Welcome to the Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference 2018!

Research to Real world Impact: A Transdisciplinary Perspective

The Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference (MSRC) is a multi-disciplinary conference, encompassing the spectrum of STEM-M & AHSS disciplines.

STEM-M : Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine
AHSS : Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

The conference aims to foster inter-disciplinary knowledge exchange amongst academics (early career researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students), as well as stakeholders in industry and policy-making. The envisaged goal is to translate research into real-world impact, by transcending inter-disciplinary boundaries and potentiating trans-disciplinary outcomes.

Malaysia Singapore Research Conference 2018

Date : 7 April 2018, Saturday

Time : 8.30AM – 6.30PM

Venue : DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Cambridge

Dress Code : Smart

Drinks Reception & Formal Dinner

Time : From 6.30PM

Venue : DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Cambridge

Dress Code : Formal

Conference Theme

The conference theme centres around the concept of “Transdisciplinarity”, which requires the collaboration and integrative efforts:
 of not only researchers from multiple disciplines,
 but also the capital and support from non-scientists and stakeholders across:
  1) Government,
  2) Industry, and
  3) Public sectors.

It is hoped that this synergistic interaction between parties, across multiple sectors would facilitate the:
 1) transcendence of inter-disciplinary boundaries, and
 2) consilience between the sciences and humanities;

with the ultimate goal of translating research into societal impact via multiple streams—such as:
 1) New Technology and Products,
 2) Innovative Processes & Paradigm Shifts,
 3) Legislation and Policy.

The Malaysian and Singaporean eponyms for the conference stem from the founding and organising committee, which hails from Malaysia and Singapore, while also reflecting the progressive synergism between the neighbouring countries. Notwithstanding, the conference welcomes participants and presenters from all nationalities.

The previous editions of the MSRC in 2016 and 2017, each attracted over 140 participants from various institutions. Building upon previous successes, MSRC 2018 will feature keynote addresses and plenary sessions with eminent leaders from academia, industry and policy-making, in addition to thematic oral and poster presentations from multiple disciplines spanning STEM-M & AHSS.

Conference participants are encouraged and challenged to tailor their presentations for a non-expert audience, de-emphasising the exposition of technical methods (if necessary), and instead focus on how their research OR field of study OR professional interests may potentially actualise inter-disciplinary or trans-disciplinary outcomes. We emphasise that presentations need not be limited to an original piece of research; but, for example, may constitute a review of their field of study (in the case of an undergraduate) or professional interests (in the case of an industry consultant).

We look forward to your valued participation and contribution at the conference.


Alexander Mok

Programme Coordinator

Alexander is a 2nd Year PhD student in Population Health Sciences. His research focuses on the combined influence of Nutrition and Physical Activity on health and chronic disease using large population-based studies. Alex graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology and subsequently completed interdisciplinary training in Public Health at Harvard University. Prior to studying in Cambridge, he worked in the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre within the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences and was awarded the National Science Scholarship from Singapore, A*STAR to pursue his doctoral studies.

Toh Qin Kane

Data Manager

Kane is a first 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.


Ainul Hanafiah

Sponsorship Officer
Founding Member & Sponsorship Officer (2016)

PhD candidate in Public Health, Ainul is passionate in health, community and international development. Currently, she is involved in reviewing the Malaysian mental health policy. Amongst the community projects she has been involved include the Child Protection Policy (CPP) of Sime Darby and Rock Up!, a fund raising event participated by local celebrities. Her recent publication on stigma of people with mental health problems in Malaysia has garnered attention globally.

Magie Teoh

Finance Officer

Magie is currently studying MPhil Real Estate Finance at Cambridge after obtaining her First-Class Honour Degree in Accounting and Finance at University of Liverpool. Her research interest is in housing market and policies, particularly in emerging countries. She aims to complete her ACA qualification after graduation to become a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Li Hong Liew

Venue & Logistics Officer

Li Hong is a second-year undergraduate student reading Engineering at University of Cambridge. He was awarded a full scholarship by UEM Group Berhad to complete his course. He is the President of Young Malaysian Engineers (YME), function mainly to encourage young people to take part in and to highlight the relevance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in multiple fields.

Hannah Yong

Branding & Publicity Officer

Hannah is an A*STAR Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Trophoblast Research in Cambridge. Her research interests are in understanding the role of the placenta in driving the physiological adaptations of the mother during pregnancy and investigating the lifelong consequences of a poor environment in the womb.


Yin Jou Khong


Yin Jou is a second-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.

Wen Yao Lee

Founder & Programme Coordinator (2016)

Wen Yao is a 3rd-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.


Registration for MSRC 2018 is now open. Please purchase your ticket for the conference using the link below.

Conference participation includes morning refreshments, morning tea, buffet lunch and afternoon tea, courtesy of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Cambridge.

Early bird (by 28 Feb): £20
Standard (1 Mar onwards): £30
Conference Dinner (first-come-first-serve): £15
Register now on TryBooking

Abstract Submission

If you wish to present your work, please fill in this abstract submission template and email the completed form (Microsoft Word copy only, not PDF) to abstract@ms-rc.org.uk using the email address you used to register for this conference.

The abstract should be intended to allow delegates from different academic backgrounds to gain an appreciation of your work. Abstracts have to be submitted by 1st March 2018.


The programme for MSRC 2018 will be announced in due course.

Theme 1 – Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Theme 2 – Engineering & Technology

Theme 3 – Biomedical Sciences

Theme 4 – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Session Topics

Keynote Address

The topic for the keynote address will be annouced in due course.

Panel Session

The topic for the panel session(s) will be annouced in due course.

Presentation Themes

Academic diversity ensures a collection of knowledge that is balanced, relevant and practical. Thus, the subject themes of the MSRC are as follows:


THEME 1 – Physical & Mathematical Sciences

• Physics, Chemistry, Material Sciences, Earth Sciences etc.

• Pure & Applied Mathematics


THEME 2 – Engineering & Technology

• Aeronautical, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering etc.

• Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Science, Robotics etc.


THEME 3 – Biomedical Sciences

• Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Oncology, Reproductive Medicine etc.

• Biochemistry, Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology etc.


THEME 4 – Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

• Economics, International Relations, Law, Political Sciences etc.

• Art, Business, Education etc.

Keynote Speaker 2018

The keynote speaker will be annouced in due course.


Panel Speakers 2018

The panel speakers will be annouced in due course.


The moderator will be annouced in due course.


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton hotel is the only hotel in Cambridge city centre situated on the River Cam with stunning river and city views. This will be the venue for the Malaysia-Singapore Research Conference 2018 as well as the dinner that follows.

Granta Place Mill Lane
Cambridge, CB2 1RT
United Kingdom



Theme 1 presentation abstracts and schedule will be made available in due course.


Theme 2 presentation abstracts and schedule will be made available in due course.


Theme 3 presentation abstracts and schedule will be made available in due course.


Theme 4 presentation abstracts and schedule will be made available in due course.

Posters Presenters


Theme 1 poster abstracts will be made available in due course.


Theme 2 poster abstracts will be made available in due course.


Theme 3 poster abstracts will be made available in due course.


Theme 4 poster abstracts will be made available in due course.


Sponsors will be announced in due course.

Supporting Partners

Cambridge University Malaysia Society (CUMaS)

Cambridge University Malaysia and Singapore Association (CUMSA)