STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD: Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid, Pakistans National Member Organization Secretary, visited International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and met with Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat, Program Directors, and research staff to discuss strengthening research collaborations and increasing capacity building activities between Pakistan and IIASA.
Researchers from IIASA and Pakistan have carried out a range of research collaborations since the Pakistan Academy of Sciences joined IIASA as the National Member Organization for Pakistan in 2007. Dr. Khurshid became the National Member Organization Secretary for Pakistan in 2015.
During his visit, Dr. Khurshid also met with IIASA Program Directors and researchers from the Advanced Systems Analysis, Management, Energy, and World Population Programs to get an overview of IIASAs research activities and potential areas for future research collaborations.
Joint studies have analyzed how to increase Pakistans resilience to natural disasters and explored ways to increase agricultural productivity. Other projects have examined how Pakistan can capture the demographic dividend and benefit from a growing portion of its population that is of working age, and identified the most efficient ways to reduce air pollution in the country.
Thirteen doctoral students from Pakistan have developed their international and interdisciplinary research skills along with expanding their networks by taking part in IIASAs Young Scientists Summer Program. Knowledge transfer between Pakistan and IIASA is also facilitated through researchers working together on joint publications and through visits either by IIASA researchers to Pakistan or Pakistani researchers to IIASA.