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The International Conference on Water, Energy, and Environment for Sustainability (IC-WEES) 2021 is a flagship conference of National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. This year we are organizing it at Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB) with a priority theme “Biotechnologies for Environment, Health and Agriculture, aiming to bring diverse research groups to exchange and share their experience and provide sustainable solutions based on biotechnological approaches in the field of health, agriculture, and environment. Advances in biotechnology and its applications in environment, health and agriculture hold promises for improving human lives by providing effective diagnostics, disease prevention and treatment measures, enhancing crop productivity, nutritional value and protecting the environment through bioremediation, waste management and resource recovery.

IC-WEES 2021, dedicates to creating a stage for exchanging the latest research results and sharing the advanced research methods and major challenges in related fields.

Topics of Interest
Participants are encouraged to submit a research abstract, paper, or posters (e) on :
(not limited to)
  • Bioremediation and Environmental Protection
  • Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology
  • Biocontrol and Environmental Well-being
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Solid Waste Management & Resource Recovery
  • Regional and Global Public Heath
  • Agricultural Biotechnology for Plant Protection
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Biofuels and Energy

Large-scale manufacturing, processing, and handling of chemicals led to serious surface and subsurface soil contamination with a wide variety of hazardous and toxic organic chemicals in the environment. Because of their potential to bioaccumulate in living systems and their toxicity including their carcinogenicity, biotechnology is being considered as an emerging science for environmental protection. Such environmental pollutants can be solved by bioremediation and/or phytoremediation by the use of biological living organisms and green plants. Biotechnology can be used to transfer hyperaccumulating genes from natural accumulators to non-accumulator plants which serve as a fundamental part of bioremediation approaches for environmental protection.

Biological control with predators and parasitoids is currently the most promising alternative to control arthropod pests sustainably and is the most popular measure applied in organic farming and integrated pest management (IPM) programs. Biological control with predators and parasitoids has been successfully applied in many crops against several pests, but natural enemies often face impediments to the establishment of certain crops. There are public demands for a change in emphasis from chemical to biological control and need of the hour is to implement pollution-free bio-based methods the environmental wellbeing.

Solid waste disposal has comparatively bigger challenges than liquid waste management. There are consistent efforts by researchers to continuously develop new technologies for utilizing solid wastes, especially the plant biomass which represents a major part of the available solid wastes and represents a renewable source of energy and chemicals. Biomass can be converted to energy via microalgal-based biorefineries, and will prove a stepping-stone towards developing more advanced waste treatment technologies and sustainable energy systems that will lead to plenty of economic opportunities and healthier environment.

Agriculture biotechnology is striving to maintain healthy plants, minimize pesticide usage and optimize crop yields through developing stress-resistant/ tolerant varieties of plants. Conventional methods use agrochemicals for increasing the need for food supply, but agricultural biotechnology is used to replace or to supplement these agricultural practices which are safe to execute and eco-friendly. Sustainable crop production to meet the global food demand can only be possible if we use agricultural biotechnology for crop improvement and protection. Molecular breeding, Genetic engineering, and Integrated biotechnology approaches are the main focus for agricultural biotechnologists.

As the world faces significant energy supply and security challenges due to the dependence on petroleum and oil, the need for sustainable alternatives has received great attention. To achieve energy security and independence in the near future, and in the long run to prepare for the post-oil energy needs, liquid biofuels can significantly reduce our dependence on oil, create new jobs, improve the rural economy, reduce greenhouse emissions, and ensure energy security. Alongside biofuels, other multiple options, like solar, thermal and hydropower resources need to be investigated.

With the emergence of recent COVID-19 pandemic and the frequency of deaths reported so far, infectious diseases are taking the leading position accounting for more than 17 million deaths worldwide each year. In low income countries, Infectious diseases are still one of the leading causes of deaths, especially in young children. Infectious disease epidemiology is a practical science, concerned with minimizing the impact of pathogens on public health. Biotechnology offers radical alternatives to detect and enumerate the different infectious diseases.

Agri-business is the pivot to food security, job creation, and sustainable growth in developing countries. The realization of developing effective, robust, and efficient food chain in order to meet hunger and poverty is affirmation of the intents to meet SDG’s and increasing global food demand. Use of critical technologies provides the solution to such agriculture problems. Use of technologies can help farmers use scarce resources such as water, and external inputs like agrichemicals, more efficiently, effectively, and sparingly. There is a need to develop quantitative spatially explicit framework to identify the specialized cropping systems under current and future climate change scenarios.

An unprecedented pandemic has reached into every corner of the globe. Now more than ever, the need for effective public health interventions requires our full commitment to work together and consider health of all communities and nationalities equally important. The concept of One Health is also one of collaborative effort of many internal partners who are trying to develop better preventive and response strategies for combating global health concerns. Global collaboration and information sharing around the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated humanity’s ability to focus on a problem and rapidly advance our collective scientific knowledge.

Bioinformatics and computational approaches greatly facilitate in analyzing, managing, and storing variety of biological data. The research in biotechnology especially that involving sequence data management, vaccine and drug design occurred at a speedy rate due to sophisticated bioinformatics tools and databases. Several tools and software are developed for the analysis and interpretation of complex biological systems. There are number of applications of bioinformatics viz. genome assembly, annotation, sequence analysis and alignment, molecular modeling, docking, dynamic simulation to accelerate the biotechnological research. It is expected that many future bioinformatics and computational innovations are likely to stimulate analysis of vast biological data produced by scientists around the world.


Please ensure your submission meets the conference’s strict guidelines for accepting scholarly papers. Downloadable versions of the check list for Full-Text Papers and Abstract Papers. Please refer to the Paper Submission Guideline, Abstract Submission Guideline and Author Information before submitting your paper.

Note: We are in the process of indexing with reputed publishers and Journals for publications of selected articles (full length)

The study submitted to the journal should indicate original research with no conflict of interest.The abstract should be between 200 – 250 words with a brief and informative title.

Abstract should clearly state the source of the data, study sample/ design and the aims and objective of the study.

The abstract should not include any undefined abbreviations or indefinite references.

The names of the author(s) should be clearly stated along with the title of the study

The affiliation(s) and address (es) of the author(s) should also be mentioned

Email address, phone number of the corresponding author should be given.

Authors are requested to provide 4-6 keywords which will be used for indexing purposes.

Font style to be used is Time New Roman, with the following formats:

Title heading should be 18 pt. before/after 12 single-spacing with bold all caps

Author name(s) 12 pt. before/after 12 single-spacing with bold letters

Author(s) affiliation and addresses 12 pt. before/after 12 single-spacing

Abstract Heading 12 pt. before/after 12 single-spacing with bold letters

Body of Abstract, 12 pt.

Keywords heading, 12pt. bold; keywords 12pt. normal

Abstract page should have margins Top 4.2cm/Bottom 4.2cm/Left 3.8cm/Right 3.8cm, Gutter 0/Gutter Position Left with paper size Letter

Posters will be on display for all the three specific days of the conference. Authors will be given a specific time to be in attendance during the poster sessions.

Student posters will be short listed for special poster prize (Cash plus Certificate) in three different categories (Water, Energy and Environment).

Poster guidelines?
Total poster size should not exceed 91 cm wide x 122 cm high (36×48 inch). POSTERS LARGER THAN THIS SIZE CANNOT BE ACCOMMODATED.


Posters should be prepared in vertical format.

Poster boards/stands will be provided to mount your poster on the respective numbered poster board. On arrival, please make your way to the Registration Desk where staff will assist with your registration and direct you to the poster presentation set-up area.

What should a poster contain?
The poster should have a proper comprehensive title that includes the study title, names and affiliations of authors.

The poster should present a concise summary of your study and should include:
• Introduction/background
• Objectives/study questions
• Design/setting
• Methods (if study is an intervention, describe how it was carried out)
• Results (including charts and graphs)
• Implications/conclusions
• Funding source(s).

You do not need to include your abstract on the poster. We encourage you to include your contact email on the poster so attendees can contact you with any queries


Jan Baumbach


University of Hamburg

Ángel Antonio Carbonell-Barrachina


University of Elche, Spain

Safia Ahmed


Quaid-i-Azam University

Tariq Zaman

Research Scientist

Michigan State University

Ahmad A Nawaz

Senior Scientist

Max Plank Institute, Erlangen, Germany

Muhammad Tahir



Saad Imran Malik

Assistant Professor

PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi

Saadia Andleeb

Associate Professor


Adnan Arshad

MBBS, PhD (Assistant Professor)

FC College University Lahore

Javed A Bhalli

Sr. Study Director

Covance Laboratories, USA

Thomas Pogge

Professor of Philosophy

Yale University

Afsar Mian

Assistant Professor

The Aga Khan University

Hans-Werner Koyro


Justus-Liebig University, Giessen

Imran Hashmi



Malik Badshah

Assistant Professor

Quaid-i-Azam University

Adil Hussain

Associate Professor

AWKUM, Mardan, KPK

Peter John



Sadaf Zaidi

Associate Professor


Yiming Bao


BIG Data Center, BIG, CAS

Moaz ur Rahman


University of the Punjab

Pahlaj Moolio


Pannasastra University of Cambodia

Claudia Kammann


Hochschule Geisenheim University, Germany

Amjad Farooq


University of Miami, USA

Jamshed Iqbal


COMSATS Abbottabad

Ishrat Jabeen

Associate Professor


Zartasha Mustansar

Assistant Professor


Ali Hasnain Sayed

Director I&C


Tianyu Zhang



Hongbo Zhao


Central South University, China

Layne Hartsell

Research Professor

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Richard Charles Garratt


University of São Paulo, Brazil


Associate Professor

Universiti Putra Malaysia

Khuda Bakhsh

Associate Professor

COMSATS University Islamabad

Tayyaba Yasmin

Associate Professor

COMSATS University Islamabad

Waseem Amjad

Research Fellow

Purdue University, USA

Organizing Committee
Lt. Gen. (R) Javed Mahmood Bukhari (Rector NUST)
Dr. Rizwan Riaz (Pro-Rector RIC, NUST)
General Chair
Prof. Hussnain A. Janjua (Principal)
Organizing Chair
Dr Amjad Ali (Associate Professor)
Program Chair
Dr. Muhammad Faraz Bhatti (Associate Professor)
Publicity & Communication Chair
Dr. Muhammad Waqas Alam (Assistant Professor)
Publication Chair
Peter John (Professor)
Sessions Committee

       Dr. Saadia Andleeb

 Dr. Muhammad Qasim Hayat

       Dr. Touqeer Ahmed

       Dr. Sobia Manzoor

Dr. Muhammad Waqas Alam

  • Prof. Attya Bhatti
  • Prof. Muhammad Tahir
  • Dr. Najam-us-Sahar Sadaf Zaidi
  • Dr. Sadia Zahid
  • Dr. Tahir Ahmad Baig
  • Dr. Rumeza Hanif
  • Dr. Aneela Javed
  • Dr. Rabia Amir
  • Dr. Khurram Yousaf
  • Dr. Shahrukh Abbas
  • Dr. Abdur Rahman
  • Dr. Fazal Adnan
  • Dr. Maria Shabeer
  • Dr. Ghulam Haider
  • Dr. Dilawar Khan
  • Dr. Faiza Munir
  • Dr. Saira Jastin
  • Dr. Mariam K. Gomez
  • Dr. Salik Javed Kakar
  • Dr. Yasmeen Badshah
  • ILO. Faisal Sheraz Shah
  • Ms. Nosheen Fatima
  • Ms. Rabia Zaman Bhatti
  • Ms. Mahnoor Ijaz
  • Dr. Tahir Mehmood (SNS)

  • Dr. Manzar Sohail (SNS)

  • Dr. Ghulam Ali (USPCAS-E)

  • Dr. Akif Zia Khan (USPCAS-E)

  • Dr. Salman Raza (SCME)

  • Dr. Sofia javed (SCME)

  • Dr. Hamza Farooq Gabriel (SCEE)

  • Dr. Sher Jamal Khan (SCEE)

  • Dr. Rehan Zafar (RCMS)

  • Dr. Zartasha Mustansar (RCMS)

Industrial Biotechnology

  • Samavi Nasir
  • Farha Anwer
  • Ali Hassan
  • Safa Mariam
  • Mahnoor

Plant Biotechnology

  • Hunaiza fatima,
  • Warda Jabbar
  • Noor-ul-Huda

Health Care Biotechnology

  • Sara
  • Zainab
  • Ayesha
Important Dates

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Abstract Submission DeadlineJuly 25, 2021
Notification for Acceptance/RejectionJuly 30, 2021
Payment after AcceptanceAugust 10, 2021
Conference DateOctober 27-29, 2021
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About NUST

National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) has come a long way as a premier S&T university of Pakistan since its inception in March 1991. It has earned the infallible reputation of being a next-generation university with a progressive and innovative outlook. Comprising 19 constituent institutions sprawled over 7 campuses across 5 cities of Pakistan, NUST has secured a coveted standing amongst the world’s elite Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Today, the university proudly stands at #400 in the world, competing with the Ivy League institutions some of which are hundreds of years old, and #83 among Asian universities, making us the only university from Pakistan to stand among top 100 in Asia. We also pride ourselves in our strong ties with international organisations and universities of repute. Over the past nearly 3 decades, the quality of education and research at NUST has grown exponentially. It is manifest in the quality of its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in a range of disciplines, with all our 19 Engineering programmes accredited under the Washington Accord. Likewise, our R&D ecosystem is completely aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and socio-economic needs of Pakistan.

About ASAB

Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB) is one of the leading schools of NUST in terms of students, PhD qualified faculty, research facilities, publications and grants. As we know that Biotechnology is the economic exploitation of our knowledge of biological systems and their parts and this sector is fast-moving, often at the frontiers of science, thus needs imaginative and capable biotechnologists and life scientists. This school is intended for those who have a life science background and wish to develop their interest and skills to do research in a biotechnology company. This pool of expertise is an invaluable resource, enabling students to access all sorts of different biotechnological skills. As a strategic unit located within NUST, ASAB boasts state-of-the-art teaching and research. The school is unique in establishing expertise across a broad range of biotechnology, thereby encouraging innovative approaches to teaching and research. Our areas of expertise include health-care biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, plant biotechnology, and agri-business. The institute provides excellent research and teaching facilities in the field of applied biology in Pakistan.
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