OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE - A three-day international workshop on Crystallography and Nanomaterials kicked off at the Government College University Lahore under the auspices of International Union of Crystallography, GCU Chemistry Department and Ravian Forensic Society. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman inaugurated the workshop which was aimed at promoting the international publications of crystallographic research, standardisation of methods, units, nomenclature and symbols and forming focus for the relations of crystallography and nonmaterials to other sciences. GCU Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Prof Dr Ikramul Haq, Chemistry Department Chairperson Prof Dr Islam Ullah Khan and Nancy University France research-scholar Maqsood Ahmed also attended the opening session. More than 150 scholars from all over Pakistan including Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Punjab University Lahore, Karachi University, Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Sargodha University, University of Peshawar and COMSATS Islamabad were participating in the workshop which was spread of four technical sessions, hands-on practice on latest equipments and science software training. A science poster exhibition was also part of three-day workshop. Addressing the participants of training workshop, Prof Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman said that crystallography had wide application in molecular structure determination while nanomaterials were widely used in devices, solar cells, sensors, electronics etc. There was a need to create interest among the young scientists in these fields to compete the research activities at the international level, he added. Prof Khaleeq said that GCU was playing leading role in establishing the modern subjects of Crystallography and Nanomaterials in Pakistan.