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Welcome to the 5th UM-NUS-CU Trilateral Mini Symposium and Scientific Meeting 2014!! We are especially proud to be given the opportunity to organize this symposium in the Department of Chemistry, UM this year.
Since the initiation of this symposium in 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand, we have strived both to focus and broaden the scope of the symposium. The focus has been to establish collaborative research and networking among the academics from the top research universities in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.
This year, the symposium is held on the 11th and 12th February 2014. The program on the first day of the event is packed with oral presentations by 12 distinguished speakers from the three univeristies. As before, the symposium is structured to allow close interaction among the participants; hence together with the formal presentations, there will be social occasions such as dinner at Eastin Hotel, where the academics and attendees will get together and know each other better to enhance opportunities for scientific intercourse. Besides, we have also arranged a short tour for our guests to Rimba Ilmu, which means Forest of Knowledge in the malay language. Rimba Ilmu is a tropical botanical garden, set up in the University of Malaya campus in Kuala Lumpur. It is modelled after a rain forest garden concept rather than a formal flower garden. It emphasises the flora of the Asean region with living collections of over 1,600 species. The Rimba Ilmu also houses the University of Malaya herbarium (acronym KLU) and has its own Environmental Education Programme.
An administrative or annual meeting between the three institutes has also been arranged and it will be held on the second day of this event to discuss matters associated to research student exchange, collaboration, MoU, etc. With all these programs in line, I greatly hope that we can make full use of our time and resources in the next two days to discuss and deliberate on research issues, and at the same time paving the way towards a more sustainable and resilient research collaborations.