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Hybrid Event


Theme: Agricultural Biotechnology

Deadline for Registration: 31st July 2022

Venue: COMSTECH Secretariat 33-Constitution Avenue Islamabad. Pakistan.

Date: 13-09-2021 to 15-09-2022


Note: This youth forum is planned to be a hybrid event (Physical and virtual). Candidates are required to give their preference in the form.

The global biotechnology market is anticipated to reach a market value of US$ 775 billion by 2024 with an annual growth rate of 7.7%. Increased spending in biotechnology research and development, favorable initiatives by governments, global food security and the increasing need for emerging technologies are some of the factors influencing this growth. Unfortunately, the share of Muslim countries in this global market of biotechnology is very little. There is a need to increase this share.

To promote excellence and competence in the field of agricultural biotechnology among Muslim countries a tripartite youth forum (Pakistan-Turkey-Kazakhstan) is proposed. The theme “Agriculture Biotechnology” aims at providing the best knowledge and resources to young participants to advance their research goals. The youth forum will stimulate the desire to collaborate and change the world of agricultural biotechnology and innovation by promoting state-of-the-art practices in biotechnology research and promoting evidence-based practices. The event will include informative talks from young as well as the experienced scientists of these three countries. The event will also include keynote lectures, plenary sessions, oral and poster presentations, discussions and other educational and social events that stimulate several networking opportunities among the young participants of Pakistan, Turkey and Kazakhstan. The forum aims to facilitate interactions within the young research community to discuss the latest developments in this rapidly advancing field and find ways to respond to the increasing demands of professionals and communities across the world.


Target Audience

Academics, students and researchers from the OIC countries are encouraged to apply.

Only participants from Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Turkey are eligible for limited funding available for travel and local hospitality.

Participants from all the member OIC states who can bear their travel expenses are encouraged to apply.  Participants may get ticket funding from their parent organizations.


 Topic covered

  • Genome editing and new breeding technologies
  • Large scale genomics and genomic selection in crop and livestock breeding
  • Speed breeding for rapid genetic gain
  • Variants of Cas proteins and their potential applications
  • High throughput phenomics


Registration Fee

There is no registration fee for participation.

Travel & Local Hospitality:

COMSTECH will arrange complete local hospitality, airport pick/drop, and sightseeing visits for all registered participants.

Registration Process:

Step 1: Fill the online application form.

Step 2: Selected candidates will be notified through email; hence, applicants are required to check their emails regularly.

Zoom Links: Virtual participants will receive zoom link through email.




Contact Person:


Dr. Imran Amin

Principal Scientist, Agricultural Biotechnology Division

National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE). Faisalabad, Pakistan




Dr. Seckin Eroglu

Dept. of Biological Sciences

Middle East Technical University

Cankaya, 06800 Ankara – Turkey



Dr. Emre Aksoy

Assistant Professor

Dept. of Biological Sciences

Middle East Technical University

Cankaya, 06800 Ankara – Turkey

Office: (090)-312-210-6464

Mobile: (090)-536-585-8725




Mrs. Amel Ouchenane

 Expert @ Department of  International Projects

 Istanbul World Trade Center, A3 Block, 7th floor

34149, Yeşilköy, Istanbul/Turkey.

 +90 212-465-39-39 /ext 19


Mrs. Makpal Bulatova

Programme Manager

Islamic Organisation for Food Security

Phone: +7 7172 99 99 00

Mobile: +7 701 777 36 49

Mangilik Yel ave. 55/21

AIFC, unit 4, C4.2

Nur-Sultan, 010000

Republic of Kazakhstan


Ms. Khazima Muazim

Programme Manager, COMSTECH

Tel: +92-51-9220681-3

Fax: +92-51-9205264, +92-51-9220265




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