A series of talks by leading scientists and technologists in the field of STEM and is held virtually through online platforms. Each colloquia series will feature one speaker to share his/her expertise in their respective fields.
The Making of Malaysia's First Botanical Drug to treat Obesity by
Abdul Razak Mohd Isa
CEO and Co-founder
Medika Natura Sdn. Bhd.
“The main objective of this colloquia is to increase the students’ interests and motivations in the field of Science - Technology - Engineering - Mathematics, or better known as STEM. The lack of interests and motivations among the students in the field of STEM are now becoming a global issue, where Malaysia is no exception. This has caused quite an impact not only at the school level but at the university level as well. This can be seen from the decline in the number of students’ intake to the university in STEM-related studies, where the numbers are unable to fulfil the projections being made by the universities. If this trend continues, it will ultimately affect the country’s human capital in the future.”
UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA PERLIS
"The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) will always be supporting and encouraging this ISICS programme, as it is in-line with the country’s Policy of Science, Technology and Innovation 2021-2030 (DSTIN), which is to produce competence and adaptive talents that are able to create and develop technologies which are relevant with the changes and need of the current environment."
Bahagian Pembudayaan Dan Perkhidmatan STI
Kementerian Sains, Teknologi Dan Inovasi (MOSTI)
“My first trip to Malaysia was in the 70s and, that was by invitation of my great friend Mahathir Mohamad. He wanted (at the time), to know from a whole bunch of other Muslim scientists what Malaysia would do so that we could develop a great deal of science and technology in the 70s, which was nearly 50 years ago. Indeed, watching what Malaysia has done, I salute him and all of you for what is happening in Malaysia. Malaysia gives a fantastic example of an Arab country, or a Muslim country, or for a developing country that could encourage its young men and women to train in technology and do very well and become as good as anybody else anywhere in the world. So, I salute all Malaysian science and technology individuals, and those who led the road to become this way. I am highly impressed by the preparation of ISICS programme for my lecture. All went very well, and audience reacted in an admirable way.”
Centre for Remote Sensing
College of Engineering Boston University, USA
The ISICS portrays an impressive line of motivational speakers who open the world of science to learners of all ages. The engagement of young students is particularly impressive as demonstrated by the penetrating questions they ask of the speakers. The seeds of scientific thought planted in those young minds by world renowned scientists and engineers will no doubt bear fruit as these young minds blossom into full blown thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. Keep up the good work and reap the harvest in future years.
NASA Program Scientist
James Webb Telescope (JWST), NASA
"It was a pleasure to participate remotely in the International STEM and Innovation Colloquia Series (ISICS). While virtual colloquia can never replace in-person events, the exchange of questions and answers online was vibrant part of the experience"
Nobel Prize in Physics 1997
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
"ISICS fills a very real need to try to motivate students to pursue careers in STEM fields by introducing them to some of the most exciting topics at the forefront of STEM fields today. I very much enjoyed sharing the story of gravitational wave science and especially interacting virtually with the bright young women and men who attended ISICS-9."
Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO ) Laboratory California Institute of Technology (Caltech)