Archives for November 2015

Asian Congress On Biotechnology 2015 (ACB 2015)

Congratulations !

Postgraduate student from Metabolic Engineering and Molecular Biology (MEMOBIO) ikohza, Ms Nurtasbiyah Binti Yusuf won the best poster presentation at the Asian Congress on Biotechnology 2015 (ACB 2015) with the tittle of Isolation of Thermophilic Actinomycetes from Decaying Empty Fruit Bunch (EFB).

This conferences was held on 15-19 November 2015 at Istana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.



International Conference on Sustainability Initiatives (ICSI 2015) In Conjunction with 8th Asean Environmental Engineering Conference (AEEC)

The International Conference on Sustainability Initiatives (ICSI 2015) was successfully held at Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On 24-25 August 2015, in conjunction with the 8th Asean
Environmental Engineering Conference (AEEC). It was funded and supported by ASEAN Uni-Network Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net). ICSI was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor of UTM, Professor Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Bin Omar. The conference attracted more than 150 participants from the networks well as leading universities in ASEAN and from supporting universities in Japan. There were 94 papers presented of which 75 were for oral presentations and 19 for poster presentations during the two-day conference.


ICSI was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor of UTM, Professor Datuk Ir. Dr. Wahid Bin Omar

Plenary lectures were given by 4 prominent speakers, firstly, by Secretary General to the Ministry of Higher Education, Dato’ Seri Zaini Ujang, Emeritus Professor Saburo Matsui of Kyoto University, Mr. Joseph Tek Choon Ye, CEO and Managing Director of IJM Plantations (M) Berhad and Professor Ian Jonathan Scowen from University of Lincoln. There were 4 keynote speakers; Professor Satoshi Takizawa of Tokyo University, Professor Shiro Saka of Kyoto University, Professor Yoshihiro Shiraiwa from University of Tsukuba and Professor Zainuddin Abd. Manan, Dean Faculty of Chemical Engineering in UTM Johor Bahru. Participants were invited to a dinner at Felda Villa on the first day of the conference.


MemoBio ikohza played an important role in the organisation of the conference. The Head of ikohza, Prof DatinDr Zuriati Zakaria was the Chairperson of the conference and most of the Secretariat members are students for the ikohza. A small exhibition was also held during the conference and the Chairperson gave out certificates to the participants of the exhibition.

Visit from University of Tokyo (Prof. Hideaki Nojiri)


On 27th October 2015, we were visited by Prof. Hideaki Nojiri from Department of Environmental Biochemistry, University of Tokyo. In the span of three hours, Prof Hideaki Nojiri gives his public lecture. Prof. Hideaki Nojiri also had the chance to hear the presentation from 3 of the students whose title work are related to his field. Overall, it was a productivel visit to both of the parties. Through the discussion, a lot of knowledge and ideas have been shared. MEMO-BIO would glad to welcome more visitors whether foreign or local to experience our environment here in UTM.


Prof Hideaki Nojiri was given his speech to students


Prof Nojiri , Prof Sugiura with students