In a historic first for Borneo, the 5th International Symposium on Insects (ISoI2023) unfolded its wings at the prestigious Pullman Hotel in Kuching, Sarawak, from September 11th to 13th, 2023. The symposium marked a significant milestone as it was inaugurated by the esteemed YB Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn, the Minister for Education, Innovation, and Talent Development in Sarawak.

Co-organized by the Centre for Insect Systematics (CIS), UKM, UiTM Cawangan Sarawak, and the Faculty of Resources and Technology, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), in collaboration with the Malaysian Entomological Society (ENTOMA), the symposium boasted the theme, "Unveiling The Hidden Prospect of Insects."


Key Supporters and Sponsors

The event received invaluable support from BUSINESS EVENTS SARAWAK (BESARAWAK), underlining the significance of such scientific gatherings. Notably, CORTEVA Agriscience took center stage as the gold sponsor, with FMC Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd joining as the bronze sponsor

Diverse Participation and Engaging Presentations

ISoI2023 saw a diverse gathering of 200 participants hailing from Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Among them were 89 oral presenters, 40 poster presenters, and 32 non-presenter participants. The symposium also welcomed 39 guests and walk-ins who added to the dynamic discussions. This global convergence underscored the symposium's significance as a nexus for collaboration and knowledge-sharing among professionals from both academia and industry, transcending geographical and institutional boundaries.

ISoI2023 wasn't just a symposium; it was a mosaic of entomological expertise, where participants from varied disciplines wove together a rich tapestry of knowledge, insights, and collaborative spirit. As these diverse threads are interwoven, the symposium served as a testament to the vibrancy and interconnectedness of the entomological community, transcending boundaries and disciplines for a holistic exploration of the insect world.

Noteworthy Speakers and Insights

Dr. Daisuke Kageyama, representing the Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Japan, took the stage with a captivating keynote speech. The symposium was further enriched by plenary speakers: Prof. Dr. Ir. Edhi Martono from the Department of Plant Protection, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia; Dr. Fatimah Abang, a retired professor from the University Malaysia Sarawak; and Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Nur Azura Adam, Deputy Director for Programs at the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Philippines.

Media Recognition

The impact of ISoI2023 reached beyond the symposium halls, capturing the attention of local media. Several newspapers and television channels, including New Sarawak Tribune, Dayak Daily, Utusan Sarawak, and TVSarawak, provided extensive coverage, amplifying the symposium's significance and findings. Each media outlet, through its unique lens and narrative, contributed to amplifying ISoI2023's impact. The symposium's exploration of insect-related themes, from increasing public knowledge to fostering STEM literacy and delving into the potential of these fascinating creatures, resonated prominently across Sarawak and beyond, thanks to the dedicated coverage of these influential media channels.

New Sarawak Tribune: Bridging Knowledge Gaps

Explored ISoI2023's objectives and Sarawak's pivotal role in enhancing public knowledge of insects. Served as a bridge, connecting scientific endeavors with the wider public.

Dayak Daily:Fostering STEM Literacy Through Interactive Exhibitions

Spotlighted an interactive insect exhibition planned for the Sarawak Science Centre. Emphasized ISoI2023's impact on boosting STEM literacy, influencing education and community engagement.

Utusan Sarawak: Illuminating the Potential of Insects

Explored ISoI2023's theme, highlighting the vast potential of insects. Played a crucial role in informing the local community about the often underestimated world of insects.

TVsarawak: Global Experts Convene in Kuching for Insect Research

Provided a visual insight into ISoI2023, emphasizing its global importance. Highlighted experts' gathering in Kuching and their fervent advocacy for insect research in biodiversity preservation.

In conclusion, ISoI2023 not only unveiled the hidden prospects of insects but also brought together minds from diverse corners of the world, fostering knowledge exchange and propelling the field of entomology into new realms.
The symposium, with its rich tapestry of insights, scientific revelations, and global collaborations, set a benchmark for future entomological gatherings. As the wings of knowledge continue to spread, the echoes of ISoI2023 will resonate in the realm of insect studies for years to come.
Exploring Borneo's Rich Heritage: ISoI2023 Post-Symposium Tours

On September 13, 2023, delegates of ISoI2023 embarked on a fascinating journey through Kuching's cultural tapestry during the Post-Symposium tour. The first stop, the Borneo Cultures Museum, offered a captivating glimpse into the diverse heritage of Borneo. Delegates immersed themselves in a collection showcasing the region's traditional crafts, rituals, and artifacts, providing a deeper understanding of the cultural mosaic that enriches the island.

Following this cultural exploration, the tour continued to the Sarawak Layer Cake Factory, where the delegates witnessed the meticulous craftsmanship behind Sarawak's iconic layered cakes. Engaging with local artisans, delegates experienced firsthand the intricate process of creating these delectable treats, each layer a testament to Sarawak's culinary artistry.

These post-symposium tours not only provided a delightful respite from academic pursuits but also allowed ISoI2023 delegates to appreciate the vibrant cultural and culinary heritage of Sarawak, fostering a more holistic and enriching symposium experience.

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