FameLab is the longest running science communication competition in the world with a global alumni of over 10,000 science communicators. To celebrate the partnership with the Malaysian Industry-Government Group For High Technology (MIGHT), British Council examines the legacy, impact and achievements of FameLab Malaysia towards the wider Malaysian science and research community.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, #BreakTheBias could not have come at a better time. The state of gender equality across STEM industry, continues to be an area of serious concern as fewer than 30% of researchers worldwide are women, according to data from the UNESCO. As a typical STEM worker earns two thirds more than non-STEM workers, giving women equal opportunities to pursue STEM careers helps narrow the gender pay gap and would be a major contribution to the achievement of ‘Sustainable Development Goal 5: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’.
From a young girl who loves reading anatomy books and pretends to be a doctor with stethoscopes during playtime, Dr Amalina Che Bakri is now living out her childhood dreams of helping people and making a difference. In a recent Smart Talk Webinar Series 2021-2022 hosted by The British Council, Dr Amalina shared her personal experience about her tertiary education and career journey in the UK.
In 2013, Azman Yeop Akil entered the Malaysian Book of Records as the first disabled Malaysian to cycle more than 1,000km with a bionic leg. Azman is proof that with the help of prosthetics, the sky's the limit. And since then, Bioapps Sdn Bhd has been testing out various versions of the technology – from prosthetic legs fitted with sensor technology to a fully robotic ankle-foot prosthesis, the BioApps RoMicP™.
What started out as a fun project for Ganesh Muren during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the creation of Malaysia's first-of-its-kind semi-ventilator, Ethovent, an automated bagging machine, to assist patients with breathing difficulties. As hospitals and medical frontliners grappled with a shortage of ventilators following the increasing number of patients amid the Covid-19 spread, Ganesh saw the opportunity to introduce the technology.
Drones are revolutionising agriculture and it looks like this may be the new future of agricultural produce. With the help of aerial data, drones can provide farmers with digital data to improve efficiency. Enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT), drones help to gather accurate data and relay it back to a cloud server or some other analytics service. Today, the application of drone technology can be seen in oil palm plantations and paddy fields.
With the worsening climate change crisis in Malaysia, Poorani in her PANAS! submission looks into the need for urgent changes in Malaysian universities to ensure that fresh graduates are ready to hit the ground running in our growing climate-enhancing green workforce in Malaysia.
Rekha Sevaloga Nathan in her video story investigates public opinion, perception and understanding regarding climate change in Malaysia. It explains the steps that the Malaysian government has taken in tackling climate change and what can we do as individuals.
Although global climate change is most commonly associated with polar caps melting, it has never been a distant subject. We often complain that mosquitoes and mosquito bites have increased recently. Have you ever thought that mosquitoes are now breeding faster because our environments have been changed by the climate? Lim Ann Gee reports for PANAS.
Coral reefs play a vital role in maintaining the health of the oceans, but are under increased threat from climate change. In Malaysia, we are home to the last few healthy coral reefs left in the world. Read this PANAS! article by Ashley Yeong on what is coral bleaching and why you should care.