‘Quiz for Science’ tests research ability in Pakistan

Interactive online quiz asks questions based on articles on ScienceDirect – test yourself with 5 questions here

The winners were announced by Engr. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, Chairman of Pakistan's Higher Education Commission.Little has been discussed about the success of Pakistan's research, but the nation is steadily emerging as a research leader with a distinct competency rooted in the fields of fluids, velocity and heat transfer. Article output in these fields grew at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.5 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to SciVal data.

To promote the efforts of the academic community, promote local research across the country and enhance scientific knowledge among Pakistan's research community, Elsevier developed an interactive Quiz for Science program that directed participants to search for answers to the quiz questions based on content and information available through ScienceDirect.

To enter the online quiz, registered participants had to answer eight general and 12 subject-specific questions around a subject area that they have selected from a choice of eight. All formulated questions for Quiz for Science were based on authored or co-authored articles by Pakistani researchers hosted on the ScienceDirect platform.

The four-month long contest attracted more than 4,000 students, researchers and faculty members from 30 leading universities and institutions affiliated with the digital library program of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan.

The quiz concluded with an award ceremony at HEC in Islamabad. The top three winners were announced by HEC Chairman Engr. Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani.

Quiz for Science winners

The 2013 winners are:

  •  Winners and family pose with members of HEC. They include the overall winner of the Quiz for Science, Dr. Muhammad Nouman Aslam Khan (front row, second from left), and Dr. Tariq Mehmood, R&D Advisor for HEC (front row, fourth from left), with first runner-up, Dr. Sajida Noureen (front row, 4th from right). Absent from the photo is second runner-up, Syed Hani Abidi.Dr. Muhammad Nouman Aslam Khan, Lecturer, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST)
  • First runner up: Dr. Sajida Noureen, Lecturer, Islamia University, Bahawalpur
  • Second runner up: Syed Hani Abidi, PhD Student, Aga Khan University, Karachi

The winner was awarded an iPad 4, and the runner-ups received iPad minis.

Dr. Tariq Mehmood, R&D Advisor for HEC, commented:

For an emerging research market such as Pakistan, it's important that the scholarly community leverage all the opportunities and resources available to them in order to advance their work. With Quiz for Science, Elsevier has certainly helped expose our researchers to world-class research materials and enhance their scientific knowledge.

"We are encouraged by the academic community's overwhelming response to our first Quiz for Science," said Saurabh Sharma, Elsevier's Regional Director for its Science & Technology division in South Asia. "This is a great way to promote local research as well as bring world-class scholarly content to Pakistan through access to ScienceDirect."

Based on the response, Elsevier is looking into holding the quiz again and expanding it to include more subject fields.

Test yourself

Here are some sample questions from the quiz:


After multiple studies it has been concluded, several millions of years might be necessary for the complete formation of ________________ wood

  • rotten
  • silicified
  • porcelain
  • junk


The binding mode analysis revealed that the ________ of the benzothiazole derivatives is responsible for the biological activity.

  • hydrophobic character
  • hydrophilic character
  • electron rich
  • electron deficient


Diamond ____________is one of the most exciting members of carbon family, for its properties like optical transparency, biocompatibility and low cytotoxicity. It is, hence, a useful adsorption media or a support material for the _____________separation of biomolecules.

  • powder, centrifugal
  • nanopowder, centrifugal
  • nanopowder, chromatographic
  • powder, chromotographic


Molting is a technique aimed to improve ___________performance in poultry. Molting causes rejuvenation of the _______________of the birds and thus increased reproductive performance.

  • productive, reproductive organ
  • breeding, neural system
  • productive, immune system
  • neurological, reproductive system


In refining and petrochemical industries the _____________ & __________of Cr–Mo steel alloys have raised serious safety problems in the past.

  • cracking, tear
  • tear, hydrogen damage
  • creep cracking, hydrogen damage
  • tension, cracking



Physics: silicified; Medicine: hydrophilic character; Chemistry: nanopowder, chromatographic; Agriculture: productive, reproductive organ; Engineering: Creep cracking, hydrogen damage.


Elsevier Connect Contributors

Jason ChanManik SethiBased in Singapore, Jason Chan is the Director of Corporate Relations for Asia Pacific and leads all corporate, media and policy communications efforts across the region as well as acting as a central communications counsel and resource for Elsevier senior management in Asia. He is a communications practitioner of 17 years, having worked at EMC International, Seagate Technology and Hill & Knowlton. He has a BA degree in Mass Communications from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

Manik Sethi is a Marketing Manager for Elsevier's research solutions, based in New Delhi. He is responsible for driving customer engagement and developing marketing initiatives in collaboration with the research communities in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Delhi University and an MBA from Vinayaka Missions University in Tamil Nadu, India.

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