COMSTECH/SAU Training Workshop on Science Communication and Diplomacy in Agriculture, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam

Date: 22-23 January, 2024

Science communication plays a pivotal role in fostering public understanding, engagement, and collaboration in the realm of science and technology. In OIC Member States, nations are aspiring to establish their self as a knowledge-based economies and regional leaders in science, technology, and innovation, Science Communication is an evolving field with immense potential. Various institutions and organizations are actively contributing to the development of science communication in the country, yet challenges such as low public awareness, scientific literacy, and critical thinking persist.

This two–day joint training workshop aims to equip participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively communicate scientific concepts in agriculture and apply science diplomacy principles for international collaboration in the field. The schedule incorporates a mix of theoretical sessions, practical exercises, and interactive activities to enhance participant engagement and learning.


  • The participants and students will comprehend how scientific knowledge is organized, used and disseminated in relation to historical science communication practices.
  • Participants will learn specifics- on how to prepare a manuscript, communicate, with media platforms and editorial staff
  • Part,icipant will learn how to convey expert knowledge to the audience and non- experts
  • The role of science and scientists in local, national and international communities will be analyzed and critically evaluated.
  • During oral presentation, discussion participants will apply the knowledge they learned to think clearly and effectively.

Who should Attend:

Scientists and students conducting research in agriculture. The journalists, media (electronic, print and social), and public relations experts working at universities, NGOs, NPOs and are interested in knowing more how to communicate decision makers and public about the technology to encourage science-based policies

Patron in Chief:

Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhry, Mustafa(PBUH)prize Laureate, HI, SI, TI, Coordinator General of OIC COMSTECH


Dr. Fatah Marri, VC Sindh Agriculture University

Focal Persons:

Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid, Consultant Science Communication & Diplomacy OIC COMSTECH

Dr. Ismail Kumbhar, Director University Advancement, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam. 

For Participation/Registration

Day 1: Science Communication in Agriculture

9:40-9:45Registration Guest to be seated
10:00 -11:00 Inaugural SessionModerator Dr. Ismail Kumbhar, Director Activities, SAUIntroduction to the Training workshop by Prof. Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid Consultant, OIC COMSTECH. Welcome Address by Dr. Fatah Marri, VC Sindh Agriculture University Address by the Chief Guest, Coordinator General, OIC COMSTEC, Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhry, HI, SI, T Mustafa(PBUH)prize Laureate Group Photo
11:00 AM – 11:30 Inaugral Tea Break (30 minutes)
 CHAIR-Dr. Fateh  Marri, VC, SAU Understanding the Landscape
10:30 AM–11:15Importance of science communication in agriculture By Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid
11:15 AM–12:00Introduction to Science Communication in Agriculture By Mr. Aleem Ahmed
12:00 – 12:45Digital Diplomacy in Scientific Research: Leveraging Technology for Global Impact By Sayyad Paras Ali (online)
1:00PM –2:00 PMLunch/Prayer Break (60 minutes)
2:00 PM – 2:45 Extended Interactive Session – Role Play, Feedback, and Discussion By Dr. Najam Abbas, Sayyed Paras Ali &, Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid
2:45 – 3:30Afternoon Session: Chair:  Dr.Syed Javaid Khurshid Tools and Techniques for Effective Communication Communicating Complex Ideas By Dr. Najam Abbas
3:30 – 4:00Visual Communication in Agriculture By Dr. Ismail Kumbhar
4:00-4:30Group Activity: Developing Communication Strategies By Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid, Dr. Najam Abbas, & Mr. Aleem Ahmed  


Day 2: Science Diplomacy in Agriculture

 Chair Dr. Ismail Khambar
9:00 AM – 9:45Science Diplomacy in Agriculture – Concepts and Context By Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid
9:45 AM – 10:30Collaborative Research and International Partnerships An online lecture by an expert By Sayyed Paras Ali (online)  
10:30 AM – 11:00Tea Break (30 minutes)  
 Chair: Dr. Najam Abbas Naqvi
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM:Science Diplomacy in the Age of Climate Change Challenges: Communicating Facts about Climate Change By Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid  
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM:Digital Diplomacy in Scientific Research: Leveraging Technology for Global Impact By Sayed Paras Ali (Online)  
12:30 PM– 1:30 PMLunch/Prayer Break (60 minutes)  
1:30 PM – 2:15 PM:Afternoon Session: Practical Applications of Science Diplomacy Effective Cross-Cultural Collaboration By Dr. Najam Abbas
2:15 PM – 3:00Case Studies in Agricultural Diplomacy By Sayed Paras Ali (online)
3:00 PM – 3:45Reflection and Re-cap-By Participants Participants share insights and reflections from the workshop.      Closing Remarks by Dr. javaid Khurshid /Dr. Fatah Marri, VC SAU Distribution of certificatesAddress by the chief guest
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