April,
    2017
    Dr. S. Qasim Mehdi Memorial Symposium-Human Population and Disease Genomics

    Venue:COMSTECH Secretariat, 33-Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad.

  • 22-26May
    2017
    COMSTECH-CIIT Joint International Workshop on Rational Design of Materials for Energy Needs: Computation and Experimentation

    Venue:COMSTECH Secretariat, 33-Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad.



SN

Workshop Title

Dates

Participants

Resource Persons

Total

Foreign

Local

Foreign

Local

1

COMSTECH-Technology Times International Workshop on “Science Communication: Enhancing Public Understanding"

January 10-11, 2017

30

3

27

3

18

2

COMSTECH-CIIT Joint International Workshop on “Rational Design of Materials for Energy Needs: Computation & Experimentation"

May 22-26, 2017

34

2

32

7

10

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SN

Workshop Title

Dates

Participants

Resource Persons

Total

Foreign

Local

Foreign

Local

1

International Workshop on “Integrating Clinical Pharmacy
Education, Practice & Research: Bridging the Gap”

February 22-24, 2016

39

13

26

5

2

2

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

 

18 – 23 Apr, 2016 35 16 19 5 37
3 Genomics & Genome Editing 24 – 27 May, 2016 27 14 13 3 9
4 Nanosciences: Education and Industrial Applications 3-15 December, 2016 30 06 24 09 12

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SN

Workshop Title

Dates

Participants

Resource Persons

Total

Foreign

Local

Foreign

Local

1

Bioinformatics: Ensembl Database Mining and Whole Genome Sequencing Analysis

September, 16-18, 2014

33

5

28

4

0

2

Saponins, a Group  of Useful Natural Products

June 24-26, 2014

31

5

26

2

2

3

Innovation in Drug Discovery, Delivery and Pharmacy Practice

May 13-15, 2014

39

6

33

2

8

4

Solutions of Differential Equations from Transform Techniques

Jan. 30- Feb.1, 2014

17

4

13

7

2

5

Market Analysis for Technology Innovations

January 27-29, 2014

14

0

14

1

2

6

Advances in Food Analytical Methods: Oil/Fat and Phenolics

December 4-6, 2013

23

0

23

2

2

7

Disaster Management and Risk Reduction

November 19-21, 2013

14

0

14

1

5

8

Sustainable Water Management

October 28-30, 2013

22

1

21

4

3

9

Radiotracers: Production Technology and Applications

October 21-23, 2013

27

2

25

2

5

10

Plasma Science

November 19-21, 2012

36

0

36

2

9

11

Food Production and Processing Technologies

November 6 - 8, 2012

26

1

25

3

10

12

Water Quantity and Quality Assessment

October 16-18, 2012

31

3

28

4

6

13

Nonlinear Problems in Mathematics

October 9-11, 2012

20

1

19

4

10

14

Adaptation to Natural Hazards under the Changing Global Climate Scenario

September 25-27, 2012

27

5

22

5

8

15

Laser-Matter Interaction

September 11-13, 2012

24

0

24

2

5

16

High Altitude Ecosystem and Climate Change

September 3-5, 2012

22

3

19

1

3

17

Industrial Biotehcnology

July 10-12, 2012

26

7

19

3

5

18

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

June 26-28, 2012

25

2

23

3

2

19

Green Economy

May 16-18, 2012

18

0

18

3

1

20

Computational Methods in Mathematics

May 7-9, 2012

30

2

28

4

10

21

An update on Pathogenesis of Mycobacterial Diseases

April 25-27, 2012

18

3

15

1

3

22

Ensuring Food Security through Prevention of Biodiversity Loss

April 18-20, 2012

14

4

10

10

3

23

Recent Trends in Analytical Chemistry

April 3-5, 2012

31

0

31

0

5

24

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

March 29-30, 2012

40

5

35

5

10

25

Bioinformatics: Database Mining and High Throughput Genomic Analyses

March 19-21, 2012

35

4

31

2

0

26

Vacuum Technology

March 6-8, 2012

36

1

35

2

22

27

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

February 27-29, 2012

26

1

25

8

5

28

High Performance Computing Using Multicore Processors

February 6-8, 2012

14

4

10

0

2

29

Nanotechnology and its Industrial Applications

January 10-12, 2012

36

9

27

2

12

30

Latest Advancements of Mathematical Research

December 27-29, 2011

27

0

27

2

20

31

Advancement in Genetic Engineering of Plants

Dec. 20-22, 2011

34

2

32

1

8

32

Healthcare in the 21st Century: Importance of Interoperability

November 21-23, 2011

36

1

35

2

10

33

Biosafety, Biosecurity and Bioethics (Workshop for Managers)

October 17-19, 2011

29

1

28

3

9

34

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

October 1-4, 2011

45

10

35

2

3

35

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

September 26-28, 2011

23

2

21

5

9

36

Integrated Pest Management

July 4-6, 2011

25

9

16

2

10

37

Green Technology

June 28-30, 2011

29

4

25

3

15

38

Modern Techniques in Combinatorial Chemistry

June 14-16, 2011

27

9

18

2

5

39

Mathematical Sciences and their Applications

May 23-25, 2011

28

3

25

5

14

40

Essential Need of Nano-Education in OIC Countries

April 7-9, 2011

24

5

19

5

8

41

Frontiers in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

March 28-30, 2011

25

4

21

7

10

42

Biotechnology for Economic Development

February 16-18, 2011

17

6

11

3

10

43

Synthetic Biology and its Dual Use

February 3-5, 2011

24

4

20

10

7

 

Total

1,148

138

1,010

141

298

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S. No.

Name of Workshop

Participants

  1.  

Challenges for Socio-economic Development in Pakistan: Role of Science and Technology
Oct. 26-28, 2009

25

  1.  

Advances in Bio-inoculants/ Biopesticide Production, Formulation and Application: Oct. 20-22, 2009

24

  1.  

Recent Advances in Plant Abiotic Stress Management
Oct. 9-11, 2009

12

  1.  

Laboratory Bio Safety and Containment Facilities
Oct. 5-9, 2009

30

  1.  

Proteomics in Health and Disease: Aug. 17-20, 2009

18

  1.  

Policies and Strategies for successful Implementation of Employment Generating Programs in Renewable Energies, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Environment and ICTs
Aug. 11-12, 2009

23

  1.  

Enhanced production of Recombinant  Bimolecular of Commercial Importance
Jul. 6-10, 2009

23

  1.  

Separation Science and The Omics
Apr. 6-10, 2009

18

  1.  

Climate Change: Jun. 30 – Jul. 05, 2008

23

  1.  

Nano Medicine: Mar. 13-20, 2008

33

  1.  

Biofertilizer: Jan. 22-28, 2008

26

Total

255

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S. No.

Workshop

Local Participants

Participants from OIC Member States

1

DNA Vaccine

Sept. 3-9, 2007

19

10

2

Gene Therapy

Apr. 02-10, 2007

20

7

3

Computational Bio, Oman

Jan. 13-24, 2007

21

16

4

Molecular Medicine

Jan. 16-27, 2007

10

8

5

Stem Cell

Jan. 10-18, 2007

11

9

6

RNAi

Nov. 25 – Dec. 08, 2006

11

9

7

Industrial Bio tech

Nov. 06-17, 2006

11

11

8

Bioinformatics

Aug. 19 – Sept. 02, 2006

10

9

 

Total

113

79

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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

 

COMSTECH General Assembly Meeting


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