ECOSF Newsletter September 2018

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IASP organized the 35th World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation hosted by the ISTT on September 2-5, 2018 in Isfahan, Iran

International Association of Science Parks (IASP) organized the “35th World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation”, which was hosted by the Isfahan Science and Technology Town (ISTT) at Isfahan Iran on September 2-5, 2018. The Conference was opened by Dr. Mansour Gholami, the Minister of Science, Research and Technology of Iran and Dr. Sorena Sattari, the Vice President for S&T of Iran. The conference attracted a large number of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) experts and Science Parks Developers & Managers from over 50 nations and ambassadors of over 30 countries. The four-day conference aimed at paving the way for exchanging views among Science and Technology Parks around the world. This mega event also provided a platform to hold bilateral (B2B) talks between the managers of domestic and foreign science parks in cooperation.

It is pertinent to mention that ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) contributed to this event as a one of the collaborators and supporters. On behalf of ECOSF, its President Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro participated in the conference as speaker in one of the sessions on 3rd September.

The IASP 2018 World Conference explored the role of Software Technology Parks and Area of Innovations in the formation of the innovation ecosystem and the sustainable development of cities. Prof. Klaus R. Kunzmann from Gremany was the keynote speaker in the opening session of the event, he is known for his extraordinary research work on innovative urban policy and European spatial planning. Prof. Kunzman in his keynote talk, underlined the role innovative urban policy, creativity, knowledge and the arts for spatial and endogenous economic development of sustainable and smart cities for the future.


Mr. Joseph Miquel Pique, Secretary General IASP in his welcoming address highlighted that IASP network is global platform that connects our members, and this World Conference creates an unparalleled opportunity for making international connections, exchanging knowledge about our local ecosystems, and learning from each other to become truly global. He encouraged all science park managers and other innovation professionals from around the world to increase their networking and make new connections to strengthen Science Parks around the globe.


Dr. Mansour Gholami, the Minister of Science, Research and Technology of Iran highlighted the progress made by Iran in developing the Science and Technology Parks in the Country. Science and technology parks have played a very important role in the national development of S&T sector in Iran, he said.


Dr. Sorena Sattari, the Vice President for S&T of Iran in his elucidated the strong commitments and strategies by the Government of Iran to strengthen the STI sector of Iran, where STI parks can play critical role in achieving the desired goals.


It is pertinent to mention here that ECOSF and Isfahan Regional Center for Technology Business Incubators & Science Parks Development (IRIS) - under the auspices of UNESCO signed a MoU in April 2017 to strengthen the mutual collaboration in development S&T Parks, Incubation Center and promotion of Innovative and Entrepreneurial Initiatives in ECO region.


During the conference, Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro President ECOSF participated in one of the sessions on the “Global Alliance for Specialization”, which was moderated by Ms. Ebba Lund – the Chief Operating Officer of IASP. Prof. Soomro delivered his talk on “ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) – a Platform for Promoting Science, Technology and Innovation through Development of STI Parks in the ECO Region”. Prof. Soomro stressed over the need for development of STI Parks in the ECO region, as they are crucial for developing qualified manpower and STEM workforce to respond to global and local challenges of water, climate change, energy and food security. Among the ECO member countries, Iran and Turkey have made significant progress in development of STI Parks, he added. He therefore urged that Iran and Turkey through their experiences in STI parks can share their best practices in the development and management of successful STI parks with other ECO member states. He shared the partnerships and collaboration of ECOSF with various international institutions and organizations for internationalization and for drawing mutual benefits . He particularly mentioned Asian Innovation Forum & Asian STI Think Tanks Network (ASTN), IAP SEP, La main a la pate of France and the ECOSF collaboration with China Association for Science and Technology- CAST under the “Belt and Road” initiative of China. Prof. Soomro concluded that ECOSF can be a promising space to synergize strengths of ECO countries to ensure rapid and robust development of STI parks and to promote STI in the ECO region, both at national and regional levels to realize the ECO vision 2025 and UN Sustainable Development Goals (Agenda 2030). He invited IASP to play a catalyst role for promotion of the concept of STI parks in the ECO member countries.



World Conference on Science Literacy held in Beijing China, Sept 17-19, 2018, President ECOSF among the Invited Speakers

China Association for Science & Technology (CAST) organized the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 in Beijing from September 17 to 19, 2018. The conference was themed "Science Literacy for a Shared and Better Future”, which aimed to integrate resources, experiences, and strengths in promoting public science literacy across the globe. The conference provided an opportunity to encourage the global science and technology community to respond to future challenges and opportunities through advancing the public science literacy. More than 1,000 scientists and representatives from 38 countries and regions, as well as 23 international scientific organizations and 58 national scientific institutes, attended the conference. The President of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro participated in the conference as an invited speaker and contributed in the session on Innovations in Science Education for the Future.

A congratulatory message from Chinese President Xi Jinping was read during the opening ceremony. In his message, President Xi Jinping stressed that Science Literacy lays the ground for innovation. He recognized the significance of the conference and highlighted the role of public science literacy in building a community of a shared future for mankind.


Prof. Wan Gang, the President of CAST in his opening remarks urged all stakeholders to devote themselves to the promotion of science literacy with greater commitment and take positive actions to develop closely coordinated social networks. Prof. Gang stressed that increasing scientific literacy can refresh ideas of the people, expand their potential, allow them to fulfill their value and contribute to society. China makes a dedicated goal in improving science literacy, allocates resources for popularization of science and has the key political support and government programs to achieve that goal, he added. Prof. Gang opined that China wishes to actively engage in international cooperation and working mechanisms, to help reduce the gap in scientific literacy around the world and to inject positive energy for scientific development and a better world.

President ECOSF, Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro participated as an invited speaker by CAST in the parallel session on Innovations in the Science Education for the Future. It is important to mention here that this session was organized by the Children and Youth Science Center of CAST (CYSC-CAST) & China Association of Children’s Science Instructors (CACSI) who are the partners of ECOSF for promotion of Science Education along the Belt and Road including the ECO region. The session was moderated by Prof. Ding Bangping of Capital Normal University Beijing, China. Prof. Soomro delivered his presentation entitled; “Innovation in Science Education Developing Competence in Emerging Technologies for the Sustainable Future”. Prof. Soomro in his presentation highlighted the scale of penetration and adoption of Digital Technologies around the 4th Industrial Revolution that is rapidly changing entire sectors of the economy. He advocated that there is an urgent need to develop digital competencies and technological skills that will allow everyone to fit in the world of tomorrow for sustainable future. “Given that picture of a rapid change of technology, we see a much slower rate of evolution of the schools, and that means we're seeing a bigger and bigger gap between schools and tech society”, he said. Prof. Soomro further added that pedagogical approach requires overhauling, with adoption of innovative science teaching methods to engage our youth in a learning environment with logical use of modern learning aids and digital tools. He concluded that the evidence based learning should be combined with digital and modern technologies to make judicious use of ICT/modern tools into a school curriculum which can help train the children to be more rational citizens.

It is important to mention that along with Prof. Soomro, numerous other leading science education experts around the globe also contributed to the session on Innovations in the Science Education for the Future. They highlighted various streams of innovations being undertaken in the science education around the globe.


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IAP SEP Working Group on “Fusion of OBOR Civilizations Curriculum Design (FoCEd) meets during the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 in Beijing, China

The Inter-Academy Partnership Science Education Programme (IAP SEP) organized a meeting of its Working Group on Fusion of One Belt One Road (OBOR) Civilizations Curriculum Design (FoCEd)as a side event of the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 from 18-19 September, 2018 in Beijing, China. This Working Group Meeting was a follow-up of the meeting held in Bangkok on 24th August 2018 and it was organized in collaboration with the China Association of Science Instructors for Youth and Children (CACSI) and the Children and Youth Science Center (CYSC) of China Association for Science and Technology. The meeting was chaired by the Chiarman of IAP SEP Academician Dato LEE, Yee Cheong and attended by the members of FoCEd from China, Kazakhstan, Malaysia and Pakistan joined the meeting. President ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro participated in the meeting as the Member of Global Council of IAP SEP.

The idea of development of such a curriculum for school kids is to inculcate peace and harmony through evidence based science education for children in the light of the current conflict and increase in violence in societies and terrorism.

The group meeting in Beijing deliberated on following points:

  1. To finalise the resources and materials prepared   
  2. To identify strategies for piloting the materials
  3. To prepare guidelines for the pilot
  4. To merge different modules and prepare into one final document for submission and approval by IAP SEP secretariat.

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35th IASP Conference in Isfahan- Iran- B2B Meetings of President ECOSF with Leadership of Prominent S&T Parks during the World Conference on Science Parks and Places of Innovation

During the 35th World Conference on Science Parks and Innovation by the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) held in Isfahan, Iran on 3-5 Sept 2018, the B2B meetings were organized for the purpose of networking and developing cooperation amongst the conference participants on September 4 and 5, 2018 in Isfahan, Iran. President ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro was especially invited to speak in the conference and participate in the B2B meetings, where he interacted with leadership and managers of leading Science & Technology Parks of Iran.

Prof. Soomro held B2B meetings with the leadership and teams of the following S&T Parks during the conference:

  • Ali Bisti, President Guilan Science & Technology Park
  • Habib Rostami, President Persian Gulf Science & Technology Park
  • Mahmoud Saberi Motlagh, Executive Director of Inter Islamic Network on Science & Technology,
  • Mahmoud Reza Shakarami, President Lorestan Science and Technology Park &
  • Dr. Khaled Saeidi, President Science and Technology Park of Kurdistan.

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The 20th National Congress and the 8th International Congress of Biological Sciences held at the Maragheh University of Iran

The 20th National Congress and the 8th International Congress of Biological Sciences were held at the Maragheh University from August 31 to September 2, 2018. The events were organized by University of Maragheh, Iran and Biological Society of Iran in collaboration with ECOSF and other national and international orgnizations. In three days congress, 88 oral presentations were delivered and 750 were presented as posters. There were 17 elegant talk by key speakers, 6 workshops and 5 specialized panels in various fields of Biological Sciences was organized. The scientists from six countries attended the congress including delegates from Germany, Canada, Turkey, Armenia, Italy and Iran. Along with the scientific lectures, panels and specialized workshops, Maragheh tours including several visits to historical and cultural places of the ancient city of Baghshahr in Maragheh was also arranged for the participants. A cultural night with the presentation of Azerbaijani folkloric music and other cheerful programs was shown. In the closing ceremony, four of the selected presentation were nominated in various fields and were acknowledged by the organizers.



IRDR Executive Director meets the President ECOSF in Beijing

Prof. Dr. Qunli HAN, Executive Director of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) a program of International Science Council (ISC) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) met the President ECO Science Foundation Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro on September 19, 2018 in Beijing on the sidelines of the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018.

 Prof. Soomro who is also the founding fellow of Academy of Engineering and Technology of the Developing World (AETDEW) was accompanied by Dato Lee Yee Cheong, Chairman AETDEW and a fellow of AETDEW Prof. Zhong Yixin from Xinhua University, Beijing. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss collaboration between IRDR, ECO Science Foundation and AETDEW on Disaster Risk Research, Reduction, Mitigation and Preparedness along with the Belt and Road Program of China, especially ECO member countries.

All three organizations agreed in principle to participate and collaborate. Dr. Soomro was also invited to share the Disaster Risk issues of ECO member countries in a forthcoming meeting of IRDR/UNISDR/ISC under the aegis of Chinese Academy of Sciences scheduled in November 2018.



Upcoming Events posted on ECOSF website and Facebook page

2nd Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp & Teacher Workshop, 15-21 November 2018

The “2nd Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp & Teacher Workshop” will be held from 15-21 November 2018 at Beijing, China.
The Camp is being hosted by China Association for Science & Technology (CAST) and the Ministry of Science and Technology, People’s Republic of China and organized by Children & Youth Science Center (CYSC) of CAST, while supported by InterAcademy Partnership Science Education Program (IAP SEP), ECOSF, Networking of African Science Academies (NASAC) and Beijing Youth Science and Technology Centre (BYSTC).

To support the Belt and Road Initiative -China’s proposal to build a Silk Road Economic Belt and a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in cooperation with related countries -unveiled by Chinese President Xi Jinping, China Association for Science and Technology and Ministry of Science and Technology of China have jointly launched the Belt and Road Teenager Science Camps annually including Belt and Road Teenager Science Summer Camp and Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp & Teacher  orkshop since 2017. Those events aim to strengthen cross-cultural exchange, promote international understanding and inspire innovation in young generation.

The camps give students the opportunity to cooperate with the best of their age at international level, to share ideas and study cutting-edge knowledge in science labs of top schools in China through hands-on experience and teamwork under guidance of experienced teachers. ECOSF plays the role of a Coordinator and Facilitator of the initiative in 10 countries of ECO.

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Training Workshop on Developing Thinking Skills through Inquiry-Based Science Education, 22 - 26 October 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The ISTIC, a close collaborator of ECOSF will be organizing the Training Workshop on Developing Thinking Skills Through Inquiry-Based Science Education from 22 - 26 October 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Participants will comprise between 35 - 40 science educators from developing countries who need to upgrade their skills in IBSE or who have not yet attended workshops on IBSE. Objectives of the training workshop are:

  1. To re emphasise the basic principles of inquiry-based science education
  2. To provide opportunities for science teachers to try out IBSE in the teaching of science in their classes;
  3. To experience the process of inquiry-based science teaching and learning; and
  4. To provide strategies on developing thinking skills.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible or by 2nd October 2018.

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International Conference on Silk-roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China Association for Science and Technology, Ministry of Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China, and associated faculties of United Nations will jointly host the *International Conference on Silk- roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development* in Beijing, on May 11-12, 2019.
Conference Theme: Towards Safe, Green, and Resilient Silk Roads
Important Dates
On-line registration starts on October 20, 2018
Deadline for extended abstract submission: December 20, 2018 Deadline for early bird registration: April 20, 2019
International Conference May 11-12, 2019
For more details, visit conference website at


Invitation to seventh session of IPBES Plenary

Invitation to participate in the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary is opened that will take place from 29 April to 4 May 2019, in Paris, France. 

On Sunday, 28 April 2019, regional consultations and the IPBES Stakeholder Day will be held. The seventh session of the Plenary will be opened at 10 a.m. on Monday, 29 April 2019. An opening ceremony will take place on Monday evening. The session is scheduled to close on Saturday, 4 May 2019. An invitation has also been sent to all Ministers for Environment of all States Members of the United Nations or Members of specialized agencies or of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to all Permanent Representatives to UN Environment, as well as to the Permanent missions to the United Nations. 

For the purpose of making preparatory arrangements for the session, interested participants or candidates are requested complete the online registration form ( soon as possible, and no later than 11 January 2019.  

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