AFOB Newsletter

vol.16
April 15, 2022

Cover Story

New Year셲 Greeting from Malaysia

PROF TS DR SURAINI ABD-AZIZ

Prof Ts Dr Suraini Abd-Aziz
• Professor, Department of Bioprocess Technology, Faculty of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia
• Vice-President AFOB Malaysia Region
• President, AFOB Malaysia Chapter
• Co-chair AFOB Bioenergy and Biorefinery Division



My contribution to the development of the Asian Federation of Biotechnology

Let me begin with my involvement in the development of AFOB.

I start knowing my Korean colleagues from the recommendation of Prof Dr Mohamed Ismail Abdul Karim, Head of Biotechnology Department, Faculty of Food Science and Biotechnology, Universiti Putra Malaysia. I was introduced to Prof Yoon-Moo Koo and Prof Tai Hyun Park as an observer at the 9th Symposium of Young Asian Biochemical Engineers Community (YABEC 2003) in Jeju Island, South Korea. I was awarded the YABEC Travelling Award for the meeting. From there I met and get to know all distinguished Professors and researchers of the YABEC community. Not to forget, the very friendly Prof Jeung Keug Park that welcomes me at Jeju Airport. During the meeting, I also met 2 more observers i.e Prof Dr Virendra Bisaria (from India) and Assoc Prof Dr Klanarong Sriroth (from Thailand).

My contribution to the development of the Asian Federation of Biotechnology5

9th Symposium of Young Asian Biochemical Engineers Community (YABEC 2003), Jeju Island, South Korea



My contribution to the development of the Asian Federation of Biotechnology5

9th Symposium of Young Asian Biochemical Engineers Community (YABEC 2003), Jeju Island, South Korea




From the kick start meeting at YABEC, my collaboration with all the countries in YABEC community has grown stronger. We met almost every year for all the conferences and the discussion on the Asian Federation of Biotechnology development was discussed with the attendance of delegates from Asian countries including Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and India

From Malaysia, I am one of the pioneers that put forward the idea of this federation and brought together my colleagues from Malaysia (Prof Mohd Ali Hassan, UPM & Assoc Prof Dr Madihah, UTM) for the discussion. Three of us are always together for almost every meeting/symposium/conference for the development of the Asian Federation of Biotechnology.

Preparative meetings for the formation of AFOB had been held four times prior to its official establishment (KSBB 2007 National Spring Meeting, April 27th, Songdo Technopark, Incheon, Korea; APBioChEC 2007 Meeting, November 5th and 7th, Taipei International Convention Center, Taipei, Taiwan; KSBB 2008 National Spring Meeting, April 18th, Jeonju City, Korea.)

The incorporation was agreed upon by the delegates from Asian countries during the IBS 2008 conference, October 12th -17th held in Dalian, China. The delegates from participating Asian countries discussed the launching of AFOB during the meetings. The International Federation bears the name Asian Federation of Biotechnology, abbreviated to "AFOB", hereafter referred to as 'The Federation'.



13th International Biotechnology Symposium (2008), Dalian, China

13th International Biotechnology Symposium (2008), Dalian, China



I have witnessed all the development, discussion, meeting and conferences to bring forward AFOB development to success. Starting with 8 Asian countries members, AFOB already has 14 countries members.

Some nice photos as memory to share:

Asian Congress on Biotechnology (2015), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Asian Congress on Biotechnology (2015), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



9th AFOB Board Meeting (2016), Gyeongju, South Korea

9th AFOB Board Meeting (2016), Gyeongju, South Korea



10th AFOB Board Meeting (2017), South Korea

10th AFOB Board Meeting (2017), South Korea



AFOB Seminar (2017), South Korea

AFOB Seminar (2017), South Korea



Summer Forum (2018), Songdo, South Korea

Summer Forum (2018), Songdo, South Korea



Asian Congress on Biotechnology (2019), Tamsui, Taiwan

Asian Congress on Biotechnology (2019), Tamsui, Taiwan



2021 AFOB Board Meeting, November 5th, ONLINE

2021 AFOB Board Meeting, November 5th, ONLINE



Here I shared the AFOB President and Secretary General appointed from 2008 until 2022 for us to treasure their effort that makes AFOB an active and successful federation.



Board Member of NBB Division
TERMPRESIDENTSECRETARY혻GENERAL
1st
(2008-2012)
PROFESSOR혻DR혻TOSHIOMI혻YOSHIDA
Osaka혻University,혻Japan
PROFESSOR혻DR혻JEUNG혻KEUG혻PARK
Dongguk혻University,혻South혻Korea
2nd
(2012-2016)
PROFESSOR혻DR혻HO혻NAM혻CHANG
Korea혻Advanced혻Institute혻of혻Science혻and혻Technology,혻South혻Korea
PROFESSOR혻DR혻JIAN-JIANG혻ZHONG
Shanghai혻Jiao혻Tong혻University)
3rd
(2016-2018)
PROFESSOR혻DR혻GEORGE혻FU혻GAO혻Chinese혻Academy혻of혻Sciences,
혻Mainland혻China
PROFESSOR혻DR혻YOON-MO혻KOO혻Inha혻University,혻South혻Korea
4th
(2018-2020)
PROFESSOR혻DR혻WEN-CHIEN혻LEE
National혻Chung혻Cheng혻University,혻Taiwan
PROFESSOR혻DR혻TAI혻HYUN혻PARK
Seoul혻National혻University,혻South혻Korea
5th
(2020-2022)
PROFESSOR혻DR혻WEN-CHIEN혻LEE
National혻Chung혻Cheng혻University,혻Taiwan
Korea혻University.혻South혻Korea
PROFESSOR혻DR혻SEUNG혻WOOK혻KIM


AFOB Malaysia region does put a big effort to make sure that the success of all organized events and collaboration. On November 12th, 2013, AFOB Malaysia successfully registered to the Registrar of Society, Malaysia and is officially known as AFOB Malaysia Chapter.

AFOB Malaysia Chapter is a very active federation in organizing international conferences and collaborating with AFOB member countries and other countries. We successfully organized AFOB Asian Regional Symposium in 2014 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) and AFOB Asian Congress on Biotechnology in 2015 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). Along with that, we successfully organized the AFOB Malaysia Chapter International symposium in 2018 (Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia), 2019 (Putrajaya, Malaysia), 2021 (Online) and coming on September 18th 21st, 2022 at Langkawi, Island, Malaysia.

There is much more to do and as Asian Federation of Biotechnology, we will. This demands hard work and we are ready for it. With the continuous support and hard work from AFOB Headquarter, AFOB Malaysia Chapter Committees (Session 2021-2022), AFOB Executive Board members (Malaysia region), AFOB Advisory Board members (Malaysia region) and AFOB Malaysia Chapter active members - together we will achieve the best for all. We need to work together, create a healthy environment where we all can strike the balance between work and life.