Awards for scientists from OIC states

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Organisation of Islamic Conference Standing Committee on Science & Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) has announced the institution of awards for outstanding nationals of the OIC member states in the field of science and technology.

Applications for COMSTECH Awards have been invited from the scientists of the OIC region under four categories, including COMSTECH Young Scientist Award, Best Scientific Book Award, Best Research Paper Award, and Award for Patent.

All the categories of the COMSTECH awards carry, alongside a certificate, a cash prize of US$300 each.

When contacted, the Organisation of Islamic Conference Standing Committee on Science & Technological Cooperation spokesperson said the Young Scientist Award is meant for scientists from the OIC states under the age of 40 years.

“The Best Scientific Book Award recognises the work done in any of the COMSTECH or

OIC languages including

English, French and Arabic. The research work must be published by a renowned international publisher.

The Best Research Paper Award is for original research published in a well-reputed international journal,” added the spokesperson.

For the COMSTECH Award for Patent, individuals would be recognised for their outstanding contributions to their respective field of discovery that have had a lasting impact in furthering the theory or development of commercial system, added the COMSTECH official.

“Only nationals from COMSTECH or OIC member states and conducting research within the OIC region are eligible to apply for all the four categories,” added the spokesperson.

Furthermore, COMSTECH has decided to institute the Science Excellence Awards in order to encourage scientific research in its member states. These awards are expected to generate a healthy competition among the researchers of the OIC region and enhance the process of individual advancement in science and technology, which would lead to a nationally competitive environment, resulting in collective development of the OIC region.

The last date to apply for entering the competition is April 30, 2009, for which the contesting scientists are required to send in an application to COMSTECH Secretariat in Islamabad on a prescribed format available at

Source: The News, 16-Feb-09

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