November 25, 2014, by jgkhor
EURAXESS Science Slam 2014 ASEAN
EURAXESS Press Release
Researcher from Nottingham University Malaysia Campus beats region-wide competition in 2nd EURAXESS Science Slam ASEAN. Doctoral candidate Bhamini Bhujun will join the Science Slam Champions from Brazil, China, India, Japan, and North America on a unique networking trip to Europe in spring 2015. The young electrical engineer also gets the opportunity to meet with European experts in her field of energy storage. Two promising research talents of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University come in second and third place.
On 13 November 2014, 5 researchers from the ASEAN region competed in the finals of the 2nd EURAXESS Science Slam. High up on the roof top bar of the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand the 5 finalists had just 10 minutes to convince the audience of 100 people of their superior science communication skills.
Bhamini Bhujun, a doctoral candidate at Nottingham University Malaysia Campus working on the subject of supercapacitators, impressed with an inspiring presentation. She was crowned EURAXESS Science Slam Winner ASEAN 2014 to thundering appause of the 100 or so spectators. Bhamini follows in the footsteps of last year’s champion Dr Phanramphoei Frantz who travelled all the way from France to moderate this year’s slam finals. A researcher with Thailand’s National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC), Dr Frantz secured a research position with the prestigious Institut Pasteur in Paris following her win last year.
The new champion, Ms Bhujun, will join the winners of the EURAXESS Science Slams Brazil, China, India, Japan and North America on a unique networking trip to Europe. There they will get the opportunity to visit a research lab of their choice anywhere in the European Research Area.
Mr Michael Potroz a specialist in Bioelectromagnetics came in second place while Soumyabrata Dev’s presentation on cloud imaging won him third place. Both researchers are doctoral candidates at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University.
The event was organised by EURAXESS Links ASEAN, a pan-European project that links up researchers in Europe and ASEAN. The network promotes researcher mobility and cooperation between the scientific communities of the 40 European countries who are members of the EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion initiative and the international research communities in the EURAXESS Links countries.
The EURAXESS Science Slam finals marked the closing event of the hugely successful 2nd EURAXESS Links Conference 2014 which took place in Singapore and Bangkok, Thailand. Organised by the European Commission, the two-day event celebrated the strong scientific links between Europe and Southeast Asia with a number of workshops and panel discussions. Well over 300 researchers from across ASEAN engaged with high calibre experts from Europe to jointly explore mutually beneficial oppportunities for inter-regional researcher mobility and cooperation under the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Technology Horizon 2020. The event was graced by high ranking representatives of the two host countries with Thailand’s Minister of Science and Technology Dr Pichet Durongkaveroj and the Head of Singapore’s A*STAR Graduate Academy Prof Alfred Huan both delivering welcome addresses.