Science & tech community in tech-talk

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PUTRAJAYA: The Science and Technology community from government agencies, academia, civil society, industries and students gathered in Tech Talk Mega Science 3.0 recently.

The programme was co-organised by Ministry of Sciences, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) and Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM).

The programme presented information sharing on the findings and recommendations arising from the Mega Science 3.0 Study that was initiated in 2015.

Mega Science 3.0 identifies the key economic sectors of the future in Malaysia and outline strategies and action plans leading up to 2050.

The session was delivered by experts from various industries including furniture, automotive, creative, tourism and plastics & composites sector.

Among the panellists were Prof Emeritus Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman, Malaysia’s first astrophysicist and ASM senior fellow and Datuk Madani Sahari from Malaysia Automative Institute (MAI).

Prof Madya Dr Ramzah Dambul, the Deputy Assistant Secretary General of MOSTI, speaking before officiating the event, highlighted the importance of fore sighting for Malaysia to remain competitive in the future.

“The past is key to understanding development and how the present is shaped” he added.

Hazami Habib, ASM chief executive officer, moderating the talk said that the Mega Science 3.0 study has engaged experts from various sectors to provide holistic and relevant input and recommendations.

The session acted as a platform for experts to share their views on “foresight technology” in 2050 with the stakeholders. There was also a sharing session where participants shared their thoughts and suggestions based on the presented topics.

The issues and challenges in meeting the expectations of the future in 2050 were also discussed. One of the critical issues that was shared was the need for skilled workers to be able to innovate and operate the future technology.

Prof Dr Zahari Taha, ASM fellow, in his presentation on furniture sector mentioned about the importance of having designers who possess both engineering and designing skills to produce good quality and manufactureable furniture.

Meanwhile, Madani delivering his talk on the automotive industry said that Malaysia is on its way towards producing hybrid cars with cooperation with Honda. He added that Malaysia is the third country in the world after Japan and USA that has been selected by Honda to manufacture its Hybrid car.

The talk was closed by Q&A’s session moderated by Hazami.

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From left: Wilson, Prof Gamini Hearth, Monash University Malaysia, Ambassador of Environment Australia Patrick Suckling and Dr David Holmes, Monash University Australia.

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