January 26, 2021

Ensuring Malaysia’s Resilience Against Zoonotic Diseases

The Forum and Workshop on Zoonoses in Malaysia took place on 20 November 2020 in two parts: the Forum in the morning took place on Zoom, while the Workshop in the afternoon was conducted on the Microsoft Teams platform. The forum aims to provide an overview on the current policies, landscape and initiatives, issues, and challenges as well as effective strategies towards ensuring Malaysia’s resilience against zoonotic diseases.
January 26, 2021

2020 YSN-ASM Virtual Colloquium

Like clockwork, the YSN-ASM Colloquium is here again. This annual programme is organised by the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia. This year, the Colloquium was held virtually from 4 to 5 December 2020 in view of the current pandemic situation, keeping everyone safe and sound in the comfort of their homes or office. Boasting the highest attendance to date, the 2020 YSN-ASM Colloquium continues its role as an avenue for the YSN-ASM members and affiliates to gather, get acquainted, build network, and formulate programmes to advance the nation’s science, technology, and innovation.
January 26, 2021

2020 Virtual National Science Challenge

For the first time, the National Science Challenge is held entirely online, thus named Virtual National Science Challenge. It also carries the theme “Towards a Pandemic-resilient Community Through Science”. On 9 November 2020, the Academy of Sciences Malaysia broadcasted the Grand Final of the 2020 VNSC via Zoom, Facebook Live, and the Ministry of Education’s Youtube Channel, EduWebTV.
January 26, 2021

YSN-ASM Science Café | Eat, Therefore I Am: an Insight into Personalised Nutrition

This session of Science Café KL featured YSN-ASM member Associate Professor Dr Razinah Sharif. Dr Razinah is a lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Director of the Biocompatibility Laboratory at UKM. She is also a researcher the Centre for Healthy Ageing and Wellness, Faculty of Health Sciences (H-Care) UKM. Have You Ever Wonder Why You Cannot Gain Weight? Have You Ever Wondered Why You Can Gain Weight Easily? Can Knowing More About Your Genes Help You to Eat Move and Live Better? In this Science Café session, Dr Razinah shares how nutrition affects your DNA and how your genes respond to what you eat.
January 26, 2021

Celebrating the Legacy of Dr Ranjeet Bhagwan Singh

The Academy of Sciences Malaysia organised a Memorial Lecture in conjunction with the announcement of the Dr Ranjeet Bhagwan Singh (RBS) Medical Research Grant recipients for 2019 and 2020. The online session was broadcasted via Zoom, Facebook Live and ASM’s YouTube Channel. In attendance during the event was Professor Datin Paduka Dr Teoo Soo Hwang FASc, Chair of the RBS Medical Trust Fund Selection Committee. Together with her was the guest of honour Dato’ Parang Abai @ Thomas, Deputy Secretary General (STI Planning and Culture) from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia.
January 26, 2021

FAScinate™ Talk Series

ASM is back with another installment of the FAScinate™ Series on 3 November 2020. This time around, it featured three immensely brilliant ASM Fellows to showcase their expertise in three interesting and captivating presentations. Previously known as the ASM Fellows’ Lecture Series, this new branding evokes a more casual vibe that aims to increase public engagement and fascinate them with science. Featuring the tagline “Open Minds, Spark Ideas”the FAScinate™ Series is a platform for ASM Fellows to share their thoughts and knowledge that will open the minds of people and spark new ideas. Featured ASM Fellows in this FAScinate™ Series are Professor Dato’ Dr Tengku Aizan Tengku Abdul Hamid FASc, Professor Dr Vikineswary Subaratnam FASc & Professor Dr Nik Meriam Nik Sulaiman FASc.
November 26, 2020

Future of the Tropics Engineering For Sustainability: Water & Energy For The Tropics

The Mahathir Science Award Foundation (MSAF) and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) jointly organised a webinar themed “Engineering for Sustainability: Water and Energy in the Tropics” on 22 September 2020. Tropical regions are rich in natural resources that can benefit the people who live there. The existence of rivers and rain-fed arable land in tropical areas provide the conditions for most renewable energy sectors to flourish.
November 26, 2020

Future of the Tropics Coffee: Black Gold of the Tropics

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 organised a webinar themed “Black Gold of the Tropics” in conjunction with International Coffee Day on 1 October 2020.
November 26, 2020

YSN-ASM Science Café KL Is Nanotechnology Safe?

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.
November 26, 2020

YSN-ASM Science Café KL Food Poisoning: Appearance Can Be Deceiving

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.
October 13, 2020

YSN-ASM Science Café Johor
REKABENTUK PEMBELAJARAN DALAM TALIAN

On 14 August 2020, the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) organised a Science Café Session on Rekabentuk Pembelajaran Dalam Talian (“Designing Online Learning”). The session was moderated by Dr Jaysuman featuring Dr Noor Dayana Abd Halim, YSN-ASM Affiliate and Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
October 13, 2020

YSN-ASM Science Café KL
LURKING SNAKES ON THE RUN

On 15 August 2020, the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) organised a Science Café Session titled Lurking Snakes on the Run. The session was moderated by Shawn Keng and featured Dr Tan Choo Hock, Senior Medical Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. Dr Tan leads the Venom Research and Toxicology Lab (Vetox Lab) at UM’s Department of Pharmacology.
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