On 20 November, the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), that took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt concluded with a historic decision to establish and operationalise a loss and damage fund, particularly for developing countries that are most vulnerable to the climate crisis. We asked experts to highlight some of the big wins and losses at COP 27, as well as what they signify for Malaysia and the rest of the world.
A study carried out by a group of researchers at Universiti Malaya, microbubble aeration has shown to have profound positive effects on the growth of biofloc cultures and farmed shrimp. Biofloc Technology is the new “blue revolution” in aquaculture for sustainable aquaculture by using minimum resources like feed, water and land.
Methane emissions account for roughly 25 percent of current global warming and contribute to climate-related threats including more intense and frequent heat waves and flooding, food insecurity, and poor air quality. According to Malaysia’s third biennial update report to the United Nations, methane emissions contributed 17 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, with its major source being fugitive emissions from the oil and gas industry.
The World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Mental Health Day annually with a global campaign on the 10th of October. Each year, the gist of the message is clear: we need to raise awareness about mental health, and mobilise efforts to support people living with mental health difficulties. This is absolutely necessary as awareness is required to encourage help-seeking behaviours and consequently, increasing the likelihood of people to reach out for mental health services.
A recent international multi-stakeholder forum held at the Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya, highlighted the need for scientists to engage more actively with society as the nation transitions into its post-pandemic reality. The forum, entitled “Translating Science into Public Knowledge: The Role of Science Communication in a Post-Pandemic Society” was organized by the Department of Science and Technology Studies, Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya and gathered discussants from academia, industry and government.
September is World Alzheimer's Month, an international campaign to raise dementia awareness and challenge stigma. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. According to the World Health Organization, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia ranked as the seventh leading cause of death globally in 2020. Currently, Alzheimer's Disease Foundation Malaysia estimated there are about 50,000 people in Malaysia with this disease.
2021 marks the seventh and final year of the FameLab Malaysia competition delivered by the British Council in partnership with the Malaysian Industry-Government Group For High Technology (MIGHT). The British Council recently celebrated the partnership and achievements in April and May 2022 to draw this successful partnership to a close, handing over FameLab Malaysia to MIGHT.
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.
Are you a Malaysian woman ready to pursue postgraduate study in science, technology, engineering or maths at a university in the UK? Apply now for the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM – an exciting opportunity for women in eight South East Asian countries to obtain a Master’s degree or Early Academic Fellowship from a UK university to further develop their careers in STEM subjects.
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’.