JOHOR BAHRU, 11 December 2016 – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has successfully hosted the International Conference on Plasma Science and Applications, (ICPSA2016), the 9th in the series of Asian African Association for Plasma Training (AAAPT) annual meetings, in Langkawi from 28th to 30th November 2016.
Chairman of ICPSA2016, Prof Dr Jalil Ali said, they arranged the conference in conjunction with his Newton-Ungku Omar Fund Institutional Links projects with Loughborough University and University of York, United Kingdom.
“It was an excellent meeting with participation from 50 professors, lecturers, researchers and postgraduate students from nine different countries and 19 different institutes,” he said.
Four plenary talks of renowned plasma physicists including Emeritus Prof Dr Lee Sing (developer of the famous Lee Code for Plasma Focus modelling), Deputy Vice Chancellor of Nilai University Prof Dr Sor Heoh Saw, Prof Dr Rajdeep Singh Rawat of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and Dr Mansoureh Lafouti were featured during the conference.
Besides plenary talks there were five invited talks presented by Dr John Pasley of the University of York, Dr Panagiota Arnou from Loughborough University, Assoc Prof Dr Paul Lee of NTU, Dr Siti A’iasah Hashim from Nuclear Agency Malaysia and Prof Si Ze Yang from Xiamen University, China.
AAAPT general and council meetings are arranged during conferences where general elections for important designations are carried out and new memberships and associated memberships are announced to the interested delegate members from various institutes.
“This event has further strengthened the collaboration between UTM and UK collaborating institutes and opened doors to new research collaborations.
“We are preparing for collaborative experimental work with NTU, Singapore in the near future as a result of meetings during ICPSA2016. We expect signings of more MoAs/MoUs between UTM and highly reputed international universities,” he said.
Professor Jalil said, they believe through the conference they have portrayed a positive and progressive image of UTM across Asia and Europe and will continue striving for it in all future events.