KARACHI - The 13th four-day international symposium on “Natural Product Chemistry” will commence at the Karachi University’s International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) from September 22. “Over 700 eminent scientists and researchers will participate in the event, which is recognised as one of the most prestigious international events in the field of natural product sciences,” said ICCBS Director Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhry on Wednesday. He said the aim of the symposium was to bring together leading experts in the field of natural product sciences from all around the world and form global partnerships for sustainable utilisation of natural resources for the common benefit of the humanity and rapid development of countries in the south. “The inaugural ceremony of the event will be held on Saturday at 9:00 am at the Prof Salimuz Zaman Siddiqui Auditorium (ICCBS). Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser will inaugurate the symposium, while ICCBS Patron-in-Chief and former Higher Education Commission chairman Prof Dr Attaur Rahman will be the guest of honour. Besides, Faculty of Sciences Dean Prof Dr Nusrat Jameel, Muhammad Hussain Panjwani Memorial Trust Managing Trustee Nadira Pujwani, Husein Ebrahim Jamal Foundation Chairman Aziz Latif Jamal and Dr Ghulam Musharraf of the HEJ will also express their views at the event.ICCBS Director Dr Iqbal Chaudhry also expressed the hope that dynamic and magical spirit of the mega city of Karachi would provide the most conducive milieu, in which stimulating scientific exchange amongst natural product scientists from all over the world could take place. “Through this meeting stronger research ties between the scientists of different regions can be fostered,” added Chaudhry. “The programme will consist of plenary lectures, invited lectures and poster presentation. The lectures will be divided into several parallel sessions. Each session will focus on a theme within the broader area of natural product sciences. Internationally renowned scientists of the world will also deliver their lectures on different core issues of chemistry. Special social events will be arranged to ensure a lively interaction between scientists of different disciplines, regions and age groups.” Meanwhile, the 70th birthday of Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman, the ICCBS patron-in-chief, will also be celebrated on Saturday at the Multipurpose Hall just after the inaugural session of the 13th international symposium. On the occasion, the colleagues, students, friends and scholars will express their views about the services and personality of the great scientist. Prof Rahman will cut the cake among hundreds of people. During the ceremony, launching of the book, Atta-ur-Rahman: Ik Ehed Saaz Shakhsiat, authored by Dr Chaudhry, will also be held.