IIASA, PSF agree to explore more vistas of collaboration

STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) and International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria, will explore opportunities of collaboration for research studies on energy and climate change, food and water and poverty and equity.

It was decided in a meeting between IIASA CEO Prof. Dr. Pavel Kabat and PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf when the former recently visited the PSF office in Islamabad.

Prof. Kabat is a co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize 2007 and a Member of Steering Committee for EU Research Programme Horizon 2020.

On the occasion, it was decided that PSF will focus on internationalization. The Foundation with the collaboration of international bodies will create opportunities of funding for international research projects. It was also decided that PSF and IIASA will jointly work for capacity building of Pakistani scientists through international trainings.

Prof. Dr. Ashraf briefed the CEO IIASA about the PSF activities and scope. He said the PSF through its research funding and science popularization programs is building science base in Pakistan.

PSFs Natural Sciences Linkage Programme and RandD Industry Programme also came under discussion. The Foundations international collaboration with France, UNESCO and Science Academies was also discussed. It is pertinent to mention that IIASA is an international scientific institute that conducts policy-oriented research into problems that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline.

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