FRIM to conduct seminar in honour of renowned scientist

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) will organise a seminar on bamboo as a tribute to an outstanding scientist, Prof. Walter Liese, in conjunction with the soft launch of Asean Bamboo Seminar (ABS2016) on 28 April.

The seminar, to be held at the FRIM Auditorium in Kepong, will feature former FRIM Director General (DG), Tan Sri Dr Salleh Mohd Nor and current DG, Dato’ Dr Abd Latif Mohmod who will speak on ‘Status of Bamboo R and D in Malaysia’.

There will also be two other guest speakers-Dr Wulf Killmann, Programme Director of Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR) and Dr Florention Tesoro, former Director of Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FFRDI), Philippines.

Liese is an outstanding scientist whose research on bamboo dates back to 1958. He is a renowned expert on bamboo anatomy and preservation of bamboo. The depth and volume of his work on bamboo, comprising hundreds of articles, books, technical reports and feasibility studies, is unparalleled by any single researcher.

He has supervised over 60 Ph.D. theses, most of which dealt with bamboo, and many of his students are now leading bamboo scientists such as the FRIM DG and Prof. Yulong Ding (INBAR).

Liese is a past president of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and has also served as an advisor for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR).

He is the recipient of five Doctor Honoris Causa degrees and was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the European Bamboo Society in 1995. His work in the region and his mentoring has contributed to the growth of human capital and extensive knowledge on bamboo in the region.

This seminar aims to commemorate the 90th birthday of this prolific scientist and announce the soft launch of ABS2016, which will held on 27-29 September in Kuala Lumpur.

The objective of ABS2016, themed, ‘Sustainability and Advancement in Bamboo Utilisation’, is to promote awareness of bamboo and its related products towards the livelihood and economic growth in ASEAN.

Issues, challenges and a way forward in bamboo plantation, production, marketing and community will be discussed at ABS2016 and the outcome is expected to benefit Malaysia and ASEAN countries in developing the bamboo based industry while conserving the environment.

The seminar will also provide a platform for disseminating information on the world’s best practices in bamboo-related industry.

ABS2016 is co-organised by FRIM, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysian Timber Industry Board, Furniture Industry Technology Centre and Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation. The organisers will also collaborate with other related bamboo industries and agencies in Malaysia and ASEAN.

Source: Forest Research Institute Malaysia