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By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, Nov 30: The transition from fossil fuel dependence to renewables such as solar and hydrogen energy, the future of smart cities within a low-carbon future, and the innovations and technologies that support and enable the transformations will be among the focal points of the upcoming World Engineering, Science, and Technology Congress (Estcon) 2022.
According to a press release by the Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), the latest edition of Estcon2022 will convene at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) this Dec 1 to 2.
The congress, now in its seventh year since its inception in 2010, is organised by UTP and will bring together over 700 experts from 17 countries in a variety of research, innovation, and commercialization fields.
Estcon2022 is one of the most anticipated events of UTP’s silver jubilee celebrations this year, focusing on the latest trends and innovations in energy, urban development, and the role of technology in future living.
The renewed and improved congress, themed “Future Energy & Smart Communities”, will delve deeper into the energy transition and transformation in nurturing a sustainable future, in line with Petronas’ energy transition initiatives to achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions (NZCE).
Estcon2022 is co-organised by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Multimedia University, FPT University Vietnam, Universiti Teknologi Brunei, and The Alliance of Government Linked Universities.
The congress is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, the Sarawak State Government, the Human Resources Development Corporation, and the Malaysia Board of Technologists (MBOT), with Petronas serving as the main partner.
Estcon2022 is geared toward the academic community, those from industry, government and non-government organisations, policy makers, and the general public, and provides a venue for like-minded individuals to keep abreast of the latest research and innovations, share knowledge, build connections, and establish collaborations.
“The Congress will cover a wide range of topics, from innovation, engineering, and technology to humanities, addressing the latest trends and challenges,” said UTP vice chancellor and Estcon2022 chairman Professor Ts Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib in the press statement.
Mohamed Ibrahim continued, “A UTP flagship event, Estcon2022 is the largest congress in the world with eight international conferences held concurrently.
“The eight conferences are in tandem with UTP’s objectives and goals, allowing the university to open up new frontiers, pioneer research, create new technology, and introduce innovative solutions and methods for sustainable developments that will bring mutual benefits to society.
“Each of these conferences will focus on different issues pertaining to their respective themes.”
The conferences include the International Conference on Digital Transformation and Intelligence (ICDI), the International Conference on Emerging Smart Cities (ICESC), the International Conference on Sustainable Oil Recovery and Digital Solutions (ICSORDS), the International Conference on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ICESG), the International Conference on Future Trends in Smart Communities (ICFTSC), the International Conference on New Energy (ICNE), the International Conference on Renewable Energy and E-Mobility (ICREEM), and the International Conference on Sustainable Processes and Clean Energy Transition (ICSuPCET).
The first keynote speaker will be Dr Nick Wayth, CEO of the Energy Institute in the United Kingdom, who will speak on “Just Energy Transition: Strengthening Energy Security and Achieving Carbon Neutrality”.
Meanwhile, the second keynote speaker will be Kamarul A Muhamed, founder and CEO of Aerodyne Group, a global drone technology, data technology, and digital transformation company. He will speak on the “Internet of Cities: The Adaptation of AI in Tailoring Smart Cities”.
For more information on Estcon2022, go to https://estcon.utp.edu.my/. — DayakDaily