Our keynote speaker is:
Professor M. L. Chye
Wilson and Amelia Wong Professor in Plant Biotechnology from Hong Kong University
To give a keynote lecture on ‘Plant biotechnology in Asia and beyond


She has been awarded an Edward Clarence Dyason Universitas 21 Fellowship (2004/05), an Outstanding University Researcher Award (2006/07), a Croucher Senior Research Fellowship (2007/08), and an Eileen Mary Harris Scholarship (2013). She serves on the editorial boards of Planta (Springer),Frontiers in Plant Metabolism & Chemodiversity and Frontiers in Plant Physiology, and was Chair of the Asian Symposium on Plant Lipids 2011.M.L. Chye, the Wilson and Amelia Wong Professor in Plant Biotechnology at HKU, completed her PhD on a Commonwealth Scholarship at the University of Melbourne and received postdoctoral training in Plant Molecular Biology at the Rockefeller University (New York) and the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (Singapore). She joined the University of Hong Kong in 1993 was promoted to Professor in 2005.
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Our Plenary Lecture Speaker is:
Prof. Kishio Hatai
Borneo Marine Research Institute, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, 88400 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
To give a plenary lecture on
”Parasitic diseases of freshwater fishes”

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Research interest: Fungal diseases of fish and shellfish, Fish Pathology
Common and emerging diseases of fish and shellfish is an important key for a successful aquaculture and the sustainability of seafood production. Recently, the occurrence of viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infection is increasing in aquaculture.  The diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases have to be established. I am interested in fungal diseases of aquatic animals including fish, shellfish and Crustacean. Main research work in fungal infection is to know what kinds of disease present in the aquaculture and natural fields. The works are mainly to isolate the pathogens using specific media and identify the pathogens from the morphological characteristics and molecular technique, finally to develop the treatment and prevention methods. I also interested in unknown diseases which are occurring in aquaculture fields.


Our Second Keynote Speaker is:
Emeritus Prof. Ian Warrington
Massey University, Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND


To give a keynote lecture on
Preharvest Management Effects on Postharvest Quality of Horticultural Produce
Dr Ian Warrington has been awarded the title Professor Emeritus by the Massey University Council’s honorary awards committee.The committee considered Dr Warrington’s service to community and professional organisations, his contribution to research and his continuing advocacy for Massey as an institution for study and research were significant. Additionally, the committee noted he is highly respected, nationally and internationally, in the field of horticulture. Professor Warrington, of Palmerston North, grew up in Hastings, enrolled at Massey in 1965, graduating with a first-class Master of Horticultural Science degree in 1972 and a Doctor of Science degree in 1989. He had a 30-year career with the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and became known nationally and internationally for his research work on horticultural crops.