August 11, 2021

Launch of the
Malaysian Code of Responsible Conduct in Research

The second edition of the Malaysian Code of Responsible Conduct in Research (MCRCR) was launched on 29 March 2021. The launch occurred during the inaugural YSN-ASM International Scientific Virtual Conference 2021. The MCRCR was launched by Datuk Haji Ahmad Amzad Bin Hashim, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology And Innovation. According to Datuk Haji Ahmad Amzad, the MCRCR is crucial to boosting and safeguarding Malaysia’s science and research endeavours. “Adherence and compliance with the code will ensure that research in Malaysia is pursued earnestly and honestly, with integrity and accountability,” he continued. The code will also help convince peers, research enterprises and funders that research ethics are well-entrenched in Malaysia.
August 11, 2021

YSN-ASM Science Café
Looking Beyond COVID-19 Vaccination

Around 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the first phase of the vaccination programme in Malaysia (at the time of broadcast). The next phase will prioritise the elderly, people with comorbidities as well as those with disabilities. Dr Aizati Athirah moderated this Science Café session on looking beyond the COVID-19 vaccination. She was joined by Dr Leow Chiuan Yee from Universiti Sains Malaysia and Dr Irene Looi from Hospital Seberang Jaya, Pulau Pinang.
August 11, 2021

TropSc™ Webinar Series
World Health Day: Towards a Fairer and Healthier Tropics

On 7 April 2021, the Mahathir Science Award Foundation (MSAF), the International Science Council, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ISC-ROAP), and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) jointly organized a webinar themed ‘Towards a Fairer and Healthier Tropics’ in conjunction with World Health Day.
July 5, 2021

26th ASM Annual General Meeting | Presidential Address

Continuing to harness technology’s prevalence in the age of COVID-19, the 26th Annual General Meeting of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia was held on 24 April 2021. The event was attended by 224 Fellows alongside the thought leader’s management team. This number surpassed last year’s attendance, exhibiting that the scientific think tank’s members are embracing the convenience and ease of use offered by the virtual conference platform.
July 5, 2021

International Space Webinar | Can New Space Deliver on Its Promise?

Following the success of the previous webinar, the ASM STDI Discipline Group has organised another webinar on 12 April 2021. The webinar was to discuss the evolution of the space industry or as it is known, New Space. New Space, broadly defined as a field where traditional and non-traditional space players engage to enable the development of space flight, space applications and space activities at a faster and cheaper rate. Despite the many successful and innovative initiatives from this new approach, there are many technological, legal, regulatory and financial issues which persist.
July 5, 2021

YSN-ASM Science Café
MSG-Phobia: A Consequence of Flawed Science

In this Science Café session, Mr Shawn Keng is joined by ChM Dr Fatimah Salim from UiTM, who will be debunking the oft-misunderstood element of flavouring that enriches our tastebuds: monosodium glutamate (MSG). Although we generally know MSG as a common flavour enhancer, but what exactly is it? Dr Fatimah introduced MSG to viewers from a scientific standpoint. It is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, which readily dissolves in solution to sodium and glutamic acid.
July 5, 2021

TropSc Webinar Series: Naming Nature 2

In 2017, a Naming Nature workshop gathered some of Malaysia’s most experienced taxonomists with a group of young, enthusiastic researchers. They clamoured for a system to better handle identification, digitisation and communication within the community. However, these issues still remain unresolved. Therefore, a webinar with the same title was held to invite further discussions on crafting a future path to address these problems for Malaysia, including taxonomic challenges, specimen digitisation and data stewardship.
June 9, 2021

Creation, Nature & Life from Quantum Science Perspectives Online talk by Professor Dr Raymond Ooi FASc

On 26 March 2021, Professor Dr Raymond Ooi FASc conducted an online talk that provided an insight to creation, nature and life from the perspectives of quantum science. Through his online talk, Dr Raymond hoped that viewers will be able to open and elevate their mindset and for them to be able to see nature of things from a new perspective. He also hoped that his talk would make viewers understand the way of nature and universal values as well as to cultivate their mind and soul to manifest a brighter future.
June 9, 2021

ASM-AAAS-TWAS
Regional Course on Science Diplomacy

Two trends are becoming clear in the early part of this century; a majority of the challenges facing society have a transboundary, international, or global context; and science, technology and their applications underpin the cause or the cure to these challenges. As a result, science and technology are becoming ever more embedded into the foreign policies and international relations of nations. Given the growing role of science and technology in international relations, The Academy of Sciences Malaysia, The American Association for the Advancement of Science and The World Academy of Sciences have organised the Regional Course on Science Diplomacy in Asia and the Pacific Region.
March 30, 2021

STDI Webinar | The Aviation Industry: Taking Us to The Skies Again?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the aviation industry to its knees as national borders have been closed to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has resulted in the grounding of thousands of aircraft globally. Airlines not already bankrupt are tottering on the brink. In relation to this, the ASM Science & Technology Development Industry Discipline Group (ASM STDI) in collaboration with Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) organised a webinar to highlight the issue of the aviation industry in Malaysia.
March 30, 2021

Induction Session
2020 Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM)

ASM’s Top Research Scientists Malaysia (TRSM) is an ASM initiative to identify and recognise leading Malaysian research scientists that are actively translating their research into meaningful and impactful outcomes that significantly contribute to the nation’s socio-economic transformation.
March 2, 2021

2020 YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award Grand Final Pitch

The YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award was formerly known as the YSN-ASM Rising Star Award in 2019. This award is targeted specifically at final-year Malaysian PhD students. The award aims to identify and nurture promising PhD candidates to become future pillars of our Science, Technology, and Innovation ecosystem. Selected finalists will also experience continued support and mentoring for the next five years. This step is to ensure that these finalists are groomed to be outstanding researchers who will contribute towards Malaysia’s STI ecosystem.
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