Zoia Arshad Awan | Biology and Life Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Zoia Arshad Awan | Biology and Life Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Dr Zoia Arshad Awan, Teagasc, Food Research Centre, Ashtown. Ireland

Zoia Arshad Awan is a seasoned researcher specializing in plant pathology and horticulture. 🌿 With a Ph.D. from the University of the Punjab, she has significantly contributed to studies on biocontrol of plant pathogens and the improvement of crop productivity. 🌾 As a Research Officer at Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre, she leads innovative projects in vertical farming and hydroponics. Previously, she provided technical insights at WWF-Pakistan and contributed to various research roles at the University of the Punjab and The University of Queensland. 🌍 Her extensive publication record includes impactful research in plant disease management and agricultural sustainability. 📚

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Education

Dr. Zoia Arshad Awan earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences (Plant Pathology) from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of the Punjab, Pakistan, with a 3.76/4.00 CGPA. Their thesis focused on the “Antifungal Potential of Bacterial Bioactive Products and Plant Nutrients in Managing Early Blight Disease of Tomato.” They completed their M.Sc. (Hons.) in Agriculture Plant Pathology with a 3.93/4.00 CGPA, researching “A Polyphasic Approach to the Identification of Aspergillus Section Flavi.” Their B.Sc. (Hons.) in the same field had a 3.51/4.00 CGPA, with a report on “Isolation, Purification, and Identification of Phyto-pathogenic Bacteria and Fungi from Guava Orchards.” 🌱🔬📚

Experience

Dr. Zoia Arshad Awan🌿 is a dedicated researcher with extensive experience in horticulture and sustainable agriculture. Currently serving as a Research Officer at Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre in Dublin, Ireland (02/2023-09/2024), they focus on designing and managing research in protected and semi-protected horticulture. Previously, they worked at WWF-Pakistan (08/2020-02/2023), providing technical inputs and building field research capacity. They also contributed as a Research Assistant at the University of the Punjab, Pakistan (10/2015-02/2020), and gained international experience as a Visiting Researcher at The University of Queensland, Australia (12/2019-10/2019). Their early career includes roles at the First Fungal Culture Bank of Pakistan and as a Research Intern at WMTI, Lahore. 🌱📈

Awards

Awarded the International Research Support Initiative Program (IRSIP) scholarship by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, during Ph.D. studies 🎓. Received the prestigious Doctoral Programme Coordination Committee (DPCC) merit scholarship from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan 🏅. Completed an MPhil degree with distinction, showcasing exceptional academic performance 🌟. Earned internal merit scholarships during M.Sc. (Hons.) and B.Sc. (Hons.), highlighting a consistent record of excellence and dedication to academic achievements 📚.

Research focus

Based on the listed publications, the research focus of A Shoaib revolves around plant pathology, specifically in developing resistance strategies for tomato plants against early blight disease. The studies explore various approaches such as using antagonistic bacteria, Bacillus subtilis, and different fertilizers to induce disease resistance. Additionally, Shoaib investigates the biochemical and physiological responses of plants to stressors like heavy metals and pathogens, including the role of antioxidant enzymes and exogenous compounds. This research contributes to improving plant health and disease management in agricultural settings. 🌱🦠🔬

Publication top notes

Variations in total phenolics and antioxidant enzymes cause phenotypic variability and differential resistant response in tomato genotypes against early blight disease

Intervention of antagonistic bacteria as a potential inducer of disease resistance in tomato to mitigate early blight

Combating early blight infection by employing Bacillus subtilis in combination with plant fertilizers

Crosstalk of Zn in combination with other fertilizers underpins interactive effects and induces resistance in tomato plant against early blight disease

Macrophomina phaseolina alters the biochemical pathway in Vigna radiata chastened by Zn2+ and FYM to improve plant growth

Exogenous melatonin alleviates cadmium-induced inhibition of growth and photosynthesis through upregulating antioxidant defense system in strawberry

Anti-mycotic potential of Trichoderma spp. and leaf biomass of Azadirachta indica against the charcoal rot pathogen, Macrophomina phaseolina (Tassi) Goid in …

Chromium tolerance, oxidative stress response, morphological characteristics, and FTIR studies of phytopathogenic fungus Sclerotium rolfsii

Contending charcoal rot disease of mungbean by employing biocontrol Ochrobactrum ciceri and zinc

Antifungal potential of volatiles produced by Bacillus subtilis BS-01 against Alternaria solani in Solanum lycopersicum

Tito Vagni | Social Sciences | Social Sciences Excellence Award

Tito Vagni | Social Sciences | Social Sciences Excellence Award

Prof Tito Vagni, Universitas Mercatorum, Italy

Prof Tito Vagni ha una laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione dall’Università La Sapienza di Roma e due dottorati, uno in Sociologia alla Sorbonne e uno in Comunicazione e Nuove Tecnologie allo IULM. Attualmente insegna Sociologia dei Media presso Universitas Mercatorum, Università di Macerata e Università della Tuscia. Ha ottenuto l’Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale come Professore di Seconda Fascia. È stato consulente della Commissione Segre e ha insegnato in prestigiose università internazionali. I suoi interessi di ricerca includono media, discorsi d’odio digitali, estetica e gastronomia. Dirige la collana editoriale “Culturologica” e collabora con diverse pubblicazioni. 📚🎓🌍

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Qualification

Nel 2022, ha ottenuto l’Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (ASN) per le funzioni di professore universitario di Seconda Fascia, valida dal 3 ottobre 2022 al 3 ottobre 2032. Questo riconoscimento è stato conseguito nel Settore Concorsuale 14/C2, che riguarda la Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Comunicativi. 🎓📚 Questo prestigioso titolo riflette la competenza e la preparazione nel campo della sociologia, specialmente in ambiti legati alla cultura e alla comunicazione, e rappresenta un’importante tappa nella carriera accademica. 🌟

Research focus

Tomas Vagni’s research focuses on the interplay between media, communication, and culture, with a particular emphasis on how digital platforms and media influence social practices and perceptions. His work explores the theoretical and practical dimensions of media consumption, political branding, and the representation of food in media. Vagni’s studies often investigate the implications of media on public imagination and consumption patterns, particularly within the contexts of reality TV, digital activism, and cultural policies. His research includes topics such as “lo-fi politics,” digital influence, and the aesthetics of media representation. 📺🌐🍽️

Publication top notes

Abitare la tv. Teorie, immaginari, reality show

Lo-fi politics. Il brand del politico e lo stile amatoriale in «bassa fedeltà»

L’influenza digitale

Food (is not) porn. Le immagini del cibo e l’orizzonte della scomparsa

La teoria dei media e l’immaginario. Uno studio a partire da Edgar Morin

EXPO 2015: la decrescita da utopia a stile di vita

Servizio pubblico televisivo e politiche culturali della disabilità: modelli di un immaginario consolatorio

Dall’esposizione all’algoritmo. Forme di organizzazione del consumo nelle piattaforme digitali

Comunicazione come consumo. Teorie, modelli e pratiche nello studio dei media

 

Mediatrice NIYONSABA | Qualitative Hypotheses | Best Paper Award

Mediatrice NIYONSABA | Qualitative Hypotheses | Best Paper Award

Mrs Mediatrice NIYONSABA, Rwanda Biomedical center, Rwanda

Mediatrice Niyonsaba is a dedicated health professional and researcher. Currently a second-year Master’s student in Epidemiology at the University of Rwanda, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anesthesia from the same institution. Since 2012, she has served as an anesthesia clinical officer at RBC/SAMU 🚑. Her research includes co-authoring a study on motorcycle crash epidemiology in Kigali and assisting in several projects, including those on anemia in trauma, substance abuse screening, and the impact of COVID-19 on CNS injuries. She is the lead author of a study on mHealth tools in prehospital care, published in the African Journal of Emergency Medicine 📚.

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Education

Since November 2021, she have been pursuing a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Rwanda’s College of Medicine and Health Sciences 📚. I previously earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anesthesia from the same university (2015-2017) 🎓. My professional journey includes working as an anesthesia clinical officer at RBC/SAMU (Service d’Aide Medicale d’Urgence) since November 2012 🏥. Before that, I taught Biology at SAKE Secondary School from January to November 2009 👩‍🏫.

Experience

Since January 2019, I’ve been part of the SAMU team collaborating with Utah University to develop and pilot test a mobile health communication tool (912 m Health tool) aimed at enhancing emergency medical services 🚑. I co-authored “Epidemiology and prehospital care of motorcycle crashes in Kigali, Rwanda,” published in November 2019 🏍️. From January to April 2020, I was a research assistant for the Kigali Anemia in Trauma and Transfusion Study at CHUK 🏥. Between August 2020 and September 2021, I assisted in adapting screening instruments for detecting alcohol and drug abuse in Rwanda using ACASI 🍷💊. In late 2021, I contributed to research on the impact of COVID-19 on CNS injury treatment and outcomes 🧠. Recently, I authored “Challenges and opportunities to improve efficiency and quality of prehospital emergency care using an m Health platform,” published in the African Journal of Emergency Medicine in September 2023 📚.

Research focus

Dr. Sharmistha Jayaraman’s research focuses primarily on improving prehospital emergency care and trauma management in low-resource settings, particularly in Rwanda. Her studies encompass various aspects of emergency medical services (EMS), including challenges in locating emergency scenes 🚑, enhancing efficiency through m Health platforms 📱, neurotrauma management 🧠, and the epidemiology of trauma, such as motorcycle crashes 🏍️. Additionally, Dr. Jayaraman investigates the initial management of traumatic brain injuries and factors influencing HIV testing among emergency patients. Her work aims to improve healthcare outcomes by addressing critical gaps in prehospital care and emergency response systems in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Publication top notes

Challenges Locating the Scene of Emergency: A Qualitative Study of the EMS System in Rwanda

Challenges and opportunities to improve efficiency and quality of prehospital emergency care using an mHealth platform: Qualitative study in Rwanda

Trends in Neurotrauma Epidemiology, Management, and Outcomes during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kigali, Rwanda

Factors associated with HIV testing among patients seeking emergent injury care in Kigali, Rwanda

The Initial Prehospital Management of Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kigali, Rwanda

The epidemiology and prehospital care of motorcycle crashes in a sub-Saharan African urban center

Data-driven prehospital training to decrease motorcycle crash deaths in a Sub-Saharan African urban center

 

Outstanding Hypothesis Investigation Award

Outstanding Hypothesis Investigation Award

Introduction:

Step into the realm of groundbreaking inquiry and discovery with the Outstanding Hypothesis Investigation Award. This prestigious accolade celebrates the exceptional individuals who delve deep into hypotheses, uncovering new insights and pushing the boundaries of knowledge.

About the Award:

The Outstanding Hypothesis Investigation Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate exemplary dedication and skill in investigating hypotheses, leading to significant advancements in their respective fields of study.

Eligibility:

  • Age Limits: None; open to individuals of all ages.
  • Qualification: Candidates must have a proven track record of conducting thorough investigations into hypotheses that have resulted in notable contributions to their field.
  • Publications: Nominees should have a record of publishing their investigative findings in reputable academic journals or presenting them at conferences.
  • Requirements: Nominees must meet specific criteria outlined by the award committee.

Evaluation Criteria:

Candidates are evaluated based on the depth, rigor, and impact of their investigative work. The clarity of hypothesis investigation, the strength of supporting evidence, and the significance of the findings are key considerations.

Submission Guidelines:

Nomination packages should include a comprehensive biography highlighting the nominee's academic and research achievements, an abstract outlining the hypothesis investigation and its implications, and supporting files such as publications, presentations, or research data. Submissions must adhere to the specified format and guidelines provided by the award committee.

Recognition:

Recipients of the Outstanding Hypothesis Investigation Award receive prestigious recognition for their contributions to advancing knowledge through rigorous investigative work, including media coverage, networking opportunities, and a formal presentation of the award.

Community Impact:

Winners of the award inspire and catalyze further research and inquiry within their respective fields, fostering collaboration, innovation, and the pursuit of new discoveries.

Research Hypothesis Excellence Award

Research Hypothesis Excellence Award

Introduction:

Step into the realm of research innovation and discovery with the Research Hypothesis Excellence Award. This prestigious honor celebrates the outstanding minds behind groundbreaking hypotheses that drive scientific inquiry and shape the future of knowledge.

About the Award:

The Research Hypothesis Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill and insight in formulating hypotheses that advance our understanding of the world. It celebrates the critical role of hypotheses in driving forward the frontiers of research and discovery.

Eligibility:

  • Age Limits: None; open to individuals of all ages.
  • Qualification: Candidates must have a proven track record of formulating hypotheses that have made significant contributions to their field of study.
  • Publications: Nominees should have a record of publishing their hypotheses and research findings in reputable academic journals.
  • Requirements: Nominees must meet specific criteria outlined by the award committee.

Evaluation Criteria:

Candidates are evaluated based on the originality, significance, and impact of their hypotheses. The clarity of hypothesis formulation, strength of supporting evidence, and potential for advancing knowledge are key considerations.

Submission Guidelines:

Nomination packages should include a comprehensive biography highlighting the nominee's academic and research achievements, an abstract outlining the research hypothesis and its implications, and supporting files such as publications, presentations, or research data. Submissions must adhere to the specified format and guidelines provided by the award committee.

Recognition:

Recipients of the Research Hypothesis Excellence Award receive prestigious recognition for their contributions to advancing scientific knowledge, including media coverage, networking opportunities, and a formal presentation of the award.

Community Impact:

Winners of the award inspire and catalyze further research and innovation within their respective fields, fostering collaboration, dialogue, and the pursuit of new discoveries.

Amlan K Pal | Sensing, Photoredox catalysis | Best Researcher Award

Dr . Amlan K Pal | Sensing, Photoredox catalysis | Best Researcher Award

Indian Institute of Technology Jammu, India

Author Profile

Early Academic Pursuits

Amlan Kumar Pal began his academic journey with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from The University of Burdwan, India, where he secured 72.25%. His dedication to education continued with Higher Secondary (12th std.) and Secondary (10th std.) education, achieving impressive scores of 82.50% and 89.25%, respectively. He then pursued a Master's degree in Chemistry at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Madras, earning a commendable CGPA of 8.18 out of 10. Amlan's research during this period focused on sulfoxidation using H2O2 as an oxidant and MoO2X2(dmf)2 and HX (X = Cl and Br) as catalysts, supervised by Prof. Dillip Kumar Chand.

Professional Endeavors

Amlan continued his academic journey with a Ph.D. at the University of Montreal, Canada. His research in the Green Energy Group, under the supervision of Prof. Garry S. Hanan, centered around the synthesis and properties of d6 metal complexes of bidentate and tridentate 'super donor' ligands. He achieved a notable grade of 4.3 (out of 5) in the Ph.D. qualifying examination. Following his Ph.D., Amlan took on a postdoctoral position at the University of St Andrews, UK, working on the development of "Fluorine-free" bright deep blue Ir(III)-emitters for solid-state LEEC and OLED applications under the guidance of Dr. Eli Zysman-Colman.  Amlan's contributions extended to a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, focusing on the "Photochemical Self-assembly of Light Harvesting Chromophores to Form Discrete Supramolecules" at the School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews.

Contributions and Research Focus

He has showcased his expertise in organic and inorganic synthesis, crystallization, and small molecule crystal structures. His research skills encompass the use of sophisticated instruments such as UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, NMR Spectrometer, Potentiostat, and X-Ray Diffractometer. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed crystal structures and actively engages in both national and international conferences.

Accolades and Recognition

His commitment is further evident through his administrative responsibilities, including roles in the Library Committee, Academic Time Table Committee, and Annual Review Committee at IIT Jammu.

Impact and Influence

His research contributions and active involvement in committees underscore Amlan's impact on the academic and research community, both locally and globally.

Legacy and Future Contributions

His journey, marked by academic excellence, research prowess, and administrative roles, establishes a foundation for future contributions and advancements in the field of Chemistry and Green Energy. His multidimensional approach reflects a commitment to both scholarly and institutional growth.

Citations

A total of  1454 citations for his publications, demonstrating the impact and recognition of his research within the academic community.

  • Citations            1454
  • h-index              22
  • i10-index           30

Notable Publications 

Design, synthesis and excited-state properties of mononuclear Ru (II) complexes of tridentate heterocyclic ligands
AK Pal, GS Hanan
[166]2014

High‐efficiency deep‐blue‐emitting organic light‐emitting diodes based on iridium (III) carbene complexes
AK Pal, S Krotkus, M Fontani, CFR Mackenzie, DB Cordes, AMZ Slawin, ...
[156]2018
Coordination-driven self-assembly of polyoxometalates into discrete supramolecular triangles
MP Santoni, AK Pal, GS Hanan, MC Tang, K Venne, A Furtos, ...
[72]2012