On 3 September 2021, as part of the pre-conference webinar series “The Future Belongs to The Tropics” leading up to the International Conference of Tropical Sciences (TropSc 2021), the Mahathir Science Award Foundation (MSAF) together with the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) successfully hosted a public discourse on the “joyful chaos” of cities in the Tropics. The speaker of the discourse, Gaétan Siew, past President of the International Union of Architects and UN-Habitat Special Envoy, shared his views on the unique characters of tropical cities. Professor Dato’ Seri Dr Mazlan Othman (Chair of TropSc 2021), started the webinar with her welcoming remarks, sharing her view that the “chaos” arisen from transition in tropical cities can eventually to lead to creativity and growth.
The Academy of Sciences Malaysia organised the virtual 13th ASM General Assembly (GA) on 9 September 2021. The topic of the day was “Humanising the Economy Through People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnerships (5Ps) of SDGs for Greater Impact.
The year 2020 was an extraordinary time in human history. The United Nations reported that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact in several areas, undermining decades of development efforts.
The Closing Ceremony and Announcement of the Semi Finalists for the 2021 National Science Challenge was held on 25 September 2021. The 2021 NSC is organised in collaboration with strategic partners such as the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology Centre, or CREST for short, and the Malaysian Society for Microbiology. The excellent Young Scientists Network-ASM was on board to strategise the concept and content of NSC, while Sasbadi Online Sdn Bhd acted as the technology partner.