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.
The ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference provides an opportunity for:
Government, Policy, Industry and Civil Society Stakeholders to:
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:
Registration for ASEAN ERC 2020 (UK)is now open!
Please register using this link:
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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
to enquire about possible accommodation arrangements.
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
email@example.com 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.
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):
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
Financial and monetary systems/policies
Economy & Policy
Investments, capital markets, crowdfunding
Governance, corruption, transparency and accountability
Trade and commerce
Research integrity and ethics
Arts and culture
Law, human rights
Social media, use, protection, and privacy
Health systems, services and policy
Mental health and wellbeing
Medical technology and advanced biotechnology
Advanced diagnosis and treatment
Nanomedicine and biomaterials
Herbal medicine and natural products
Complementary & alternative medicine
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
Water security and sustainability
Life on land and below water
Food safety and quality
Food science and technology
Food processing and production
Nutrition and diet
Food regulation and governance
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.