COVID-19: Where science meets the headlines

Science Media Centre (SMC) Malaysia is an independent information resource centre aimed at promoting accurate and evidence-based reporting especially on complex or controversial science issues in the media.

As COVID-19 takes centre stage, we help you to better understand the pandemic by bringing you the latest research and expert reactions on the novel coronavirus.

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[PANAS!] From Bad to Worse: Indigenous Women Hit by Climate Crisis

To better understand how the climate crisis disproportionately affects women differently, Nicole Fong looks at how the increased deforestation from logging and extreme weather patterns affects Sarawakian indigenous women through a social, cultural, and economic lens. And why we need women to be at the forefront of developing climate solutions.

[PANAS!] Padi tradisi kunci adaptasi perubahan iklim

Masyarakat etnik yang mendiami kawasan terpencil sangat bergantung kepada sumber alam. Jika hasil tuaian padi musnah, tiada pasar yang berdekatan untuk membeli beras. Justeru, mereka merupakan ‘barisan hadapan’ yang merasakan perubahan iklim dan akibat buruknya. 

[KENYATAAN MEDIA] Vaksin COVID-19 beri lebih manfaat daripada mudarat

Pengambilan vaksin bukanlah sesuatu yang baharu. Sejak dari lahir lagi, masyarakat sudah biasa dengan penerimaan vaksin untuk mengelak pelbagai jenis penyakit. Malah syarat pengambilan vaksin sebelum memasuki sesebuah negara telah lama diamalkan seperti vaksin demam kuning untuk negara Afrika, dan suntikan wajib vaksin meningococcal untuk ke tanah suci Makkah atau Madinah di negara Arab Saudi untuk tujuan umrah atau haji. 

[KENYATAAN MEDIA] #YakiniVaksin: Kempen Kesedaran Bagi Menangani Mitos Dan Salah Faham Mengenai Vaksin COVID-19

Walaupun keyakinan global terhadap vaksin COVID-19 semakin meningkat, keraguan dan keengganan menerima vaksin tetap menjadi masalah utama. Untuk menangani cabaran ini, Science Media Centre (SMC) Malaysia dan The Petri Dish secara rasminya melancarkan #YakiniVaksin, satu projek kempen kesedaran yang bertujuan untuk melawan mitos dan salah faham tentang vaksin COVID-19.

[MEDIA RELEASE] E-estidotmy: Going Digital in Communicating Science

What was formerly known as estidotmy, a collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and Utusan Malaysia, is now e-estidotmy, a virtual platform to promote the sciences. The website is a collaborative effort between the Academy, the Young Scientists Network- the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM), Science Media Centre Malaysia, National STEM Association and Pusat STEM Negara.

[FEATURE] FameLab: Explaining Science in Three Minutes

The most prestigious science communication championship will kick start with application submission by the end of this month and Virtual heats in June before advancing to FameLab National Final to compete for the most coveted title ‘World’s Best Science Communicator’ at the FameLab International Championship in November this year.

[FEATURE] Women in STEM: Overcoming Challenges

To inspire the next generation of women STEM leaders, and to celebrate and learn from those who have paved the way in this area, four distinguished female STEM icons were invited to share about their journey and experiences in STEM in an online webinar titled ‘Women in STEM: Igniting passion, inspiring leadership’, in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8.

[OPINION] I have Allergies – Can I Take the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Can people with allergies take the Covid-19 vaccine? What constitutes a severe allergy? How common is anaphylaxis after a Covid-19 vaccine? In this opinion piece, Dr Amar Singh summarises the understanding of the general public about the risk of a severe allergic reaction called anaphylaxis based on available current data and evidence.

[OPINION] Creating Better Environments For Women Scientists

11 February marks The International Day of Women and Girls in Science which recognizes the critical role women and girls play in science and technology. One of the biggest takeaways from the 2020 pandemic is that the sciences is the field to watch. We need to ensure that governance and opportunities for women scientists are on the same spectrum as their male counterparts.

Testimonials

The need and importance of effective science communication is clearly highlighted in this COVID-19 pandemic. Communicating science between scientists and the general public, policy makers and other stakeholders is an essential element of outbreak management plan. The public and policy makers must be able to understand the basics of science before they can make informed decisions. But scientists need a platform to share their knowledge, research data and information to the public and policy makers. And the Science Media Centre Malaysia provides a great platform for scientists to reach out.

Photo of Dr Chai Lay Ching, Chairperson Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia

Dr Chai Lay Ching, Chairperson Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia

In a fast-paced newsroom, journalists are always busy and rushing to meet deadlines. With the COVID-19 coverage, we are constantly seeking out information and expert insights to accurately explain about the global pandemic particularly on the aspects of infection and treatment. COVID-19 requires a greater understanding of science and the Science Media Centre Malaysia is a good place for journalists to source for experts’ quotes and we also get story ideas by reading about the latest scientific research.

Photo of Thasha Jayamanogaran, Chief-Reporter, Malay Mail

Thasha Jayamanogaran, Chief-Reporter, Malay Mail