In order to create an atmosphere of cooperation and interaction among experts and scientists from Islamic world, Mustafa(pbuh) Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF) conducts various activities one of which is Science and Technology Exchange Program (STEP). The first and third STEP were held in Tehran, simultaneous with Mustafa(pbuh) Prize Award Ceremony in 2015 and 2017, in cooperation with Islamic World Academy of Sciences, and various universities and scientific centers. The second STEP was held in Putrajaya, in collaboration with Universiti Putra Malaysia, Young Scientists Network, and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. The fourth STEP is going to be held in Muscat.
Mustafa(pbuh) Science and Technology Foundation (MSTF) organized the fourth meeting of this series on Health, Water, and Energy, participated by Mustafa(pbuh) Prize Laureates, along with prominent scholars of the Islamic world. This meeting was held for 4 days (2-5 December, 2018) in different sections in Muscat, in collaboration with Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).As an eminent scientist, Dr. Qaisar Mahmood (TI) was kindly invited to this event and participated in it. Dr. Qaisar Mahmood presented an invited talk on low cost wastewater treatment technologies suitable for developing Islamic countries. Delegates from 40 Islamic countries participated in this important STEP meeting.
Based on extensive discussions during STEP4 sessions and presentations by delegates on the state of R&D in their respective institutions, the following observations and recommendations were made to further enhance S&T collaboration between Islamic countries and beyond:
1- To establish an on-line hub (in progress) as an enabling platform for S&T collaborations, networking, data sharing and dissemination of information.
2- To create an endowment whose purpose is to fund activities that go above and beyond the present level of competence such as supporting exceptional early career scholars, productive researchers, and new initiatives. It is envisioned that this fund will seed high risk and high impact projects.
3- To promote sharing of research and R&D infrastructures.
4- To support scholarship programs jointly funded by other institutions and MSTF.
5- To promote public awareness and knowledge promotion in Islamic countries.
6- To establish an International Advisory Board for MSTF.
7- To promote gender balance and young scientist representation at meetings.
8- To support mentorship programs by leading scientists for young scientists.
9- To facilitate the translation of science and technology for the benefit of society.