Pakistan Academy of Sciences

Promoting Science, Technology and Innovation for Socio-economic development

Lessons and Opportunities for COVID019 Research and Development in Pakistan: A Virtual Round Table

Date & Time: February 4, 2021   5:00 to 8:00pm (PST)/7-10 am EDT (US East coast time)

Pakistan Academy of Sciences and the Aga Khan University are jointly organizing the Virtual Round Table with the explicit to deliberate and focus on reviewing what we have learnt to-date in the COVID-19 response in Pakistan and its implications for what needs to be done in relation to strengthening research and development in major gap areas. The 3-hour Round Table aims to produce a final post meeting report for higher level policy consideration by the Government of Pakistan and national think tanks.



Time Topic Resource Person
4.45 PM PST All speakers are requested to connect 15 min earlier  
5.00 PM Welcome & Opening Remarks Dr Khalid Mahmood Khan


Pakistan Academy of Sciences

5.07 PM Introduction and Objectives for the Round Table Discussion Dr Zulfiqar A Bhutta
Founding DirectorInstitute for Global Health and DevelopmentThe Aga Khan University

5.15 PM





5.30 PM

Keynote Addresses


a. Overview and Analyses of COVID-19 Situation and Challenges in Pakistan: implications for Research & Development




b. Analysis of the Science & Technology: Response to COVID019 in Pakistan & way forward (by Zoom)




Honorable Dr Faisal Sultan
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Health

Government of Pakistan


Hon Prof Atta ur Rehman

Chairman of the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s Task Force on Science & Technology

5.45-6.00 PM Discussion and Questions  


6.00 PM




6.10 PM





6.20 PM





6.30 PM

Invited Presentations


a. Data Challenges and projections for COVID019 in Pakistan




b. Challenges in testing and surveillance: Lessons learnt




c. Issues in discovery science & immunology research and COVID-19 in Pakistan (by zoom)





d. Overview of the HEC call for COVID-19 research and responses



Dr Assad Hafeez
Vice Chancellor, Health Services Academy



Dr Aamer Ikram

Executive Director, National Institute of Health, Islamabad



Dr Zahra Hasan

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

The Aga Khan University


Dr Zain ul Abedin

Director Research & Development

Higher Education Commission, Pakistan

6.40-7.20 PM Discussion and Questions  
7.20 PM Summary and potential way forward

Priority areas for Research & Development

Dr Zulfiqar A Bhutta
The Aga Khan University
7.40 PM Closing Remarks Dr Tasawar Hayat

Secretary General

Pakistan Academy of Sciences

Note*: Session will be recorded & a final report will be available

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