Slam dunk!

Honoured: Bhamini feels that participating in international competitions pushes her to excel.

BHAMINI Bhujun, a PhD student at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC), was recently named EURAXESS Science Slam Winner Asean 2014.

The event was organised by EURAXESS Links Asean, a pan-European project that links researchers in Europe and Asean.

The network promotes researcher mobility and cooperation between the scientific communities of the 40 European countries which are members of the EURAXESS – Researchers in Motion initiative and the international research communities in the EURAXESS Links countries.

The EURAXESS Science Slam finals is the closing event of the Second EURAXESS Links Conference 2014 which took place in Singapore and Bangkok, Thailand and is organised by the European Commission, to strengthen scientific links between Europe and Southeast Asia.

Five researchers from the Asean region competed at the finals of the slam, with each finalist conducting a 10-minute presentation about their research work.

Michael Potroz a specialist in Bio-electromagnetics came in second place, while Soumyabrata Dev’s presentation on cloud imaging won him the third place. Both researchers are from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Bhamini, who conducts research on super capacitators, will join the winners of the EURAXESS Science Slams Brazil, China, India, Japan and North America for a networking trip to Europe, which will include a visit to a research lab of their choice anywhere in the Europe research area.

“It is a real privilege to be doing a PhD in UNMC and an honour to represent the university in international competitions as it gives me more opportunities to excel internationally,” said Bhamini.

“It is exciting to see Bhamini receive such an honour, which is well deserved. We are confident that other colleagues will be both inspired and challenged by her achievement,“ said UNMC vice-provost (Research and Knowledge Transfer) Prof Graham Kendall.

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