2018 ANNUAL REPORT

Cover Design Concept

Evidence-based informed decision making is our utmost priority as a Thought Leader in matters pertaining to Science, Technology and Innovation. The cover depicts the Academy as an organisation with unique deliverables yet working together with various entities for a harmonious, prosperous and sustainable Malaysia. Our desire of a Progressive Malaysia begins with giving the best ideas for the benefit of the society at large.

THE
ACADEMY
OF SCIENCES
MALAYSIA

THINK SCIENCE,
CELEBRATE TECHNOLOGY,
INSPIRE INNOVATION

ASM strives to be the nation’s Thought Leader for matters related to science, engineering, technology and innovation.

ASM is committed to pursue excellence in the fields of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) for the benefit of all.

  • To be a Thought Leader
  • To be an apex Advisory Body on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) matters
  • To be an effective promoter of public understanding and awareness of STI
  • To make STI a basis for economic development and societal well-being
  • Providing advice to the Government on matters related to STI of national and international importance
  • Fostering a culture of excellence
    in SET in Malaysia
  • Assisting in upgrading technological capabilities of Malaysian industrial sectors
  • Promoting public awareness in understanding of science
  • Enhancing international networking and collaborations
  • Scientific publications
  • Harnessing scientific minds to charter STI direction for the country
  • Fostering culture of excellence in SET
  • Ensuring independent, authoritative and timely STI input
  • Promoting the utilisation and application of science for societal well-being
  • Facilitating the implementation of innovation-led economy strategy

STI Strategic Studies

  • Malaysia 2050
  • Socio-Economics
  • Emerging Technology
  • Sustainability Science

STI Strategic Programmes

  • Capacity Building
  • Gateway
  • Science Consortiums
  • Consultative Fora

Internal

  • Fellows
  • Associates
  • Members of Young Scientists Network (YSN-ASM)
  • Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM)
  • ASM Management

External

  • Prime Minister’s Department and Central Agencies
  • MESTECC and its agencies
  • Other Ministries and relevant agencies
  • Industry
  • Research institutions
  • Higher Learning Institutions
  • STI Professional Bodies
  • International STI Organisations
  • Urban and Rural communities
  • Provide independent, evidence based, reliable and timely advice
  • Committed in initiating quality programmes towards developing strong STI foundation for the nation
  • Represent Malaysia and its scientific community at the international arena
  • Disseminate scientific knowledge

FROM THE PRESIDENT

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE 2018?

For ASM, 2018 as a whole was equally wonderful and hectic. We have been working determinedly to improve the practices and communication within the Academy’s stakeholders, including the scientific experts, industry, media and broader public in delivering our objectives. As hectic as it can get, I am thankful to lead an organisation with the deep pool of experts that are willing to embrace transformation each and every day.   Read More

” WE WILL CONTINUE TO DELIVER INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMES AND IMPACTFUL STUDIES FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MALAYSIA. “

UNLOCKING
INSIGHTS,
MEANINGFUL
IMPACT

BETWEEN SPECIALISED
KNOWLEDGE AND
POLICY-MAKING

The challenging environment today cannot be wished away. Recognising the importance of science in navigating the complex world, ASM plays a critical role in analysing, developing, and providing scientific advice and policy solutions to the government. Backed by decades of scientific knowledge and a roster of science experts, ASM addresses STI-related issues of national and international importance in an independent, credible, relevant and timely manner.

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INTEGRATING WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

FOR A SUSTAINABLE TOMORROW

ASM Water Committee continued to engage the government in 2018 on the implementation of National Integrated Water Resources Management Plan (NIWRMP). 2018 was a challenging year for the committee due to the restructuring of the Federal ministries post 14th General Election (GE14). The committee has taken stock of these institutional changes and prepared an Addendum to the earlier Transformation of the Water Sector: National Integrated Water Resources Management Plan (NIWRMP) – Strategies and Road Map report launched in December 2016.

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UNITING THE MALAYSIAN DISASTER RISK REDUCTION (DRR) SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY

THROUGH A FORGED ALLIANCE

The Disaster Risk Reduction Research Alliance Committee (DRR Research Alliance) was created to support the scientific community in Malaysia on disaster management. Together with the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), ASM organised the inaugural National Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation for DRR on 5-6 October 2017 to facilitate interaction among researches, policymakers, practitioners from government, civil society and industry on disaster management.

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SCIENCE OUTLOOK 2017:
CONVERGING TOWARDS PROGRESSIVE MALAYSIA 2050

Driven by an extensive network of ASM Fellows and Associates, Science Outlook 2017 tracked Malaysia’s progress in STI to realise our aspiration of becoming one of the top nations in the world in creativity and innovation. As evident from its theme, ‘Converging towards Progressive Malaysia 2050’, STI proficiency must be increased to transform the way STI is coordinated and propelled in Malaysia.

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1-3 STRATEGIC THRUSTS  4-6 STRATEGIC THRUSTS

 

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18 RECOMMENDATIONS
  1. Strengthen science planning and coordination through a centralised dedicated body

  2. Establish a formal STI platform between federal and states governments in west Malaysia as well as Sabah and Sarawak

  3. Emphasis on experimental development

  4. Establish a multifunctional Research Management Agency (RMA) and to consider establishing a Technology Commercialisation Agency (TCA)

  5. Re-identify national RDC priority areas

  6. Development of regional innovation clusters

  7. Attracting and retaining STEM talent through improved remuneration and continuous career development

  8. Prioritisation of numerically and technically competent talent development

  9. Development of biennial national STEM talent and skill gap assessment

  10. Establish industry-led collaborative networks to enhance demand driven research and private sector participation

  11. Facilitate dissemination and monitoring of industry related information through a virtual centralised knowledge repository and data centre

  12. Public-private partnership to update and upgrade STI enculturation spaces

  13. Virtual science media centre to strengthen STI content in various media platforms

  14. Prioritise development of STI-based creative content

  15. Leadership in positioning Malaysia’s strategic STI international alliances

  16. Enhance roles of science attaché in Malaysian Embassies

  17. Strengthen linkages between Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Malaysian Scientific Community

  18. Leverage Malaysia’s trade platforms globally to facilitate market intelligence in STI-based industries

PRECISION MEDICINE

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

Doctors have been treating patients with the same disease using the same approach – the same drugs and the same dose for the longest time. The difference in outcomes of the treatments especially recovery time and adverse effects strongly suggested that the genetic variants which differ between individuals must be taken into account. The current practice of one-size fits all is no more valid.

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MALAYSIAN ALLIANCE ON BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

Blockchain and Electronic Distributed Ledger Technologies (EDLT) have the potential to support efficient and secure real time transactions across a large number of sectors thus present opportunities for disruptive innovation.

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HALAL

TASK FORCE ON THE SCIENCE OF HALAL INITIATIVE IN MALAYSIA

“Halal” – which broadly means permissible in Islam – covers both products and services, and with the global Muslim population expected to increase by 2.2 billion by 2030, the demand for halal goods and services are expected to increase as well. The global market value for trade in halal food and non-food products is estimated at US2.3 trillion annually, one of the world’s fastest growing markets.

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UNDERSTANDING MACHINE LEARNING

The increased use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to bring major social and economic benefits that cut across various sectors of the economy. AI enables computer systems to analyse, learn and process information at incredible speeds, far beyond the capabilities of humans.

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NATIONAL POLICY ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION (NPSTI)

REVIEW AND FORMULATION STUDY

In support of the government’s aspiration to make Malaysia a high-income developed country through the mainstreaming of STI, MESTECC has mandated ASM to review the current NPSTI 2013-2020 and formulate the new NPSTI 2021-2030.

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6 STRATEGIC THRUSTS

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION MASTER PLAN (STIMP) 2020-2030 STUDY

Towards ensuring STI is mainstreamed for the nation’s socio-economic development, MESTECC was mandated by the Government to develop a National STI Master Plan to support implementation of all policies related to STI (STI for Policy) as well as to realise the National Science Agenda and leverage on STI opportunities to achieve Rakyat-centric economic growth.

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MALAYSIA POLICY AND MASTER PLAN ON STI 2021-2030

A task force led by Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail FASc and supported by Dr Helen Nair FASc was established to conduct a harmonisation exercise for both the NPSTI 2021- 2030 and STIMP 2020-2030 studies. The ultimate aim of the harmonisation exercise is to come up with a seamless, harmonised policy and master plan for STI in the nation (i.e. Malaysia Policy and Master Plan on STI 2021-2030). This exercise is to be carried out in the first quarter of 2019.

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MID-TERM REVIEW OF MALAYSIA EDUCATION BLUEPRINT 2015-2025
(HIGHER EDUCATION)

The Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) is an 11-year transformation plan of Malaysia’s higher education designed to propel its stakeholders abreast with, if not ahead of, global challenges and trends through ten transformational shifts that are to be realised through 32 strategies and 71 initiatives.

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AN IMPACT STUDY OF THE
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MALAYSIAN RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES

Malaysia Research Universities (MRUs) are key enablers of Malaysia’s national innovation ecosystem and knowledge economy. These universities also promote economic growth, competitiveness of local industries, and improve socioeconomic wellbeing of the Rakyat. In September 2006, UKM, USM, UM and UPM were named as the pioneer group of MRUs. UTM achieved the status of the fifth MRU in 2010.

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PROVIDING STRATEGIC INPUT

The Academy has continuously provided strategic input to government ministries and agencies based on ASM’s previous and currents studies that were led by ASM Fellows who are experts in the related fields.

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REACHING OUT TO THE GOVERNMENT

In fulfilling its mandated role as a ‘Thought Leader’ in STI, ASM forwarded three memoranda to the Government.

  • Memorandum on STI Governance
  • Memorandum on Malaysia’s Innovation Ecosystem

  • Input on Institutional Reform for Better STI Governance

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ENGAGING
SCIENTISTS,
EMPOWERING
SOCIETY

ASM STRONGLY EMPHASISES THE ESSENTIAL ROLE SCIENCE PLAYS IN THE WELL-BEING OF THE SOCIETY BY MAKING IT RELATABLE TO EVERYONE VIA SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMMES.

Science has long been challenged or misunderstood. It is usually correlated as a difficult and textbook-driven field, making public lose interest in science. In actual fact, science is a fascinating subject that dictates our everyday life – and this is the message that ASM is trying to spread through its initiatives.

ASM also empowers the scientific community by organising a multitude of programmes through collaboration with national and international institutions and organisations.

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SHAPING FUTURE STEM TALENT

From a humble beginning, NSC has undergone continuous evolution to improve its quality as well as adapting to the current scientific landscape in curating its content. As one of the most significant science competitions for secondary school students in Malaysia, NSC strives to build the capacity, capability and competency of young generation in STEM to become future leaders that are well-equipped with the necessary skills to meet the challenges ahead.

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FOSTERING FRIENDSHIP THROUGH SCIENCE AMONG ASEAN COUNTRIES

In 2018, Malaysia had the honour to host the7th ASEAN Plus Three Junior Science Odyssey (7th APT JSO). This year, students from ASEAN and the Republic of Korea flew to Malaysia to enjoy four-day competition filled with exciting challenges such as the Great Science Pitch, Great Science Quest, and Great Science Ideas. Members of the YSN-ASM lent a hand in guiding the students in science communication skills.

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SHAPING MIND, CRAFTING INVENTIONS SCIENCE UNITES,INNOVATION DECIDES

2018 marks Malaysia’s second participation in the 2nd One Belt One Road Teenager Maker Camp and Teacher Workshop, upon invitation by the China’s Children & Youth Science Center of CAST (CYSC)

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BUDDING INNOVATORS

The minds of the young generation are treasure-trove of ideas that may hold the key to solving global and regional issues. It is never too early to start picking their minds and let these ideas come into realisation. The Young Makers Programme is one such programme for budding innovators to be discovered.

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“STEM” UP YOUR GAME!

When an international company with the desire to nurture the interest of children in STEM meets an organisation that has interest in mainstreaming STEM in the country, the result is a programme that benefits both sides, while immensely enriching its students.

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ADDRESSING THE GAP BETWEEN SCIENCE AND SOCIETY

Science is fun and interesting; better yet, it could be a viable career path. Unfortunately, it does not appeal to everyone. The interest level of Malaysians in science was found to be low compared to other countries.

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PRESERVING NATURE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The natural environment is an important commodity that benefits all members of an ecosystem. Therefore, it is important to protect these areas of geological significance. At the same time, people should be educated about its importance, while also generating income for its surrounding population.

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PROMOTING A CULTURE OF SAFE AND SECURE SCIENCE

Scientists and researchers from MESA region gathered at the Conference to Promote Safe and Secure Science in the Middle East/North Africa, and South/ Southeast Asia to discuss and share best practices in promoting awareness on safe and secure science among the region. Focused on life science topics of interest and relevance to the MESA region, the participants deliberated on main issues such as research, science policy, ethics, responsible science, research integrity, and public engagement.

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AWARDS AND GRANTS

Awards and grants are the key boosting factors for excellence among scientific community that signifies their contribution and achievements. This recognition is important for the scientists and researchers who have carried out significant scientific research that addresses local and global challenges, in addition to position Malaysia strategically in the eyes of the world.

ASM draws upon the expertise of Fellows to serve as members of evaluation and monitoring panels for various awards and grants. They are engaged for their expertise in their respective fields, to select outstanding scientist and technologist that exhibited prominence in their research pursuits.

CAN WE KICK CANCER OUT FOR GOOD?

Cancer: A powerful word that evokes strong feelings – usually‘ fear’.

Malaysia possesses a pool of scientists in the field of cancer research, who seek to understand the disease, improve its detection and treatment methods. Opportunities and funding must be provided to let them continue their noble work.

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CONTINUING THE LEGACY OF DR RANJEET BHAGWAN SINGH

The biggest discoveries could come from the smallest research. Viewing the importance of pushing early career researchers towards success in their research, the late Dr Ranjeet Bhagwan Singh posthumously contributed a portion of his wealth towards providing a grant for them to supplement their research.

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SPECIAL GRANTS FOR STRATEGIC SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

NPSTI Flagship Programme

The project titled “Moving up the Value Chain and Environmentally Friendly Processes in Silicon Photovoltaic Technology: Nontoxic Processes, Wafering and Crystal Growth” was identified to be impactful on the development of STI as well as aligned with the Government Transformation Programme (GTP)and the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

Special Allocation for Agencies under MESTECC

The project titled “Development of Yeast System for Flavonoid Production” was identified to have impact on the development of STI and aligned with the New Economic Model (NEM).

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ANUGERAH SAINTIS MUDA NEGARA 2018

This award by MESTECC recognises young Malaysian scientists for their contribution and achievement in research and development

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ANUGERAH JURUTEKNOLOGI NEGARA 2018

This award by MESTECC recognises technologists and semi-professionals, such as technicians and laboratory assistants, for their contribution and achievement in the field of science and technology

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AWARDS AND GRANTS

Awards and grants are the key boosting factors for excellence among scientific community that signifies their contribution and achievements. This recognition is important for the scientists and researchers who have carried out significant scientific research that addresses local and global challenges, in addition to position Malaysia strategically in the eyes of the world.

ASM draws upon the expertise of Fellows to serve as members of evaluation and monitoring panels for various awards and grants. They are engaged for their expertise in their respective fields, to select outstanding scientist and technologist that exhibited prominence in their research pursuits.

DELIVERING QUALITY PROJECTS

Project Monitoring Teams (PMT)make sure that projects are right on track and its resources are well-managed. ASM Fellows share their wisdom and knowledge in guiding the project to completion.

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NEWTON-UNGKU OMAR FUND

Partnership between the UK and Malaysian Government is continued this year through the NUOF. The fund aims to develop research network among the multi and inter-disciplinary researchers through the integration of STI knowledge that address socio-economic issues in Malaysia.

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THE CONVERGENCE OF TWO DIVERGENT ROADS

CAN DATA AND EXPRESSION MIX?

To those unfamiliar with either art or science, both disciplines seem like totally opposite; one is data-driven, and the other is emotion-driven. Traditionally, art is viewed as a product of expression while science is an exploration of the reality to find the universal truth.

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GLOCALISING THE IMPACT

The YSN-ASM has made tremendous contribution in many initiatives through its members and affiliates. They also spread their wings and made an impact at the international level.

The positive impact and influence of YSN-ASM was evident through the successful completion of over 50 programmes in science outreach, science education, science communication, science leadership, science policy, science integrity, and international networking.

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2018 YSN-ASM COLLOQUIUM

Carrying the theme “Glocalise the Impact”, 2018 YSN-ASM Colloquium brought together 86 YSN-ASM members and affiliates at Bukit Tinggi, Pahang from 7-9 December 2018. The annual event was organised to celebrate every individual’s professional and personal accomplishments and YSN-ASM’s collective impact. In addition, it was also held to strategise YSN-ASM’s programmes and activities in 2019.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE CONSORTIUM

In strengthening Malaysian R&D towards the socio-economic transformation of the nation, National Science Consortium initiative was implemented since 2013 to champion national concerted efforts in STI strategic areas. This was carried out through the establishment of a focal point for inter-institutional and international collaboration.

The mission of the establishment is to internationalise Malaysian R&D while simultaneously increase the output of high impact research. ASM also wishes to find local and international partners to champion the STI strategic areas to develop outstanding scientists. Besides that, the programme aims to facilitate Centres of Excellence (COEs) abroad to find “strength-to-strength” centres to collaborate with, for ASM to participate in large global scientific projects.

MALAYSIA INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATIVE NANOTECHNOLOGY (NanoMITe)

As a global research consortium consisting of 100 top-level nano-scientists from the world-class academic institutions and centres, Malaysia Institute for Innovative Technology (NanoMITe) strives to:

  • Provide a global platform for research, develop and strengthen local capability and capacity on nanotechnology;
  • Drive nanotechnology-based industry for economic growth and societal well-being;
  • Support Government implementation on Distributive Economy by focusing on active local and global participation of world-class nano-scientists; and
  • Promote science, research culture and knowledge economy.

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NATIONAL CENTRE FOR PARTICLE PHYSICS (NCPP)

National Centre for Particle Physics (NCPP) is leading the national exploration in experimental particle physics research through the engagement in impactful theoretical physics research as well as high energy and particle physics efforts with these international centres of excellence:

  • Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg, Germany
  • High Energy Accelerator ResearchOrganization (KEK), Tsukuba, Japan
  • Osaka University, Osaka, Japan

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IMBAK CANYON RAINFOREST RESEARCH

The Sabah Foundation has built the Imbak Canyon Studies Centre (ICSC), a facility within the core zone of the Imbak Canyon Conservation Area (ICCA) in Tongod, Sabah. ICSC provides world-class research facilities for researchers to carry out research related to rainforest ecosystem and biodiversity ranging from forest taxanomy to climate change.

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BE SEEN.
BE HEARD.
EXPERIENCE.

We believe in sharing information through simple communication. In ASM, we turn “why does it matter?” into captivating visuals and writings to share the joy of discovery to all. Every like or retweet is a result of a garnered interest from the masses, and we value each interaction. Transforming scientific pursuits into relatable stories while keeping its essence unchanged is a life-long venture for us here in ASM. Let us share our milestones on the virtual world with you.

We welcome
collaboration
with you ! 

Drop us an email at:
science_comm@akademisains.gov.my

Expanding Your Insights with Aesthetics

Each study has its own significance. None is less than the other. Through our publication, we wish to create awareness on the current happenings in the Malaysian STI landscape. We want policy makers to have a better understanding in making informed decisions. By making our publication accessible to the people, we also hope to continue inspiring a cultivated community.

Number of publication:

Advisory Report  4

Position Paper  2

Scientific Book 2

Conference Report 1

ASM Science Journal Articles 17

AnnualReport 1

Online readerships (ISSUU):

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30587

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339478

BRIDGING SCIENCE GLOBALLY

CONNECTING, POSITIONING AND COLLABORATING FOR A BETTER FUTURE IN COMBATING GLOBAL CHALLENGES

It is impossible to stop learning in today’s world. Scientists globally are forming the links on how to co-learn and co-create to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Among the global issues that were debated in 2018 were health, education, gender equality, productivity, innovation, climate change, water and emerging technologies. ASM has actively participated in 34 international meetings and conferences related to such issues and has been giving input through international declarations, resolutions and forming regional platforms for all involved to work together.

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Making Water Everybody’s Business

In 2015, WHO stated that 1.8 billion people are still using water from contaminated sources. This resulted in 250,000 children under the age of five to die each year of diarrhoea. To address this issue, The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) comprising 34 scientific and technological academies and science societies in Asia and Australasia chose waterborne infectious diseases as one of the main agenda to be tackled in 2018. With that, ASM hosted the International Waterborne Infectious Diseases Conference, bringing global experts from different water-related disciplines to share their experiences in tackling the issues.

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Preparing Leaders of Tomorrow

Youths make up a large portion of the ASEAN Community. It is estimated that about 60% of ASEAN population is under 35 years of age. They are the change makers of this region. We need to build the right ecosystem and platform in order to harness their potential and impact in STI that will shape our future.

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The Spirit of Collaboration

This year, we are taking the concept of collaboration to the next level with an in-depth look at sharing of data, information, knowledge and expert in STI. We aim to connect all these elements on a regional level to solve common issues such as health, climate change and bio-nexus conflicts that are a cause for concern regionally and globally.

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The Global Voice of Natural and Social Sciences

2018 marked a significant milestone for the Regional Office with the merger of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) to form the International Science Council (ISC). The launch was made official during the founding General Assembly held in Paris to commemorate the historical event. The ISC’s main vision is to be the global voice of both natural and social sciences. Going forward, programmes would be designed to incorporate input from natural and social sciences, in addressing the SDGs.

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10 Years and Beyond

International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation under the Auspices of UNESCO (ISTIC) as a UNESCO category II Centre continued to execute programmes in meeting its objective and agenda mainly as an international platform for South-South cooperation in STI. In 2018, ISTIC:

  • implemented 9 capacity building programmes
    • 357 participants from 47 countries
  • Collaborated with 31 organisations
  • Added two strategic partners through MOU: Forum of Small Medium Economics AFRICA ASEAN (FORSEAA) and United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)
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NETWORK
OF IDEAS

GATHERING OF BRILLIANT MINDS

In the era of knowledge and information, the hottest accessory one can wear is their ideas. With the emergence of the Internet, the art of in-person discussion is not yet lost. The gathering of scientific experts facilitates knowledge sharing, learning, networking, and content creation. ASM continues its track record from previous years in providing quality scientific output that benefits everyone.

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SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE:

THE WORLD WE WANT FOR ALL

Modernisation brings economic and technological advancement that enables improvement in the standard of living. As humanity progresses, environment pays the price of irreversible damage such as depletion of natural resources, climate change and extinction of species. In realising this, we must take proactive actions towards safeguarding our planet and her sustainability.

ASM strives to bring in forwardlooking sustainability science into policy-making by concentrating on local challenges, while keeping in mind, regional and global perspectives. ASM embarked several studies that investigated the current environmental issues and the possible future. Nevertheless, the future of our planet will liaise on the hands of youths. What kind of future can today’s young people look forward to?

The 11th General Assembly (GA) was organised by ASM to bring together experts to present their thoughts on the role of sustainability science in shaping the future of Malaysia, as well as addressing gaps and challenges in realising a preferred future.

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Getting together to exchange ideas and disseminate knowledge is a long-standing tradition among scientific communities. ASM is no exception to this tradition. First organised in 2011, ASM IdeaXchange session is a platform for the scientific community and ASM members to exchange ideas, discuss interdisciplinary matters, and debate on topical issues pertaining to STI.

28TH IDEAXCHANGE: STI MASTER PLAN

8 March 2018

The IdeaXchange served to share the findings and impressions that have been collected throughout five regional Strategic Stakeholder Consultation Workshops on the STI Master Plan (STIMP) Study (2020 -2030). Audience’s feedback was obtained regarding their initial thoughts on the sectoral objectives, framework, thematic areas, thrusts, strategies, goals and action plans. These constructive feedbacks will be used to pave the way forward for improvisation.

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29TH IDEAXCHANGE: NPSTI STUDY

1 August 2018

Attended by an audience that comprises ASM Fellows, representatives from higher learning institutions, government and industry players, the IdeaXchange served as a session for the Study team to present the findings of the NPSTI 2021-2030 Study to obtain feedback on the proposed policy framework.

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30TH IDEAXCHANGE: ALTERNATIVE COMMODITY EXPORT FOR MALAYSIA

8 October 2018

In order to remain competitive in today’s world, Malaysia needs to diversify its agricultural commodities and its applications in order to drive progressive agriculture based industry in the country. This echoes YAB Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that called for more research and development into agricultural commodities. On that note, ASM organised an IdeaXchange titled Alternative Commodity Export for Malaysia.

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FELLOWS’ LECTURES

AFFORDABLE ≠ BAD

Ir Dr Zuhairi Abd Hamid FASc // Engineering Sciences – 19 March 2018

Typical affordable housing has always been associated with low-quality, poor sustainability and adaptability. D3 was introduced to debunk the idea with an integrated solution for affordable housing that intelligently combines modern STI principles with the old-world sensibilities of a “Kampung” house.

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ARE GUT WORMS ALWAYS HARMFUL?

Professor Dr Yvonne Lim Ai Lian FASc // Medical and Health Sciences – 5 April 2018

What if we tell you that gut worms are not as terrible as they sound?
Although they are mostly harmful, gut worms are actually beneficial in some ways. Studies showed the protective effects of gut worms that seek to preserve its own health by keeping its host healthy, on which it depends on for sustenance. In essence, a synergistic effect was found between the prevalence of gut worms with increased gut microbiota and improved immune system. Through various research and cooperative efforts with organisations, various communities have benefitted from the elimination of gut worms, notably disadvantaged ones such as the Orang Asli.

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PALM OIL: AN ALTERNATIVE

Dr Gan Seng Neon FASc // Chemical Sciences – 2 October 2018

Renewable vegetable oils such as palm oil have the potential as industrial feedstock with a broad spectrum of applications, which contribute to an effective reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Its more readily available compared to petrochemicals, which are non-sustainable and diminishing in supply. Though not a polymer, suitable chemical reactions upon palm oil can produce intermediates with different functional groups that could interact with other monomers, to form materials with interesting properties and applications.

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NOBELIST MINDSET

Dr Zainal Ariffin Ahmad FASc // Social Sciences and Humanities – 18 October 2018

The Nobelist mindset can be institutionalised to build capacity and nurture current and future researchers, scientists, engineers (RSE) and technologists for Malaysia 2030. But what does it take for one to adopt the Nobelist mindset?

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MITIGATING MATERNAL MORTALITY

Professor Dato’ Dr Ravindran Jegasothy FASc // Medical and Health Sciences – 18 October 2018

Over the years, Malaysia has successfully reduced maternal mortality through several efforts including auditing maternal deaths by the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (CEMD).
CEMD practices active capture of maternal deaths to improve reporting. Working closely with the Department of Registration as well as being nonpunitive and anonymous encourage better data yield. Additionally, CEMD could greatly impact existing policies as well as assist in formulating new ones.

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ACCELERATED CONNECTIVITY

Professor Dr Tharek Abd Rahman FASc // Information Technology and Computer Sciences – 15 November 2018

5G possesses ultra-low latency, high availability, high reliability, and strong security features, which enables it to be utilised in mission critical services. Its low cost, ultra-low energy capabilities could be advantageous towards expanding the IoT.
To capitalise on 5G and its benefits, the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) was developed in response to the urgent need to improve broadband quality and coverage, reduce broadband prices, enable Internet access for all, and expand existing fibre networks.

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HYPER-CONVERGENT ECONOMY

Professor Dr Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair FASc // Social Sciences and Humanities – 29 November 2018

The world economy is fast becoming hyper-converged, reliant on smart systems and algorithms that generate new information, ideas and innovation fuelled by data and machine learning.
Economic drivers are slowly moving away from the traditional land, labour and capital, towards embedded systems, intelligent algorithms and autonomous systems, forming knowledge networks. A robust technology ecosystem equipped with capital and talent investment, the ten pillars of network readiness, as well as dynamic capabilities would yield significant socio-economic impact.

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RECOGNITION FOR MALAYSIA’S BRILLIANT MINDS

Conferment of Fellowship of ASM and the Announcement of the Top Research Scientists Malaysia has become a staple on our calendar throughout the year. This year, we have the utmost honour of having the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, to officiate the prestigious ceremony.

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YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad flanked by YB Puan Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis and Professsor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail FASc at the Conferment of Fellowship of ASM and the Announcement of the Top Research Scientists Malaysia.

THE ROLE OF STI AND INNOVATION IS CRUCIAL TO DRIVE ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT AND SOCIETAL PROGRESS; THE NATION’S ECONOMY STANDS TO BENEFIT FROM ENTERPRISES THAT LEVERAGE ON S&T. HENCE, (ENTERPRISES) NEED TO STEP UP TO ENSURE MALAYSIA’S DYNAMIC GROWTH.

Yab Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
Prime Minister of Malaysia

IN MEMORIUM

TAN SRI DATUK SERI LAW HIENG DING

17 NOVEMBER 1936 - 25 DECEMBER 2018


EMERITUS PROFESSOR DR CHIN HOONG-FONG FASc

FEBRUARY 1935 - 19 MARCH 2018


DR YAP THOO CHAI FASc

1 NOVEMBER 1940 - 24 OCTOBER 2018


ACADEMICIAN DR CHIA SWEE PING FASc

12 NOVEMBER 1945 - 8 MARCH 2018


FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

ASM’s financial statements provide a bird’s eye view of its financial results, performance and cash flow.

ASM Financial Overview

The 2018 ASM Financial Statements is prepared according to the Malaysia Public Sector Accounting Standard (MPSAS). The adoption of this standard aims to strengthen public finance management for better informed assessments of the resource allocation decisions made by governments, thereby increasing transparency and accountability.

For the year ended 31 December 2018, ASM Financial Performance has shown a financial surplus of RM2,776,823 (2017: RM1,249,892). ASM Financial Position was strengthened in 2018 as the total net assets was recorded at RM6,635,502 (2017:RM2,799,790). The increase in net assets was due to decrease of total ASM liabilities compared to 2017, giving significant impact for the year of 2018. The liabilities includes the gain on investment of R,D&C fixed deposit. With approval from MOF, ASM were allowed to use RM4.5mil from this fund to support operational cost.

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