Staff Report LHR: A one day workshop with the theme “Biosafety training for young scientists” was organized jointly by National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) and Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBB), University of Punjab. The workshop was sponsored by American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).
President NAYS, Aftab Ahmad while addressing in the inaugural session of the workshop highlighted the significance of science promotion in the country. He recounted the projects and different activities of NAYS for science popularization.
He also gave a lecture on fundamentals of biosafety and stressed on the importance of biosafety.
Director IBB, Prof. Dr Amtual Jamil Sami attended the event as chief guest. She apprised the participants about Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology. She said, “NAYS is doing a commendable job by maneuveringtheir efforts to promote scientific culture in Pakistan.”
She said that such trainings should be mandatory for researchers who are going to start their research. She pledged to continue such activities in institute.
The workshop contained two technical sessions. In first technical session, lectures related to biosafety concepts were delivered by Aftab Ahmad (President NAYS), Dr. Amir Faisal (LUMS), Sarfraz Ahmad (Punjab University). Another lecture on “Nurturing a Scientist” was delivered by Dr. Saif ur Rahman (COMSATS, Lahore).
In second technical session, Sheikh Saqib Rafique and Aftab Ahmad gave brief description to participants regarding basic biosafety practises and provided hands on training.
Later on shields and certificates were presented to facilitators and organizers. NAYS Pakistan intends to continue workshop series and will conduct 8-10 more workshops in different universities of Pakistan with a special focus on newly established universities.
Almost 150 participants including students, researcher, and faculty members attended the workshop.