Scientists urged to work for farm boost


STAFF REPORT IBD: Speakers at a workshop have called for conducting trans-disciplinary research work to increase the agricultural productivity and to motivate the farmers regarding applying latest agricultural practices.

The workshop titled "linking social research with science to strengthen agricultural value chain" arranged by Department of Rural Sociology, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).

Prof. John Spriggs from the University of Canberra, Australia, who was

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CERN director sees more coop with local scientists

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan is in a better position to achieve stronger links with the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) than some other countries, said Steve Myers, the Director for CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator."Countries that apply for associate member status must have scientific infrastructure that is compatible with what we have at CERN," said Myers while talking to media here adding Pakistan has the necessary infrastructure to benefit

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Best scientists to be rewarded for outst and ing output

STAFF REPORT IBD: The recently held two-day Principal Investigators’ Convention under the "Pak-US National Sciences Linkage Programme (NSLP)" focused on exchange of ideas regarding effective execution and pooling of national assets in addition to updating itself on the status of projects.PSF Chairman Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro, who is also the Chief Executive of NSLP, Ministry of Food Security and Research Representative Dr. Aslam Gill, Agriculture Consular of US Embassy Richard

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Pak delegation attends scientists moot in Germany

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan has fully participated in the recently concluded three-day "Global State of Young Scientists" international workshop in Hannover, Germany.On the occasion, Scientist Aftab Ahmad, a Pakistan higher education research expert, represented Pakistan’s young scientists and highlighted the challenges they are currently confronted with."It has also explored issues and supported mechanisms young scientists encounter in the academia", he added.Besides, many

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PCST launches website to facilitate women scientists

STAFF REPORT IBD: Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST) has taken a lead to facilitate women in scientific communities and to improve visibility of women scientists by maintaining a website and starting a project on collecting data on statistics of women representation in science and technology.The data and materials from this web resource will serve as a reference material for the scientific community and for professionals working in the field of women’s empowerment as well.&quot

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Agri scientists need to focus on new research

STAFF REPORT LHR: The agriculture growth is imperative to alleviate poverty in Pakistan and agricultural scientists should explore new ideas to cope with new challenges faced by agriculture sector.These views were expressed by Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan, Vice Chancellor University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, while addressing participants of recently held third International Conference of Pakistan Society of Agronomy held at AARI, Faisalabad.The two-day conference was arranged by Pakistan Society of

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5 Pak scientists selected as Biovision Next Fellow

STAFF REPORT LHR: Five brilliant young scientists from Pakistan were selected as Biovision Next Fellow for the year 2013 among top young scientists from all over the world. The selection was based on their scientific excellence, extracurricular activities and active participation in the civil society.All the five representative young scientists from Pakistan actively participated in different sessions of the forum. They had also met with world’s top scientists and noble laureates and discussed

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US scientists to help increase Pak wheat harvest

STAFF REPORT FBD: American scientists and Pakistani wheat experts are collaborating to increase Pakistan’s wheat harvest and ensure greater prosperity to farmers nationwide.A bi-national team of scientists, sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), has recently met in Faisalabad to evaluate wheat varieties for disease-resistance. In order to determine which wheat varieties will perform best in Pakistan’s unique ecosystem, the US and Pakistani researchers studied the effects of

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Agri scientists to plan improve farm sector

STAFF REPORT IBD: Research associations in scientific institutions have been playing an important role in promoting scientific research and development activities to help bring social and economic prosperity in a society."Agri scientists to prepare a work plan based on long-, medium- and short-term strategies to move forward for the agricultural development in the country," said Chairman Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC), Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, while addressing the oath-taking

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Scientists urged for food security

STAFF REPORT LHR: Agriculture Secretary Azmat Ali Ranjah has underlined for agricultural scientists to focus on demand-driven research to ensure food security of burgeoning population of the country.He said this while chairing a meeting to review research activities at Rice Research Institute here last week.During the briefing, the agriculture secretary was informed that out of 483 million tons of world rice production, 6.16 million tons was being produced in Pakistan and 3.75 million tons

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PAS starts programme for young scientists

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) has initiated a programme to associate young scientists, under 35, and having PhD qualifications, as Young Associates. For young scholars, the Academy will organize various scientific events including lectures, inspiring discussions with leading scientists, skill development workshops, and field visits."Main objective of this programme is to channelize the talent of young scientists and groom and encourage them to make themselves

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Pak scientists present papers on nanotech at SL moot

STAFF REPORT KHI: First International Conference on Infectious Diseases and Nanomedicine has recently been held at Khatmandu, Nepal, by the Nepalese Association of Medical Microbiology (NAMM) in collaboration with Nepal Polymer Institute (NPI) in order to promote interdisciplinary scientific study better comprehension between major human diseases and their treatment regime by applying today’s cutting edge technology of nanotechnology.This conference was exclusively planned to strengthen the

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Scientists stress for progress in livestock

STAFF REPORT DIK: Scientists exchanged their experiences and researches at a recently held two-day science conference organised jointly by the Pakistan Association for Advancement of Science (PAAS) and the Gomal College of Veterinary Sciences.Professors and selective students from across the country participated in the 36th All Pakistan Conference’ held at the university campus.The participants exchanged their experiences and observations regarding development and growth of livestock in the

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Young scientists compete at Intel Pakistan science fair

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Intel Pakistan has arranged the Islamabad Provincial Science Fair where over 50 projects from all over Islamabad competed. Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi, Vice-Chancellor AIOU, as the chief guest.Winners of the fair will be eligible to compete at the National Science Fair, which will take place in Islamabad early next year. Projects will be assessed by a panel of renowned judges, with winners eligible to compete at the 2013 Intel® ISEF which will be held from May 12 to May 17

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Scientists stress more research on medicinal plants

STAFF REPORT KHI: National and international scientists at a recently held symposium have said that there is a dire need to have more research on medicinal plants as various fatal diseases can be avoided by developing effective drugs by plants.The 4-day 13th International symposium on Natural Product Chemistry was held at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU).English scientist Patrick G. Steel, Dr. Banasri Hazra of India, N. Waksman of

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Pak, US scientists join h and s to boost wheat productivity

STAFF REPORT IBD: The American agricultural scientists under the US government-sponsored Wheat Productivity Enhancement Programme (WPEP) are in regularly collaboration with Pakistani scientists on research to combat diseases affecting Pakistan’s principal crops particularly cotton and wheat.Two high-level American scientists are currently in Pakistan to conduct research on the crop diseases causing losses in income and a threat to food supplies.A series of workshops were conducted this week by

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27 Pak scientists research leads to Higgs boson discovery

STAFF REPORT IBD: As many as 27 Pakistani scientists working at CERN made a visible contribution in the flawless research that has finally led to the discovery of the Higgs boson, also nicknamed the "God particle", that travels faster than light; this experiment will help in re-enacting the first moments of the universe.These participating scientists included Dr Hafiz Hoorani, Dr Jamila Bashir Butt, Hassan Shahzad, Taimoor Khursheed, Saleh Muhammad, Muhammad Ahmad, Wajid Ali Khan,

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