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Dr. Isabel Hilber from Agroscope Reckenholz-Tanikon(ART), Zurich, Switzerland visits University of Peshawar

Dr. Isabel Hilber from Agroscope Reckenholz-Tanikon(ART), Zurich, Switzerland visits University of Peshawar

A tripartite academic link programme between the Institute of Chemical Sciences (ICS), University of Peshawar- Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI-Pak)-Agroscope Reckenholz-Tanikon, (ART-Swiss) is under consideration. Once established, beside other activities of academic interests, the link will focus on diverse environmental issues. In this regard, on the invitation of Professor Imdad Ullah Mohammadzai of ICS Dr. Isabel Hilber from ART and Dr. M. A. Khwaja from SDPI visited ICS on March 24-25, 2009. A seminar was arranged on “REMEDIATION OF CHEMICALLY CONTAMINATED SITES; A CASE STUDY” at the ICS. Speakers addressed the issues of the harmful effects of blacklisted chemicals like pesticides, industrial compounds and undesired products on ecosystem and food chain. Different chemical methodologies used for c leanup to remove or contain a toxic spill or hazardous materials from a contaminated site were also discussed. It is importanat to mention here that the manufacturing and use of 21 pesticides, including DDT, have been banned in Pakistan since 1994. The seminar was well attended by faculty and students of ICS. In the closing address, Dr. Imdad highlighted the importance of the linkage and its possible outcomes. Once established, this link will provide opportunities for exchange of visits, expertise, seminars and research opportunities for students, scholars, and faculty of the ICS. Research plans under this linkage will focus on finding out possible chemical solutions to clean, remove, or convert harmful and blacklisted chemicals (for eaxmple pesticides, industrial compounds and undesired products) into less harmful ones.

Imdad Ullah Mohammadzai, Ph.D
Professor
Institute of Chemical Sciences
University of Peshawar .


News Date: 27 - Mar - 2009



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