Home to some of the most biologically diverse habitats on earth, Malaysia is an exciting country for microbiology. ASM is proud to partner with its sister societies, the Malaysian Society for Microbiology and the Malaysian Biosafety and Biosecurity Association, to support scientific activity in Malaysia. These collaborations range from sponsoring experts to speak at in-country events, to jointly holding professional development trainings on topics such as infection control for Tuberculosis, to supporting the next generation of scientists through student awards.
ASM in Malaysia
- 9 workshops held: virtual and in-country
- 60+ awarded: Travel Grants, conferences and professional development opportunities
- 19 awarded: Student poster and presentation awards
- Training Workshops
- Virtual Workshops
- Travel Grants for conferences and professional development opportunities
Culture of Responsibility in Malaysia
An ASM Culture of Responsibility and biorisk management workshop was held at University Malaysia – Sarawak in November 2014. The workshop addresses biosafety from a laboratory-acquired infections approach, presents elements of biosecurity (physical, personnel, data, pathogen, etc.), introduces concepts in biorisk management, and discusses the dual-use dilemma through an examination of the H5N1 gain-of-function controversy.
This activity was lead by Dr. Cheng Siang Tan, who previously participated in a COR Train-the-Trainer (TtT) workshop at the ASM General Meeting in 2014. The COR TTT program presents the material to attendees and trains them how best to implement the workshop in their home institutions, concluding with teach-back sessions.
Dr. Tan used the information and skills learned at the TtT event to bring the COR workshop to 21 of his colleagues at his home institution. The participants gave positive feedback on the training and recommended hosting additional sessions for other laboratory staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students.
Sister Society Events: 2015 International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology (ICMSM2015)
ASM's bi-annual international congress will take place 7-10 December 2015 in Penang, Malaysia; the deadline for abstract submission is 31 August. The theme for this year's meeting is "Microbiology Meeting the Needs of a Changing World." The meeting will address a wide range of issues in science relevant to both regional and international audiences. ICMSM2015 provides an opportunity to enhance research and innovations through networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration. For more information visit http://www.mymicro.org.
Ambassadors to Malaysia
The Country Ambassador would be a senior scientist that represents ASM in Malaysia, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador is a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in Malaysia, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. The ASM Young Ambassador mobilizes the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet the Grand Challenges in Science.
Country Ambassador - Taking Applications
Young Ambassador - Kok Keng Tee
For more information on ASM's Malaysia program,
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