Theme: Agricultural Biotechnology
Deadline for Registration: 31st July 2022

Venue: COMSTECH Secretariat 33-Constitution Avenue Islamabad. Pakistan.
Date: 13-09-2022 to 15-09-2022

Flyer of the event: Attached

Note: This youth forum is planned to be a hybrid event (Physical and virtual). Candidates are required to give their preference in the form.

The global biotechnology market is anticipated to reach a market value of US$ 775 billion by 2024 with an annual growth rate of 7.7%. Increased spending in biotechnology research and development, favorable initiatives by governments, global food security and the increasing need for emerging technologies are some of the factors influencing this growth. Unfortunately, the share of Muslim countries in this global market of biotechnology is very little. There is a need to increase this share.

To promote excellence and competence in the field of agricultural biotechnology among Muslim countries a tripartite youth forum (Pakistan-Turkey-Kazakhstan) is proposed. The theme “Agriculture Biotechnology” aims at providing the best knowledge and resources to young participants to advance their research goals. The youth forum will stimulate the desire to collaborate and change the world of agricultural biotechnology and innovation by promoting state-of-the-art practices in biotechnology research and promoting evidence-based practices. The event will include informative talks from young as well as the experienced scientists of these three countries. The event will also include keynote lectures, plenary sessions, oral and poster presentations, discussions and other educational and social events that stimulate several networking opportunities among the young participants of Pakistan, Turkey and Kazakhstan. The forum aims to facilitate interactions within the young research community to discuss the latest developments in this rapidly advancing field and find ways to respond to the increasing demands of professionals and communities across the world.

Target Audience
Academics, students and researchers from the OIC countries are encouraged to apply.

Only participants from Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Turkey are eligible for limited funding available for travel and local hospitality.

Participants from all the member OIC states who can bear their travel expenses are encouraged to apply.  Participants may get ticket funding from their parent organizations.

 Topic covered

  • Genome editing and new breeding technologies 
  • Large scale genomics and genomic selection in crop and livestock breeding
  • Speed breeding for rapid genetic gain
  • Variants of Cas proteins and their potential applications
  • High throughput phenomics

Registration Fee
There is no registration fee for participation.

Travel & Local Hospitality:
COMSTECH will arrange complete local hospitality, airport pick/drop, and sightseeing visits for selected participants.

Registration Process:

Step 1: Fill the online application form. Click Here

Step 2: Selected candidates will be notified through email; hence, applicants are required to check their emails regularly.

Zoom Links: Virtual participants will receive zoom link through email.

Contact Person:

Dr. Imran Amin
Principal Scientist, Agricultural Biotechnology Division
National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE). Faisalabad, Pakistan

Dr. Seckin Eroglu
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Middle East Technical University
Cankaya, 06800 Ankara – Turkey

Dr. Emre Aksoy
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences,Middle East Technical University, Ankara – Turkey

Mrs. Amel Ouchenane
Expert @ Department of International Projects
Istanbul World Trade Center, A3 Block, 7th floor
34149, Yeşilköy, Istanbul/Turkey.
 +90 212-465-39-39 /ext 19

Mrs. Makpal Bulatova
Programme Manager
Islamic Organisation for Food Security
Republic of Kazakhstan

Ms. Khazima Muazim
Programme Manager, COMSTECH
Tel: +92-51-9220681-3

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