On 20 September 2020, a YSN-ASM Science Café was organised to explore the promise of nanotechnologies and the public fear or rejection it may create.
The novel features of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) offer enormous potential for technological progress in the 21st century. The advantages of nanoparticles, such as the increased solubility of nanosuspensions and their low production costs have resulted in their rapid commercialisation in various applications, raising concerns regarding their safety for human health and the environment.
In the 30 August 2020 episode of YSN-ASM Science Café KL, Shawn Keng introduced us to Associate Professor Dr John Tang Yew Huat. Dr John completed his Masters in Microbiology from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and subsequently his Doctoral Degree in Food Safety from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Food Science, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA). Dr John shared the importance of understanding food safety, food poisoning and how it affects our everyday life.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Malaysia is facing numerous issues that may cripple its socio-economic growth if not handled properly. Therefore, ASM has conducted a Facebook Live with the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) titled Penyesuaian Terhadap Cabaran COVID-19 (Adapting to Challenges of COVID-19).
The Facebook Live Session featured MOSTI Minister YB Khairy Jamaluddin as the moderator. Three ASM Fellows were invited to share their expert knowledge and opinions: Professor Datuk Dr Awg Bulgiba Awg Mahmud FASc, Professor Dr Mahendhiran Nair FASc and Professor Dr Shamala Devi K.C. Sekaran FASc.
A visit to the Royal Society in the United Kingdom with the objective to understand the daily operations of the country’s first learned society was carried out by ASM Bureau of International Affairs Executive, Ms Nurhanani Zainuddin on 18 February 2019.
The 2019 Meeting was officiated by Deputy Minister of MESTECC, YB Madam Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis. Key persons during this Meeting were made up of Merdeka Laureates as well as two guest experts from the industry.