Islamabad: Five-day International Training Workshop on “Modern Research Techniques in Ecology” will start here on April 16, 2012.
Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH), Pakistan Science Foundation in collaboration with Department of Animal Sciences, Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad and Snow Leopard Foundation, Pakistan has organized this workshop to build capacity of the participants in designing ecological studies and analysis of simple to complex ecological data and develop different statistical models.
The Workshop will provide hands on training on modern data collection techniques and develop expertise in data analysis using statistical software “R-Program” which is widely used by ecologists. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to researchers to interact with the foreign scientists and benefit from their vast experience in wildlife conservation practices.
Resource persons of the Workshop include Dr. Richard Bischof from Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway, Dr. Charudutt Mishra, Science and Conservation Director, Snow Leopard Trust, USA, Prof. Sandro Lovari from University of Siena, Italy, Dr. Tom McCarthy, Executive Director, Snow Leopard Programs, Panthera, USA, Dr. Martin Fisher, Editor, Oryx-The International Journal of Conservation, Fauna and Flora International, Cambridge, UK, Dr. Muhammad Ali Nawaz, Department of Animal Sciences, QAU and Dr. Muhammad Rafiq, Director, Zoological Sciences Division, PMNH.
Ecological Research in Pakistan remained an ignored field. During last couple of decades, life sciences departments of universities have predominantly focused on research in the fields like microbiology, molecular biology, genetics and physiology.
The disciplines of ecology and taxonomy were considered old fashioned and least important. However, the situation is now being realized by the academia and research/conservation organizations, and many of them have a desire to develop capacities in ecological research.
As limited expertise in this field is available in the country, international collaboration and involvement of researchers from the technologically advanced countries is very much required which can help in capacity building for research-based conservation.
For more information, contact:
Pakistan Science Foundation
Sector G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: + 92 51 9202469-70
Fax: + 92 51 9202468