Answering the call to encourage more online activities in line with the new normal mindset, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) is hosting a three-day congress with the participation of more than 1,000 experts of diverse fields of research, innovation and commercialisation from 27 countries.
Scheduled to be held from 13-15 July this year, the 6th World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress is co-organised by the Alliance of Government-Linked Universities, supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and the Academic Science Malaysia (ASM), and is held in collaboration with PETRONAS, Yayasan UTP and Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF).
The opening of ESTCON2020 will be officiated by the Minister of Higher Education Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad and the closing ceremony by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Secretary General, YBhg Datuk Ir Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir.
With the theme “Science, Technology & Humanities: Reinventing the Future”, this is the university’s first effort at organising the biennial congress virtually since it was first held in 2010.
The congress provides a platform for industry, academia, government and the public to take part in global discussions that cover a wide range of topics from simulation, big data and analytics, augmented reality, autonomous robots and the industrial Internet of Things to non-technical topics of leadership and values, economy, communication and community.
It is the largest congress in the world with nine simultaneously held international conferences. The conferences are International Conference on Oil & Gas Engineering and Technology (ICOGET2020), International Conference on Civil, Offshore & Environmental Engineering (ICCOEE2020), International Conference on Production, Energy and Reliability (ICPER2020), International Conference on Earth Resources (ICER2020), International Conference on Process Engineering and Advanced Materials (ICPEAM2020), International Conference on Intelligent and Advanced System (ICIAS2020), International Conference on Computer and Information Sciences (ICCOINS2020), International Conference on Fundamental and Applied Sciences (ICFAS 2020), International Conference for Management, Social Sciences and Humanities (ICMeSH2020).
“The nine conferences are in tandem with UTP’s objective to become a leader in technology education and centre for creativity and innovation, and allows the university to embark on new frontiers, pioneer research, create new technology, and introduce innovative solutions and methods for sustainable developments that will benefit society,” says UTP Vice Chancellor and Chairman of ESTCON2020, Professor Ts. Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.
“We have an excellent programme lined up. There will be prominent keynote speakers who will share their expertise on trends and issues on sustainability from a global perspective,” he added.
One of the speakers who will deliver the keynote address is Mr Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, Chairman of Axilor Ventures India and former founder and CEO of Infosys. He will talk about Sustainable Technology.
Other speakers are Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid, a Senior Fellow of Academy of Sciences Malaysia and former Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, who will deliver his keynote on Society 5.0, while Professor Dato’ Ir Dr A. Bakar Jaafar, Chairman of Malaysian
s Green Technology & Climate Change Centre will share his views on Future Engineering for the Tropical Environment.
Dr William Selvamurthy, President of Amity Science, Technology and Innovation, India and Professor John Holbrey, Chair of Green Chemistry in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland are also keynote speakers. The former keynote address is titled “Innovation Culture” while the latter will share his views on Sustainability Chemistry for Living.
Insights On The Emerging Shape Of A Post-Pandemic World
There will also be 31 plenary speakers and forum panellists, and each of the nine conferences boasts distinguished speakers, forum moderators and panellists – sharing insights on the emerging shape of a post-pandemic world, and the ways in which leaders and organisations can reinvent themselves to succeed in this changing landscape.
The biggest advantage for those signing up is that at the fraction of the previous’ fee, participants can avail themselves to the more than 750 paper presentations with more than 30 keynotes, plenaries and forums from all nine conferences. The non-presenter fee for ESTCON2020 is RM200 per person – with registrations accepted up to the day of the congress.
“You can pick and choose what interests you and move from one session to another at a click. If you want to listen to all the presentations, you can access the recording after the event,” Professor Ibrahim said, adding that this integrated approach will hopefully inspire research ideas and expose participants to a variety of presentations.
Another highlight of ESTCON2020 is the virtual exhibition which will run concurrently with the conferences, where industry players from corporations and various industries will showcase their products, services and latest innovations.
Industry, academia, government officials and members of the public are encouraged to register as ESTCON2020 non-presenter delegates at http://estcon.utp.edu.my/.
ESTCON2020 is also HRDF claimable which offers non-presenter delegates points for up to 20 hours from the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), and Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).