STAF REPORT ISB: The 40th International Nathiagali Summer College (INSC) on Physics and Contemporary Needs has been inaugurated recently aiming at broad coverage of topics at the frontiers of knowledge in Physics and allied sciences. Every year one or two subjects of current interest and their applications for technological development, with special reference to needs of the developing world, are outlined.

President of Pakistan, Mamnoon Hussain was chief guest of the inauguration ceremony of INSC. He lauded the efforts of PAEC in promoting SandT culture in Pakistan.

The topics that will be covered in this year`s INSC are Accelerator and Detector Technology, Plasmonics and Metamaterials, 6th International Workshop on Tokamak, 3D Laser Printing and its Application.

The sponsors of the INSC include Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ASICTP), US National Science Foundation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and National Centre for Physics.

The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has been organizing the event since 1976. The idea of holding these Colleges emerged from the distinguished Nobel Laureate, Professor Abdus Salam who stressed the vital need of communication, as well as for transferring and sharing scientific knowledge among the scientific community of the Third World.

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