Malaysian Indian scientist wins global contest

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KUALA LUMPUR,: Malaysian scientist Dr Abhimanyu Veerakumarasivam has beaten contestants from over 25 countries to win the prestigious FameLab science communication competition in Cheltenham, United Kingdom on Thursday.

He said he was “pretty excited” about the victory, having prepared for it since winning the national competition in April.

“I just hope that it will spur more scientist and scientist enthusiast to communicate science effectively to the public.

“This will help improve stem engagement as well as create public awareness that can impact public policy too,” he told Bernama.

“Indeed I truly believe that more effective science communication is needed as much as more science discoveries,” said the Chairman of Young Scientists Network under the Academy Science Malaysia.

Since its debut at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival in 2005, FameLab has grown into one of the worlds leading science communication competitions.

The contest is open to scientists, mathematicians and engineers from across the globe with each contestant given three minutes to convey a scientific concept of their choice.

They were judged by leading researchers, media personalities and science policy makers on the content, clarity and charisma of their presentation.

Each national winner went on to compete against over 25 other contestants from around the world at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival each June.

Dr Veerakumarasivam’s talk focused on how cancer could be avoided with better lifestyle habits through effective communication. – The Star

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