Plenary Panel Sessions

Plenary Panel Session 1: “The role of government in advancing science in Malaysia.”

The government plays an important role in the advancement of the nation’s science and technology. Proper implementation of science policies, efforts to promote world-class scientific research and the use of scientific output to promote innovation and productivity have huge impacts on the country’s economic growth and public welfare.

In this panel session, the efforts from the Malaysian government and related agencies to promote scientific advancement will be highlighted and discussed.


  • Tan Sri Dr. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, Joint Chairman of Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) / President of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM)
  • Professor Mohd Nordin Hasan, Director for the International Council of Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Datuk Dr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, President and CEO of Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)
  • Ms. Sherene Azura Azli, General Manager of TalentCorp (Malaysian Diaspora Outreach)


Plenary Panel Session 2: “Raising the standards of academic research in Malaysia – challenges faced and lessons from abroad.”

Improving the standards of academic research in Malaysia has been a tough challenge, which has been reflected in the difficulty in improving the positions of Malaysian institutions in various global university rankings. This has been partly attributed to the deficiencies in research and the growing competitiveness by other universities globally.

In this panel session, various strategies undertaken by Malaysian public and private research institutions will be presented and discussed. Experiences from Malaysian scientists working abroad will be shared and could serve as a model for improving the research quality in Malaysia.


  • Professor Peter Mitchell, Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham Malaysia
  • Professor Chris Grovenor, Head of the Department of Materials, University of Oxford
  • Dr. Chan Kok Gan, Research Coordinator of Universiti Malaya High Impact Research
  • Dr. Charis Quay Huei Li, Maître de conférences (Physics) at Université Paris-Sud, France


Plenary Panel Session 3: “Accelerating technology transfer in Malaysia – advancing science and creating more career opportunities.”

Technology transfer or commercialisation of research is a key towards converting scientific research output into a product for the benefit of the public.  The emergence of technology transfer has presented an alternative source of funding for scientific research, in addition to the creation of career opportunities for scientists and engineers in the overlapping fields of science, business and law.

In this panel discussion, the importance of technology transfer and the efforts in promoting technology transfer in Malaysia will be highlighted and discussed.


  • Dato’ Norhalim Yunus, CEO of Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC)
  • Dr. Stuart Kewley, Chairman of The Eurasia Consortium
  • Dr. Rezal Ahmad, CEO of NanoMalaysia Bhd
  • Professor Jose Furtado, Visiting Professor for International Development at Imperial College’s Centre for Environmental (Technology) and Policy