KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 24 (Bernama) -- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia's (UTM) researcher, Liew Wen Ching won the 2022 Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) Chrysalis Award Final Pitch held yesterday for her team's research into waste-to-wealth concept for food security improvement.
Liew together with fellow researchers Muhammad Luqman Nordin from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Shahidah Md Nor from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) proposed the "waste-to-wealth" concept by converting agricultural waste into nutritional food with an immune booster vaccine and advanced packaging in a bid to fix the severely impacted global food security crisis.
"The research proposal looks at projected diseases, climatic changes, ongoing wars, worldwide inflation, and an expanding global population that would have severely impacted global food security," said Academy of Sciences Malaysia in a statement today.
According to the statement, Liew took home RM4,000 and a certificate of achievement as the first prize winner while the runner up, Lee Hui Jing from Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) won RM3,000 and third place winner Nivaarani Arumugam from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan received RM2,000.
Meanwhile, the Best Team Award was won by the group that comprises Nivaarani, Hui Jing and Noorfatin Aida Baharul Amin while the best presenter was awarded to Ng Wen Cai from Monash University Malaysia.
Chrysalis is a seven-month flagship leadership programme organised by YSN-ASM which aims to identify, develop, recognise and empower the PhD students within Malaysia's science, technology and innovation ecosystem.
"YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award is specifically designed to strengthen and nurture the talent and capability of young researchers so it can empower them in alignment with the Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) development trajectory of Malaysia,
"Throughout the programme, 15 finalists were assessed individually on their demonstration of knowledge, enthusiasm, leadership, creativity, teamwork and presentation skills, among others," the statement read.
Selected YSN-ASM Chrysalis Award Finalists will experience continuous support and mentoring for the next five years after the programme to ensure they are continuously empowered to be outstanding researchers who will contribute to Malaysia's STI ecosystem.
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