Conference of Asia and Australia on Vacuum Sciences begins

Islamabad, October 09, 2012 (PPI-OT): The 6th Vacuum and Surface Sciences Conference of Asia and Australia commonly known as VASSCAA-6 commenced here at Pak-China Friendship Centre on Tuesday.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Mir Changez Khan Jamali inaugurated the event while significant number of Scientists and Engineers from 30 countries including America, Japan, South Korea, France, UK, Russia,, Kazakhstan, Argentina, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Austria and Saudi Arabia etc participating in the event. In addition to 250 delegates from various educational and R and D institutions from Pakistan, are participating in this Conference.

Addressing the opening ceremony, the federal minister for Science and technology said that “The world around us is changing in a way one could not have imagined a decade ago. The developing countries are facing the challenges of achieving self-reliance and economic prosperity through applications of science and technology.

He said that Pakistan is a developing country; rich in ideal and matchless natural resources where the best-trained manpower and world renowned scientists and engineers are available. With these resources, I am optimistic that we are moving ahead in utilizing our resources and exploiting our talent Jamali added.”

While referring the energy crisis Mir Changez Jamali said that “Energy is an important aspect in the development of any nation. In view of the rising energy demand and reducing sources of conventional energy, energy conservation, management and applications of non-conventional energy sources become imperative not only for sustainable future but also for the environment. Most of the developing countries are situated in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

They are lucky to have abundant supply of solar and wind energies. The planet earth is fast making progress in these fields, and scientists and engineers are utilizing it for various applications.”

He also appreciated the efforts and endeavours put in by Pakistan Vacuum Society for the promotion of vacuum sciences in the country. He said that “I am highly impressed to note that Pakistan Vacuum Society has made a tremendous breakthrough by organizing the Conference of VASSCAA series in Pakistan. I congratulate the Society for their untiring efforts and wish them every success in future endeavours.”

At this occasion, Prof. Dr. J. J. Pireaux, the President of International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications, Dr. Mariano Anderle, President-Elect, IUVSTA, Dr. Peter Verga, Head of Surface Science Division IUVSTA;Dr. Tatsuo Okano, President of VASSCAA also addressed and briefed about the main objectives as well as the history of VASSCAA. They also admired Pakistan Vacuum Society and the role of its Members for their contribution towards this important field of Science and Technology.

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