LAST_UPDATESat, 23 Jun 2018 10am

USM Lecturer Named 'World's Best Science Communicator' Encourages M’sians In STEM To Let Their Research Be Heard

Newly minted World's Best Science Communicator Dr Siti Khayriyyah Mohd Hanafiah is encouraging her fellow STEM peers to be bold in sharing their research findings.

"My advice to researchers and other lecturers who want to participate in competitions such as this, whether young or old, is to not doubt yourself, you need to try first.

"As long as there is a message to be given, give yourself a chance to be heard by the public," said the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Biological Sciences lecturer, Utusan Malaysia reports.

Being the second Malaysian to win the award, it shows that Malaysians also have the capability and talent to excel in science and technology.

Siti Khayriyyah defeated 11 other finalists as she wowed the jury and audience at the FameLab International competition held at Cheltenham, United Kingdom, last week through her presentation titled 'To Find a Hidden Killer' on the use of antibodies-antigens to diagnosse tuberculosis (TB).

"It was a most meaningful and valuable experience because I managed to attract the attention of the audience and jury, as well as received encouraging and positive feedback," she said, as reported by Bernama.

FameLab is a science communications competition that seeks to test the skills of STEM enthusiasts at breaking-down and conveying STEM concepts in a creative and interesting three-minute presentation armed with only their wits and a few props they can carry on stage.