I want to take this opportunity to thank our members and staff for all their efforts throughout 2016. The success of IKM is built on the efforts of our members and in 2016, we have enjoyed many successes, despite challenges faced in the economy slow-down in 2016.
As a professional scientific organization, IKM has done well in organizing national and international conferences in 2016. We had successfully organized the 24th IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education (ICCE) and International symposium on Pure & Applied Chemistry (ISPAC) 2016 in Kuching, Sarawak from 12th-20th August 2016, and the 16th Asian-Pacific International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Analysis (16th APCE) in Johor on 7th-10th November 2016. By organizing these events, we have met one of the objectives of IKM, that is to liaise with international and national chemistry fraternity and hopefully this exchange of knowledge among researchers have benefited our members.
Yes, 2016 was filled with both challenges and successes. But, what is installed for us in 2017?
IKM was inaugurated on 8 April 1967 with a founder membership of 31. This year 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of our Institute. We will be organizing several events to mark the 50th anniversary celebration of IKM. The main event will be the hosting of the IUPAC - 25th POLYCHAR World Forum on Advanced Materials at the PWTC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 9th-13th October. The conference will be held concurrently with the biennial laboratory equipment exhibition the LabAsia 2017 on 10th-12th October 2017. IKM and the Chemical Society of Vietnam (CSV), together with the Asia Chem Corporation (ACC) and Foundation for Interaction between Science and Technology Japan (FIST) will jointly organise the International Symposium on Pure & Applied Chemistry (ISPAC 2017) from 8th-10th June 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We will need the support of our members to ensure that these events will be organized successfully.
Fifty years of IKM achievements will be too enormous for us to report in full. We are aware that our members need a reliable reference resource of what has contributed to what IKM is today. We therefore intend to highlight some important milestones in our 50 years’ journey in our special publication in December 2017.
What then shall we plan for the years ahead?
The 2050 National Transformation, or TN50 as envisioned by the Prime Minister, should be built into our program. It may be essential for IKM to make some policy adjustments reflecting to the changing needs of the country. To enable a progressive and comprehensive national transformation to take place, IKM can contribute directly in the green and sustainable practices, education system and talent creation
Although the details of TN50 have yet to be worked out, what is certain is that the children and the youth today will be the key players in 2050. IKM should therefore double the effort to advance the whole aspects of the chemical sciences to school students and to contribute to the application of chemistry to our society. We have been successful in our K3M and K2M programs, IKM as a professional body, can address many national issues concerning the chemical sciences to students and to public. Wider scientific education and more effective programs to increase public awareness of the positive role of chemistry are needed. IKM will help to ensure Malaysia, as a developed nation, that chemicals are produced and used in ways that minimize the risk and adverse impacts on the environment and human health.
We are looking for game changers that can impact the development of our advanced economy. We therefore welcome ideas that can help us to accelerate student’s interest in chemistry and science, creating innovative chemists for the growth of the nation and preparing our chemical industry sector to be ready for Industry 4.0. Do contact us with your suggestions, I am sure the IKM council will take them into consideration in implementing future policy.
With your help, we look forward to another successful year.