Meeting of Experts of ECO Member States to Prioritize Focus Areas for Research Funding under the S&T Fund of ECOSF, Islamabad (28–30 Dec, 2015).

The Chairman PCST headed Pakistan delegate and he presented ‘Pakistan’s Country Report’ in the ‘Meeting of Scientists/ Experts of ECO Member States to Prioritize Focus Areas for Research Funding under the S&T Fund of ECOSF’. He also delivered a keynote lecture on ‘Contribution of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to the Three Dimensions of Sustainable Development’.

DICE Energy-2015 at NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi from 22nd - 23rd December, 2015.

The Chairman PCST was the Guest of Honour with Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman (UNESCO Laureate and former Chairman, HEC) & Mr. Ubaid ur Rehman (Chair DICE Energy, USA) at the inaugural session. This event was jointly organized by PCST, NED Uni. Engg. & Tech (Karachi) and DICE (USA).

OPEN ISLAMABAD FORUM 2015 at Shakarparian, Islamabad on 19th December, 2015.

The Chairman was the keynote speaker at the annual event of OPEN Islamabad Forum 2015. The Islamabad Chapter of Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN) organized the event with theme on Iqbal's famous verse 'Apna Muqam Paida Kar'. He delivered a lecture on “Swimming against the Tides”.

ExcITe Cup 2015 at Capital University, Islamabad Campus on 12th December, 2015.

The Chairman PCST was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony of this annual event. This event was organized to provide platform for students from different universities to display their innovations in the field of IT.

DICE Automotive 2015 at National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad from 26th – 27th November, 2015.

Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms was the Chief Guest whereas, the Chairman PCST attended event as the Guest of Honour at the closing session. This event was jointly organized by PCST, NUST and DICE (USA).

International Nanomedicines Symposium on Nanotheranostics: A New Concept in Imaging and Drug Delivery at NORI-PAEC Islamabad on 26th November, 2015.

The Chairman PCST attended the Symposium as the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony.

DICE 2015 Mega Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad from 24th – 25th November, 2015.

Malik M. Rafiq Rajwana, the Governor Punjab was the Chief Guest at the inaugural session whereas, the Chairman PCST attended this event as the Guest of Honour. The Chairman PCST also delivered keynote lecture on “Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Universities and R&D Organizations”.

ACSE Editors’ Café at Islamabad Marriot Hotel, Islamabad on 21st November, 2015.

The Chairman PCST attended the forum as the Chief Guest. The theme of this discussion forum was to improve the networking among editors as well as to discuss the current and emerging challenges for Pakistani scholarly journals.

11th Convocation Program of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University at Jinnah Convention Center, Islamabad on 19th November, 2015.

Mr. Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman, the Federal Minister of State for Education was the Chief Guest whereas, the Chairman PCST attended the Convocation as Guest of Honour. He focused on “Strong relation of education standards with scientific output” during his address.

17th Convocation Ceremony of Pakistan Academy of Medical Sciences (PAMS) at University of Health Sciences, Lahore on 13th November, 2015.

The Chairman PCST, being Scientific Secretary & fellow of the PAMS participated in the ceremony. The Chief Guest introduced the Chairman to the Governor of the Punjab.

Visio Spark 2015 at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Wah Cantt. Campus on 07th November, 2015.

The Chairman PCST was the Chief Guest at the closing ceremony and he distributed shields, certificates and cash awards to the winners and runner-ups. This was the national level exhibition of softwares, Quiz and Speed Programming competitions and mobile application development.

2nd Regional Workshop on “Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development” at Bangkok (Thailand) from 02nd-04th November, 2015.

The Chairman PCST represented the country and acted as Panelist at the discussion session. Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Executive Secretary General of United Nations chaired the session.

“Pakistan National Cleantech Innovation Competition” Award distribution ceremony at Islamabad on 14th October, 2015.

Mr. Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, the Federal Minister for Industries and Production was the Chief Guest whereas, the Chairman PCST attended the ceremony as Guest of Honour.

Annual Prize Distribution Ceremony at Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad on 06th October, 2015.

The Chairman PCST attended the ceremony as the Chief Guest and he distributed the prizes to winners (quiz, running etc competition).

National Workshop on “Textile Industry: Challenges and Opportunities towards Value Addition” at National Textile University Faisalabad on 05th October, 2015.

Rana Tanveer Hussain, the Federal Minister for S&T was the Chief Guest whereas, the Chairman PCST was the Guest of Honor at inaugural session. This workshop was organized by PCST in collaboration with National Textile University (NTU), Faisalabad with objective to highlight the challenges faced by textile industry and to explore the potential opportunities available.

3rd International Conference on “Emerging Trends on Bioinformatics and Biosciences” at Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Islamabad on 03rd October, 2015.

The Chairman PCST attended inaugural session as the Chief Guest and he delivered lecture on “Functional Foods for Healthcare”. The theme of this conference was Role of Bioinformatics and Biosciences Research in Today’s World.

National Conference on “Building Knowledge-based Economy in Pakistan: Learning from Best Practices” at Serena Hotel Islamabad from 09th – 10th September, 2015.

Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, the Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms whereas, the Chairman PCST attended conference as the Guest of Honour at closing session. The theme of this conference was to suggest plausible recommendations to the Government to facilitate transformation of Pakistan's economy into a Knowledge-based-Economy (KBE). Renowned economists, technical experts and policy professionals of Pakistan participated in the conference.

4th International “Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Congress and Conference on Life Sciences Research-2015” at Isra University Islamabad Campus from 04th – 06th September, 2015.

The Chairman PCST chaired the session and he delivered keynote address on “Integrative Medicine: An emerging approach for better Healthcare Outcome”. The theme of this conference was on Advances in Life Sciences Research.

1st All Pakistan DUHS-DICE Health Innovation Exhibition 2015 at Expo Center Karachi from 21st – 22nd August, 2015.

The Chairman PCST attended the event as Chief Guest at the concluding session and he distributed Awards among the best innovators. This event was jointly organized by PCST, Dow University of Health Sciences and DICE (USA). This Exhibition is one of the major initiatives of the DICE Program and has been conducted every year since 2007.

ACSE 2015 Annual Meeting “Trends in Academic and Scholarly Publishing in Asia” at Dubai (UAE) from 13th – 14th August, 2015.

The 2nd Annual Meeting was attended by the Chairman PCST/Editor-in-Chief Journal of Science, Technology and Development.

1st Regional Workshop on “Harnessing Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development” United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) on 06th August, 2015.

Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani, S.I. the Chairman PCST, represented the country at Asian Pacific Center for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) at Bangkok, Thailand and delivered a lecture on “Contribution of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), Three Dimensions of Sustainable Development”

Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology visited Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST)

Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology visited Pakistan Council for Science and Technology on 28th July 2015 and chaired a meeting in the Committee Room of PCST. Chairman PCST gave a detailed presentation on the mandate and activities of PCST.

One-day National Workshops on “Potential of Value Addition and Health Benefits of Indigenous Herbal Wealth and Functional Foods”

PCST organized a this workshop on 17th June, 2015 at Islamabad. This event provided a very useful platform to bring together experts from R&D organizations, academia, industry and from government bodies to explore different avenues of value addition of indigenous herbal wealth and functional food.

One-day National Workshops on “Potential of Value Addition and Health Benefits of Indigenous Herbal Wealth and Functional Foods”

The Workshop held on 17th June 2015 in Islamabad at Pakistan Academy of Sciences.

One-day Consultative Workshops on “Policies for Creating Enabling Environment for Encouraging Problem Solving Research”

The Workshop held on 11th June 2015 in Islamabad at Pakistan Academy of Sciences.

NORI PAEC First Symposium “Nanotheranostics 2015: A New Era of Nanotechnology”

Chairman PCST, Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani Participated as Guest of Honor in NORI PAEC First Symposium “Nanotheranostics 2015: A New Era of Nanotechnology” on May 05, NORI, Islamabad.

NORI PAEC First Symposium “Nanotheranostics 2015: A New Era of Nanotechnology”

Chairman PCST, Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani Participated as a Chief Guest, presenting shield to Dr. Abida

Third Journalism Agahi Awards

Chairman PCST, Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani as a Guest of Honor presenting award of the Most Credible Anchor to Mr Nadeem Malik, the host of SAMAA's flagship current affair program 'Nadeem Malik Live, at the Third Journalism Agahi Awards Ceremony held on April 25, 2015 in Islamabad.

The Symposium on Inegrative Medicine for Better Healthcare

Chairman PCST, Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani Participated as a Guest of Honor and plenary speaker in the symposium on "Inegrative Medicine for Better Healthcare" held on April 15, 2015 in Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi.

The Symposium on Inegrative Medicine for Better Healthcare

Chairman PCST, Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani as a Chief Guest presenting certificate to one of the participants at the Symposium held at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi on April 15, 2015.

United Nations APCTT: The Third Asia-Pacific National Innovation System Forum

panel discussion with question-answer session with participants over the two days of the program shared very rich and contrasting national perspectives on how developing countries are grappling with improving their National Innovation systems and foreshadowed the impending challenges that the global sustainable development agenda will place on the STI sector. The event held on 08-09 April 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Sixth Consultative Workshop Policies for Creating Enabling Environment for Encouraging Problem-Solving Research

Dr. Tariq Bashir, Principal Research Officer, PCST speaking at the Workshop held on 9th April 2015 in the University of Karachi.

ORIC Conference on Problem-Solving Research

The ‘ORIC Conference’ held on 5th March 2015 in Lahore.

The launching ceremony of National Mega Innovation and Entrepreneurship Event "DICE 2015" was held at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) on 29 Jan 2015.

Chairman PCST, Prof. Dr. Anwar ul Hassan Gilani inaugurating the Mega Innovation and Entrepreneurship Event, DICE-2015.

The launching ceremony of National Mega Innovation and Entrepreneurship Event titled "DICE 2015" was held at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) on 29 Jan 2015.

Chairman PCST, Prof. Dr. Anwar ul Hassan Gilani addressing the inaugural session of the DICE 2015 Event.

The International Conference on Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dubai

Chairman, PCST Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilanias as a Guest of Honor, presenting certificate to one of the participants at the International Conference on Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dubai, Jan 21-22

The International Conference on Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dubai

Chairman PCST, Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani presenting plenary lecture "Efficacy and Safety of Bioactive Phytochemicals is influenced by their ability to interact at multiple Target Sites" at the International Conference on Pharmaceutical Sciences, Dubai, Jan 21-22

World Science Day 2014

Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hasan Gilani receiving "Dr Z.A. Hashmi R & D Award" and Medal from Mr. Zahid Hamid, Minister for Science and Technology at the World Science Day, PSF, Islamabad on 10th Nov 2014


After huge success of the first workshop in Islamabad, PCST is now going to organize the second national workshop of this series on "Organic Food and Health: Avenues of Innovation and Entrepreneurship" to be held on August 30, 2016 at The University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore. The details of the program and registration form are available at http://www.pcst.org.pk/workshop.php Last date for registration is August 15, 2016.
Call for registration as new PSP applicant / updation of existing PSP profile for the 8th Directory of Productive Scientists of Pakistan. The closing date to register/update existing application is extended upto 19 July, 2016. Please click for further information and to access the online Application form to register as a new PSP applicant or update your existing account.
Final Result of Research Productivity Award - 2015 has been announced. Please click to access the result list.
National Workshop on "ORGANIC FOOD AND HEALTH: AVENUES OF INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP" organized by the PCST on June 02, 2016, Islamabad.
Science, Technology, Innovation, STI Voice, Volume 1, Numbers 3 & 4, 2015 is now available for our readers.. For the next issue we are looking for your input / contribution especially for columns Scientist's Voice for Society and Young Scientist's Voice.


The goal to bring you this newsletter is to share with you the latest happenings in the field of science and technology at national level.

As per previous format, Activities/events organized by PCST and various events where the Chairman PCST showed his eminent presence are part of the newsletter. Very interesting information for the interest of researchers, both from academia and industry, is included in the column Scientist’s Voice for Society and Academia-Industry interaction. Please share (nominate) remarkable achievements for the column, Yong Scientist’s Voice. Besides, few interesting articles, there are announcements for awards as well as for funding opportunities for the information of S&T community. The Quran’s Voice encompasses bewildering information about mosquito and the lessons that scientists have learnt today from this insignificant creature. The contribution of past, eminent Muslim Scholar, Ibn- al- Haytham to the field of optics, with special reference to International Year of Light (IYL 2015), has also been included as a separate column. Moreover, breakthrough discoveries of the OIC scientists in 2014 have been collected from different web sources with relevance to the planned OIC Summit in Islamabad.

We look forward to your contributions, feedback, suggestions/comments etc for making STI Voice more informative and appealing.

Editor, STI Voice


Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) is mandated to advise the Government on the development of Science and Technology at the national level. The Council is involved in S&T Policy making, planning, implementation and in carrying out policy studies. PCST is also the secretariat of National Commission of Science and Technology (NCST), headed by the Prime Minister (which takes the major decisions for the development of S&T)

Objectives

  • Advising the Government on S&T policy and plans.
  • Regular evaluation of scientific research through bibliometric and peer review techniques.
  • Strategic planning of R&D through expert committees/think tanks.
  • Scientometric and futuristic studies.
  • Promotion of R&D and encouragement of consultancy services for scientists and technologists.
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Commonwealth Science Conference, June 13-16, Singapore

Open call for outstanding early career & established scientists from across the Commonwealth to apply for limited number of funded places at the 2017 Commonwealth Science Conference to be held in Singapore from June 13-16, 2017. Please click for further details.

Establishment of Pensioner's Cell at PCST

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PhD Studentship Opportunities at Sunway University, Malaysia

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STiMP-2016

The 1st International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Management(STiMP-2016) will be hosted by MUET in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC),ECO Science Foundation and Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) on November 16-17, 2016, at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Sindh Pakistan. Please click for access the conference web portal.

Proforma for STI Indicators - Data for 2014-15 (S&T Organization)
Pakistan Council for Science and Technology is mandated to collect data on Science & Technology statistics and develop Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) indicators, which are provided to national and international organizations including the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS), For further detail click the link
Proforma for STI Indicators - Data for 2014-15 (Higher Education)
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STI Voice Newsletter
PCST launched its first ever quarterly newsletter namely STI Voice on Jul 28, 2015., click this link to download Newsletter.
One-day National Workshops
PCST has organized a one-day national workshops on "Potential of Value Addition and Health Benefits of Indigenous Herbal Wealth and Functional Foods" on 17th June 2015 in Islamabad (at Pakistan Academy of Sciences). For more detail, click this link
One-day Consultative Workshops
PCST was organized one-day Consultative Workshops on "Policies for Creating Enabling Environment for Encouraging Problem-Solving Research" in Quetta (4th June 2015) and Islamabad (11th June 2015). For more detail, click this link
3rd Technology Foresight Expert Panel Meeting on Public Health & Sanitation
The meeting was held on 19th May, 2015 at Pakistan Council for Science & Technology. Experts from Public sector, Academia, Private sector and NGO's will participate in the meeting.
3rd Technology Foresight Expert Panel Meeting on Marine Resources
The meeting was held on 18th May, 2015 at Pakistan Council for Science & Technology. Experts from Public sector, Academia, Private sector and NGO's will participate in the meeting.
2nd Technology Foresight Expert Panel Meeting on Public Health & Sanitation
The meeting was held on 5th May, 2015 at Pakistan Council for Science & Technology. Experts from Public sector, Academia, Private sector and NGO's will participate in the meeting.
1st Technology Foresight Expert Panel Meeting on Public Health & Sanitation
The meeting was held on 14th April, 2015 at Pakistan Council for Science & Technology. Experts from Public sector, Academia, Private sector and NGO's will participate in the meeting.
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