FAScinate is a play on the word “Fascinate” combined with the abbreviation of the title for Academy of Sciences Malaysia Fellows (FASc). Befitting the title itself, this programme features new ASM Fellows who will fascinate and educate the audience with insights into the Fellow’s expertise and experience.
Previously called ASM Fellows’ Lecture Series, the rebranding of this intellectual series follows ASM’s 25th Anniversary. FAScinate features a renewed format, transitioning from a formal lecture style into a more casual engagement that is hoped to garner more public interest in science.
“Open Minds, Spark Ideas” is the tagline of FAScinate. This series hopes to inspire the public to open their minds to the width and breadth of science and technology, brought on by the captivating presentations by ASM Fellows.
First, Dato’ Dr Madeline Berma talked about how indigenous communities respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and how resilient this community is amidst the challenge the pandemic poses.
Dato’ Dr Madeline Berma is a visiting professor at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. She carried out extensive research, delivered and published papers on economic development that focuses on rural development, poverty, indigenous communities, and women. Additionally, she has been involved in several consultancy jobs for the Federal and State governments.