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GCU holds 6th International Biosciences Conference

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Speakers at the Sixth International Conference on “Advances in Biosciences” emphasized the significance of interdisciplinary research and innovation in addressing global challenges and improving quality of life. The two-day conference was organized by the Dr. Ikram ul Haq Institute of Biotechnology at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ahmad Adnan chaired the inaugural session, which was addressed by eminent experts in the field, including Professor Dr. Anwar Malik, President of the Biological Society of Pakistan.

In his opening remarks, Professor Dr. Ikram ul Haq S.I, the Secretary General of the Biological Society of Pakistan, noted the overwhelming response to the call for research papers for the conference, with 128 submissions from universities and research institutions nationally and internationally.

In his keynote address, the former federal minister on food security, Prof. Dr. Kauser Abdullah Malik, reflected on the historical significance of the Pakistan Biological Society and its enduring presence as one of the country’s oldest scientific societies. Dr. Malik praised the expertise in biological sciences cultivated in Pakistan through a period of liberalization and strong government support, which led to significant capacity building and the development of skilled professionals across the country.

Professor Dr. Anwar Malik also highlighted the pivotal role of the Biological Society of Pakistan, championing scientific inquiry and collaboration since its establishment in 1955. He envisioned the conference as a platform for exchange, innovation, and friendly competition among peers, noting revolutionary advancements in biological sciences, from genetic research editing technology to the innovative applications of artificial intelligence in bioinformatics, opening limitless possibilities.

Dr. Malik emphasized the potential for developing resilient crops, personalized medicine, innovative drug delivery systems, and solutions for pollution mitigation and ecosystem restoration. Highlighting the power of collaboration across borders and disciplines, Dr. Malik emphasized the collective knowledge and efforts needed to address the grand challenges facing humanity. He encouraged attendees to ignite their passions, spark new ideas, and forge lasting connections throughout the conference.

Concluding the event, Professor Dr. M. Nauman Aftab, Director of the Dr. Ikram ul Haq Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, delivered the vote of thanks, expressing gratitude to all participants, organizers, and sponsors for their contributions to the success of the conference.

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