Asian University for Women (AUW) organizes a Conference on Natural Sciences and Technology (ICNST) as a continuation of arranging the event each year since 2014. On the fifth consecutive year of celebrating STEM, going a step further this time and, for the very first time, scaling from national to international level, the “5th International Conference on Natural Sciences & Technology” is a culmination of research and scholarly works not only by seasoned scientists and faculties but also rising students in the fields of natural sciences and technology.
Held on the campus grounds over the weekend, 30 and 31st March, ICNST’18 garnered over 350 abstract submissions during its selection process from over 200 national and international institutions, representing diverse geographical locations, ranging from Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, UAE, India and Sri-Lanka to the US, Canada and European countries UK, Germany and Belgium. The conference finally gathered together with 200 participants, keeping a balance between well-acclaimed researchers and scientists as well as aspiring undergraduate and Master’s students.
What makes ICNST stand out particularly however, is its tribute to women empowerment and leadership by a liberal-arts based institution. The Asian University for Women is the only international liberal-arts style educational institution in South Asia, having more than 700 students hailing from 16 different nationalities, representing 39 ethnicities and speaking 29 languages.
This is exactly what was proudly stated by the Vice Chancellor of AUW, Dr. Nirmala Rao in the Opening Ceremony, welcoming all participants humbly to the conference and championing the cause of AUW as a liberal-arts education system putting equal focus on the sciences and non-science fields of academia and its vision of empowering women and creating future leaders. Dr. AKM Moniruzzaman Mollah, Head of Science and Math Program at AUW and Dr. Shams Forruque Ahmed and Dr. Ahmedul Kabir, Co-Chairs of the conference reiterated as such, with Dr. Mollah proudly stating and thanking all the volunteers and members of the conference committee, who are all “exclusively women”.
The conference showcased poster and oral presentations on the broad themes of Bioscience & Bioinformatics, the Environmental Sciences, Public Health and ICT with a tribute to Women in Sciences and aims to foster a rich exchange of recent research works in the sciences and culminate in a productive engagement to celebrate the importance of STEM.