Webinar: Pathways to Innovation (P2i) Afghanistan and Tajikistan Research Project Presentations

Date: 13 August 2020
August 13th 2020
9:00 AM – 12:00 AM (GMT+4.5, Afghanistan time)
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time)

August 14th 2020
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (GMT+5, Tajikistan time)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time)

University of Central Asia’s Mountain Society Research Institute is pleased to invite you to an upcoming webinar titled "Pathways to Innovation (P2i) Afghanistan and Tajikistan Research Project Presentations" The event will be streamed online in English through Zoom.

About the Webinar
Over the past three years University of Central Asia’s Mountain Society Research Institute (MSRI) has been working closely with Badakhshan University, and Bamiyan University in Afghanistan andKhorog State University in Tajikistan to conduct research, and diffuse technological and scientific knowledge on natural resource management to advance innovation in agricultural production in mountain communities facing challenges in adapting to climate change. This initiative is undertaken through the Pathways to Innovation: Strengthening Mathematics, Science and EconomicPolicy Capacity in Afghanistan and Central Asia project funded by theInternational Development Research Centre and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada with a focus on innovative and hands-on research and training to strengthen mathematics, science and economic policy capacities in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic.

The research initiative aimed to establish partnerships with select national universities to help them become sustainable agents for the diffusion of new ideas by delivering a program of professional development and mentoring applied research that can also generate new economic opportunities. MSRI worked with researchers at the three universities to design and implement research which examined and analysed issues relevant to the local communities around diverse thematic areas. These include food security, environmental conservation, niche crops, sustainable tourism, farming for income, and protecting water resources.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the planned conference to present the research findings was adapted to an online format. Asa result, MSRI is pleased to host a webinar with presentations for each of the completed research projects.

August 13, 2020

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT+4.5, Afghanistan time)
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time)


Programme (Afghanistan time)

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and opening remarks 
Prof. Roy Sidle, Director, Mountain Societies Research Institute, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Central Asia.

9:10 – 11:50 Presentations of Research Findings by Research Leads

9:10 – 9:35 “Geochemical analyses of water resources in Central Bamyan”
Mr. Hassan Ali Malistani, Professor, Geology Department, BamyanUniversity

9:35 – 10:00 “Study on drought tolerance of different varieties of potato and its quality under Bamyan conditions”
Dr. Dawlat Shah Poyesh, Professor Department of Agriculture. BamyanUniversity

10:00 – 10:15 Tea Break

10:15 – 10:35 “Selection of tolerant types of different varieties of common bean under drought condition in Bamyan”
Mr. S. M Baqer Hussaini, Assistant Professor Department ofAgriculture, Bamyan University

10:35 – 11:00 “Assessment of Plant Biodiversity in Qabri-e-Zaghak Watershed Site, Bamyan”
Mr. Torabaz Poyesh, Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry, Bamyan University

11:00 – 11:25 “Sustainable Mountain Tourism Development: Case study of Band-e- Amir National Park”
Mr. Mohammad Reza Ibrahim, Assistant Professor, Department of tourism, Bamyan University

11:25 – 11:50 “Plastic film technology: low-cost greenhouse for off-season vegetable production and marketing to address food security and income generation in Badakhshan Afghanistan”
Mr. Ahmad Shabir Hozad/Mesbahuddin, Dean of Faculty and Lecturer of biology Badakhshan University

11:50 – 12:00 Concluding Remarks
Prof. Roy Sidle, Director, Mountain Societies Research Institute, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Central Asia

August 14, 2020

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (GMT+5, Tajikistan time)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time)


Programme (Tajikistan time)

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome and opening remarks 
Prof. Roy Sidle, Director, Mountain Societies Research Institute, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Central Asia.

9:10 – 11:50 Presentations of Research Findings by Research Leads

9:10 – 9:35 “Investigation of biodiversity and increasing productivity of mountain gardens and grain crops and efficiency of land use”
Prof. Dr. Akbar Mamadrizokhonov, Professor and Dean of Biology DepartmentKhorog State University Tajikistan

9:35 – 10:00 “Identifying mechanisms for the effective use of tourist - recreational resources of GBAO for the development of tourism”
Halim Karamkhudoev, Assistant Professor Bio-ecology & TourismDepartment Khorog State University Tajikistan

10:00 – 10:25 “Investigation of possibility of complex utilization of Pamir high-mountain geothermal resources for food security”
Munira Navruzbekova, Assistant Professor General BiologyDepartment, Khorog State University Tajikistan

10:25 – 10:35 Concluding Remarks
Prof. Roy Sidle, Director, Mountain Societies Research Institute, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Central Asia

Language
The presentation will be conducted in English.

How to Join
This Webinar will be conducted online via Zoom video conferencing on 

August 13th 2020
9:00 AM – 12:00 AM (GMT+4.5, Afghanistan time)
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time)

Password: 906687

August 14th 2020
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM (GMT+5, Tajikistan time)
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (GMT+6, Kyrgyzstan time)

Password: 623481
 
Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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