UKM-Yayasan Sime Darby

The UKM-YSD Chair in Climate Change was established on 15th March 2010 to continue current efforts to address climate change, the world’s most important environmental problem facing humanity. This chair is represented and managed by the Institute of Climate Change (IPI) since 22nd January 2013 in consultation with Yayasan Sime Darby. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Mastura Syed Abdullah, Director of Institute of Climate Change (IPI) was appointed as Project Leader of the UKM-YSD Chair in Climate Change. The chair provides a platform and leadership for coordinated effort and resources in climate research and related issues, particularly for the South East Asian region. It allows IPI to spearhead research aimed at assessing the impact of climate change in Malaysia and deepen the understanding of the scientific aspects of climate change with a view to identifying mitigation measures and adaptation strategies.

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Sharifah Mastura has been appointed as the second Chair Holder of UKM-YSD Chair in Climate Change for two years starting from 1st January 2014 to 31st December 2015. The Terms of Reference (TOR) of the second chair holder are as follows: To initiate in the preparation of research proposals on climate change to be funded by the interest generated by the endowment provided by YSD, and to ensure the completion of the research projects chosen; To expand and campaign for more researchers and students to participate in climate change research and activities; To share and provide expertise in climate change related areas.

This may involve assisting UKM researchers in preparing and consolidating research proposals for funding at the national level, conducting research, and participating in the publication of research findings in ISI indexed journals;  inviting several expert personalities to deliver lectures on subjects related to climate change at the graduate and undergraduate levels;  and delivering public lectures on subjects related to climate change. The second holder of the UKM-YSD Chair for Climate Change is to represent UKM and YSD in related conferences; to lead in the writing and publication of scholarly articles in journals of high impact in the field of climate change; to contribute knowledge and input for analysis of future policies as well as current policies on climate change; and  to disseminate climate change information to the public through the local media.