Kuala Lumpur: His talk on how genetics change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated in the age of precision medicine has brought honour to Dr Abhimanyu Veerakumarasivam when he won the ‘Best Science Communicator award at Famelab International 2016.
Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (Might) in a statement said the scientist from Universiti Putra Malaysia sailed past over 2,000 scientists from 27 countries in the world’s biggest science communication competitions organised by The Times Cheltenham Science Festival in the United Kingdom on June 9.
Sharing his success, Dr Abhimanyu said there was a need to communicate effectively, especially to the non-scientific audience, on the matter.
“Science communication is essential to ensure that the advancements in science translate into actual improvement of lives,” he said in the statement.
This year marked the second time Malaysia participated in the competition that is designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science technology and engineering concepts within three minutes of presentation.
Famelab Malaysia was jointly organised by MIGHT and British Council Malaysia.
MIGHT president and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman said Dr Abhimanyu’s win was a huge achievement for the country.
“Dr Abhi’s victory is indeed special and timely as the nation urgently needs to rally everyone to embrace and leverage on science and societal wellbeing through simple, fun yet effective communication,” he said.
British Council Malaysia director, Sarah Deverall said making science accessible and attractive to a non-scientific audience through good communication was an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide.
“While the result is truly rewarding for him (Dr Abhimanyu) personally, it is also an excellent achievement for Malaysia,” she said.
Source: Astro Awani
Kuala Lumpur, 10 June 2016 – The title of best science communicator for FameLab International 2016 has gone to Dr. Abhimanyu Veerakumarasivam of Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Dr. Abhi sailed past over 2000 scientists from 27 countries on Wednesday 9 June by presenting “Cancer genetics” at the EDF Arena at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival. Aida Rafat from Qatar and Alba Aguion from Spain shared the runner up prize.
“Science communication is essential to ensure that the advancements in science translates to actual improvement of lives. There is a need to communicate effectively especially to the non-scientific audience” said Dr.Abhi who was ecstatic with his win. Abhi’s winning talk was on cancer cells. He explains why cancer incidents increase in age. He pointed out how genetics is going to change the way cancer is going to be diagnose and treated in the age of precision medicine.
Watch Abhi competing at the FameLab Final 2016:
This is the second time Malaysia participated in FameLab International organised by the Cheltenham Festival. FameLab is one of the biggest science communication competitions in the world. It is designed to engage and entertain by breaking down science technology and
engineering concepts within 3 minutes presentation. FameLab Malaysia was jointly organised by the Malaysian Industry-Government for High Technology (MIGHT) and British Council Malaysia.
Datuk Dr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman, President and Chief Executive Officer, MIGHT congratulated Dr.Abhi for his achievement. “It’s a huge achievement for Malaysia as this is only the second year that we are participating. Through the national FameLab competition, we have
unearthed many talented science communicators from various background including Abhi.
Abhi’s victory is indeed special and timely as the national urgently need to rally everyone to embrace and leverage on science and societal wellbeing through simple, fun yet effective communication. We will continue to work with Dr. Abhi and the others (National FameLab
alumni) as our appointed science ambassadors under the Science to Action (S2A) programme.
Once again, thank you and well done, Dr. Abhi”. “This is really exciting news and we are thrilled for Dr. Abhi. While the result is truly rewarding for him personally, it is also an excellent achievement for Malaysia. Making science accessible and attractive to a non-scientific audience through good communication is an ever-growing priority for researchers worldwide” says Sarah Deverall, Director of British Council Malaysia.
Since its birth at the Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, FameLab has grown into the world’s leading science communication competition, running across five continents. The British Council who teamed up with Cheltenham Festivals in 2007 now runs the competition in over 27 countries. MIGHT and British Council run the competition in
The competition was judged by an international team of experts in science communication including Nadia El Awady, Robert Llewellyn, Mark Lythgoe and Professor Katherine Willis.
The 12 FameLab Internatinal Finalists:
- Dina El-Zohiry (Egypt)
- Alba Aguion (Spain)
- Erinn Fagan-Jeffries (Australia)
- Leandros Lamnis (Greece)
- Ilissa Ocko (USA)
- Kyle Evans (UK)
- Nozipho Gumbi (South Africa)
- Lorenzo Pizzuti (Italy)
- Aida Rafat (Qatar)
- Abhi Veerakumarasivam (Malaysia)
- Karolina Nowak (Poland)
- Constantinos Timinis (Cyprus)
KualaLumpur, 2 June 2016 – Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology(MIGHT) and Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) through its subsidiary companyPlatCom Ventures Sdn Bhd, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensurethe delivery of SME development in Clean Technology through the GlobalCleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP). MIGHT was represented by Datuk Dr MohdYusoff Sulaiman, President and Chief Executive Officer of MIGHT while AIM waspresented by their Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mark Rozario. Also present towitness the event was YB Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, Minister in the PrimeMinister’s Department and the Minister in charge of MIGHT, Prof. Tan Sri ZakriAbdul Hamid, Science Advisor to Prime Minister and Joint Chairs (Government)MIGHT, Tan Sri Datuk Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali, Chairman, UEM Group Berhad andJoint Chairs (Industry) MIGHT, Dr Viraj Pererera, Chief Executive Officer ofPlatCom Ventures Sdn Bhd and Mr Rushdi Abdul Rahim, Senior Vice PresidentMIGHT. The MOU was held in conjunction with MIGHT’s 21st AnnualGeneral Meeting (AGM) which was concluded successfully in Renaissance Hotel KualaLumpur.
“We needto have more innovation partnership between all stakeholder to ensure smoothimplementation of national planning and policies by the public and privatesector. This is important as the outcome of these programmes will eventuallybenefit to the wellbeing of the nation and society” said Datuk Seri Mah. Hecongratulated MIGHT for their continual success in providing significantplatforms for the stakeholders to further develop the local industries towardstechnology advancement and entrepreneurship excellence.
Around200 government officials and captain of the industries attended the AGM. DatukDr. Mohd Yusoff Sulaiman briefed and highlighted on MIGHT’s 2015 achievementand the 2016-2020 Corporate Plan. “It is important for us in MIGHT to continuefacilitating and preparing our stakeholders along with other agencies toembrace the technology disruption issues, it is important that we are ready andthe ecosystem is supporting it”. Government support in expediting hightechnology based enterprises will to some extent shift the manufacturingactivities in the high technology based industries.
Apresentation of Certificates of Appreciation was also held to express MIGHT’sheartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the MIGHT Interest Group (MIG) membersfrom the Solar Industry for their contribution in the MIGs activitiesespecially in producing the Solar Roadmap 2015-2030.
A Special Session: Conversation with YB DatukSeri Mah and the Joint Chairs of MIGHT, Professor Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid, andTan Sri Datuk Dr. Ir. Ahmad Tajuddin Ali was also conducted in preparingMalaysia in the wake of the 4th Industrial Revolution era. Thewidespread of this industry revolution impacting all disciplines; not limitedto just economies and industries but also human – where fulfilling needs inreal time and understanding technology values are necessary to sustaincompetitive parity. Also shared is the 8 Technology Values booklet produced bymyForesight®, MIGHT in preparing the stakeholders to remain competitive in thewake of new industrial era.