International Symposium on “Role of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development”

October 13, 2022
Venue: COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad-Pakistan
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022


Basic sciences have an important contribution to make to the implementation of this program. They provide the essential means to meet crucial challenges such as universal access to food, energy, health coverage and communication technologies. They enable us to understand the impact of the currently nearly 8 billion people on the planet and to act to limit, and sometimes even to reduce it: depletion of the ozone layer, climate change, depletion of natural resources, extinction of living species.

Applications of technology are easy to recognize. On the other hand, contributions of basic sciences are not well appreciated. They are nonetheless at the basis of major technological advances that stimulate innovation, as well as essential for training future professionals and for developing capacity of populations who can take part in decisions that affect their future.

UNESCO has declared the year 2022 for the “Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development”. COMSTECH in partnership with UNESCO is celebration the World Science Day on the same theme later this year.

Realizing the importance of basic sciences, COMSTECH in collaboration with Brock University, Canada is organizing a one-day symposium planned for 13th October 2022.

Target Audience:

Scientists, researchers, academicians, graduate students, think tanks, and industry experts from the OIC countries are encouraged to participate.

Key Contents:

The workshop will cover the following thematic areas:

  • Science for global public good
  • Innovation and economic development
  • Education and human development
  • Meeting global challenges

About the Resource Persons

  1. 1Prof. Ejaz Ahmed

Prof. Ejaz Ahmed is professor and Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science at Brock University Canada. Before joining Brock University, he was a professor and head of Mathematics at the University of Windsor and University of Regina. Prior to that, he had a faculty position at the University of Western Ontario.

He is an internationally known scholar and an established researcher. His research interests concentrate on big data, predictive modeling, data science, and statistical machine learning with applications in many walks of life. His research has been supported by a variety of grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada since 1987, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Ontario Centre for Excellence (OCE) and other sources. Further, he was awarded the prestigious Bualuang ASEAN Chair Professorship at the Thammasat University, Thailand.

  • 2. Prof. Georgii I. Nikonov

Prof. Nikonov is a professor at the Department of Chemistry, Brock University Canada, working in the area of organometallic chemistry, transition metal hydrides, homogeneous catalysis, new ligand environments, and non-classical bonding.

His research aims to develop new efficient metal catalysts for chemo, regio, and enantioselective transformation of organic substrates into value-added products. His research touches many synthetic, structural and theoretical aspects of transition metal complexes, including inter alia the design of new ligand environments, NMR spectroscopy, X-ray and neutron diffraction analyses, and the bond theory.

  • 3. Prof. Ping Liang

Prof. Ping is a professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Brock University Canada. He is interested in studying the mechanisms of inter- and intra-species genetic diversity and their contribution to the diversity of biological traits,, using an integrated approach combining the use of computational and experimental comparative and functional genomics technologies.

Understanding the mechanisms of genetic diversity and how they lead to phenotype variations continues to be an intriguing and fundamental question in life science research, and it has invaluable implications in medicine and agriculture

  • 4. Prof. Kirill Samokhin

Prof. Kirill is a professor at the Department of Physics, Brock University Canada. His research interests include unconventional superconductivity, non-centrosymmetric and magnetic superconductors, high temperature superconductors, superconducting fluctuations, FFLO superconducting states, and topological defects in unconventional superconductors.

Talk Titled”Exotic Superconductors: high-Tc, heavy fermions,”

Registration Process:

  1.  For physical participation (Participants from Islamabad and Rawalpindi only: Accommodation will not be provided) register at the following link:
  2. For virtual participation register at the following link:
  3. Read instructions in the application form carefully and submit a properly filled form.
  4. Selected candidates will be notified through email; hence, applicants are required to check their emails.


The workshop will be held at the COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan. The city with the backdrop of Margalla Hills and National Park was purpose-built as the capital of sixth largest globally and second most populous (in OIC) country Pakistan in the year 1966. Pakistan, according to the Forbes magazine, is a hidden treasure for tourists with rich cultural diversity, ancient history, diverse landscape, cuisines, modern cities, and locally produced items.

Symposium Coordinators
Muhammad Haris Akram
Programe Manager, COMSTECH
Tel: +92-51-9220681-3

Muhammad Haseeb Ahmad
Programe Officer, COMSTECH
Tel: +92-51-9220681-3

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