We regret to inform that this conference has been postponed to September / October 2020 (the new date will be annouced in due course). Travel restrictions has led to many of our partners being unable to attend the conference and it also in the interest of our delegates' well-being that we have reluctantly postpone the conference.

Date : TBD

Venue : Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


The ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference 2020 aims to create a platform for researchers from the ASEAN region and the ASEAN research diaspora to drive research excellence in the region. The ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference is a flagship programme of the ASEAN Young Scientists Network; the official platform for young researchers in the region.

The specific objectives of the ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference include to:

  • enhance interdisciplinary knowledge sharing, learning and collaboration between scientists from the ASEAN region and its research diaspora;

  • identify emerging research niche areas that the ASEAN research community should champion to address local needs and global challenge;

  • develop strategies to enhance the capacity and access to resources to harness the potential of the ASEAN research community;

  • promote sustainable research leadership amongst emerging researchers in the ASEAN region.

Why should you participate?

The ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference provides an opportunity for:

Researchers to:

  • Share their research work in a robust academic environment that appreciates context, resource constraints and local significance
  • Gain insights into the latest developments and directions in research
  • Enhance their national, regional, and international networks with greater relevance to ASEAN and its partners
  • Participate in the shaping of the future of ASEAN research

Government, Policy, Industry and Civil Society Stakeholders to:

  • Capture a snapshot of research activity and progress by the ASEAN research community and the ASEAN diaspora
  • Develop strategic partnerships with established and emerging researchers in the ASEAN region and from the diaspora for immediate and future collaborations;
  • Promote greater quadruple helix collaboration (civil society-academic-industry-business) in creating new business and social development opportunities in the ASEAN region.

Who should participate?

The ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference is an inclusive conference which recognises that national, regional and global challenges can best be addressed through interdisciplinary collaboration. We welcome:

  • All researchers from the ASEAN region; especially early- and mid-career researchers
  • ASEAN researchers from around the world
  • Researchers who have expertise and interest in the ASEAN region
  • Postgraduate (MSc, PhD, etc.) students
  • Undergraduate students who are interested in research/academia/policy
  • Industry partners
  • Government official and policy stakeholders
  • Media practitioners
  • Non-governmental organisations


Registration for ASEAN ERC 2020 (UK)is now open!

Please register using this link:

Click Here to Register

The conference registration fee is £20 per delegate. The fee covers the freedom to attend any academic session throughout the conference, access to all available conference materials, as well as lunch & refreshments. A conference dinner will be held in the Wolfson College Dining Hall. It will be in the style of a Formal Hall featuring a 3-course meal.

There will be 2 categories of registration:

  • Conference Only : £ 20 (inclusive of lunch & refreshments)

  • Conference & Dinner : £ 40

Accommodation is not included in the conference fees. However, there are a limited number of rooms available in Wolfson College, please contact the administrator at admin-uk@asean-erc.com to enquire about possible accommodation arrangements.

Abstract Submission

If you wish to present your work at the conference, please use this abstract submission template:

Abstract Submission Template Download

Please e-mail the completed form (Microsoft Word format, not PDF) to abstracts-uk@asean-erc.comusing the email address you used to register for this conference. A brief set of guidance notes has also been included in the template.

The abstract should be pitched in a manner that allows delegates from different backgrounds to gain an appreciation of your work / area of interest. Presentations can be on completed research, ongoing research, or even a topic of expertise that you have experience in.

With the conference postponed, presenters will be contacted about their abstracts and a new abstract submission timeline will be annouced in due course.

For oral presenters, please remember to indicate if you'd like to be considered for the 3-minute thesis competition in the abstract submission form. This competition will be in addition to the scheduled presentation sessions.


Day 1 – Monday, 9th December 2019

Time Programme Venue
0800 Registration Begins Lee Hall
0900 Welcome Address
Prof Jane Clarke, President, Wolfson College Cambridge
Wen Yao Lee, Chair, ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference
Lee Hall
0930 Distinguished Academics Presentations (4-15 minutes Talks)
• Prof Steve Evans, Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability
• Dr Giles Yeo, Principal Research Associate, Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge
• Dr Rachel Carmenta, Frank Jackson Research Fellow, Wolfson College and University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute
Lee Hall
1030 Coffee Break Lee Hall
1100 3-minute Thesis Competition
Lee Hall
1130 Translating Research to Effective Public Policy
Dr Khor Swee Kheng, Senior Fellow, Health Systems & Policies, University of Malaya
Lee Hall
1145 ASEAN Policy Challenge
Dr Khor Swee Kheng, Senior Fellow, Health Systems & Policies, University of Malaya
Lee Hall
1300 Networking Lunch TBC
1400 Student Presentation I**
1) Sustainability and Biodiversity
2) Medicine, Health and Wellbeing
3) Smart Cities, Industry, Engineering and Infrastructure
4) Social Sciences and Humanities
5) Energy Transition
6) Food Sustainability
1515 Coffee Break TBC
1545 Student Presentation I**
1) Sustainability and Biodiversity
2) Medicine, Health and Wellbeing
3) Smart Cities, Industry, Engineering and Infrastructure
4) Social Sciences and Humanities
5) Energy Transition
6) Food Sustainability
1715 Break TBC
1730 Closing Address & Prizes
Dr Elizabeth Lee, CEO, Sunway Education Group
Dr Ainul Hanafiah, Co-Chair, ASEAN Emerging Researhcers Conference
Lee Hall
1800 Conference Formally Ends NA
1845 President's Reception - VIPs & Organisers Combination Room
1900 Pre-Formal Drinks Reception Old Combination Room
1930 Wolfson College Formal Hall Dining Hall

Research Themes

The theme of this year’s conference is "A Global Community for Inclusive Progress".The ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference is designed to be an interdisciplinary research conference that encourages the diversity of various domains of knowledge and research to converge through the lens of ASEAN perspective. We look forward to showcasing your research progress and achievements while bridging challenges and creating opportunities for enhancement and new ideas through synergistic collaborative strategies. We encourage the following research themes (but not limited):

Smart Cities, Industry, Engineering and Infrastructure

  • Social mobility, technology

  • Circular economy, responsible production/consumption

  • Sustainable cities, urbanization

  • Augmented, virtual and mixed-reality

  • Industry 4.0, advanced materials, emerging technology

  • Digital, artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, big data analytics, robotics

  • Advanced manufacturing, additive manufacturing

  • Industry, management, innovation, business models

  • Innovation in private or public sector

  • Assistive technology for the disabled

  • Disaster risk assessment and management

  • Astronautic breakthrough technology and innovation

  • Social mobility, technology

Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Science communication

  • Poverty, inclusion

  • Financial and monetary systems/policies

  • Economy & Policy

  • Investments, capital markets, crowdfunding

  • Governance, corruption, transparency and accountability

  • Trade and commerce

  • Peace, justice

  • Research integrity and ethics

  • Language

  • Arts and culture

  • Education

  • Human talent

  • Gender

  • Law, human rights

  • Inequality, discrimination

  • Social media, use, protection, and privacy

Medicine, Health and Wellbeing

  • Health information

  • Health systems, services and policy

  • Non-communicable diseases

  • Communicable diseases

  • Mental health and wellbeing

  • Medical technology and advanced biotechnology

  • Advanced diagnosis and treatment

  • Biomedical sciences

  • Nanomedicine and biomaterials

  • Herbal medicine and natural products

  • Complementary & alternative medicine

Energy Transition

  • Affordable and clean energy

  • Renewable energy (Solar, Wind, Wave, Hydro, Biofuel, Biomass)

  • Energy for Mobility

  • Waste to Energy

  • Hybrid Renewable Energy Sources

  • Microgrid and Smart Grid

  • Energy Management Systems

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation

  • Demand Side Management

  • Energy Resiliency and Security

  • Sustainable Energy Policy

  • Sustainable Energy and Development

  • Renewable Energy Business & Environment

Biodiversity & Natural Resources

  • Water security and sustainability

  • Climate change

  • Conservation, biodiversity

  • Life on land and below water

  • Sanitation

  • Agriculture

  • Waste management

Food Sustainability

  • Food safety and quality

  • Food adulteration

  • Halal Science

  • Food science and technology

  • Food processing and production

  • Food biotechnology

  • Nutrition and diet

  • Food regulation and governance

  • Food security

  • sustainable farming

  • Food hygiene


Prof Jane Clarke
President, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge

Professor Jane Clarke FMedSci FRS became the sixth President of Wolfson College Cambridge on 1 October 2017.

Professor Clarke grew up in Cambridge and obtained a first-class honours degree in Biochemistry from the University of York in 1972. After completing a PGCE at Cambridge, she became a science teacher and, for a time, served as Head of Science at an inner-London comprehensive school. She moved to the United States in 1987 and was bitten by the research ‘bug’. On returning to Cambridge she joined the research group of Professor Sir Alan Fersht FRS in the MRC Centre for Protein Engineering and was awarded a PhD in 1994. She has held a highly prestigious Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship since 2001 and was promoted to a personal Chair in Molecular Biophysics in 2010.

Her pioneering work as an international research leader in the field of protein folding has been recognised by her election as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013, and as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2015, as well as the award of numerous international prizes.

She is passionate about increasing diversity in higher education and supporting the personal and professional development of students, young researchers, and academics, irrespective of background or origin. She serves on the Education and Diversity Committees of the Royal Society. Her career and inclusive collaborative leadership style have a particular resonance with the ethos and values of Wolfson College.

Dr Elizabeth Lee
Chief Executive Officer, Sunway Education Group

Dr Elizabeth Lee Fuh Yen is Chief Executive Officer of the Sunway Education Group. Since her appointment in 1992, the Sunway Education Group has developed from just one institution to a dynamic group of 16 institutions including Sunway University, Sunway College and Sunway International School, catering to more than 28,000 students.

A veteran in the field of private higher education provision, Elizabeth also serves on National Higher Education Research Institute (IPPTN), and sits on the Board of Trustees of MERCY Malaysia. She is also an active member in the Trustee Committee of the Chair on Women Leadership at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

A thought leader in her own right, her international engagements have included speaking at the Harvard Business School, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, the University of Edinburgh. An advocate for women in leadership, she serves as a mentor in the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) global programme for specially chosen female corporate leaders. She is also a recipient of several other international and national awards which include Visionary Women Leadership Award at the 2nd World Women Leadership Congress and Award (WWLCA), Women Entrepreneur in Canadian Education, the Malaysian Chinese Women of Excellence Award in Education.

In January this year, she was recognised for her contributions to the advancement of Malaysia’s education ecosystem with the ‘Educationist of the Year’ award at the inaugural Sin Chew Education Awards.

Elizabeth was elected as a member in the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) Council effective January 2016, Chair of the MQA Investment Committee and member of the MQA Disciplinary Committee since 1 February 2016.

Educated and trained in the United Kingdom in Multi-Cultural Education, Elizabeth read her Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education at the University of Cambridge. She was conferred the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of Nottingham, UK and the Doctorate of the University (Honoris Causa) by Victoria University, Melbourne.

Dr Khor Swee Kheng
Senior Fellow, Health Systems & Policies, University of Malaya

Dr Khor is a physician in his fifth career, currently specializing in health systems, health policies and global health as Senior Fellow in the University of Malaya and based in the MPP Program in the Blavatnik School of Government in the University of Oxford.

He has nearly two decades of front-line implementation experience in progressively senior roles in four previous practice areas (clinical medicine; refugee & disaster relief; clinical research; and healthcare anti-corruption), covering >90 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

He holds an MD (National University of Malaysia), an MPH (University of California, Berkeley) and a Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom.

Professor Steve Evans
Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability

Professor Steve Evans is Director of Research in Industrial Sustainability at Cambridge University. He leads research that seeks to deliver knowledge concerning sustainable change at scale, including programmes in sustainable business model innovation, system transformation, the limits of efficiency and sustainable policy making in developing countries.

He has over 30 years of academic experience which includes working collaboratively around the globe. He has been Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords and is a serial clean-tech start-up founder. Steve has been a millionaire and lost it. Twice. Financial advice will not be offered.

Dr Giles Yeo
Principal Research Associate, Institute of Metabolic Science, University of Cambridge

Giles Yeo is based at the University of Cambridge Institute of Metabolic Science. He has 20 years’ experience studying the genetics of obesity & brain control of food intake. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1998 and his research currently focuses on the influence of genes on feeding behaviour & body-weight.

Giles is also a graduate tutor and fellow of Wolfson College, is the current president of the British Society for Neuroendocrinology and Honorary President of the British Dietetic Association. In addition to academia, Giles is a broadcaster and author, presenting science documentaries for the BBC’s ‘Horizon’ & ‘Trust Me I’m A Doctor’. His first book ‘Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity & the Truth About Diets’ was published in December 2018.

Dr Rachel Carmenta
Frank Jackson Research Fellow, Wolfson College and University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute

Rachel is a social environmental scientist specialising in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of environment and development, environmental risk, governance, and the relationship between place and well-being.

Rachel's work is both academically motivated and applied. She engages multiple methods, scales of analysis and a range of analytical lenses to inform just, equitable and sustainable futures in dynamic landscapes of the global south. In these contested frontiers, multiple interventions seek conservation and development objectives, many of which are aggravated by uncontrolled fires—a leading environmental challenge at the interface of social and environmental systems.

Rachel is particularly interested in the drivers, policy responses and distributional impacts of global environmental change, wildfire and environmental governance in the Brazilian Amazon and Indonesian peatland frontiers.


Wolfson College

The ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference 2020 (UK) will be held at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Wolfson College, Barton Road, Cambridge CB3 9BB, United Kindgom


The conference presentations schedule will be annouced in due course.


ASEAN Emerging Research Conference (UK) 2020 Organising Committee:

Dr. Elizabeth Lee, CEO, Sunway Education Group
Prof Jane Clarke, President, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
Wen Yao Lee, Research Fellow, University of Cambridge
Dr. Ainul Hanafiah, Research Fellow, Institute for Health & Human Development
Yin Jou Khong, PhD Student, University of Cambridge
Executive Committee:
Data Officer: Felix Utama Kosasih, PhD Student, University of Cambridge
Data Officer: Cindy Anggrenia, Final Year Student, University of Cambridge
Communications Officer: Violy Purnamasari, MPhil Student, University of Cambridge
Publicity Officer: Chanon Pornrungroj, PhD Student, University of Cambridge
Designer & Webmaster: Anthony Beh, PhD Student, University of Nottingham


Sponsors will be annouced in due course.


The ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference emerges from the synergy between two initiatives at the University of Cambridge; the Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference (MSRC) and the Cambridge University Southeast Asian Conference (CUSEAC). The MSRC is an annual conference that was founded in 2016 by a group of postgraduate students who envisioned a platform that celebrates the diversity of research that transcends fields of academic interest, nationalities and experience. Similarly, CUSEAC was an initiative in 2017 that brought Southeast Asian students at the University of Cambridge together for workshops that stimulated discussions that aimed at developing strategies to address issues faced by communities in ASEAN.

Early in 2018, discussions between the Senior Executive Director of Sunway University, Dr. Elizabeth Lee Fuh Yen (a Wolfson alumna), President of Wolfson College, Cambridge, Prof. Jane Clarke and MSRC founder and former Graduate Representative of Cambridge University Malaysia Society, Lee Wen Yao led to the agreement to create a platform to encourage greater sharing of research ideas. Subsequently, strategic partnership with the University of Cambridge alumni, various local and regional stakeholders led to the crystallisation of the ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference. With our strong collaboration with the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia, we hope to ensure that this conference will stimulate strategic interdisciplinary research that address the needs of the ASEAN region. In recognition of this, the ASEAN Young Scientist Network, the official platform for the young scientists of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) recognises ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference as an official flagship programme for the region.