January 5, 2023, by Lisa Chin

Nurturing impactful research for the future

1st UNM Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Conference 

Our inaugural Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference was successfully held on 6 & 7 December 2022 at Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre, University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM).

This conference brought together research scholars from multiple disciplines in the arts and sciences where it provided valuable insights from keynote addresses, plenary sessions and guest workshops. The conference also provided an inclusive and supportive platform for sharing of knowledge and exchanging of ideas with the aim at facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations.

The welcome and opening address was delivered by the Chair of the conference organising team, Professor Maniam Kaliannan, who is also the Associate Dean of Graduate School at UNM. The conference was later officiated by Professor Sarah Metcalfe, Provost and CEO at UNM.

Professor Maniam Kaliannan

Professor Sarah Metcalfe virtually officiated the conference

The first keynote address, entitled Multidisciplinary Research – The way Forward, was delivered by Professor Andy Chan, the former Interim Vice-Provost (Research and Knowledge Exchange) at UNM; and the second keynote address, entitled Measuring Your Impact – The h-index, Citation & Impact Factor, was delivered by Professor Asgar Ali, Professor in Postharvest Biology and Technology and the founding director of the Centre of Excellence for Postharvest Biotechnology at UNM.

Professor Andy Chan

Professor Asgar Ali

In six parallel sessions, the conference featured 34 presentations by postgraduates and early career researchers. A best presenter was drawn from each session based on the moderation by an expert panel of judges: Professor Nandha Kumar T, Dr Matthew Ashfold, Dr Jayalakshmy Ramachandran, & Dr Mandy Sim Siew Chen.

Professor Nandha Kumar T

Dr Jayalakshmy Ramachandran

Dr Matthew Ashfold

Dr Mandy Sim Siew Chen

Best Presenters 

Adriana Chieng Chee Jing
School of Education, UNM
How do adult and child coordinate their words in an online interaction?

Choo Kam Kitt
School of Psychology, UNM
Hello, 你好, Apa Khabar, Vanakam: Can multilingual contexts modify executive functioning?

Hal Mahera binti Ahmad
Nottingham University Business School (NUBS), UNM
Leading Authentically – A Prosocial Engagement Model for Middle Managers

Ho Jinn Shyuan
Division of Biomedical Sciences, UNM
Pathogenesis study of blood disease bacterium in local bananas of Malaysia

Rilwan Abdullahi
School of Biosciences, UNM
Aphrodisiac potential of root Bark Extracts of Feretia apodanthera del in Streptozotocin Induced Diabetic Male wistar Albino rats

Wong Xiu Wei
School of English, UNM
Glow Up to Grow Up: A Postfeminist Critical Multimodal Study of Alivia D’Andrea’s YouTube Videos

The six best presenters (centre)

The second day of the conference featured workshops on how to produce high impact research and write good journal article by Professor Ts. Dr. Murali Raman, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development & Strategy), Asia Pacific University (APU).

Workshops by Professor Ts. Dr. Murali Raman

Although this was the first time the conference was held, it was an overall success in providing an avenue for young researchers to get the exposure and gain the experience presenting in an academic conference and subsequently, engage with a wider audience. With ambitious endeavours underway, we look forward to organising yet another successful conference this year.

1st UNM Postgraduate & Early Career Researcher Conference, 6 & 7 December 2022, Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre, University of Nottingham Malaysia

For more information, please email to graduateschool@nottingham.edu.my.

Appreciation & acknowledgements

Keynote speakers: Professor Andy Chan, & Professor Asgar Ali

Reviewers: Professor Asgar Ali, Professor Show Pau Loke, Professor Nandha Kumar T, Professor Ting Kang NeeProfessor Joanne Lim, Professor Lee Kean Wah, Dr Khoo Gaik Cheng, Dr Mathew Abraham, Dr Subarna Sivapalan, Dr Tang Kin Boon, & Ms Chan Wen Li

Moderators & judges: Professor Nandha Kumar, Dr Matthew Ashfold, Dr Jayalakshmy Ramachandran, & Dr Mandy Sim Siew Chen

Committee (student helpers):  Muhamad Hishamudin bin Mohmad Hasim, Wong En Tong, Zheng Shengqiang, Mustapha Danladi Ibrahim, Azalea Dyah Maysarah Satya, Sayed Mohammadhossein Modaresi, & Fadhilah Fatnin Binti Asri Afendi

Photographer: Hoo Jian-Der

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