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Malaysia Science and Innovation Issue 10 July 2010

  1. 1. British High Commission Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA SCIENCE & INNOVATION NEWSLETTER Issue 10, July 2010 Welcome to the tenth issue of the Malaysia Science & Innovation (S&I) Newsletter prepared by the Science & Innovation Office at the British High Commission (BHC), Kuala Lumpur. The aim of this newsletter is to highlight to the UK audience on local developments and future S&I events. Content: Content: ................................................................................................ 1 Highlights from April – June 2010 ............................................................. 1 Schemes, Programmes and Initiatives ....................................................... 2 S&I News Updates .................................................................................. 3 Announcement ....................................................................................... 5 Calendar of Events for 2010 ..................................................................... 6 Contacts in Malaysia ............................................................................... 8 Highlights from April – June 2010 On 18-19 May, the British High Commission successfully co-organised a 2-day tools training workshop on Low Carbon Development in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Malaysian Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water. The training was designed in close cooperation with UNESCAP office and consultants based in Bangkok, who have already rolled out a regional green growth training programme a year ago. Malaysian Minister for Energy, Green Technology and Water, Dato’ Sri Peter Chin spoke at the opening event, which drew about 50 participants largely across many relevant government ministries and agencies with some numbers from business, consultancies, NGOs and academia. The workshop was an opportunity to get Malaysian stakeholders to work in focus group meetings on various subject matter/ work streams related to green growth and low carbon development. A number of participatory activities built into the Pic 1 : Group photo with minister, all participants, speakers and resource people workshop programme provided the platform for strategic, critical thinking on some of the subject matters on low carbon development. Page 1 of 9
  2. 2. British High Commission Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA SCIENCE & INNOVATION NEWSLETTER Issue 10, July 2010 His Royal Highness Prince Andrew, The Duke of York visited Malaysia from 17-20 May in his capacity as the UK's Special Representative for Trade and Investment. The purpose of the visit was to encourage more trade and investment between our two countries. During his visit, the Duke of York had meetings with the King, Prime Minister, Trade Minister and the new President of Petronas. His Royal Highness opened a new branch of HSBC Amanah bank, helped Nottingham University celebrate the 10th anniversary of their campus in Malaysia, visited the local subsidiary of Spirit Aerosystems, met with members of the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce as well as the Chief Executive of Asia’s largest budget airline, Tony Fernandes during a visit to Air Asia's HQ. He also made a keynote speech at the World Islamic Economic Forum and attended the UK- Malaysia Partnership Dialogue where he made a speech about the importance of the bilateral relationship between the UK and Malaysia. On 9 June, BHC marked the official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a major reception at the High Commissioner’s Residence with over 700 distinguished guests in attendance. This year's event was held for the first time in conjunction with a celebration of UK Armed Forces Day. Respective hosts for the events were His Excellency Boyd McCleary and his wife Jenny, and Colonel Jacques Lemay, UK Defence Adviser. Guests at the celebration comprised of diplomatic corps, ministers and deputy ministry for the Malaysian government, representative of the Malaysian and British business communities and those from the academic world who have close links with Britain while this year’s Guest of Honour was Malaysia's Minister of International Trade and Industry Y.B. Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. His Excellency, who is appointed the next governor of the British Virgin Islands, took the opportunity to bid farewell to those present as his tour of duty here comes to an end in July. Schemes, Programmes and Initiatives Mahathir Science Award 2011 The Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) is a body set up with a mission that encompasses pursuit, encouragement and enhancement of excellence in the fields of science, engineering and technology for the development of the nation and the benefit of mankind. The Academy has instituted the Mahathir Science Award in recognition of scientists/institutions who have contributed to cutting-edge tropical research that have had an impact on society. This Award is Malaysia's most prestigious Science Award for tropical research launched in honour of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who promoted and pursued with determination his convictions in science and scientific research in advancing the progress of mankind and nations. Tun Dr Mahathir was the major force and the man who put into place much of the enabling mechanisms for a scientific milieu in our country. This Award will be given to researchers who have made internationally recognised breakthroughs in pioneering tropical research in the following fields : i) Tropical Medicine, ii) Tropical Agriculture, iii) Tropical Architecture and Engineering, and iv) Tropical Natural Resources. One Award will be conferred in 2011 covering any of the above four fields. The Award carries a cash prize of RM100,000 (approx £20,500), a gold medal and a certificate. Page 2 of 9
  3. 3. British High Commission Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA SCIENCE & INNOVATION NEWSLETTER Issue 10, July 2010 NORMINATION CRITERIA • Awards will be given to researchers who have made internationally recognised breakthroughs in pioneering tropical research that have brought greater positive impacts on the well-being of society. • Nominations can be made by individuals or institutions. • A recipient could be an individual or an institution. Nomination forms may be downloaded from the Academy's website : emid=214 Closing date: 31 March 2011 For more information, please contact : Academy of Sciences Malaysia 902-4, Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur Tel : +603-2694 9898; Fax : +603-2694 5858 E-mail : S&I News Updates (Source : New Straits Times, The Star, Bernama and The Sun) In this section: • General • Energy, Marine, Chemicals and Environment • Health and Life Sciences • Information and Communication Technologies General According to a recent report by Frost and Sullivan, the Malaysian biotechnology industry is expected to generate RM45 billion (£9.4 billion) in revenue by 2013. (The Star, 25/5/10) Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation (BiotechCorp) made a global launch of the Bio- Xcell initiative at the BIO Chicago 2010 convention to promote rapid commercialisation of biotechnology and green technology in the country. The 200 acre biotechnology park base within the Iskandar Development Region in Johor, has already attracted three anchor tenants namely Glycos Biotechnologies Inc of the US, Switzerland’s MGM Ingredients AG and Biocon Ltd, an India-based pharmaceutical company. (The Star, 05/5/10) Officials from the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation were in Kuala Lumpur to discuss the establishment of an Islamic financing facility for the green technology sector with Bank Negara and the Ministry of Energy, Green technology and Water. Discussion will focus on developing a suitable model in the creation of a syariah- compliant US$200 million fund. (The Star, 28/4/10) Page 3 of 9
  4. 4. British High Commission Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA SCIENCE & INNOVATION NEWSLETTER Issue 10, July 2010 A local company, AKRiZ Sdn Bhd has recently developed the first Malaysia Flight Simulator Training Device (FSTD) that operates on a six-axis motion platform. The creation, Virefly or short for Virtual Reality Flying, is based on the Eagle 150B light aircraft, and will have a market value of RM800,000 (£164,000), which is a fraction of a full-scale commercial plane simulator. (Bernama, 4/2/10) Energy, Marine, Materials, Chemicals and Environment 50 local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be selected by the Biomass Industries in Malaysia Sustainable Production (Biomass-SP) project to participate in the commercialisation of biomass technology. The project is a collaboration initiative funded by the European Union under the SWITCH-Asia Programme, with an allocation of EUR 2.2million (£1.84million) for a period of 4 years. These local SMEs will work together with other EU companies to explore biomass technology and business collaboration. (New Straits Times, 8/7/10) DESMET Ballestra, a Belgian engineering company is collaborating with Universiti Putra Malaysia to find competitive and energy-efficient ways to produce palm-based specialty fats. In addition, it is also in the process of acquiring technology to design and build ethanol and biomass power plants in anticipation of a global slowdown in demand for biodiesel jobs. (New Straits Times, 8/7/10) Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) announced plans to set up a Score (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy)-Unimas research centre to conduct studies on renewable energy sources such as hydropower, coal, biomass, wind and solar. (New Straits Times, 15/4/10) Health and Life Sciences The medical devices industry in the country is expecting a double digit growth this year with three more multi-national corporations indicating plans to set up manufacturing facilities in Penang. One of the three, Accellent Inc will be investing over RM300million (£62.5 million) over a two- to three- year period. (The Star, 26/5/10) Researchers from De Montfort University and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia are pioneering a prototype syntactic assessment tool for speech and language therapy to study syntactic development amongst Malay and Chinese children in Malaysia. The collaborative project, a first in Malaysia and South-East-Asia, is part of the Strategic Alliances and Partnerships strand of the Prime Minister’s Initiative for International Education (PMI2) Connect scheme. (The Star, 04/5/10) The Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) has introduced an advance non-invasive myocardial revascularisation therapy for the treatment of myocardial ischaemia in patients who cannot undergo bypass surgery. The availability of this new technology for the first time in the country is expected to also spur research opportunities at UMMC. (The Star, 04/5/10) IMR has successfully concluded the world’s first semi-field evaluation of dengue control using sterile insect techniques, involving the transgenic OX513A strain of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which was developed by Oxford University and its part-owned company Oxitec. The promising technique which employs the sterile male of the OX513A strain to mate with wild female, results in sterile offspring that does not survive to adulthood, thereby suppressing or even eradicating the native population and eventually halt disease transmission. The study found the method to be environment- friendly, self-limiting and species specific. (The Sun, 28/4/10) Page 4 of 9
  5. 5. British High Commission Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA SCIENCE & INNOVATION NEWSLETTER Issue 10, July 2010 Universiti Malaya’s Tropical Infectious Diseases Research and Education Centre (Tidrec) recently launched its newly installed modular Biosafety Level 3 Research Facility to enable more research on tropical diseases to be conducted locally. Purchased at a cost of RM10 million (£2 million), the facility is expected to enhance Tidrec’s role in the study and prevention of infectious tropical diseases and forge collaborative links with local and foreign research institutions. (The Star, 13/4/10) Information and Communication Technologies The Malaysian Research and Education Network (Myren) project which provides high- capacity broadband to academia and research institutions, connecting researchers nationwide and enabling inter-institution collaborative research will be managed by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) from next year, taking over from the Ministry of Information, Communications and Culture. (The Star, 30/04/10) The Malaysian Software Testing Board is spearheading efforts to develop the country’s software industry into a regional hub for outsourced software testing services by setting up a RM11 million (£2.3 million) lab – called the Q Lab. It aims to increase the country’s current pool of 600 certified testers to 10,000 over the next five years. (The Star, 7/04/10) Announcement SEA-EU-NET: Europe-Southeast Asia Symposium on Dengue Scientific workshop focusing on scientific matchmaking, identifying opportunities for collaboration and forming consortia to bid into FP7 funding calls 5 – 6 August 2010 Venue : University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia We are pleased to announce the SEA-EU-NET Symposium on Dengue on 5 August 2010 in Kuala Lumpur. The primary objective of the workshop is to bring together scientific experts to identify opportunities for collaboration. Dengue fever, which is the most efficient re-emerging and expanding pathogen of global importance is on a sharp rise worldwide, and represents a growing threat to the health of European and South East Asia citizens. Climate change may further increase the risk of Dengue outbreaks in both South East Asia and Europe as elevated temperatures will increase the geographical distribution of the disease. The symposium will serve as a platform for a co-ordinated and joint approach between researchers specialising in different disciplines. The primary objective of the workshop is to bring together scientific experts to identify opportunities for collaboration and form consortia to bid into the upcoming EU FP7 funding calls on Dengue. The workshop will also take stock of existing and planned research projects and identify the specific needs of each region and any potential issues for future collaborations. The workshop is sponsored by the SEA-EU-NET and supported by the British High Commission, Singapore, The British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur, and the Tropical Infectious Diseases Research and Education Centre (TIDREC), University of Malaya. Page 5 of 9
  6. 6. British High Commission Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA SCIENCE & INNOVATION NEWSLETTER Issue 10, July 2010 Confirmed Speakers Philippe Buchy, Institut Pasteur du Cambodge, Cambodia Andrew Davidson, University of Bristol, United Kingdom Lars Eisen, Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) Koray Ergunay, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey Marta Barrionuevo Hafner, Health-NCP-NET, Spain Alain Kohl, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom Gavin Screaton, Imperial College, United Kingdom Jolanda Smit, University of Groningen, the Netherlands Sazaly Abu Bakar, University of Malaya, Malaysia Chong Chee Keong, Ministry of Health Malaysia Ida Safitri Laksono, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia Lee Yeo Sin, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore Prida Malasit, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Thailand Sharifah Faridah Syed Omar, University of Malaya Medical Centre Bridget Wills, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Organising Committee Sazaly Abu Bakar, University of Malaya ( Jessica Wright, SEA-EU-NET ( Christopher Tan, British High Commission, Singapore ( Lee Ching Heong, British High Commission, Kuala Lumpur ( For further information on the symposium and to register, please visit Attendance to the symposium is free of charge but all participants are requested to register to ensure adequate provision of facilities during the symposium. Do note the symposium date in your diaries. Calendar of Events for 2010 July • 17-18 July : South East Asian Conference on Ageing 2010 (SEACA 2010). Kuala Lumpur. UK Speaker : Prof Armandos Barrientos, University of Manchester • 26-29 July : 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Waste To Wealth and the 6th International Conference on Combustion, Incineration/Pyrolysis and Emission Control (2nd W2W & 6th i-CIPEC). Kuala Lumpur. August • 02-03 Aug : ASEAN Conference on Energy 2010. Kuala Lumpur Page 6 of 9
  7. 7. British High Commission Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA SCIENCE & INNOVATION NEWSLETTER Issue 10, July 2010 • 02-05 Aug : World Engineering Congress 2010 (WEC2010): Advanced Processes and Materials. Kuching, Sarawak. • 02-05 Aug : The 2nd International Firefly Symposium 2010: Firefly Conservation – From Science to Implementation. Selangor. October • 03-06 Oct : The 2010 IEEE Symposium on Industrial Electronics & Applications (ISIEA 2010). Penang. • 08-10 Oct : 3rd International Conference on Biotechnology for the Wellness Industry & Wellness Industry (ICBWI 2010). Kuala Lumpur. • 10-12 Oct : Sustainable Seed Banking Forum “Facing the Challenge of Sustainable Seed Banking for the Developing World”. Kuching, Sarawak. • 12-14 Oct : 16th Malaysian Chemical Congress “Research, Innovation, Development and Entrepreneurship in Chemistry: Towards a High- Income Economy by 2020”. (16MCC 2010). Kuala Lumpur. UK Speaker: Professor Mike Ashfold, Bristol University • 13-14 Oct : The 3rd National Intelligent Systems and Information Technology Symposium (ISITS 2010). Kuala Lumpur. • 14-17 Oct : International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition & Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2010). Kuala Lumpur. • 20-21 Oct : 2nd International Conference on Islamic Science and Technology. Johor Bahru. • 26-28 Oct : International Conference on Agricultural Extension (AGREX’10). Kuala Lumpur. UK Speaker: Professor Christ Garforth, University of Reading. November • 01-02 Nov : 3rd International Conference on Underwater System Technology: Theory and Applications 2010 (USYS’10). Kuala Lumpur. UK Speaker: Professor Philip A Wilson, University of Southhampton. • 01-03 Nov : The 8th GLOBELICS International Conference - Making Innovation Work for Society: Linking, Leveraging and Learning. Kuala Lumpur. • 02-04 Nov : BioMalaysia 2010. Kuala Lumpur. • 22-23 Nov : International Green Energy Conference & Exhibition (ICGEE). Kuala Lumpur. Page 7 of 9
  8. 8. British High Commission Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA SCIENCE & INNOVATION NEWSLETTER Issue 10, July 2010 • 26-29 Nov : 3rd International Conference on Advancement in Science and Technology (iCAST) 2010. Kuantan, Pahang. UK Speaker: Professor Gerard Bodeker, University of Oxford. • 29Nov–1Dec : International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM2010). Kuala Lumpur. • 29Nov–1Dec : Asian Regional Conference on Systems Biology (ARCSB) 2010. Kuala Lumpur. • 29 Nov-01 Dec: 1st AMDI International Biohealth Science Conference 2010 (IBSC- 2010). Penang. • 29Nov–3Dec : 18th International Conference on Computer in Education (ICCE2010). Kuala Lumpur. December • 01-03 Dec : 3rd International Conference on Solid State Science & Technology 2010 (ICSSST 2010). Sarawak. • 01-03 Dec : Nanotech Malaysia 2010: International Conference on Enabling Science and Nanotechnology. Kuala Lumpur. UK Speaker: Professor Arokia Nathan, University College London and Professor Gehan Amaratunga, University of Cambridge. • 05-08 Dec : International Conference on Scientific & Social Science Research (CSSR2010). Kuala Lumpur. • 07-10 Dec : Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering & Management System (APIEMS2010). Melaka. • 13-15 Dec : International Conference on Environment 2010: Green Technologies for the Benefits of Bottom Billions (ICENV2010). Penang. UK Speaker: Professor Stephen Allen, Queen’s University Belfast. • 16-17 Dec : 3rd International Conference on Science and Technology (ICSTIE2010). Penang. Contacts in Malaysia Lee Ching Heong (Ms) Science & Innovation Officer British High Commission, Malaysia - END - If you do not wish to receive this quarterly Malaysia Science & Innovation Newsletter, or, if you know of other recipients who would wish to receive it, please contact Ms Lee Ching Heong at Thank you. Page 8 of 9
  9. 9. British High Commission Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA SCIENCE & INNOVATION NEWSLETTER Issue 10, July 2010 The newsletter is compiled, edited and distributed by the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in the newsletter is accurate, the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur does not accept any responsibility for any errors, omissions or misleading statements in that information and no warranty is given or responsibility is accepted as to the standing of any company, organisation or individual mentioned. Page 9 of 9