|Title||Making Research Relevant to Societal Problems|
Research is extremely important for scientific progress as well as national development. Over the years, nations have been struggling in pursuing research scholarship while keeping the focus on national priorities. However for developing countries like Pakistan this struggle becomes even harder when the scientists want to pursue their passion for blue sky research while the public suffers with plethora of problems further pushing the boundaries of poverty, poor health and access to food. The diminishing funding opportunities has pushed the world class research centres like CERN to establish Office of the Transfer of Technology to ensure that commercial dimension of research applications is fully exploited. This presentation will provide some thoughts about bringing research relevance to the problems faced by our society.
Prof. Dr Arshad Ali is a prolific researcher and academicians. He has over 100 publications to his credit in national and international conferences & refereed journals. He has been awarded gold medal by Pakistan Academy of Sciences and COMSTECH for IT research, Presidents’ Gold medal for best NUST researcher of the year 2005 and “Distinguished Scientists of the Year 2006” award by Pakistan Academy of Sciences. So far, over 100 Pakistani scientists have been given these awards. Dr Arshad is also recipient of President’s pride of performance in IT research and Sitara-e-Imtiaz by Govt of Pakistan. Dr Arshad initiated research collaboration with Center for European Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland and earned the Associate Institute status of CMS-CERN for National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST). He has been actively working on various research projects with Stanford USA, Caltech USA, UWE UK, and University of South Brittany France. Dr Arshad has also served as member of the International Advisory Board of the "International ICFA Workshop on HEP Networking, Grids, and Digital Divide Issues for Global e-Science".