Every discovery creates new questions and we have to find the answer of these questions; says Dr. Nargis Mavalvala

ISLAMABAD (March 17, 2016): Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) is working for better future of science and technology (S&T) in the country and promote science at grass-root levels by organizing different activities to create young leaders amongst scientists for steering the nation towards socio-economic development and prosperity, said Secretary Science and Technology Fazal Abbas Maken.

He was addressing as the Chief Guest at a Popular Science lectures titled “Detecting Gravitational Waves; Now we can hear the Universe” by Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan, Coordinator General, COMSTECH and on “Gravitational Waves- From Prediction to Detection” Dr. Ashafaq Ahmed, Director, National Center for Physics. The event was organized by PSF on its premises under its popular science lecture series. The Secretary, MoST appreciated the role of PSF in organizing a valuable lecture on the recent discovery in the world which is the major breakthrough in the field of Astrophysics.

A large number of students, teachers and scientists from various scientific institutions of the twin cities attended this interactive lecture. At present, the discovery of gravitational waves, predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916, is the most famous scientific achievement prevailing around us. The most important aspect in this discovery is the involvement of a Pakistani Scientist Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Physics, USA. She is one of the key researchers who detected gravitational waves. These lectures will help to, popularize the new discovery in the field of Astrophysics and motivate Pakistani scientific community to achieve excellence in Science & Technology.

Dr. Nargis also interacted with the scientific community through video link and shared his educational background and experiences from Pakistan with the audience. She also briefed the audience about the discovery, and her role in the team who worked for this milestone discovery. In her closing remarks, she thanked PSF and Ministry of Science Technology for their efforts and said that every discovery creates new questions and we have to find the answer of these questions. For this we need consistent research.

Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation in his welcome address said that in the coming years PSF is envisioned for greater interactions between researchers and industry for commercialization of research results and indigenous technology development, improved agricultural practices/capacity building of farmers for enhancement of agriculture production and food security in Pakistan, motivation of youth towards S&T, promotion of innovative projects by young scientists/ participation of students at International forums, establishment of Science Centers & Museum, Strengthening of Research & Display activities of PMNH, enhanced electronic connectivity of PSF with scientific community through automation of research activities, propagation of science through print & electronic media, declaration of PASTIC as National Repository of all S&T publications of the country / Optimum usage of ICTs for information retrieval and dissemination and international linkages with Foundations, Academies, Science Centres, Museums & International bodies around the world. Dr. Ashraf also talked to Dr. Nergis and invited her to visit Pakistan to share their ideas and achievements with the Pakistan Scientific community and students.

L to R : Prof. Dr. Muhammad Akram Shaikh, Member Science PSF, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, S.I., Chairman PSF Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Secretary, MoST, Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan, Coordinator General, COMSTECH and Dr. Ashfaq Ahmad, Director NCP during the inaugural session of the lectures on 17.03.2016 at PSF

Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Secretary, MoST addressing the audience during the lecture

Scientists, Students and media personnel attending the popular science lecture

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, S.I., Chairman PSF delivering his welcome address on the occasion of popular science lectures