More than 1,000 experts from nearly 40 countries of diverse fields of research and innovation gathered for the World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress (ESTCON) 2018 held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre beginning 13 August.
The two-day congress was organised by Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), with the support from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, SIRIM Berhad and Yayasan Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (Yayasan UTP).
The congress was officially opened by YBhg Datin Paduka Ir Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education on 13 August.
The closing ceremony was graced by YB Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis, Deputy Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change, representing its Minister, YB Yeo Bee Yin, the following day.
With the theme "Science, Technology & Humanities: Reinventing the Future", ESTCON 2018 is one of the largest congresses in the world with ten simultaneously-held international conferences.
The conferences are International Conference on Oil & Gas Engineering Technology (ICOGET 2018), International Conference on Civil, Offshore & Environmental Engineering (ICCOEE 2018), International Conference on Production, Energy and Reliability (ICPER 2018), International Conference on Geosciences (ICG 2018), International Conference on Process Engineering and Advanced Materials (ICPEAM 2018), International Conference on Intelligent and Advanced Systems (ICIAS 2018), International Conference on Computer & Information Sciences (ICCOINS 2018), International Conference on Fundamental and Applied Sciences (ICFAS 2018), International Conference on Leadership and Management (ICLM 2018), International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (ICHSS 2018).
Each of these conferences will focus on different issues pertaining to their respective themes. These ten conferences are in tandem with UTP's objectives and goals and allows the university to open up new frontiers, pioneer research, create new technology, and introduce innovative solutions and methods for industry. It enables sustainable development that will bring mutual benefits to the environment, economy and society.
The fifth edition of ESTCON featured four keynote speakers who shared their valuable insights on reinventing the future in line with Industry 4.0.
The speakers were Dr David Wood, Chair of London Futurists and Principal of Delta Wisdom with the topic "Anticipating Successive Waves of Changes as the 4th Industrial Revolution Accelerates".
Professor Datuk Dr Asma Ismail, President Academy of Sciences Malaysia and Vice Chancellor Universiti Sains Malaysia delivered a keynote address on the topic 'A Road Map for Malaysian Science' while Professor Ir Dr Ahmad Fadzil Mohamad Hani President and Group Chief Executive, SIRIM Berhad spoke about the 'Standards for Industry 4.0/Smart Manufacturing Challenges and Opportunities'.
The final speaker, Professor Muhammad Yunus Nobel Laureate, Founder of Grameen Bank and Yunus Centre delivered his keynote address entitled 'A World of Three Zeros' at the closing ceremony.
The congress also included several forum sessions with 20 plenary speakers and 30 forum panellists to discuss on the advent of Industry 4.0 which will change the nature of higher learning education and how it affects the future generation of students.
ESTCON 2018 is also a platform to help innovators and inventors to commercialise their inventions through its Innovation Pitching programme. Introduced in ESTCON 2014, the programme allows innovators and inventors to pitch new technologies to potential investors for commercialisation.
The main sponsors for this year's ESTCON were PETRONAS, Techsource Systems Sdn Bhd, Dialog and Java Offshore Sdn Bhd. Others included Transwater, MIMOS, Dixson FA Engineering, Halliburton Energy Services (M) Sdn Bhd, Neu Dimension Sdn Bhd, Schlumberger, OPITO and Creative Minds while New Straits Times Press (NSTP), Astro Awani and Bernama were the media partners.