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Malaysia flexes its strengths to grow biomechanics in Asia Pacific

Malaysia hopes hosting the 12th Asia Pacific Conference on Biomechanics (APCB) 2023 will help grow the field nationwide and in the ASEAN region.

Organised by the Asia-Pacific Association for Biomechanics (APAB), the annual event aims to encourage, foster, and promote research in the field of biomechanics in the Asian-Pacific region, and build a community for the industry.

Datuk Zulkefli Hj. Sharif, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) said the bid was successful due to the core of local support and knowledge in the field. Partners included MyCEB, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC) and the Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE).

“APAB was also impressed with the line of education and medical institutions that were part of the panel of partners such as University of Malaya, University of Malaya Medical Centre, University of Malaysia Terengganu, National Sports Institutions and more.”

The event will be hosted by the Malaysian Society of Biomechanics (MSB). Professor Ir. Dr. Noor Azuan Abu Osman, Chairman of MSB, is currently the Dean of Engineering and also the Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Biomechanics and the Coordinator of the Motion Analysis Laboratory, at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya.

He says: “Bringing top-level biomechanists to Malaysia is not only a great platform for our Malaysian biomechanists to present our work in front of top scientists but also having them coming to this event will help create a very strong legacy in the field of biomechanics in the region.

“It will not be easy to organise such a big APCB event, but I will give my own personal assurance that we will make Malaysia proud and will strive to do a great job in organising this event.”

APAB founding president Takami Yamaguchi notes: “It is true that economic growth in (the Asia-Pacific) region has out-paced developments made in science and technology, despite the great efforts that have been made by researchers throughout the region. Indeed, these efforts seem to have resulted in fierce competition, rather than collaboration, particularly in fields closely related to industry. Nevertheless, we have a very long tradition of a common culture and civilization in East Asia, and a shared foundation in natural philosophy, as exemplified by the teachings of Confucianism. Based on this common background, we are in a position to establish a new form of science in this region.”

As the second ASEAN country to host APCB, Malaysia is expecting to welcome some 800 delegates for the event, with an estimated RM 8.37 million in economic impact.

Hosting the event also aligns with Malaysia’s Business Events Roadmap, which positions business events as a leading driver of Malaysia’s economic transformation across all key sectors, including healthcare

(via MyCEB, APAB)