Message by the President of ISTT

It is with great pleasure to announce the candidacy of Isfahan Science and Technology Town (lSTT) to host the IASP World Conference in 2018. ISTT has been a member of IASP for more than l5 years. During this time ISTT has been able to promote IASP not only in Iran, but also in other countries in the region.

ISTT is proud of the fact that it has been able to assume a leadership position in West Asia and North Africa region and hold the presidency of this division for three times since its establishment. In the past 15 years, ISTT has organized many regional conferences including a couple of joint IASP and ASPA (Asian Science Park Association) conferences.

Iran has been very active in the field of science parks and incubators and has had the largest number of IASP members in the region. Currently, more than 35 science and technology parks and 160 technology business incubators are active in Iran, which create a large pool of specialists interested to participate in IASP World Conference.

In the past few months, ISTT has been able to gather the support of major governmental institutions and universities for organizing the IASP World Conference in 2018. At the national level, Ministry of Science, Research and Technology (MSRT), the main ministry responsible for science parks and incubators in Iran, has announced its full support for this conference. At the local level, the Isfahan Provincial Governor, the Mayor of Isfahan, University of Isfahan and Isfahan University of Technology have all announced their full support for this conference.

It will be an honor for ISTT and many other IASP members in Iran to organize an IASP world conference. With the recent lifting of political and economic sanctions, Iran has become a major attraction, not only to international businesses, but also to many tourists who have been waiting to visit Iran. IASP World Conference will be a perfect opportunity for the science park community to visit this historical country and most importantly Isfahan, the most touristic city of Iran.

ISTT would be most honored to host the 35th IASP World Conference in 2018.

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Mehdi Keshmiri
President of ISTT