The Star Online
ABOUT 1,500 scholars, researchers and graduate students from all over the world will take part in the fifth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS5) at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) from Aug 2 to 5.
The Higher Education Ministry and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia are sponsoring the convention.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is the official patron of ICAS5 KL. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will open the convention at 8.30pm on Aug 2.
Several major themes have been selected for ICAS5. They include culture, heritage, ethnic relations, health, history and politics. Malaysian experts and scholars will present their research findings at the convention.
The first convention, dubbed the "Olympics of Asian Studies," was held in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 1998.
The second convention was held in Berlin in 200, followed by the third in Singapore in 2003 and the fourth in Shanghai in 2005.
Each managed to draw at least 1,500 participants from 50 countries, presenting 1,000 papers in some 250 concurrent panels.
Most participants were from the social sciences and humanities but the inter-disciplinary and inter-regional nature of the convention has drawn an increasing number of natural scientists from medical and health studies, environmentalists, and engineers whose research specialisations have been in Asia. For more information, log on to http://www.icas5kl.com/