Events The Joint Higher Degree by Research Conference

JCU Events

Wed, 4 Sep 2024

The Joint Higher Degree by Research Conference

When: 4 September 2024, 9am to 5 September 2024, 6pm
Location:Sunway University

Research HDR event

The Joint Higher Degree by Research Conference is an annual collaborative effort by doctoral candidates from participating universities. JHDRC 2024 will be hosted by Sunway University, Malaysia (SU) in partnership with James Cook University, Singapore (JCUS), Taylor’s University, Malaysia (TU) and University of Reading, Malaysia (UoRM). This year’s conference theme "Innovate, Collaborate, Elevate" references the shared experience of all Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates pioneering & contributing knowledge to their respective fields, fostering social & research collaboration, and disseminating our research & knowledge to others. We aim to celebrate the variety and diversity of research topics explored by candidates in our South-East Asia region and beyond, the shared experience of candidature milestones, and to develop an international, supportive and collaborative research community.

This year will include cash prizes again for Best Oral Presentation (up to RM658) for the top presenters for each parallel session (by discipline) & Best Poster Presentation (up to RM448) for the top presenters for each poster session (Day 1 & 2)!

Date: 4th - 5th September 2024
Venue: Sunway University, Malaysia




Call for abstract opening date 1 April 2024
Last date for submission of abstracts 24 July 2024
Notification of acceptance 5 August 2024
Registration opens 27 June 2024
Registration closes 23 August 2024
Conference dates 4-5 September 2024

Any abstract submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


  1. Format and Content:
    • Abstracts should be written in Times New Roman font, size 12, with double spacing.
    • The abstract should be 200-300 words long and include 2-5 keywords.
    • The title of the abstract, body of the abstract, and keywords should be on Page 1 of the document.
    • Page 2 should include the name and affiliation of the primary author and supervisors or other co-authors, primary discipline of your research, areas of interest for collaboration, country of residence, and stage of progress (e.g., year 1/beginning, year 2/middle, year 3-4/end).
  2. Document Naming and Submission:
    • Name the document as follows: [Family Name in uppercase][Given Name]_[Discipline]. For example: ZHANJuan_TU_Hospitality&Tourism.
    • Submit your abstract as a Word document (.doc or .docx) via email to [email protected].
  3. Presentation Format and Multiple Submissions:
    • In your email, please indicate your presentation format: Oral or Poster.
    • If presenting more than one paper, please specify this in your submission email.
  4. Physical Presence Requirement:
    • Note that only physical presentations are accepted; virtual presentations are not available for this conference.
  5. Abstract Submission Template
  6. Download Abstract Template

The primary author will be notified of the review committee’s selection. Additional instructions for the conference will be provided then.


Oral Presentations

  • Duration: 20 minutes per presentation (15mins presentation, 5mins Q&A).
  • Format: Presenters will have access to a projector and computer. Please prepare your presentation in PowerPoint (.ppt or .pptx) format.

Poster Presentations

  • Size: [A1] [Portrait orientation] [33.11” x 46.81”].
  • Format: Posters should be readable from a distance of 1 meter. Include your title, authors, affiliation, introduction, methods, results, and conclusions.
  • Setup: Posters will be displayed in a designated area. Presenters are responsible for setting up and taking down their posters at the specified times. Participants are responsible for printing their own posters according to the specifications listed above & transporting it safely to the conference for presentation.
  • A general poster template is provided, participants are encouraged to adjust accordingly in terms of length/width within the fixed dimensions: Download Poster Template


  • 1.1 Online Registration
  • We are excited to invite you to register for the upcoming 4th Joint Higher Degrees by Research Conference (JHDRC 2024) jointly organised by James Cook University (Singapore), Sunway University (Malaysia), Taylor's University (Malaysia) and University of Reading (Malaysia) on 4th and 5th September 2024. This physical conference will be hosted at Sunway University, Malaysia.

    Please take note: The workshop on Day 2 has limited seating and requires pre-registration on a first come first serve basis. Pre-registration is FREE. Pre-registration will be available via a google form link found in your confirmation email upon successful registration for JHDRC 2024.

    JHDRC 2024 Registration Fee is 20 SGD. Please register here.

  • 1.2 Registration Benefits

    Registration includes access to all conference sessions (including keynote speech), a conference kit, refreshment breaks, lunch, and registration opportunity for a workshop (day 2). Participants will also receive an e-certificate of attendance.



Nicholas SEET Wei Kiat, James Cook University, Singapore
NYIEW Ke Ying, Sunway University, Malaysia,
ZHAN Juan (Leona), Taylor's University, Malaysia,
Yishan WONG, University of Reading, Malaysia


Anansa Consumido-Dijan, Taylor's University, Malaysia

Organizing Committee Members

Angela MENG Junyi, James Cook University, Singapore
Pamela ARUMYNATHAN, James Cook University, Singapore
Aliff AQID, James Cook University, Singapore
LIN Yingxuan (Celina) , James Cook University, Singapore
Raahilah Essa, Sunway University, Malaysia
Afsaneh Rotsami, Sunway University, Malaysia
Md Abu Zaed, Sunway University, Malaysia
Zahida Sharif, Sunway University, Malaysia
Sophie LIANG Hong Yu, Taylor's University, Malaysia
Guo Yueyun (Cassie), Taylor’s University, Malaysia
Felicia Luvena Albert, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
Lok Mei Liang, Taylor’s University, Malaysia
Juliana Hoo, University of Reading, Malaysia

Committee Advisors

Sze-Ee LEE, Taylor's University, Malaysia

Committee Mentors

Associate Professor Denise Dillon, James Cook University, Singapore
Associate Professor Dr Alexander Trupp, Sunway University, Malaysia
Associate Professor Keith Kay Hin Tan, Taylor's University, Malaysia
Associate Professor Dr Kai Li Chung, University of Reading, Malaysia


Title: Fostering Values-Driven Research, Development and Impact through Dynamic Collaborative Networks


The global landscape continues to be volatile, uncertain, complex, and brittle. Traditional development models have focused on extracting maximum return on investment (ROI) at the expense of the health of the planet. This has led to degradation of the environment, global warming, disruption in the food systems, increase in communicable and non-communicable diseases, and increase in economic hardships across the globe. Research institutions and universities play pivotal roles in providing access to expertise, technology, and research support systems to address these global challenges. This presentation will highlight the need to nurture a values-driven development framework, which fosters strong national and global research networks to address the challenges that impact communities across the globe. The proposed new values-driven framework will highlight strategies for universities, research teams and research management professionals to generate greater return on value (ROV) for all stakeholders in the ecosystem; and collectively implement innovative solutions to address the global challenges.

Keynote Speaker


Professor Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Sustainability)

Sunway University, Malaysia

Professor Mahendhiran Sanggaran Nair is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & Sustainability) at Sunway University Malaysia. He is trained as an econometrician and data scientist. Prof Nair is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia and Fellow of CPA (Australia). He is a member of the National Science Council of Malaysia, National High-Tech Council of Malaysia and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Malaysia). He has led several national and regional studies on science & technology policies, planetary health and sustainable economic development. He is the architect for the development of the 10-10 Malaysian Science, Technology, Innovation and Economic (10-10 MySTIE) framework, which is used by the Malaysian government for identifying national research priority areas. He currently leads a community observatory that examines the impact of planetary health issues on urban-poor communities in Malaysia. His research interests are in the following areas: STI policy modeling, behavioral modeling, development economics, sustainable development and planetary health.

HDR Workshop

Title: Unlocking Potential: A Workshop for Early-Career Research Success


Enhance your academic standing through our workshop, "Unlocking Potential: A Workshop for Early-Career Researchers." Specially crafted for those in the early stages of their academic journey, this session, led by Professor Dr. Chai Lay Ching, will delve into essential techniques aimed at increasing your visibility within the academic community. Topics to be explored include crafting impactful research plans, initiating and managing fruitful collaborations, and refining networking abilities.

Workshop Speaker

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Professor Chai Lay Ching

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education, Employability and Alumni)

Sunway University, Malaysia

Dr. Chai Lay Ching, a distinguished microbiologist, and Professor, currently holds the role of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education, Employability and Alumni) at Sunway University. Dr. Chai's expertise has led to her appointment to key national and regional committees under both the Ministry of Health and ASEAN, where she serves as a notable food safety expert. She has also been appointed by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia to serve as the Chair of Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia from 2019 to 2023. Dr. Chai's remarkable achievements include receiving the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award in 2018 for her outstanding academic contributions. She was further honored with the Asian Women Entrepreneurs Leadership Award in 2019, acknowledging her exceptional leadership and influence in the sphere of innovation. In addition to these accolades, she was also recognized as one of the Prestige 40 under 40 Malaysia, Marie Claire Amazing Women 2019 and Young Women Scientist Award 2022 by the Malaysian Invention and Design Society. Dr. Chai's passion for science communication is evident through her frequent appearances on TV programs, in newspapers, and across various media platforms, where she generously shares her knowledge. Her research is primarily centered around food safety and microbiological risk assessment.



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Taylor’s University Postgraduate Student Council

Taylor’s PGSC is the student body established to look into the welfare and engagement activities in the postgraduate student community. They are made up of Postgraduate students from various programme and aim to create more integration and connectedness within the community. They also represent the voices of the students and work towards creating a better university experience for the postgraduate students.

JHDRC2024 would also like to express our deepest gratitude to Kian Chew Contractor for their respective sponsorship to the conference.


About the Host


Sunway University is Malaysia’s leading, not-for-profit private university, dedicated to quality education, research focused on key global problems under the umbrella of Planetary Health and the Sustainable Development Goals, and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. The University is based in Sunway City, a thriving green resort and digital smart city built on reclaimed former tin-mining land, on the western side of Kuala Lumpur in the heart of the Klang Valley. The University was established in 2011 and is relatively young by global standards, but already ranked within the top 2% of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings), in the top 1.5% of universities in Asia, as well as in the top 150 universities in the world under 50 years old.


Sunway University
No. 5, Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway, 47500, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia


JHDRC 2024 is collaborating with Sunway City Kuala Lumpur Hotels in providing preferred rates (breakfast inclusive) at 3 of their hotels (Sunway Resort Hotel, Sunway Pyramid Hotel, Sunway Lagoon Hotel). Kindly download & refer to the Travel Information Packet (TIP) for booking details, other recommended accommodations, and travel recommendations (e.g., airport to venue/hotels). Download Travel Information Packet (TIP)

Alternatively, there is also a range of backpacker/hostel-type accommodations in Bandar Sunway (PJS8, PJS9) and Subang Jaya (SS15) areas. We encourage visitors to explore online to find suitable accommodation within individual budgets.



2024 International Conference on Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM 2024)

Good news for JHDRC 2024 participants! In collaboration with PLS-SEM 2024, JHDRC 2024 registered participants are now eligible for 20% off regular price for PLS-SEM 2024 pre- and post-conference workshops (3rd & 6th September 2024). If you are interested, please email [email protected] for further instructions AFTER you have completed registration for JHDRC 2024.

PLS-SEM 2024, 3rd September (pre-conference workshop)


PLS-SEM 2024, 6th September (post-conference workshop)