In conjunction with Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW), we’re back again to jointly organized a Virtual Earth Day Talk ACS Malaysia Chapter on 21 April 2022. ACS celebrates CCEW in the week of April 17–23, 2022 with the theme, “The Buzz About Bugs: Insect Chemistry.”
This time, our talk relates with the Earth Day 2022 theme on ‘Invest on our planet’. The 2.5 hours event featured three prominent speakers that shared their valuable insights into environment-related topics, publications, research collaborations, and a special talk on insect chemistry!
Dr Mohd Firdaus, the Chair of ACS Malaysia Chapter, opened the event by sharing the purpose of Earth Day with the audience, and why we need to ‘Invest in Our Planet’ starting from now.
“It has always been a pleasure to collaborate with ACS Publications, especially for an important event like the Earth Day 2022. This collaboration allows us to reach out to audience not normally associated with the Chapter event. This will in turn allow us a wider reach, in the mission of spreading words about the importance of investing in our planet! I look forward to working with ACS Publications again in 2023.”
– Dr Mohd Firdaus Abdul Wahab, Chair, ACS Malaysia Chapter
We invited our first speaker of the day, Prof Ruey-an Dong. He is the Chair Professor at the Institute of Analytical and Environmental Sciences, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Taiwan. He presented on the topic on Nanotechnology for Environmental Applications. Additionally, he talked about his experience as not only an ACS Journal author, but also a Reviewer and an Editor.
Next up, we had an Industry speaker, Ir. Dr Zaki Zainudin, who is a Water Quality & Modeling Specialist. He shared about his industrial expertise on the Water Quality and Pollution Control matters in Malaysia, and the related bridging policies and research, which resonated well with the audience.
Finally, for our third speaker, we invited Assoc. Prof. Dr Wan Fatma Zuharah, from the Medical Entomology Laboratory, Vector Control Research Unit at Universiti Sains Malaysia. She spoke about the Applications of Insect Chemicals to Agriculture, and the conservation and public health.
After a fruitful session of Q&A session with all the speaker, we presented the winners for the ACS Student Chapter 3-Min Video Competition with the theme “Invest in our Planet”. The competition was opened to the 12 ACS International Student Chapters from Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia.
Check them out here
- Winner 1: ACS IIUMK Student Chapter | A Worthy Investment
- Winner 2: ACS USM Student Chapter | Plastic Waste
- Winner 3. ACS Monash Malaysia Student Chapter | Invest in our planet
We concluded the event with an Earth Day Trivia quiz with interesting facts on environmental related issues like deforestation and microplastics.
Hope to see you at the next event!
“I was honored to be one of the participants and appreciated every moment. The whole experience was priceless. Plastic pollution is a severe and long-standing issue. Malaysia seriously has a massive problem with plastic waste. We often see empty plastic cups, plastic straws, plastic lids, empty water bottles on the roadsides, seashores, and dumpsites. Plastic waste is composed of major toxic pollutants and has the potential to cause great harm to the environment in the form of air, water, and land pollution. Surprisingly, most people are aware of the harmful effects of plastic use on the environment and human health. They are well-versed in the idea that plastic is non-biodegradable and will not decompose completely. This leads us to create a video related to the awareness of Plastic Waste Pollution and the ways to solve it.”
– Chew Ho Kin, ACS USM International Student Chapter
“This was a great opportunity to get to know other ACS Student Chapters as well as introducing our relatively new student chapter. I find the topic nanotechnology in environmental applications very fascinating. As a student, I think I can start to apply it at home with my family by practicing the correct way of composting and investing in renewable energy”.
-Jehan Yusof, ACS IIUM Kuantan International Student Chapter.