Participants of the Fourth Regional Laboratory Immersion Programme 2016 at the historic Sheesh Mahal (The Palace of Mirrors; Urdu: شیش محل‎) in Lahore Fort, Pakistan.



International Centre for Theoretical Physics

Fourth Regional Lab Immersion Program 2016

(17th December, 2016 – 22nd December, 2016)

The Regional Laboratory Immersion Program (RLIP) 2016 is an international training workshop program is co-organized by the Department of Physics,and the Centre for Experimental Physics Education (CEPE), Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The workshop will span 6 days and will comprise lectures, laboratory work, demonstrations and guest lectures, from seasoned instructors.

Additionally, there will be an interactive laboratory sessions where the participants will be guided through the complete cycle of:poster_final_v8

  • generating physical data,
  • understanding data and inferring physics from data,
  • impeccable recording of practical work through laboratory notebooks, and
  • presenting results with an acute sense of precision, significance, relevance. There will be particular emphasis on: Acquiring experimental data, presenting data, analyzing and processing
  • data, building equipment, analyzing error and uncertainties and report writing. In addition, there will be inspiring lectures on great experiments in sciences.

Who is this Workshop Aimed For?

It is oriented towards post-graduate students, researchers and teachers who are involved in the field of physics education and experimental sciences. The workshop aims to enhance teaching skills, demonstrate vivid classroom experiments, design and building of physics experiments and developing skills in using modern tools for data acquisition and analysis.

Motivation of CEPE’s Lab Immersion Programs

Physics education, in Pakistan and many other developing countries, has not been able to plant interest in the experimental domain. The conventional approaches of teaching physics, with little or no experimental aids and those too being run-of-the-mill, boring and unexciting, have arrested the intellectual growth of our instructional laboratories. The economic apprehensions of developing physics teaching labs and the academic apprehensions of time investment at the cost of research and publishing journal articles for personal benefit and promotion has also contributed to the sorry state of affairs. Through the Regional Lab Immersion Program, we intend to address these problems by offering a concentrated five-day intensive program primarily meant for teachers and trainers introducing (a) skills and (b) tools in the physics laboratory. The net result is that laboratory experience is rewarding and stimulating in its own right, experiments can be designed and are accessible and modern tools (cameras, smart phones etc) can also be employed to enrich the lab experience.

Contributed Talks

Participants are encouraged to submit titles and abstract for contributed talks related to the physics laboratory instruction, including but not limited to:

  • design of new laboratory experiments and techniques
  • low-cost equipment and techniques for the developing world that can enhance physics laboratory instruction
  • design ideas from physics competitions
  • relationship between physics experimentation, history, archaeology and culture
  • translation of research into education and student training
  • proposals and successful examples of physics instruction etc.

These proposals can be submitted through our registration form.

Fill in the registration form given below.

The registration fees for participants from Pakistan is Rs. 2000/- payable in the form of a bank draft or a cross cheque to “Lahore University of Management Sciences”. The cheque/draft should be delivered to the Workshop Secretariat by Monday, November 14th, 2016 at the following address.

RLIP Workshop Secretariat:

Physics Department,
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

D.H.A, Lahore Cantt. 54792
Lahore, Pakistan
Phone: +92 42 3560 8363 (phone number for the conference secretariat)
Muhammad Arshad Maral (

The last date of registration for national participants is Monday, 31 October 2016.

The last date of registration for international participants is Monday, October 24th, 2016. There is no registration fees for international participants. 

List of assigned experiments to participants

Click here to download the PDF version of schedule

Regional Lab Immersion Program 2016

December 17-22, 2016

Scientific Program

Saturday, 17th December 2016



8:00  am9:00 amRegistration & logistics
9:00 am11:00 am

Venue: Physlab, 2nd Floor, SSE Building.

Will include:

Overview of the Physlab by Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar, LUMS, Lahore (20 minutes)

Experimental Physics: An Artistic Life from Teaching to Research by Dr. Hanan Mah’d Ahmad Sa’adeh, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan (20 minutes)

Interesting hands-on approach to teaching mechanics by Dr. Samya Zain, Associate Professor & Department Chair, Physics, Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania, USA (60 minutes)

11:00 am11:30 amTea break
11:30 am12:30 pmMeasurement matters by Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
12:30 pm2:00 pmLunch and prayer break
2:20 pm7:00 pmExperiment 1 (See the supplementary document.)


Sunday, 18th December 2016

9:00 am12:00 pmExperiment 1 (Participants will finalize their assigned experiments.)
12:00 pm12:20 pmPhysics virtual labs by Sara Maher Mohammad Aburugia, Jordan University, Amman, Jordan
12:20 am12:40 pmTrends of mass measurements in Kenya by Wilson Ombati Nyangau, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Nairobi, Kenya
12:40 pm2:00 pmLunch and prayer break
2:00 pm4:00 pmSmart physics with video tracking by Umar Hasan, LUMS
4:00 pm4:30 pmRefreshment
4:30 pm5:30 pm

Presentations by LUMS students of the PHY300 course:

Smartphone physics by Syed Waqar Ahmad and Usman Ghani Subhani (10 min)

Harnessing cosmic ray muons by Junaid Saif (10 min)

Nonlinear experiments by Sehrish Iqbal and Bilal Ahmad (10 min)

Quantum erasure by Obaidullah Khalid (10 min)

Monday, 19th December 2016



10:00 am10:00 pm

Excursion to Lahore. Notable attractions include:

Lahore Museum, Badshahi Mosque, Inner Walled City and Wazir Khan Mosque, Anarkali

Bazar, lunch and dinner at traditional sites


Tuesday, 20th December 2016



9:00 am11:00 amMaking computers talk to the external world by Adnan Khan and Ahmed Khalid, National Instruments, Islamabad
11:00 am11:20 amTea break
11:20 am12:20 pmPractical Examples of enlivening classrooms with real demonstrations by Dr. Sabieh Anwar, LUMS
12:20 pm2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm2:30 pmObservational Astronomy in Lahore by Umair Asim, Zeds Astronomical Observatory, Lahore Astronomical Society and Khwarizmi Science Society, Lahore. The venue is 10-201, second floor, SSE building.
2:30 pm3:30 pmICTP, Light and Life, A Public Lecture by Dr. Joe Niemela, Head of Applied Physics, Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. The venue is 10-201, second floor, SSE building. (Tentative)
3:30 pm4:00 pmRefreshment
4:00 pm6:30 pmThe participants will divide in groups of 4-5 people, and will propose a design experiment. They will brainstorm, prepare a storyboard and submit their required equipment and components to the Physlab staff.


Wednesday,  21st December 2016



9:00 am12:30 pmExperiment 2 (in the meantime Physlab staff will collect and prepare the equipment for the design experiments.)
12:30 pm2:00 pmLunch
2:00 pm4:00 pmImplementing the design experiment (episode 1)
4:00 pm4:30 pmTea break
4:30 pm5:30 pm

Ibn Al-Haytham’s Camera Obscura at the University of Jordan by Islam Majed Abdelmajid Albazlamit, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan (20 min)

Physics with video analysis by Hasan Khan, Østerbro International School, Denmark (20 min)

Graphical presentation of data: do’s and don’t’s by Dr. Sabieh Anwar, LUMS (20 min)

Video microscopy of Brownian motion by Asad Hussain (10 min)

5:30 pm7:00 pmImplementing the design experiment (episode 2)

Thursday,  22nd December 2016

9:00 am12:30 pmImplementing the design experiment (episode 3)
12:30 pm2:00 pmLunch
2:30 pm4:30 pmFinal presentations on design ideas and closing ceremony
4:30 pm5:00 pmRefreshment and closure



The Regional Lab Immersion Program will be held at:

Physlab, Physics Department, Second Floor,
Syed Baber Ali School of Science and Engineering (SBASSE),
Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Lahore, Pakistan

Important Dates

24 October, 2016Last date for registration and submission of posters for international participants
26 October, 2016Notification of acceptance and decision on financial assistance for international participants
31 October, 2016Last date for registration and submission of posters for national participants
7 November 2016Notification of acceptance of national participants
14 November 2016Last date for payment of registration fees for national participants 


_fm2tjyx_400x400Dr. Joseph Niemela
Senior Researcher and Head,Applied Physics, ICTP, Italy
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology,
 umar1Muhammad Umar Hassan
Co-founder FivePointNine System Engineering,
Lahore, Pakistan
sabiehDr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Associate Professor
Department of Physics, Syed Baber Ali School of Science and Engineering,
Lahore University of Management Sciences,

All international participants from the following listed countries will be provided free residence on the campus of the Lahore University of Management Sciences. In addition, successful international participants will also be eligible for a financial scholarship to partially support their travel to Lahore.

National participants will arrange their accommodation in Lahore. Some useful resources and contacts for residence will be listed here.

Eastern AsiaSouth-Central AsiaSouth-Eastern AsiaWestern Asia
ChinaAfghanistanBrunei DarussalamArmenia

Hong Kong Special


Region of China


Macao special adminstrative

Region of China


Democratic People’s Republic

of Korea


Lao People’s Democratic


MongoliaIran (Islamic republic of)MalaysiaJordan
Republic of KoreaKazakhstanMyanmarLebanon

Occupied Palestinian


MaldivesSingaporeSyrian Arab Republic
Sri LankaTimor-LesteYemen
TajikistanViet Nam
Lahore University of Management Sciences

Lahore University of Management Sciences

Higher Education Commission

National Instruments

National Instruments






Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)

D.H.A, Lahore Cantt. 54792
Lahore, Pakistan
Phone: +92 42 3560 8363 (phone number for the conference secretariat)
Muhammad Arshad Maral (


Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar, Assistant Professor Physics, LUMS School of Science and Engineering (

Muhammad Arshad Maral (

Azeem Iqbal, Lab Instructor Physics, LUMS SSE (

Injila Rasul, Physics Department, SSE (

Dr. M. Yasir JavedFaisalabadPhDUniversity of Agriculure, Faisalabad
Zafar IftikharTopiMS in PhysicsGhulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences & Technology
Muhammad FaryadLahorePhDLUMS
Waqar AhmadKarachiM. Sc. PhysicsUniversity of Karachi
Zarqa ZahidIslamabadMphil (currently Ph.D. scholar)COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology, Islamabad
Rashdah shamimkarachiMPhil ( research in progress)FUUAST, (Karachi campus)
Unaeza AlviSukkur, SindhMS in Mathematics and Science Education(Aus) and MSc Karachi UniversityMonash University (Australia) and University of Karachi
Anum ZaidiIslamabadM Phil PhysicsAir University, Islamabad.
Asif Ali RajputNaushahro FerozeM.Sc Physics, B.Ed, M.EdSindh University Jamshoro.
ShumailaIslamabadPhDNanyang Technological University, SIngapore
MUHAMMAD ALI SHAHBAZFaisalabadM. Phil PhysicsGovt. College Satiana Road Faisalabad
monas shahzadLahorePh.DFC College University
Pooja PervaizLahoreB.Sc (Hons)Kinnaird College for Women
Miss Mariam SaeedFaisalabadM.Phil PhysicsGovt. Degree College For Women, Dijkot, Faisalabad
Ghulam MustafaKasurPh.D. (Physics)Govt. Islamia College Kasur
Dr. Saleh Hasan NaqibProfessorUniversity of RajshahiRajshahiBangladesh
Prof. Dr. Md. Kamrul Alam KhanProfessorJagannath UniversityDhakaBangladesh
Dr. Shah AshrafAssociate ProfessorNational Institute of TechnologySrinagarIndia
Ms.AminahTou’Rsun Amin EniyaziThe University of JordanAmmanJordan
Ms.Sara Maher Mohammad AburugiaThe University of JordanAmmanJordan
Mr.Islam Majed Abdel majid Al bazlamitThe University of JordanAmmanJordan
Dr. HananMah’d Ahmad Sa’adehAssistant ProfessorThe University of JordanAmmanJordan
Mr. Amaechi, Paul ObiakaraUniversity of LagosLagosNigeria
Dr. OlufunmilayoOmotundeAlatiseSenior LecturerFederal University of AgricultureAbeokutaNigeria
Mr. Nestor Bareza Jr.Assistant ProfessorDe La Salle UniversityLas Pinas CityPhilippines
Dr. AmaranathGovindollaAssistant ProfessorUG 06, Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS)Pilani Dubai CampusDubaiUAE
Prof. Benon Fred TwinamasikoProfessorMakerere UniversityKampalaUganda
Mr. Hasan KhanCopenhagenDenmark
Mr. Wilson Ombati NyangauKenya Bureau of StandardsKenya