July 22, 2019, by Lisa Chin

Winners announced in Graduate School’s inaugural Pecha Kucha Competition

A challenge for early career researchers to creatively communicate their research work with 20 slides, 20 seconds each

We are pleased to announce that Dr Vasanthi Sethu from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering is the winner of our inaugural Pecha Kucha Competition. Dr Sethu won with her presentation Green Water Treatment Solutions which emphasised the essentiality of water and described her research on water treatment and purification technologies that are economical and sustainable. Her work involves study on making natural biocoagulants for water treatment using seeds of various local plants via simple processing steps. She envisioned the outcome of this study potentially replacing the current conventional water treatment methods and greatly reducing the operating cost of water treatment.

Runner Up is Dr Valerie Shang from the School of Pharmacy with her presentation Save Our Breath from Haze. Dr Shang described her research on the toxicological effects of haze pollutants on the human lung cells. Her work involves an interdisciplinary pursuit in understanding the biological changes that takes place within the human airways following short term and prolonged exposure to haze pollutants. She envisioned that the outcome from this study will help to support future research in drug discovery and raise public awareness on haze-induced health threats, whilst nurturing young talents in conducting basic sciences research.

Prizes were presented to the winners by Professor Deborah Hall, Vice Provost of Research and Knowledge Exchange.


Dr Vasanthi Sethu, Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Green Water Treatment Solutions 

(From left) Professor Deborah Hall and Dr Vasanthi Sethu. Dr Sethu received RM3,000 worth of conference funding and RM100 worth of book voucher.

Runner Up

Dr Valerie Shang, Assistant Professor at the School of Pharmacy

Save Our Breath from Haze

(From left) Professor Deborah Hall and Dr Valerie Shang. Dr Shang received RM2,000 worth of conference funding and RM100 worth of book voucher.

Inaugural Pecha Kucha Competition

Our inaugural Pecha Kucha Competition was held on 17 July 2019 with a total of 8 contestants from various disciplines.

Pecha Kucha is a form of presentation where the presenter presents in 6 minutes and 40 seconds, designed by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham in February 2003. The presentation centres on 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each. A Pecha Kucha presentation utilises imagery and efficient use of spoken word to create seamless, memorable, meaningful and concise presentation.

We would like to once again congratulate the winners on their achievements and applaud all the contestants for their commendable efforts. This competition gave us an exciting glimpse of innovative and transformative research undertaken at the University. It was a privilege for us at the Graduate School to showcase such brilliant research of our early career researchers.

(From left) Dr Jim Chai, Ms Jane Jeevamoney Davies, Dr Seow Hsin Vonn (Judge), Dr Neil Bennison (Judge), Dr Ashley Ng (Judge), Dr Valerie Shang, Professor Deborah Hall (Vice Provost of Research and Knowledge Exchange), Dr Vasanthi Sethu, Professor Sivakumar Manickam (Head Judge), Dr Ianatul Khoiroh, Dr Anurita Selvarajoo, Dr Lee Mei Kee, and Dr Alejandro Estudillo.

Stay tuned!

More information about this competition will be posted soon.

In the meantime, please email us at graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my should you have any enquiries.

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