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Professor Emma Lee

Federation University

Dr Emma Lee is a trawlwulwuy woman of tebrakunna country, north-east Tasmania, Australia.  She is a Professor at the National Centre for Reconciliation, Truth, and Justice at Federation University.  Emma’s work in Tasmania has assisted in constitutional reform, whole-of-government policy frameworks and, in 2022, establishing a commercial market for cultural fisheries.

In 2023 she became the first Indigenous woman to be a global recipient of a Pew Trust Fellowship for Marine Conservation. In 2021, she became the first Indigenous Australian editor of a Best Practice Guideline for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Emma was also a finalist for 2022 Australian of the Year (Tasmania) for her body of work in Indigenous rights.  In 2019, she was a member of the Federal Government’s National Co-Design Group for Indigenous Voice.

Keynote Session:

Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property: decolonising research through contract care

Date: Thursday, 12 Sep 2024

Time: TBC

In the small space of research contracts, much can be done to create a legacy of inclusion for Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property clauses can be included within contracts and are a means of administrative caring that compliment Indigenous research ethics. In recognising that Indigenous Peoples and our Cultural and Intellectual Property rights are important, we can begin to decolonise research practice for mutual benefit.

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Professor Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair

Sunway University Malaysia

Prof. Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Sustainability) at Sunway University.

He is an expert in data science, econometrics, policy modelling, and development economics. He is the architect for the development of the 10-10MySTIE Framework, the 8R-8i-innovation ecosystem model

and Return on Value (ROV) concept, which provide a systematic and an evidence-based approach to characterise the national and industrial innovation ecosystems for a knowledge intensive economy.


Professor Nair has been a subject matter expert for government agencies, industry, community organisations and international agencies on sustainable development and planetary health. He is a Fellow of Academy Sciences Malaysia and Fellow of CPA (Australia). He is a member of the National Science Council of Malaysia, the National High-Tech Council of Malaysia and United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solution Network (Malaysia).He has published his research work in leading international refereed journals and have contributed to several national and regional strategic plans & studies on sustainable development and planetary health.

Keynote Session:

Fostering Values-Driven Research, Development and Impact through Dynamic Collaborative Networks

Date: Friday, 13 Sep 2024

Time: TBC

The global landscape continues to be volatile, uncertain, complex, and brittle. Traditional development models have focused on extracting maximum return on investment (ROI) at the expense of the health of the planet. This has led to degradation of the environment, global warming, disruption in the food systems, increase in communicable and non-communicable diseases, and increase in economic hardships across the globe. Research institutions and universities play pivotal roles in providing access to expertise, technology, and research support systems to address these global challenges. This presentation will highlight the need to nurture a values-driven development framework, which fosters strong national and global research networks to address the challenges that impact communities across the globe. The proposed new values-driven framework will highlight strategies for universities, research teams and research management professionals to generate greater return on value (ROV) for all stakeholders in the ecosystem; and collectively implement innovative solutions to address the global challenges.   

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Prof ChM Dr. Noorsaadah Abd. Rahman, FASc

Universiti Malaya

Prof Noorsaadah was the Deputy Director of the UM’s Institute of Research Management and Monitoring from 2006-2008.  She was appointed as the Director of the institute from 2009-2014. 


In 2015, she was appointed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) of University of Malaya until her retirement in 2021.

She was accorded the Top Research Scientist Award and elected as a Fellow of the Malaysian Academy of Sciences (FASc) in 2014.  In 2018, she was appointed a Fellow (ChM) of the Institut Kimia Malaysia.  Currently, she is the Secretary General of Malaysian Academy of Sciences.

Keynote Session:

Research Partnerships for a Sustainable Future

Date: Wednesday, 11 Sep 2024

Time: TBC

Research has always been an important aspect in advancing knowledge and progress in society.  Social research provides insights into the concerns of the society and helps to evaluate the effectiveness of policies in addressing social issues, scientific research helps to generate knowledge that advances our understanding of the world, leading to many new technologies and practical applications, from health to defence and even to public policies.


For decades, researchers and in particular, scientists tended to work in their laboratories, often alone or within the confines of their research groups.  However, the outcome of the research done by these scientists has global impact.  Scientists and researchers can no longer work in silos.  Climate change and Covid pandemic have highlighted the complex challenges and issues face by the world which require not only one or two researchers working together to find solutions to these global problems.  In this era of post-normal times, collaborative science has become important in research endeavours to address these increasingly complex socio-environmental challenges and knowledge divides.   The presentation will discuss some ways in which collaborative science and partnerships are done amongst researchers and scientists to ensure a sustainable future and the roles research managers and administrators play in fostering and enhancing these partnerships.

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