COMSATS is an intergovernmental organization with its permanent Secretariat based in Islamabad, Pakistan. Established in 1994, the organization comprising 21 Member States, strives to promote South-South cooperation in the fields of Science and Technology that are most relevant to socio-economic development. A Network of 20 Centres of Excellence in four continents affiliated with COMSATS, provides the necessary pool of human resources and scientific infrastructure for undertaking a variety of capacity-building programmes, bilateral and multilateral cooperative research and consultancy/advocacy for the promotion of S&T as primary ingredient of national development plans. The mission of COMSATS is to help create a world where all nations are at peace with one another and capable of providing good quality of life to their populations in a sustainable way using modern S&T resources.
COMSATS also provides an institutional platform for North-South technical cooperation in areas of common interest such as Energy, Health, Education, Information Technology, and Environment. The flagship projects of COMSATS in Pakistan are open to all Member Countries for training and consultancy.
Activities under COMSATS' Science Diplomacy Programme
A Talk on 'UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol, and Beyond' under COMSATS' Science Diplomacy programme was organized at Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS), Islamabad, on June 16, 2015. Launched in February this year, COMSATS Science Diplomacy programme, inter alia, entails activities on 'Science Communication' to create awareness..... [ Read more ]
10th June 2015
Foundation Meeting of International Thematic Research Group on 'Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology' Held at NRC-Egypt
COMSATS, in collaboration with its Centres of Excellence in Egypt, the National Research Centre (NRC), held the Foundation Meeting of COMSATS' International Thematic Research Group (ITRG) on 'Agriculture, Food Security, and Biotechnology', on June 10, 2015,..... [ Read more ]
8th - 9th June 2015
International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security, and Biotechnology successfully held in Cairo, Egypt
The two-day International Conference on 'Agriculture, Food Security, and Biotechnology' was successfully organized in Cairo, Egypt, on 8th & 9th June 2015. Hosted by COMSATS' Centre of Excellence in Egypt, the National Research Centre (NRC),..... [ Read more ]
16th May 2015
The fourth meeting of COMSATS' ITRG on 'Climate Change and Environmental Protection' successfully held in Colombo, Sri Lanka
The fourth meeting of COMSATS' International Thematic Research Group (ITRG) on 'Climate Change and Environmental Protection' was held on May 16, 2015, at Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), Colombo,.... [ Read more ]
14th - 15th May 2015
International Symposium on Impacts of Extreme Atmospheric Events successfully organized in Colombo
The two-day International Symposium on 'Impacts of Extreme Atmospheric Events on Geo-Surface in a Changing Climate' was successfully held on 14-15 May 2015, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. .... [ Read more ]
12th - 13th May 2015
The 18th Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council successfully held in Colombo, Sri Lanka
The 18th Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council was successfully held on May 12-13, 2015, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The meeting was hosted by COMSATS' Centre of Excellence in Sri Lanka, the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI)..... [ Read more ]
Capacity-building in various fields of science and technology that are most relevant to the developmental needs of the Member States constitute a major part of COMSATS’ Programmes. Some of the capacity-building activities of COMSATS, in the form of seminars, workshops and conference, have become recurrent features over the years. These activities are mostly held in collaboration with partner international partner organizations, like UNESCO, ISESCO, INIT, as well as COMSATS’ affiliated Centres of Excellence in the Member States. Some key recurring activities include:
COMSATS created International Thematic Research Groups (ITRGs) with an objective to achieve South-South cooperation by undertaking well-defined joint research projects in various S&T fields with the participation of researchers and scientists belonging to different R&D institutions from COMSATS' member countries and other developing countries.
The eight ITRGs of COMSATS with designated Lead Centres from amongst COMSATS’ Network are: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) (CIIT-Pakistan); 1. Agriculture, Food Security and Biotechnology (NRC-Egypt); Natural Products Sciences (ICCBS-Pakistan); Climate Change and Environmental Protection (ICCES-China); Materials Science (RSS-Jordan); Mathematical Modeling (NMC-Nigeria); Construction Materials (BRRI-Ghana); and Renewable Energy (IROST-Iran). The focus of these ITRGs is on joint research projects, expert-exchange, short-term trainings and sharing of facilities/laboratory resources. The Groups’ membership is open to all willing relevant institutions from the developing countries.
In view of the slow ingress of information technologies in developing countries and their critical importance for the greater pace of socio-economic development, COMSATS launched three projects in its host country during the period 1996-2001. These projects involved provision of reliable Internet services, high quality education in information technology, and utilization of Internet as a means of delivering healthcare services. These pioneering initiatives, two of which have become full-fledged institutions, are now designated as 'Flagship Projects' of COMSATS. The experience gained over the years in the operation of these ventures, listed below, is an invaluable resource for COMSATS' Member Countries.