Top minds to gather virtually for global congress

Prof Mohamed Ibrahim at the virtual soft launch.

THE World Engineering, Science and Technology Congress (ESTCON) is back and will be held virtually for the first time.

ESTCON 2020 is the sixth edition and because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it will be held virtually from July 13 to 15.

Themed “Science, Technology and Humanities: Reinventing the Future”, the congress would cover a wide range of topics, from innovation, engineering and technology to humanities, addressing the latest trends and challenges, said its chairman Prof Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.

It is organised by Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) with support from the Higher Education Ministry and Academy of Sciences Malaysia with the collaboration of Petronas, Yayasan UTP and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).

The congress will set the stage for industry, academia, government and the public to participate in global discussions.

It will cover various topics, including simulation, big data and analytics, augmented reality, autonomous robots and Internet of Things as well as leadership and values, economy, communication and community.

Dubbed the largest congress globally, nine international conferences will be held simultaneously, said Prof Mohamed Ibrahim who is also UTP vice-chancellor.

“Each of these conferences will focus on different issues pertaining to their respective themes.

“The nine conferences are in tandem with UTP’s objectives and goals, and allows 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,” he added.

The conferences are: International Conference on Oil and Gas Engineering and Technology (ICOGET 2020); International Conference on Civil, Offshore and Environmental Engineering (ICCOEE 2020); International Conference on Production, Energy and Reliability (ICPER 2020); International Conference on Earth Resources (ICER 2020); International Conference on Process Engineering and Advanced Materials (ICPEAM 2020); International Conference on Intelligent and Advanced System (ICIAS 2020); International Conference on Computer and Information Sciences (ICCOINS 2020); International Conference on Fundamental and Applied Sciences (ICFAS 2020); and the International Conference for Management, Social Sciences and Humanities (ICMeSH2020).

The event will have more than 1,000 experts on diverse fields from 30 countries, with prominent keynote speakers sharing their expertise, including trends and issues on sustainability from a global perspective.

One of the speakers who will deliver a keynote address is Senapathy Gopalakrishnan, chairman of Axilor Ventures India. He will talk about sustainable technology.

Senior fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Zakri Abdul Hamid will deliver his address on Society 5.0.

Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre chairman Prof Datuk Dr A Bakar Jaafar will share his views on future engineering.

Other speakers include Dr William Selvamurthy from India who will talk on innovation culture while Prof John Holbrey from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will share his views on sustainability chemistry for living.

Another highlight is the virtual exhibition which will run concurrently with the conferences where industry players showcase their products, services and latest innovations.

To register as ESTCON2020 non-presenter delegates, go to

Non-presenter delegates will have access to attend the nine conferences.

ESTCON2020 is also HRDF claimable and offers points of up to 20 hours from the Board of Engineers Malaysia, Malaysia Board of Technologists and the Construction Industry Development Board.

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