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ISNET Activities >> Activities 2008

 

 Activities held in 2008

 
International Seminar on Space Technology & Applications for Sustainable Development
24 – 27 November 2008; Tunis, Tunisia


ISNET, in collaboration North African Centre for Remote Sensing (CRTEAN), Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) and the sponsorship of Islamic Development Bank (IDB) held an International Seminar on Space Technology and Applications for Sustainable Development from 24- 27 November 2008 at Hotel Diplomat, Tunis, Tunisia.

More than 70 participants from fifteen countries including Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, France, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and USA attended the 4-day seminar.

Mr Kamel Morjan, Defence minister of Tunisia inaugurated the seminar at a formal ceremony. Ambassadors, delegates, officials of local authorities, participants and students were present at the ceremony. Executive Director, ISNET; Director General, CRTEAN and Director General IAF also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the important of role space technology and its various applications in sustainable development. Delegates from participating OIC countries presented country reports highlighting Applications of Space Technology in National Development of their country. Delegates from IAF based in France, SATREC Initiative, South Korea and ATUCOM, Tunisia also presented reports on their organizations.

The next day started with a keynote address by Dr Adigun Ade Abiodun who discussed the importance of space assets for sustainable development. This was followed by technical sessions on various areas of Remote Sensing and GIS applications. Lectures were also presented by Mr Abdul Nasir from SUPARCO , Dr Younes Idris from General Organisation of Remote Sensing (GORS), Syria and Mr Salhi Mounir from Tunisia.

The seminar concluded by a recommendations session and a formal closing ceremony. Mr Nadhir Hamada minister of Environment and sustainable development was the chief guest at the ceremony. Ambassadors, delegates, officials of local authorities, participants and students were also present at the ceremony.
 
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Training Course on Space Weather Monitoring
19 – 21 August 2008; Karachi, Pakistan


SUPARCO organized a 3-day Training Course on Space Weather Monitoring from 19 – 21 August 2008, at SUPARCO Headquarters, Karachi, Pakistan. ISNET sponsored Mr Jiyo Harjo Suwito from LAPAN, Indonesia for sharing knowledge on activities in Space Sciences related fields in LAPAN and SUPARCO.

The course covered lectures on different aspects of climate changes and its impacts on natural resources and included hands-on training on the use of satellite data for analysis and management of natural resources.

Mr Suwito, a seasoned researcher heading the Space Sciences Department at LAPAN, was much impressed with the standard of the course and gained some important insight in space weather, its monitoring and impacts. Mr Suwito delivered two lectures on Ionospheric Research and its applications sharing LAPAN’s activities in the field. He also proposed that collaborative studies should be carried out on the subject between LAPAN & SUPARCO.
 

 
Advance Training on Remote Sensing & GIS
04 – 15 August 2008; Karachi, Pakistan


SUPARCO organised a two-week training course on Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System from 04 -15 August 2008 at National Center for Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics (NCRG), Karachi. ISNET sponsored two participants from RSA, Sudan for this training.

The course sought to impart knowledge and develop skills in the latest advancements in remote sensing applications through various exercises and hands-on training.

The course was designed for those who are working in applications of these technologies in their relevant fields. The topics included advancement in satellite remote sensing, concepts of digital image processing, handling of GPS, latest developments in GIS analysis techniques.
 

 
Training Course on Climate Change and Natural Resource Management
15 – 18 July 2008; Lahore, Pakistan


Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) organized a 4- day Training Course on Climate Change and Natural Resources Management from 15 – 18 July 2008 at SUPARCO office, Lahore. ISNET sponsored two participants from Remote Sensing Authority, Sudan for this course.

The course covered lectures on different aspects of climate changes and its impacts on natural resources and included hands-on training on the use of satellite data for analysis and management of natural resources.

 

 
Training Course on Synthetic Aperture Radar Images: Acquisition, Characteristics and Applications
12 – 16 May 2008; Damascus, Syria


Inter Islamic Network on Space Sciences & Technology (ISNET) collaborated with North African Centre for Remote Sensing (CRTEAN) and General Organisation of Remote Sensing (GORS) Syria to arrange a specialized Training Course on Synthetic Aperture Radar Images: Acquisition, Characteristics and Applications from 12 – 16 May 2008, at GORS Headquarters, Damascus, Syria. Professor François Cavayas of University of Montreal, Canada conducted the training course. Twenty six participants from 06 Islamic countries participated in the training.

ISNET received 17 applications from member countries but due to limited number of seats available on the course ISNET could only sponsor 10 participants.

The main objective of the training was to expose the participants to the interpretation/analysis, processing and applications of SAR data in different application disciplines.

The 5-day training course was comprised of full day lectures and some laboratory sessions covering the following topics in detail:
  • Image Acquisition and Image Typology
  • Image Characteristics
  • Image Processing and Interpretation
  • Introduction to InSAR and PolInSAR
  • Introduction to Radargrammetry
  • Applications I: Topographic and land cover mapping, geologic and coastal zone mapping
  • Applications II: Vegetation and Hydrology studies
 

 
Training Workshop on Satellite Technology Applications in Communications and Remote Sensing
5 – 8 May 2008; Lahore, Pakistan


The Training Workshop on Satellite Technology Applications in Communications and Remote Sensing was held in Lahore from 5-8 May 2008. The workshop was jointly organized by Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and Inter Islamic Network on Space Sciences & Technology (ISNET) in collaboration with OIC Standing Committee on Scientific & Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) and Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO).

The 3- day training workshop was held at Hotel Pearl Continental and 30 participants including two from Sudan, one from Yemen and a Pakistani student from the UK attended the workshop. The workshop imparted knowledge and developed skills in the use of satellite technology for various applications through actual project based demonstrations.

SUPARCO organised the training course in collaboration with ISNET, whereas COMSTECH and ISESCO provided funding for it and sponsored the participants.
 

 
Training Course on Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing
07 – 18 April 2008, Karachi, Pakistan


SUPARCO organised a two-week training course on Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing from 07-18 April 2008 at National Center for Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics (NCRG), SUPARCO Headquarters, Karachi. ISNET sponsored four participants: two each from SPARRSO, Bangladesh and GORS, Syria, for this course.

The course sought to impart knowledge and develop skills in state-of-the-art remote sensing technologies and their applications through various exercises, case studies and hands-on training.
 
 

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