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1 Promotion of Science Education: The Role of Academy of Sciences Malaysia Ahmad Zaidee Laidin Academy of Sciences Malaysia 902-4, Jalan Tun Ismail 50480 Kuala Lumpur 1

2 Academy of Sciences Malaysia Established in February 1995 under the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) Act 1994Established in February 1995 under the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) Act 1994 Statutory body under Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI)Statutory body under Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Inaugurated by YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (former Prime Minister of Malaysia) on 8 September 1995Inaugurated by YABhg. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (former Prime Minister of Malaysia) on 8 September 1995 Launching Grant of USD 4.2 million (1995-2004)Launching Grant of USD 4.2 million (1995-2004) From 2005 (Operational expenditure & Development budget) from Government of MalaysiaFrom 2005 (Operational expenditure & Development budget) from Government of Malaysia 2

3 Distribution of ASM Fellows Total no. of Fellows: 189 3

4 Vision “ To be the Scientific Thought Leader in Advancing Science for Malaysia to Become a Contributor to Science ” Mission ………..” to pursue, encourage and enhance excellence in the fields of science, engineering and technology for the development of the nation and benefit of mankind….” 4

5 ASM Existing Task Force Committees Science Education Energy Natural Hazards Biotechnology & Agriculture Climate Change Sustainable Water Management Programme etc. 5

6 ASM Existing Standing Committees International Affairs Committee International Science Frontiers in Research Organising Committee ASM Science Journal Editorial Board Culture of Excellence Committee Technical Committee on Seismic Hazard & Risk Study in Malaysia etc. 6

7 Thrusts 1.Development for Science (accelerating STI for knowledge generation, new discoveries & creating new value-added opportunities for future development) 2.Science for Development (utilization of science for development, wealth creation and societal well-being) 3.Mega Science Framework Study for Sustained National Development (2011-2050) (develop such a framework as an over-arching basis for Government to mainstream innovative scientific, engineering and technological inputs into national development strategies & plans) 7

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9 National Level i.Provide Advice to Government on STI ii.Fostering Culture of Excellence in STI iii.Upgrading Technological Capability in Malaysian Industry iv.Promoting Public Awareness and Understanding of STI v.Enhancing International Collaboration vi.Scientific Publications 9

10 Promotion of Science Education : School Level Nobel Laureate Outreach ProgrammeNobel Laureate Outreach Programme - Training Camp for Students & Teachers on Scientific Research Skills - Science Motivation Session with Nobel Laureate Public Lectures by Nobel LaureatesPublic Lectures by Nobel Laureates National Science ChallengeNational Science Challenge La main á la páteLa main á la páte Back to School LecturesBack to School Lectures Innovation Awards (School category)Innovation Awards (School category) 10

11 Training Camps for Students & Teachers on Scientific Research Skills Jointly organised by ASM, MOSTI, MOE, and UniversityJointly organised by ASM, MOSTI, MOE, and University An intensive 7-day residential programme:An intensive 7-day residential programme: –to introduce students to the process of scientific research & to inspire them to explore & understand the exciting world of STI –to train students to conduct research through a step by step hands-on learning module with facilitation by a group of young scientists as their mentors Creative modules, instruction modules, research modules, other modules (group dynamic, report writing & presentation of research project) & separate programmes for teachersCreative modules, instruction modules, research modules, other modules (group dynamic, report writing & presentation of research project) & separate programmes for teachers 4 best teams will progress to the final round of National Science Challenge4 best teams will progress to the final round of National Science Challenge 11

12 Students discussing their research findings Students being briefed by their Mentors 12

13 During the Closing Ceremony Students presenting their research findings in front of the judge 13

14 Science Motivation Sessions with Nobel Laureate Special session just for school childrenSpecial session just for school children Science motivation talk by Nobel Laureate- the importance of science, -exploring the unknown and -there is nothing impossible in science (inculcated in the young)Science motivation talk by Nobel Laureate- the importance of science, -exploring the unknown and -there is nothing impossible in science (inculcated in the young) 14

15 Nobel Laureate Dr. Richard Roberts session with students 15

16 Public Lectures by Nobel Laureates 16

17 Public Lecture by Nobel Laureate Prof Sherwood Rowland Audience including school children at Nobel Laureate Prof Sherwood Rowland Public Lecture 17

18 Public Lecture by Noble Laureate Prof Ahmed Zewail Audience including school children at Noble Laureate Prof Ahmed Zewail Public Lecture 18

19 National Science Challenge Started in 1983 and now in its 22 nd YearStarted in 1983 and now in its 22 nd Year Involving about 1000-1500 secondary schoolsInvolving about 1000-1500 secondary schools Supported by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Novozymes Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. ASTRO Discovery Channel and Animal PlanetSupported by Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Novozymes Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. ASTRO Discovery Channel and Animal Planet Grand Prize include the “Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy”, RM 2000 for the school, certificateGrand Prize include the “Prime Minister’s Challenge Trophy”, RM 2000 for the school, certificate Since 1999 - study visit to Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark and special arrangement with Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences enable champions witness the prestigious Nobel Prize CeremonySince 1999 - study visit to Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark and special arrangement with Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences enable champions witness the prestigious Nobel Prize Ceremony 19

20 The Champions of the 2009 National Science Challenge receiving their awards 20

21 The winners of NSC 2008 at the Nobel Prize Ceremony, Stockholm Nobel Prize Ceremony 21

22 La main á la páte La main á la páte is a national French program aiming at revamping and developing science and technology at elementary schoolLa main á la páte is a national French program aiming at revamping and developing science and technology at elementary school ASM in collaboration with SEAMEO RECSAM and Academy of Sciences of the Institute of French – organised three regional training sessions in 2004, 2005 and 2006ASM in collaboration with SEAMEO RECSAM and Academy of Sciences of the Institute of French – organised three regional training sessions in 2004, 2005 and 2006 La main á la páte module in English version “ Teaching Science in Schools”-distributed in the experimental classes in Malaysia by ASMLa main á la páte module in English version “ Teaching Science in Schools”-distributed in the experimental classes in Malaysia by ASM 22

23 La main á la páte: Regional Training Sessions 23

24 Back to School Lectures ASM Fellows and scientists gives lectures and motivate secondary schools students To harness the vast experience of ASM Fellows to motivate students to embark on science based careers 24

25 Lectures by ASM Fellows & Scientists 25 BACK TO SCHOOL LECTURES

26 National Innovation Award (School Category) ASM manages and coordinate National Innovation AwardASM manages and coordinate National Innovation Award The Award is given to recognize innovative and creative efforts towards generating simple new ideas, simple new innovations and products by harnessing S&T towards impacting wealth creation and societal well beingThe Award is given to recognize innovative and creative efforts towards generating simple new ideas, simple new innovations and products by harnessing S&T towards impacting wealth creation and societal well being Open to all Government schoolsOpen to all Government schools Innovation must consist element of originality, creativity, applicability & functionalityInnovation must consist element of originality, creativity, applicability & functionality Prize include National Innovation Award Trophy,Prize include National Innovation Award Trophy, USD 6,000 and certificate In 2008- 53 schools participated in the competitionIn 2008- 53 schools participated in the competition 26

27 Participants Training Course for Young Scientists 2008 Q & A Session during MASTEC Promotion of Science Education: University Level 27 Training Course on R&D Approaches and Management for Young Scientists Provided participants with additional theoretical insight on current trends in STI managementProvided participants with additional theoretical insight on current trends in STI management Total participants (2006 – 2008) – 90 researchers from various universities & research institutions in MalaysiaTotal participants (2006 – 2008) – 90 researchers from various universities & research institutions in Malaysia Malaysian Science & Technology Convention (MASTEC) Academy’s event with deliberating on discussing the latest issues on the development of S&T in Malaysia

28 Science Grants 28 Brain Gain Programme Community Innovation Fund (CIF) Scientific Advancement Fund Allocation (SAGA)

29 Brain Gain Programme Mission – Accelerate scientific discovery and transforming innovation through Malaysian DiasporaMission – Accelerate scientific discovery and transforming innovation through Malaysian Diaspora Prioritized areas – ICT, Biotechnology, Industry, Sea to Space, S&T Core and InnovationPrioritized areas – ICT, Biotechnology, Industry, Sea to Space, S&T Core and Innovation Total projects – 20 (as for October 2009) in various areasTotal projects – 20 (as for October 2009) in various areas Allocation for Brain Gain Programme is amountingAllocation for Brain Gain Programme is amounting USD 10 million USD 10 million 29

30 SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT FUND ALLOCATION (SAGA) Mission : to build scientific knowledge and achieve excellence in science, generate discovery of new knowledge and become producers of technology rather than merely consumers 88 projects funded under SAGA amounting to USD 5.8 million until December 2008 Mission : to build scientific knowledge and achieve excellence in science, generate discovery of new knowledge and become producers of technology rather than merely consumers Major research funded in the fields of physiology/ medicine, chemistry and physics, respectively are dengue, cancer, malaria, stem cell, novel bioactive products, novel nanostructures/nanotubes, superconductivity and liquid crystals, etc. 88 projects funded under SAGA amounting to USD 5.8 million until December 2008 30

31 Community Innovation Fu nd To assist community groups to convert knowledge and ideas into products, processes or services that improves the quality of life of communities.To assist community groups to convert knowledge and ideas into products, processes or services that improves the quality of life of communities. ASM fellows with expertise in relevant fields are called upon to evaluate the CIFASM fellows with expertise in relevant fields are called upon to evaluate the CIF Evaluation results at ASM level of CIF Projects (June 2007-July 2009) – 9 projects approvedEvaluation results at ASM level of CIF Projects (June 2007-July 2009) – 9 projects approved Allocation for CIF Projects is amountingAllocation for CIF Projects is amounting USD 1 million 31

32 ASM Publications ASM Publishes books, monographs, proceedings and a science magazine (Esti dot my) as well as attempts to document and publish all research reports and studies. 32

33 At International Level Member to IAC, AASA, ICSU, IAMP, SCA, FASAS, etc.Member to IAC, AASA, ICSU, IAMP, SCA, FASAS, etc. Executive Committee Member to IAPExecutive Committee Member to IAP Hosting ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (www.icsu-asia-pacific.org)Hosting ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (www.icsu-asia-pacific.org)www.icsu-asia-pacific.org Hosting International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) under the Auspices of UNESCO (www.istic- unesco.org)Hosting International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) under the Auspices of UNESCO (www.istic- unesco.org)www.istic- unesco.orgwww.istic- unesco.org 33

34 S&T Management Training Course for Researchers in OIC Countries S&T Management Training Course for Researchers in OIC Countries – from 2005 until nowS&T Management Training Course for Researchers in OIC Countries – from 2005 until now Provided participants with additional theoretical insight on current trends in STI managementProvided participants with additional theoretical insight on current trends in STI management Total participants (2005 – 2008) – 78 researchers from 30 OIC CountriesTotal participants (2005 – 2008) – 78 researchers from 30 OIC Countries Participants were briefed on NanoCen Lab by Prof. Sharifah Bee Abdul Hamid (University of Malaya) 34

35 INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS 1. Scientific Excellence In Islamic Civilisation: Islamic Science Ahead of Its Time Catalogue (8 Jan. – 14 Feb. 2007) in collaboration with the Institute for the History of Arab-Islamic Sciences, Frankfurt, Germany 2. Nobel Prize Centennial Exhibition: "Cultures of Creativity: Individuals and Milieus“ (20 March – 27 June 2004) in collaboration with Nobel Museum, Stockholm, Sweden Participants at Islamic Civilisation Exhibition 35

36 International Awards: Mahathir Science Awards In pursuit of promotion of good science, ASM has established Mahathir Science Award as Malaysia’s most International prestigious Science Award for tropical sciences -Tun Dr Mahathir launched the Award on 17 August 2004In pursuit of promotion of good science, ASM has established Mahathir Science Award as Malaysia’s most International prestigious Science Award for tropical sciences -Tun Dr Mahathir launched the Award on 17 August 2004 Mahathir Science Award Winners: 36 2005 Prof. John Sheppard Mackenzie (contribution in solving the problems related to Japanese Encephalitis Virus) 2006 Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya (understanding and treatment of the Nipah Encephalitis) 2007 Prof. Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris (discovery of the aetiological agent causing SARS leading to understanding of pathogenesis and epidemiology of the disease in 2003) 2008 Prof. Dr Gurdev Singh Khush (outstanding contibutions to Tropical Agriculture) 2009 Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) (contribution in development of the rubberwood furniture industry)

37 Conclusion ASM strives to promote science education at all levels (primary and secondary schools, universities, research institutions and public) and will continue to foster a culture of excellence in STIASM strives to promote science education at all levels (primary and secondary schools, universities, research institutions and public) and will continue to foster a culture of excellence in STI Existing programmes will continue and new programmes will be developed (including possible collaboration with other Academies worldwide)Existing programmes will continue and new programmes will be developed (including possible collaboration with other Academies worldwide) 37

38 Thank You www.akademisains.gov.my 38


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