9 October 2018 (Tuesday) – Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) Director General (DG) Dato’ Dr Abd Latif Mohmod officiated the FRIM Innovation Day 2018 at the FRIM Auditorium, Kepong on 5 October.
The aim of the programme themed, ‘Innovation Drives Commercialisation’, was to promote innovation for commercialisation as well as encourage innovation activities to improve services and create a conducive work environment.
|Abd Latif speaking at the opening ceremony.||From Left: Accompanied by Khali Aziz, Abd Latif presenting the Commercialisation Incentive to Rushdan.|
The Invention and Innovation Competition this year was organised for support staff for the first time in appreciation of their contribution to the sustainability of innovation at FRIM. The invention of ‘Tong Sampah (Anti Selongkar)’ (monkey-proof dumpster) to prevent monkeys from raiding the garbage, created by Abdul Halim Talha, clinched the Gold Medal.
Various other awards were also presented at the event such as the Invention Disclosure Awards, Patent Filing Awards, Best Workplace Awards, E-posters Awards, Innovation Short Films Awards and Best Quality Management Awards.
|The winners, other FRIM staff and the organisers posing for a group photograph with Abd Latif (front row, middle).||Abd Latif (right) taking a closer look at Abdul Halim’s invention.|
Abd Latif presented the Commercialisation Incentive to Dr Rushdan Ibrahim for his innovation on pulp from rice straws which is shortlisted as one of the Malaysian Commercialisation Year (MCY) 2018 finalists.
Also present were Deputy DG (Operations) Dr Khali Aziz Hamzah and Innovation and Commercialisation Division Director Norhayati Nordin, who is also the organising committee chairman.
In conjunction with the innovation day, FRIM also organised a Science Interactive Programme on 4 October to raise the awareness and knowledge in innovation as well as inculcate interests among students in ‘Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics’ (STEM).
|SJK(T) Puchong students sharing information on their Ganono innovation project.||The Science Interactive Programme participants and organisers posing for a group pix with Norhayati (seated, middle).|
A total of 21 students and 19 teachers from 14 schools participated in the programme. SJK(T) Puchong Assistant Principal Karpagham Krishnasamy presented an innovation project called ‘Ganono’, conducted in collaboration with researchers from the FRIM Pulp and Paper Branch.