➳ Answers to Global Challenges - Sustainability ➳

ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference 2019 (UK)

Date : Saturday, 6th July 2019

Time : 8.30 am - 6.00 pm

Venue : Hilton Cambridge City Centre, United Kingdom

ASEAN - Jeffrey Cheah Lecture

Date : Saturday, 6th July 2019

Time : 6.15 pm - 7.00 pm

Venue : Hilton Cambridge City Centre, United Kingdom

Conference Dinner

Date : Saturday, 6th July 2019

Time : 7.30 pm - 9.00 pm

Venue : Hilton Cambridge City Centre, United Kingdom

↮ ASEAN ERC 2019 (UK) Theme ↮

The theme for ASEAN ERC 2019 (UK) centres around the concept of sustainability which has garnered global discourse as a necessity in our fast developing world. Despite its all-encompassing meaning of ‘the quality in the ability to continue over a period of time’, sustainability however is often misconstrued as being limited to environmental elements and initiatives.

This conference posits that sustainability in its true form involves synergy in various aspects impacting one’s life and ultimately ecological continuity, including science, technology, economy, health, and social circumstances. This requires integrative efforts of not only researchers from multiple disciplines, but the capital and support from non-academic and stakeholders such as government, industry and the public.

We are challenging the status quo. We aim to re-educate, re-assess and/or re-align especially amongst the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on our understanding of, and our role towards sustainable global development and future.

↮ Missions & Goals ↮

The mission is to create multidisciplinary synergies and discourse amongst emerging research experts in the Southeast Asia region and the United Kingdom in their contribution towards ASEAN and the global development.

  • Act as a focal platform for the ASEAN research network, government, corporate organisations and academic and/or research institutions in both regions

  • Establish a platform for researchers to share their work and ideas with a diverse audience, including senior academics, government representatives, and business leaders

  • Foster an environment that encourages and facilitates transdisciplinary, multi-country collaborations and initiatives

↮ Why should you participate? ↮

The ASEAN ERC 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 and international networks with greater relevance to ASEAN
  • Participate in the shaping of the future of ASEAN research

Government, policy-making, industry and public stakeholders to:

  • Capture a snapshot of research activity and progress by the ASEAN research community and the ASEAN diaspora
  • Develop strategic partnership with established and emerging researchers in the ASEAN region and the United Kingdom 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 and the United Kingdom

↮ Who should participate? ↮

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

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

↮ Registration ↮

Important Deadline

  • Abstract Submission : 22nd June 2019


Registration Fees

Lunch is included for all the categories.

    **Due to another sponsorship secured, we are offering our early bird registration fee.


    First come, first serve basis only

  • Ticket Attendance (Standard) - £ 40.00 £ 30.00

  • Ticket Attendance + Dinner (Standard) - £ 55.00 £ 45.00

↮ Abstract Submission ↮

The organising committee is pleased to invite abstract proposals for oral presentations and 3-minute thesis competition that highlights the importance and contribution of basic science, applied and policy-related research towards sustainability. If you wish to present your work at the conference, please fill in this abstract submission template and email the completed form (Microsoft Word format, not PDF) to abstracts-uk@asean-erc.com using 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 intended to allow delegates from different backgrounds to gain an appreciation of your work. Abstract submission deadline is extended to 22nd June 2019 . Only abstracts that are submitted by this deadline will be considered for (i) oral OR (ii) oral and 3-minutes thesis competition. Abstracts will receive confirmation of acceptance on a rolling basis.

*Please note that registration is required in order to be included in the programme.


0800 – 0900 Registration
0900 – 0915 Welcome address & briefing
0915 – 1000 Keynote lecture
Professor John French
Executive Director of Sustainability Business Hub and Accelerator, Cambridge Institute for Substainability Leadership
1000 – 1020 Special Presentation
1020 – 1100 3-min thesis competition
1100 – 1115 Tea break
1115 – 1245 Concurrent Presentations I
Room 1 (Byron)   ;   Room 2 (Tennyson)   ;     Room 3 (Newton)
1245 – 1345 Networking lunch
Buffet lunch
1345 – 1515 Panel session with invited speakers

Dr. Orakanoke Phanraksa
Intellectual Property Policy Manager at Thailand National Science & Technology Development Agency

Professor Hyun Bang Shin
Director of Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, London School of Economics & Political Science

Prof. Dr. Abhi Veerakumarasivam
Professor of Genetics, Department of Biological Sciences, School of Science and Technology, Sunway University

1515 – 1530 Tea break
1530 – 1730 Concurrent Presentations II
Room 1 (Byron)    ;   Room 2 (Tennyson)
1730 – 1800 Closing address & prizes
1815 – 1900 ASEAN - Jeffrey Cheah Lecture
Dr. Elizabeth Lee
Chief Executive Officer of Sunway Education Group
1930 – 2100 Private dining

↮ Presentation Themes ↮

The ASEAN ERC 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 to):


  • Food security and clean water
  • Affordable and clean energy, energy security, resource security
  • Circular economy, responsible production/consumption
  • Climate change
  • Conservation, biodiversity
  • Life on land/below water
  • Sanitation


  • Health information and systems
  • Health systems, services and policy
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Medical technology
  • Biomedical science and advancement


  • Social mobility, technology
  • Circular economy, responsible production/consumption
  • Sustainable cities, urbanisation


  • Language
  • Arts and culture
  • Education
  • Human talent
  • Gender
  • Law, human rights
  • Inequality, discrimination


  • Poverty, inclusion
  • Financial and monetary systems/policies
  • Investments, capital markets, crowdfunding
  • Governance and institutions, corruption, transparency and accountability
  • Trade and commerce
  • Peace, justice
  • Policy (outside of other categories)


  • Augmented reality, virtual reality
  • Industry 4.0, advanced materials, emerging technology
  • Digital, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics
  • Digital consumption
  • Advanced manufacturing, additive manufacturing
  • Industry, management, innovation, business models
  • Innovation in private or public sector, regulatory innovation/sandboxing
  • Future of work, workforce, gig economy and labour policies
  • Social media, data use, protection and privacy


↮ Keynote Speaker ↮

Professor John French BSc (London) PhD (Cantab)

Executive Director – Sustainability Business Hub and Accelerator

John joined CISL in April 2018 to lead the development of the Accelerator Programme and a platform of development projects. John is building a new team to deliver the accelerator programme which is an international initiative to drive sustainability through entrepreneurship and innovation connecting the Cambridge innovation ecosystem with global change leadership in sustainability.

John is active in sustainable finance and investment, corporate governance, infrastructure projects, risk management and the green built environment. He has a track record in large capital projects with high beneficial impact on carbon reduction and sustainability and is leading a number of major new capital and development projects including the low carbon retrofit of the Institute’s new City Centre Building.

John’s approach is collaborative and multi-disciplinary. The business start-up and SME community is an area of great interest along with the ideation and creation of start-up and spin out businesses. Teaching areas include creative entrepreneurship, enterprise and business creation as well as more established subjects like sustainable built environment. With his track record in this area and his ongoing portfolio of responsibilities at UEA where he created the award winning Enterprise Centre, he is bringing a new dimension to the work of the Institute as it continues to expand.

John is a Fellow of Wolfson College, and actively involved in the life of the student and executive communities. He is member of the Institute of Directors, an experienced Director and Non-Executive Director and Trustee supporting a number of organisations and businesses and charities. He is closely involved in the delivery of the new culture district in East London with the London Mayors Office through his role as Innovation Funding Advisor and Chair of the London Fashion Fund.

Outside his academic work John is a member of Rotary International and is Alumni Chair for District 1080 and he is also Chairman of the Sudbury Society.


↮ Panel Speakers ↮

Dr. Orakanoke Phanraksa

Senior Intellectual Property Consultant
Technology Licensing Office and Technology Management Center, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Thailand

After received a Bachelor of Laws from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, Dr. Phanraksa won a prestigious Royal Thai Government scholarship to pursue her education in the USA. She received a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Ph.D. in laws from the University of Washington in 2000 and 2005 respectively.

She is a policy specialist in the field of intellectual property laws. Currently, she is with the Technology Licensing Office, Technology Management Center at the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Pathumthani, Thailand, as a manager of the Intellectual Property Policy group. Since 2010, she has been working closely with the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) and has played a key role to form a policy framework to promote and strengthen technology licensing offices and IP professionals in the academic institutes in Thailand. This effort has further extended to a recent collaboration between the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), and NSTDA to run a six year project titled the “Enabling IP Environment” in Thailand. In 2019, she was the first to be awarded the Global IP Champion Award from the Global Innovation Policy Center, US Chamber of Commerce. This award was given to five individuals in the field of intellectual property who are leading efforts to bring about positive change in their communities and around the world.

Apart from her professional experience in the IP regime, she was past Co-Chair of the Global Young Academy, a non-profit organization with 200 top young scientists from all disciplines from around the world. This has allowed her to work and meet with young scientists across the globe. She has recently lead a regional project to promote capacity building of early career researchers and jointly established the ASEAN Young Scientists Network, endorsed by the ASEAN COST in 2018.

Professor Hyun Bang Shin

Professor of Geography and Urban Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre

Hyun Bang Shin is Professor of Geography and Urban Studies and have been teaching at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2008. He is also the Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. His research centres on the critical analysis of the political economic dynamics of speculative urbanisation, the politics of redevelopment and displacement, gentrification, housing, the right to the city, and mega-events as urban spectacles, with particular attention to Asian cities.

He has written a numerous books or chapters that related to his research field which include the recent books such as Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement (Policy Press, 2015) and Planetary Gentrification. Polity Press, 2016), all part of collaboration with Loretta Lees (University of Leicester) and Ernesto López-Morales (University of Chile). The publication of these books emanated from a series of workshops Towards an Emerging Geography of Gentrification in the Global South in 2012, funded by the Urban Studies Foundation.

His latest publication in November 2017 entitled Anti Gentrification: What is to be Done discusses how gentrification unfolds in South Korea’s uneven geography, and what measures can be envisaged to fight gentrification at both micro and macro scales.

Besides that, he is also a board member (trustee) of the Urban Studies Foundation, sit on the international advisory board of the journal Antipode and on the editorial board of the journals Urban Geography, City, Culture and Society, Radical Housing Journal, Space and Environment and China City Planning Review, and served the journal CITY as a senior editor.

Hyun was awarded his BSc from Seoul National University in 1994, and worked in the construction sector for six years before arriving at the LSE to pursue his MSc (2000) and PhD (2006). After that, he held a post-doctoral fellowship at the White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds (2007-2008).

Prof. Dr. Abhi Veerakumarasivam

Professor of Genetics, Department of Biological Sciences, School of Science and Technology,
Sunway University

Professor Dr. Abhi Veerakumarasivam is a University of Cambridge-trained educator, science communicator and geneticist at Sunway University. His research in cancer genetics involves the elucidation of components of the regulatory pathways that drive tumour recurrence and invasion as well as dissecting Asian genetic variations that confer differences in disease-risk and response to therapy.

In recognition of his achievements, he has been awarded multiple awards including the National Cancer Council Malaysia Cancer Research Award and the Merdeka Award Grant. In 2016, he became the first Asian to be crowned as the Best Science Communicator at the International Famelab Finals at the Cheltenham Science Festival, UK. He is the Co-Chair of the ASEAN Young Scientists Network that represents top young scientists in the region who not only demonstrate academic excellence but also contribute towards nation-building through STEM promotion and advocacy. He also currently chairs the International Network for Government Science Advice Asia and is a member of the Global Young Academy; where he co-chairs the DIY Biology Working Group. He also sits on various national and regional science and educational policy committees and has co-authored various policy papers and reports.

Abhi truly believes that the greatest healthcare challenges facing us in the 21st century can only be addressed through an interdisciplinary approach that promotes effective communication and policies that support the translation of scientific discoveries and enabling technologies to improve the quality of life and promote social justice.


↮ ASEAN-Jeffrey Cheah lecture speaker ↮

Elizabeth Lee (Dr), Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sunway Education Group. Since her appointment in 1992, the Sunway Education Group has developed tremendously from just one institution, Sunway College with a student population of less than 1,000 to a dynamic group of 16 entities, catering to more than 30,000 students.

JElizabeth read for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Education at the University of Cambridge. In August 2014, she was conferred the Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) by the University of Nottingham for her immense and exceptional contributions to education in Malaysia. In April 2016, she was conferred an honorary Doctorate of the University award by Victoria University, in recognition of her role as a distinguished educator and for her work in promoting international education and issues relating to the education of women. The award also recognises her pivotal role in fostering the partnership between Victoria University and the Sunway Education Group.

With more than three decades of contribution in the education industry, Elizabeth is well- recognised in Malaysia as a foremost educationist with numerous awards and recognitions bestowed throughout the years for her contribution to nation-building through education and her advocacy for women in leadership. In May 2017, she was nominated to be on the Trustee Committee of the Chair on Women Leadership, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The following year, Elizabeth received the Global Education Leadership Award at the World Education Congress 2018 when she was invited to speak in India. Last year, she received the ‘Educationist of the Year’ award at the inaugural Sin Chew Education Awards in 2019 in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of Malaysia’s education ecosystem.

Elizabeth has been reappointed to serve as a member of the MQA Council for the second term. She was also appointed to be a member of the MQA Senior Management Promotion Committee and a member of MQA Audit Committee.



Oral Presentation Room 1

Session Room Time Name Title
1 1 11:15-11.35 Wan Amir Azlan Wan Haniff Equity Crowdfunding in the United Kingdom and ASEAN: Issues and Challenges
1 1 11:35-11:55 Sombol Mokhles Public space and women's well-being in informal settlements in Iran: A qualititative approach in the case of Moradab Hill
1 1 11:55-12:15 Pattarin Kiatkamolkul Intellectual Property Rights and the Pharmaceutical Industry in Thailand: The Role of Patent Protection upon FDI and R&D Frameworks
1 1 12:15-12:35 Jaezah Adlina Zainal Azman Exacerbation of the Acute Phase Response in Alzheimer’s Disease-like Pathology following Traumatic Brain Injury
2 1 15:30-15:50 Foo Piew Tan Computational Mindset to Bridge the Gap between Industrial Needs and Engineering Education
2 1 15:50-16:10 Yasser Khaldi Governing Renewable Energy Transition in Conflict Contexts:  Investigating the Institutional context in Palestine
2 1 16:10-16:30 Joshua Khoo Learning from Errors: Interactions between neural systems for learning and memory
2 1 16:30-16:50 Kai Xiang Lim Using Genetic Data to Investigate the Aetiology of Self-Harm
2 1 16:50-17:10 Samantha Sie On sustaining the colloquial and standard varieties of English in Malaysia: A translational study
2 1 17:10-17:30 Andrew Yue Kwang Foong Bayesian Deep Learning: What It Is And Why We Need It

Oral Presentation Room 2

Session Room Time Name Title
1 2 11:15-11.35 Nicholas Aaron Omar Institutional Solutions in Reducing Inequality: A Case Study of Indonesia's Village Law
1 2 11:35-11:55 Bang Ming Yong Growth of Tech Social Enterprises
1 2 11:55-12:15 Kalpanee Jayatilake Architecture for wellbeing and energy efficiency: Office building design in Colombo, Sri Lanka
1 2 12:15-12:35 Muhammad Kaiser Bin Abdul Karim Unravelling how Neurogenin-2 orchestrates neurogenesis from human pluripotent stem cells
2 2 15:30-15:50 Tsen Vei Lim Habits: from action slips to compulsive behaviours
2 2 15:50-16:10 Ramit Debnath How does Slum Rehabilitation Influence Appliance Ownership? A Structural Model of Non-income Drivers
2 2 16:10-16:30 Kuan Jun Beh Population Receptive Field Analysis in Visual Cortex Reveals Regions of Cortically Blind Visual Fields Amenable to Visual Rehabilitation
2 2 16:30-16:50 Bang Ming Yong & Muhammad Kaiser Bin Abdul Karim Using Virtual Reality Technologies in Autism Interventions
2 2 16:50-17:10 Hannah Nazri Understanding Endometriosis

Oral Presentation Room 3

Session Room Time Name Title
1 3 11:15-11.35 Tuck Seng Cheng Earlier puberty is relevant to development of Type 2 diabetes
1 3 11:35-11:55 Chen Yang Zhang Non-native grammars of verb-less constructions in Mandarin Chinese and English: A bidirectional perspective
1 3 11:55-12:15 Lay Ping Ong Utilising cellular therapies to rescue the failing heart
1 3 12:15-12:35 Cynthia James Addressing the Sustainability Paradoxes: Narrative Inquiry into Technology Integration in Malaysian Classrooms

3-Minute Thesis Presentation

Time Name Title
10:00-10:05 Kalpanee Jayatilake Architecture for wellbeing and energy efficiency: Office building design in Colombo, Sri Lanka
10:05-10:10 Wan Amir Azlan Wan Haniff Equity Crowdfunding in the United Kingdom and ASEAN: Issues and Challenges
10:10-10:15 Kuan Jun Beh Population Receptive Field Analysis in Visual Cortex Reveals Regions of Cortically Blind Visual Fields Amenable to Visual Rehabilitation
10:15-10:20 Sombol Mokhles Public space and women's well-being in informal settlements in Iran: A qualititative approach in the case of Moradab Hill
10:20-10:25 Foo Piew Tan Computational Mindset to Bridge the Gap between Industrial Needs and Engineering Education
10:25-10:30 Lay Ping Ong Utilising cellular therapies to rescue the failing heart
10:30-10:35 Yasser Khaldi Governing Renewable Energy Transition in Conflict Contexts:  Investigating the Institutional context in Palestine
10:35-10:40 Muhammad Kaiser Bin Abdul Karim Unravelling how Neurogenin-2 orchestrates neurogenesis from human pluripotent stem cells
10:40-10:45 Ramit Debnath How does Slum Rehabilitation Influence Appliance Ownership? A Structural Model of Non-income Drivers
10:45-10:50 Joshua Khoo Learning from Errors: Interactions between neural systems for learning and memory

↮ Venue ↮

Hilton Cambridge City Centre, 20 Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3DT

↮ Co-organiser ↮

Sunway Group

Co-organiser Profile


Sunway University is a leading not-for-profit private university committed to the pursuit of education through scholarship, research and enterprise. It is ranked among the top 2% of universities in Asia and rated as a 5-star institution by Quacquarelli Symonds. The University has also been awarded a 5-Star rating in the SETARA 2017 assessment of Malaysian Higher Education Institutions, and is one of only eight universities in Malaysia to be awarded the Premier Digital Technology University status by the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation.

The University is committed to multi-disciplinary research in sustainable development within an urban environment, and promoting health, well-being, and the development of new technologies in addressing some of the world’s most pressing problems. We are establishing ourselves on the global stage with some of our researchers being among the most highly cited globally and actively engaged in cross-border collaborations. The University is committed to investing in the next generation through research-led teaching and to this end, continues to equip our campus with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities.

The University is recognised by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency, and its programmes are designed to fulfil the needs and interests of a modern society. In adopting a global approach, the University has established close partnerships with Lancaster University and Le Cordon Bleu International, which lend international qualifications to Sunway’s programmes. The University has fostered ties with Harvard University and University of California, Berkeley in the United States, and University of Oxford and University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in multiple bilateral exchanges of expertise and research.

In the inaugural Sin Chew Education Awards in 2019, Sunway University won the “Outstanding Educational Institutions for Private Universities or Colleges” award.

To date, the University has drawn more than 26,000 students from over 90 countries to its vibrant, 880,000-square-feet campus. Supported by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, the University has invested in excess of RM400 million in its infrastructure and continues to expand its teaching and learning, and research spaces. At Sunway, students and academics thrive in the discovery of ideas and opportunities in the heart of Sunway City, adjacent to some of the best public, medical and social amenities in Malaysia.






Ainul Nadhirah Hanafiah

Currently a postdoctoral researcher at Institute for Health and Human Development, Ainul is committed to making the world a better place. She has concluded a review on the Malaysian mental health policy as her PhD at University of Cambridge and is now involved in research related to ethics in humanitarian crisis as well as equitable antenatal care and health within the NHS. Ainul hopes to continue her mental health work in Malaysia.


Programme Coordinator

Khong Yin Jou

Yin Jou is a 3rd year Engineering PhD student studying semiconductor materials in Electronic Devices & Materials group. He is currently funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship to undertake research on utilising metal oxides to produce novel thin-film devices for applications in large-area electronics, sensors and ubiquitous electronics.


Sponsorship Co-Manager

Toh Qin Kane

Kane is a 2nd year Genetics PhD student in the Department of Genetics, and he is funded by the Cambridge International Scholarship. He is studying the mechanisms underpinning cell-state transitions in developmental biology by adopting a dynamical systems approach, which sees development as the dynamic unfolding of potentialities, and life as more than just its material constituents.


Sponsorship Co-Manager

Samsurin Welch

Samsurin is a PhD Candidate in Strategy at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. His research area is the emergence of disruptive digital innovations and the impact on industries and society, with a specific focus on blockchain or distributed ledger technologies. Prior to starting his doctorate, he spent over 13 years in PETRONAS, the national oil & gas company of Malaysia, previously heading their digital innovation and strategy practice.



Tan Suk Fun

Suk Fun is passionate about science and research that related to medicinal chemistry, especially in the field of drug discovery. She has earned her BSc in Chemistry from Imperial College London. She is currently working on a research project to discover novel inhibitors for Mycobacterium tuberculosis that causes tuberculosis in human as part of her MPhil in Chemistry at University of Cambridge.


Publicity Manager

Cheng Tuck Seng

Tuck Seng is a PhD student in the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge. His research interest is to identify potential modifiable factors during child growth to prevent the development of metabolic diseases including obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in later life. He has been involved in birth cohort studies in Singapore and Hong Kong and is currently working on birth cohort studies in the UK. To date, he has accumulated 12 peer-reviewed publications as the lead author or co-first author in international journals.


Database Manager

Adriel Wong

PhD student in Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, Adriel is passionate about advanced engineering alloys. Currently, his research involves providing a better understanding of phase stability in steels for bearings. He aspires to develop high performance alloys for structural applications, with a particular interest for aerospace and automotive industries. Inspired by his mentors, he wants to help raise the next generation of material engineers and scientists.



Lee Wen Yao

Wen Yao is a final year Engineering PhD student studying the aerodynamics of jet engines. Before pursuing his PhD, he worked as a system designer in the Future Programmes & Strategy team of Rolls-Royce plc. He is currently working on design methods for high pressure turbine blades and passionate about aviation, propulsion, energy and sustainability.

↮ History ↮

The ASEAN ERC 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 ERC. 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 ERC as an official flagship programme for the region.