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ESTCON2016 Aims for a Sustainable Future

(15 August 2016)


1,200 experts from 40 countries gathered for presentations, lectures, panel discussions and debates on research and innovation in the fourth World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress (ESTCON2016)  to determine a more sustainable future. 

The three-day congress is the only event where industry, academia, government and the public converge to take part in global business roundtables to discuss ideas, share knowledge, learn about the latest inventions and research as well as facilitate commercialisation of ideas to the market that benefit the industry and economy. 

The honour of organising this event was proudly led by Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) with the support from Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation, Agensi Inovasi Malaysia and Yayasan UTP. 

The main sponsors were PETRONAS and International Conference & Exhibition Professionals as well as, among others. Opito Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd, Techsource System Sdn Bhd, Dialog, ExxonMobil, Solution Engineering Sdn Bhd, Swagelok, Budaya Restu Sdn Bhd, Mitsubishi Corporation and Transwater.

UTP also partnered with PlaTCOM Ventures Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation, Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia, Malaysian Investment Development Authority and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation.

While New Straits Times and Berita Harian, BERNAMA, and EasyUni were the media partners. 

The congress was officially opened by YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education on 15 August 2016 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.  

In his speech, Dato’ Idris said that one of the areas that needs to be constantly looked at is engineering, science and technology as the increase in global education needs and the rise of new technologies represent significant opportunities for education in Malaysia to grow and compete. 

“ETSCON would help people in the said field to keep well-informed of the developments, which is vital to realising our potential future growth. We are well-positioned to play a leading role in these trends to help meet the diverse needs of the global economy,” he said. 

The theme of the congress is “Engineering, Science, Technology and Humanities:  Convergence for a Sustainable Future”.  It stresses the bridging of all community of experts in research and innovation to sustain knowledge for the betterment of society.

ESTCON 2016 is the world’s biggest congress with nine conferences running in parallel, namely International Conference on Integrated Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences (ICIPEG2016), International Conference on Civil, Offshore & Environmental Engineering (ICCOEE2016), International Conference on Production, Energy and Reliability (ICPER2016), International Conference on Process Engineering and Advanced Materials (ICPEAM2016), International Conference on Intelligent and Advanced Systems (ICIAS2016), International Conference on Computer & Information Sciences (ICCOINS2016), International Conference on Fundamental and Applied Sciences (ICFAS2016), International Conference on Leadership and Management (ICLM2016) and International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (ICHSS2016).

The congress is relevant to everyone in the organisation. The nine simultaneously run conferences allow the organisation to pick and choose a programme suitable to the organisation as tickets are interchangeable. 

There were a wide range of programmes including topics such as leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and finance to technical topics of exploration, nanotechnology, green computing, environmental & water resource engineering, infra-structure, geo technology, transportation engineering and much more.

Two reputable speakers delivered keynote addresses during ESTCON2016 opening ceremony.  They were Dato’ Seri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, PETRONAS President and Group Chief Executive Officer with the topic “Preparing for a Sustainable Future: An Oil and Gas Perspective” and Prof Jackie Y. Ying, Executive Director, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore with the topic “Nanotechnology – Science, Engineering, Technology and Entrepreneurship.”

There were 28 plenary speakers, from various countries such as USA, Canada, South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia, to name a few, who delivered their talks at the nine conferences. 

The plenary speakers included those from renowned universities such as Professor Dr Roland Hornel from Stanford University who shared his viewpoints on “Big Data & Machine Learning in Reservoir” at ICIPEG2016, Tan Sri Dato’ Azman Mokhtar, Managing Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad who delivered his talk at ICLM2016 entitled “Performance – Focus, Transformation & Execution” and acclaimed commentator and columnist, Karim Raslan, with his talk entitled “ASEAN Future”, delivered at ICHSS2016. 

This congress also included several forum sessions for relevant academics, researchers, scientists, engineers, interest groups and industry experts.  The panelists include Professor Dr Jeom Kee Paik from Pusan National University, South Korea and University College London, United Kingdom, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, writer, women’s rights and HIV/AIDS activist, Bernard Chauly, film director and Dato’ Dr Ibrahim Ahmad Bajunid, President of Malaysian Association for Education.