Title Awards from 7th Malaysia International Seminar on Antarctica (MISA7)
Venue Primula Beach Hotel, Kuala Terengganu
Date 15-16 August 2017
Description___ Congratulation to Abiramy Krishnan, Maccus Wong Hao Jie and Syairah Atiqah!
Abiramy Krishnan (Biology) and Syairah Atiqah (physical) have won the 1st prize; Maccus Wong Hao Jie has awarded the 2nd prize (Biology) for the Excellent oral presentation under category Postgraduate student in 7th Malaysia International Seminar on Antarctica (MISA7) that hold at Primula Beach Hotel, Kuala Terengganu, 15-16 August 2017. Abiramy Krishnan and Maccus Wong Hao Jie were supervised by Assoc Prof Dr Siti Aisyah Alias and Dr Mohammed Rizman Idid. While Syairah Atiqah is supervised by Prof Dato' Dr Azizan Samah and Dr Sheeba N.C.



Title   Best Oral Presentation (Student and Young Investigator Special Symposium 2016) - Ms Vejeysri Vello
Event   4th Asia-Oceania Algae Innovation Summit: Accelerate Research and Commercialization of Algae
Date   18 - 21 September 2016
Summary ___ We happy to announce that Miss Vejeysri Vello (Ph.D student) won the Best Oral Presentation (Student and Young Investigator Special Symposium) at the 4th Asia-Oceania Algae Innovation Summit: Accelerate Research and Commercialization of Algae, 18-21 September 2016, Wuhan China. She also received the Travel Scholarship for her participation in the same conference.


Congratulation! IOES is awarded as HICoE

Thrust: Research and Innovation
Niche Area: Air-Ocean-Land Interactions
Brief History of CoE

The Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), University of Malaya has its roots in the University of Malaya Maritime Research Centre (UMMReC) which was established in 2003 in response to the national call for more concerted research in the marine sciences, considering the importance of Malaysia’s abundant marine heritage as well as to coordinate and lead all research activities and consultancies in marine and maritime research at the University of Malaya. The establishment of IOES was approved by the University of Malaya Management on 23 October 2007 and officially launched on 17 January 2008. The IOES was approved by the University of Malaya Board of Directors and under the management of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Office (Research & Innovation) on 17 April 2008. 

The IOES received further accolade by being recognised as a Marine Centre of Excellence (COE) under the National Oceanography Directorate (NOD), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The uniqueness of IOES lies in its multidisciplinary team of distinguished researchers who are leading scientists in the areas of mangrove ecology, algae biotechnology, coastal eco-engineering, air-ocean interaction and climate change, maritime law and maritime culture. In the IOES, the blend of natural scientists and social scientists provide a formidable team to respond to both scientific and socio-economic issues confronting the coastal and maritime systems.

Function of CoE

The Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences (IOES), conducts research and undertakes education and technology development in ocean and earth sciences. The research mission of this institute is to achieve international excellence, lead in national and regional research programmes, and to be a leading academic centre for ocean and earth sciences in the region. The function of the Institute is three-pronged: Research, Academic Training and Technology Development, which it carries out through its members helming seven Research Units, namely 

  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Studies Research Unit
  • Marine Biotechnology Research Unit
  • Marine Connectivity Research Unit
  • Air-Ocean-Land Interaction Studies and Climate Change Research Unit
  • Coastal Processes Studies and Coastal Engineering Research Unit
  • Maritime Culture & Geopolitics Research Unit
  • Maritime Law and Policy Research Unit

The main strengths of IOES lie in the diversity, depth and range of expertise available, particularly in the rare expertise of maritime law and policy, political science and international relations, socio-economics, maritime history, culture and geopolitics, climate change, marine geology, mangrove ecology, marine biotechnology, marine biodiversity and marine genomics. These combined research strengths, unique in the Malaysian scenario, will allow IOES to integrate multidisciplinary approaches to the study of fundamental scientific problems and to discover new and novel products and processes in our oceans. 

Since its establishment in 2008, IOES has researched and published widely on areas of tropical marine biodiversity and ecology, marine biotechnology, coastal rehabilitation and engineering, air-ocean-earth interactions, and established the “Journal of Maritime Culture and Geopolitics“, the first such journal in the country. This is addition to the IOES Monograph Series that is published by the IOES.

Objective of the IOES-CoE 

  • To understand the influence of Air-Ocean-Land Interactions on land and its biota through transdisciplinary approaches
  • To direct these interactions to the forecasting of storms & other impacts, their mitigation and to useful applications



Best Student Poster Presentation of 2nd XMAS Symposium - Winnie Lau

The Second Xiamen Symposium on Marine Environmental Sciences was held in Xiamen, China from January 7 to 9, 2015. In this symposium, a graduate student, Winnie Lau Lik Sing, from Institute of Ocean and Earth Science (IOES), University of Malaya was sponsored by Xiamen University to attend the three days Symposium. Her abstract entitled “Rapid detection of harmful Raphidophyte, Chattonella sp using whole-cell FISH” was accepted as poster presentation during student session in the symposium. 

She also participated in 2nd XMAS student session that organized by Student Union of China Ocean Sciences (SUCOS) which aimed to improve academic exchanges graduate students. In poster competition participated by 161 students from various countries, her poster was selected by the six person panel judges as one of the 4 best posters of the symposium, after two round evaluation. Her project was supervised by Associate Professor Dr. Lim Po Teen and Dr. Leaw Chui Pin from IOES, UM. The winner was awarded with a certificate, with prize money of Chinese Yuan two thousand five hundreds. Well done, Winnie.



Title   Silver Medal for Novel Reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO) based algae-fuel cell (AFC) for generation of electricity from photosynthesis. Bioinnovation 2014, KLCC, 20-21 November 2014.
Venue ___ KLCC
Date   20 - 21 November Sep 2014


Best Student Oral Macroalgae at the 5th Congress of International Society for Applied Phycology 2014

Dr. Yusrizam Sharifuddin and Phd Student, Mr. Chin Yao Xian has won the Award of Excellence- Best Student Oral Macroalgae at the 5th Congress of International Society for Applied Phycology 2014, Sydney, Australia (22 -27 June 2014). 

Mr. Chin's paper was on " Yao-Xian Chin, Yusrizam Sharifuddin, Phaik Eem Lim, Green Brian, Maggs A Christine and Siew Moi Phang (2014). Evaluation of Malaysian Seaweeds for Anti-diabetic Potential."
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WESTPAC Best Young Scientist Poster Award - Mr. Toh Hii Tan

Mr. Toh Hii Tan (Malaysia) obtained the Best Young Scientist Poster Award with their posters on "Habitat preference of potentially harmful benthic dinoflagellates in the fringing reefs of TalangBesar Island, Malaysia"
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Recipient of the Anugerah Perdana Belia Negara - Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam, a Research Fellow of the Institute of Ocean & Earth Sciences (IOES) has been awarded the Anugerah Perdana Belia Negara (APBN) 2014 (Special Category). She received the award from the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najid Tun Razak in a ceremony at Putrajaya yesterday. The award is in conjunction with the National Youth Day celebration. 

Dr. Louisa Ponnampalam is a marine biologist specializing in dolphin, whale and dugong ecology and conservation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Marine Science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and a Ph.D. from the University of London's University Marine Biological Station Millport in Scotland. Her research career on these charismatic marine mammals spans 10 years across various seas, including the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Bering Sea, Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea. 



Dugongs in Peril: The conservation and protection of endangered Dugongs in Johor, 2003-2007
A Joint project by IOES, University of Malaya 
TITAN Chemicals Corp Bhd & United Nations Development Programme




Prof. Chong Ving Ching & Adam Lim: Conservation of Seahorses



Understanding Air-Ocean-Land Interactions and Processes
Air-sea interactions & air-land interactions are the most important mechanisms for the changes in the atmosphere-ocean-biosphere system. It is imperative to understand the magnitude and structural diversity of the air-ocean-land system, to be able to fathom the impacts of external or anthropogenic factors on the environment.



The Marine Microbial Ecology Laboratory of the IOES, headed by Associate Prof. Dr. Lee Choon Weng, has focused on profiling the microbial food web in the Malaysian waters:

• Carbon fluxes and trophic transfer in marine microbial ecology;
• Biological production and loss rates in coastal waters and their relation to CO2 fluxes.
• Marine microbiology of coastal waters: temporal and spatial variation of marine bacteria, vibrios and E.coli in coastal waters.
• Marine water quality along the Straits of Malacca etc.



Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lim Po Teen recently established the Harmful Algae Bloom Laboratory at the Bachok Station. The research team has been documenting harmful algae blooms and identifying the causal species. 

• Culture Collection of Harmful Algae (>300 strains)
• Interactive Database on Harmful Algae: Identification, Distribution and Toxicity



Technologies for Protection of Marine Ecosystems and Resources
The IOES is involved in the development of various technologies for the protection of the marine and coastal environment, especially in the event of sea level rise, increased tropical storms and tsunamis. They include Integrated eco-engineering technologies for shoreline protection (Coastal Bioshield). This system combines both mangrove replanting and engineering structures
Establishment of Eco-engineering Technologies for Protection and Rehabilitation of Coastlines by Prof. Roslan Hashim and his team. Funded by Forestry Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)



Law, Policy & Governance and Maritime Culture
The Maritime Law and Policy Unit has been contributing to the examination of laws and policies of relevance to the protection of the marine and maritime ecosystem and resources.
The human element has become the focus of the Maritime Culture and Geopolitics Research Unit, with documentation of indigenous knowledge of the coastal and maritime communities, especially in the origin and development of rituals, dance and economic uses of marine resources. 
Associate Prof. Datin Dr. Mary George 



Increasing Community Awareness and Human Capacity Builidng for Sustainable Management of Marine Ecosystems and Resources.
IOES organises scientific expeditions, outreach activities, talks for the public on radio and exhibitions. Expedition and research activities of the IOES have been well publicised in the media through interviews for the newspapers and television. The IOES trains postgraduate students in marine science and technology. The IOES also organizes short-term training workshops to train young scientists, members of government institutions and the industries on various research areas in the protection and management of the marine environment. 



Other Outreach Programmes:
• PMI2 End of project- workshop 2010; Marine Sources of Short lived halocarbons; 14-16 July 2010
• Bengkel Metodologi Penyelidikan Seni Persembahan Komuniti Maritim; 27-Sep-10
• SHIVA Seminar : Stratospheric Ozone : Halogens In a Varying Atmosphere; 22-Nov-10
• Bengkel Mamalia Marin Bersama Bot Pelancong, 20 July 2011
• IOES Scientific Seminar Series: Talk on Biological Research Outreach Programme ; 17-Nov-2012 

Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences
C308, Institute of Advanced Studies Building,
University of Malaya,
50603 Kuala Lumpur,

Tel: (+603) 7967 4640 / 6995
Fax: (+603) 7967 6994
Email: admin.ioes@um.edu.my

Office Hours 
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Sat, Sun and Public Holidays: Closed