Muhammad Inam ul Haq
UOL, Department of Physics with support from Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Punjab Higher Education Commission (PHEC) successfully organized a 3-day International Conference on Recent Advances in Physics ICRAP-18 from April 7 to 9, 2018 that attracted 300 participants from reputable international institutions of higher learning. Forty research papers and 11 posters were presented by renowned scholars focusing mainly on Particle Physics, Medical and Radiation Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Material Science, Computational Physics, and Atmospheric Physics Interdisciplinary.
Officiating at the conference as chief guest, the Pro-Rector Social Sciences, Ms. Wajeeha Raoof applauded the leadership of Prof. Dr. Fazal-e-Aleem (Dean of Sciences & HoD Physics) saying the department was registering remarkable successes during his tenure. “The University has taken real solid stand for promoting research and Physics department has become one of the strongest contributors in research. Out of the 800 publications we had last year as UOL, Physics almost contributed more than 35% to the total number. Among other reasons, we organized this conference to promote research,” she said.
Conference speakers came from several institutions that included; Texas Tech University, Lubbock; Texas Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute (CMRDI), Egypt; King Abdullah Aziz University of Science and Technology; The University of Lahore; PIEAS; and Karachi University. Others were; Agriculture University Faisalabad, National University of Science and Technology, National Centre for Physics, University of Education, Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology, University of the Punjab, The Islamia University Bahawalpur, and Riphah International University, Lahore. Notable speakers and presenters were appreciated with shields and souvenirs within the conference sessions.
First day of the conference was divided into three sessions that handled three domains i.e. Nuclear and Particle Physics; Medical and Radiation Physics; and Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering. One international speaker from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, shared his views on “Universe within Microsecond of Big Bang” and 13 other speakers from different national universities also presented on specific subjects within the three highlighted areas. The day ended with an outing to Jamia Grand Mosque in Bahria Town.
The second day was dedicated to the Materials Science. Two international speakers one from Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute (CMRDI), Egypt, and the other from KAUST Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, presented their talks on “Photocatalysis, Principles, Mechanism and Application” and “Photophysical processes in Polymer: Nonfullerence Blends unraveled by ultrafast spectroscopy” respectively. In addition to that, 18 national speakers shared their research ideas and findings about material science as well. The day ended with vigor when the participants were entertained with “Cultural Night” loaded with music, drama, and cultural performances.
Third day was dedicated to Computational Physics and Interdisciplinary Research and five researchers ably handled the two fields. A tour to the historical sights of Lahore sealed off the day and conference.