Two young scientists will represent M’sia at the 73rd Meeting of Nobel Laureates

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) will send two young scientists to represent the country at the 73rd Meeting of Nobel Laureates dedicated to Physics in Lindau, Germany, from June 30 to July 5.

MOSTI, in a statement today, said Nur Alia Sheh Omar, 33, and Tang Jia Heak, 21, will join over 600 other outstanding young scientists from 90 countries and interact with at least 30 winners of Nobel Prize.

According to the statement, the meeting will focus on three main topics: quantum physics and quantum technologies, physics-based solutions to the energy challenge and artificial intelligence in physics.

“The meeting will provide these outstanding early-career scientists with a unique opportunity to present their research, share experiences and ideas, and be inspired by their peers and Nobel laureates,” the statement said.

In the same statement, Nur Alia, a researcher at Aston University in the United Kingdom, expressed hope that her participation in the meeting would broaden her outlook and knowledge and allow her to bring home new ideas.

“I am truly honored and grateful to have been selected to represent Malaysia and Aston University, United Kingdom, at the 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. I am excited to meet and learn from Nobel Laureates in Physics and other young scientists around the world,” she said.

Nur Alia completed her Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Master of Science in Advanced Materials, followed by a PhD in Sensor Technology at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her research interests include surface plasmon resonance optical sensors, waste-derived nanomaterials, and green synthesis.

Tang, an undergraduate Physics student at Universiti Malaya, said he is very excited to be selected as the country’s representative and will take advantage of the opportunity to broaden his perspective and learn advanced topics during the meet.

“My heartfelt thanks to the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) for making my trip to Germany possible,” he said.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Chang Lih Kang said Malaysia’s participation in global science and technology initiatives is essential not only in raising its international standing but also in bringing the latest practices and knowledge to Malaysia.

“This enables us to strengthen our internal capabilities and accelerates our journey towards becoming a knowledge-based economy, which is essential for our sustainable growth and competitiveness,” he said.

ASM President Datuk Dr Tengku Mohd Azzman Shariffadeen said that by joining this programme, Nur Alia and Tang can become strong partners in high-level research programs around the world.

“ASM has high hopes that this program will have a lasting positive impact on participants where they can address critical issues and improve the quality of communities through scientific and technological advances,” he added.

Since 2004, Malaysia has sent 86 young scientists, including this year’s participants, to Nobel Laureate Meetings through MOSTI and ASM.

In October 2023, the ASM Selection Committee for the 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting held interviews to evaluate this year’s applicants. Thirteen candidates were shortlisted and approved by the Awards Steering Committee, and two were chosen to represent Malaysia.

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