IOES UM HOSTS THE 8TH ASIAN-PACIFIC PHYCOLOGICAL FORUM
More than 300 researchers in the field of phycology or algal studies, from 20 countries gathered in Kuala Lumpur for the 8th Asian Pacific Phycological Forum 2017 (APPF2017). APPF2017 was held for the first time in Malaysia under the theme of “Algae: New perspectives towards a progressive and sustainable living”.
The five-day conference was jointly organised by the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya (UM) and the Asian-Pacific Phycological Association (APPA) at the Pullman Hotel, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur on 8-13 October 2017.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Associate Professor Dr. Ramzah Dambul, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). Also present were Datuk Professor Dr Awg Bulgiba Awg Mahmud, Acting Vice Chancellor of UM, Professor Dr. Sung Min Boo, President of APPA, Professor Dr. Phang Siew Moi, Director of IOES and Professor Dr. Lim Phaik Eem, Forum Chair of APPF 2017.
The conference provided a platform for exchange of the latest scientific discoveries and breakthroughs in algal research. It also facilitated the establishment of networks amongst the Asian Pacific scientists to work together on the use of algae for the benefit of mankind.
Four experts - Professor Hu Qiang from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan, China, Professor Masaki Yoshida from University of Tsukuba, Japan, Professor You-Jin Jeon from Jeju National University and Professor John Beardall from Monash University, Australia, presented the plenary lectures at the conference.