08 August 2016 - 10 August 2016
IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria

Pakistan's National Member Organization Secretary visits IIASA

Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid, Pakistan’s National Member Organization Secretary, visited IIASA and met with Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat, Program Directors, and research staff to discuss strengthening research collaborations between Pakistan and IIASA.

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Dr. Khurshid met with Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat to discuss strengthening research collaborations and increasing capacity building activities with Pakistan. 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, Ecosystem Services and Management, Energy, and World Population Programs to get an overview of IIASA’s research activities and potential areas for future research collaborations.

As part of Dr. Khurshid’s visit, H.E. Waqar Ahmad, Minister, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Pakistan to the International Organizations in Vienna, came to IIASA to join Dr. Khurshid in a meeting to discuss strengthening the relationship between IIASA and Pakistan.

Research highlights between IIASA and Pakistan

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. 

IIASA Director General and CEO, Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat and Dr. Syed Javaid Khurshid, the Pakistani National Member Organization Secretary. © Iain Stewart | IIASA

Joint studies have analyzed how to increase Pakistan’s 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 IIASA’s Young Scientists Summer Program or its South African version. 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.

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Last edited: 16 August 2016


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