5th July 2016
Dr. Nighisty Ghezae, Director
There are few universities in the world which can offer the widest possible selection of specialised courses, delivered by the best experts in a given field. But there are many study courses of good quality available on the Internet, without charge. These are called "Massive Open Online Courses" or MOOCs. However, they are disparate – or put more bluntly, "all over the place".
Now an outstanding ex-grantee of IFS, Professor Atta-ur-Rahman (Professor Emeritus and HEC Distinguished National Professor at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Pakistan) has, with his colleague Syeda Sadia Khatoon, assembled some 300 lectures in a single document. It is called a "Video Book" and contains links to first-class lectures delivered by outstanding scientists.
This is an excellent development for students of chemistry, enabling them to study materials in advance of their formal lectures. "Video Books" of this type should result in a paradigm shift for teaching, with the classrooms becoming more as places for discussion and clarification of concepts rather than for passive reception of lectures.
Ms Piedad Cuellar
No. of IFS Grants: 1 (1993)
Prof Dr Yulong Ding
No. of IFS Grants: 1 (1993)
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9th September 2016
A collaborative research workshop on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation was held 30 August-1 September 2016 in the Philippines. The workshop was jointly organized by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and IFS.
20th July 2016
IFS met with researchers and other stakeholders at the Collaborative Research Conference hosted by the African Academy of Sciences in February, 2016. A new IFS Briefing document, Conference Proceedings and a video are now available by following this news item.
25th April 2016
In February 2016, the 4th NRCT (National Research Council of Thailand) - IFS Collaborative Research workshop, in Natural Products and Agricultural Sciences, was held in Luang Prabang, Lao People's Democratic Republic.
23rd March 2016
What do the twelve alphabetized words in this list have in common: biodiversity, birds, disease, feed, fish, food, forest, insects, nanoparticles, plants, soil, weeds? They were all topics of projects being talked about at the Collaborative Research Conference held at the African Academy of Sciences…
13th October 2015
The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) and the International Foundation for Science (IFS) have been in discussions throughout 2015. This has culminated in an agreement to co-host the next IFS collaborative research pilot. Expressions of interest w…