Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences
Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences(IASBS)
|Rector||Babak Karimi (2016-present) |
HamidReza Khalesifard (2014-2016)
Rasoul Khodabakhsh (2010-2014)
Yousef Sobouti (1991-2010)
|Colours|| Milano Red |
Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS) (Persian: دانشگاه تحصیلات تکمیلی علوم پایه زنجان) also known as Zanjan Graduate University of Basic Sciences is a public advanced research center and university in Zanjan, Iran founded in 1991 by Prof. Yousef Sobouti. The goal of establishing IASBS was to provide a leading research-based institute in advanced science topics for both researchers and students in Iran.
Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences (IASBS) also known as Zanjan Graduate University of Basic Sciences is a public advanced research center and university in Zanjan, Iran. It was founded in 1991 by Prof. Yousef Sobouti, who was the director of the institute until 2010. The goal of establishing IASBS was to provide a leading research-based institute in advanced science topics for both researchers and students in Iran. Now it offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Geophysics, Biophysics, Biochemistry and Chemistry. Although IASBS was established as a graduate-level degree-granting institution, it also offers a B.Sc. program in Computer Engineering.
The University Campus
Zanjan city in Iranian Azerbaijan region, 298 km to the north-west of Tehran, was chosen for the Institute. The location was far enough from Tehran to not be affected by the distractions of the city but close enough to pursue the many ensuing official and budgetary problems in Tehran. The main campus of the university is located close to Zanjan University of Medical Sciences in Gavazang area, Zanjan, Iran. IASBS campus is widely credited to be a Green campus with plants and greeneries being part of the campus design, even in classes and buildings. Moreover, IASBS is one of the few universities in Iran benefiting from solar energy solutions. Buildings in main campus are:
- Department of Physics
- Department of Chemistry
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
- Department of Earth Sciences
- Department of Biological Sciences
- Torkaman Library
- House of Science
- Science and Technology Park (Zanjan Techno-Center)
- University Dining Hall
- Gym (I and II)
Departments and Research Centers
IASBS has 6 departments and 2 research centers.
Department of Physics
The Physics Department started its activity in 1992 as the first department of IASBS. The M.Sc. program was launched in 1992 with 3 faculty members and 7 students. In 1995, the first Ph.D. students were admitted to work on theoretical condensed matter physics, astrophysics and mathematical physics. After a while, graduate programs in experimental optics were established. In 2000, a 7-year program leading to a Ph.D. degree was established. In this program students directly proceed to their Ph.D. thesis after completing their undergraduate and graduate courses, thereby skipping the M.Sc. dissertation. At present, IASBS is the only institute in the country offering such a program. Research in Department of Physics is focused in Astrophysics and Cosmology, Hard condensed matter, Soft condensed matter, Statistical mechanics, Optics and Photonics.
Department of Mathematics
Established in 1994, The Department of Mathematics offers M.Sc. and Ph.D programs. The active research groups of the Department are in the fields of Algebra, Analysis, Geometry, Graph theory, Computer Science and Financial Mathematics.
Department of Chemistry
The Department of Chemistry at the IASBS started its formal activities in fall 1999 with five Master’s students and five faculty members, seven years after the opening of the Institute. The courses initially focused in two areas, analytical chemistry, and organic chemistry. In the winter of 2005, first group of Ph.D. students started their studies. Currently, there are more than 200 Ph.D. and Master’s Students and 20 faculty members in the department. Research is focused in Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Nano Chemistry, and Polymer Chemistry.
Department of Computer Science and Information Technology
Department of Computer Science and Information Technology was established in 2003 with the B.Sc. program in Information Technology and, immediately after, the M.Sc. program in Computer Science. Now department runs undergraduate program in computer engineering and M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Computer Science. Research in this department is mainly focused in Algorithms and Theory of Computing, Artificial Intelligence, System Theory and Data Mining.
Department of Earth Sciences
Department of Earth Sciences was established in 1999 inside the Department of Physics. Now as an independent department, It offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in geophysics and M.Sc. program in Structural Geology and Tectonics. Department of Earth Sciences is currently active in the fields of Geophysics, Tectonics, Petrology and Hydrology and Hydrogeology.
Department of Biological Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences was established in 2008 as the newest department of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences. At present, the department offers M.Sc. programs in biochemistry and biophysics and direct Ph.D. programs in biochemistry and biophysics. The research laboratories in department of biological sciences are Biochemistry, Biophysics, Bacterial Culture, Cell Culture and Bio-informatics.
Advanced Research Centers
- Center for Research in Climate Change and Global Warming
- Research Center for Basic Sciences and Modern Technologies (RBST)
IASBS was established as a graduate-level degree-granting institution. Now it offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Geophysics, Biophysics, Biochemistry and Chemistry. Since September 2000, however, it has started a program in physics for a group of distinguished high school graduates. The program, a first attempt at the national level, will train these select group of students over a period of seven years, granting them a Ph.D. degree in physics. In this program students directly proceed to their Ph.D. thesis after completing their undergraduate and graduate courses, thereby skipping the M.Sc. dissertation. IASBS also offers a bachelor of science degree in computer engineering which is the only undergraduate program in the institute. The institute also used to run a joint undergraduate program in Information Technology with Heriot-Watt University of the United Kingdom.
Awards and Rankings
- Ranked 2nd in Iran by Iran Science Elites Federation (2016) 
- Announced as the center of excellence in physics by Iran Ministry of Science, Research and Technology
- Awarded by Islamic Development Bank in science and technology
- 2017 World Ranking: 612
- 2016 World Ranking: 620
- 2015 World Ranking: 617
The International Advisory Council
The International Advisory Council of the Institute is composed of a host of scholars and scientists. Members of the Council assist the Institute in delineating its general themes of research, establishing new disciplines, attracting prominent researchers and evaluating its scientific achievements.
- Mohammad Abdus Salam, The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy (deceased)
- Asim Orhan Barut, University of Colorado, USA
- Nasser Peyghambarian, University of Arizona, USA
- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, University of Chicago, USA (deceased)
- Govind Swarup, Inter-University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), India
- Seifallah Randjbar-Daemi, The Abdus Salam ICTP, Italy
- Mehran Kardar, MIT, USA
- John Clark, Washington University, USA
- Sang-Soo Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
- Bahram Mashhoon, University of Missouri, USA
- Mudumbai S. Narasimhan, The Abdus Salam ICTP, Italy
- Cumrun Vafa, Harvard University, USA
- E. Van den Heuvel, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
- Yousef Sobouti (Physics): First place of the Khwarizmi International Award in basic sciences (1999). Medal Lecture, in Physical Sciences, The Third World Academy of Sciences, TWAS (2000). Selected member of Iranian Science and Culture Hall of Fame, Unforgettable Faces (2001)
- Babak Karimi (Chemistry): First place of the Khwarizmi Young Award in basic sciences (1999). Distinguished researcher elected by Iranian ministry of sciences, research and technology (2003). Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2004)
- Ramin Golestanian (Physics): He was awarded the Holweck Prize (2014). First place of the Khwarizmi Young Award in basic sciences (2000). Distinguished researcher elected by Iranian ministry of sciences, research and technology (2001). Frederic Joliot Visiting Chair at Ecole Superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) in Paris (2000)
- Arashmid Nahal (Physics): ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award (2001)
- Mehdi Khakian (Physics): First place of the Khwarizmi International Award in basic sciences (2006)
- Mohammad Rafiee (Chemistry): First place the Khwarizmi Young Award in basic sciences (2008)
- Alireza Qaiumzadeh (Physics): Second place of the Khwarizmi Young Award in basic sciences (2009)
- Saifollah Rasouli (Physics): ICO/ICTP Gallieno Denardo Award (2009)
- Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour (Chemistry): First place of the Khwarizmi Young Award in basic sciences (2010)
- Ali Ghorbanzadeh Moghaddam (Physics): Second place of the Khwarizmi Young Award in basic sciences (2010)
- Mohammad Taghi Tavassoly (Physics): The ICO Galileo Galilei Award (2010) for lifelong effort in optics education in Iran dedicated by the International Commission for Optics (ICO)
- University of Zanjan
- Zanjan University of Medical Sciences
- Islamic Azad University of Zanjan
- Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM)
- Higher Education in Iran
- List of universities in Iran