UKM living laboratories are among the most prominent features in UKM. They comprise natural habitat from marine, freshwater, highland, and tropical-rain forest. Langkawi Research Center (PPL) is dedicated to enhance socioeconomic status through tourism and conservation at Langkawi Global Geopark. PPL also works in close cooperation with UNESCO. Another living lab is Tasik Chini Research Centre which serves as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the first of its kind in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

Other living labs are also keeping the same spirit. Marine Research Centre (EKOMAR) in Mersing, Johor focuses on the marine science field. Fraser Hill Research Centre concentrates on the conservation field and Kuala Pilah Research Centre highlights the field of Jatropha biofuel. Other research centres which specialize in community health are progressively being developed in Teluk Intan, Tanjung Karang and Beranang.


The UKM Natural and Physical Laboratory Management Center or ALAF-UKM was approved for establishment on 8 September 2022, it is the result of the restructuring of several research centers consisting of 4 natural laboratories and 2 physical laboratories.

ALAF-UKM will be the management entity that will monitor and coordinate each research laboratory centrally at the UKM Natural and Physical Laboratory Management Center (ALAF-UKM), Level 2, UKM Research Complex, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor.

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i-CRIM is manned by teams of qualified Science Officer whom are well experienced and dedicated in performing analysis using state-of-the-art instrumentation and infrastructure.

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Bioceration Lab

Established in April 2003, Bioceration Lab is a laboratory owned by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia under the Centre for Natural and Physical Laboratory Management UKM (ALAF-UKM). We provide biocompatibility and toxicity testing on a range of products such as medical devices, pesticides, industrial chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetic and waste to the local and international stakeholders.

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Langkawi Research Centre

Langkawi Research Centre is located on the Campus of Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, Langkawi UNESCO Global Geopark. Langkawi Research Centre is a focused centre in the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) UKM, with roles to carry out research and academic services related to integrated heritage conservation and development of geoparks.

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Chini Lake Research Centre

Chini Lake Research Centre was established to promote biotic and abiotic based research activities that belong to the diversity of flora & fauna, water, soil and air. Chini Lake Research Centre was established under the auspices of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), specifically to carry out research, teaching, field work, environmental awareness and the dissemination of integrated lake management information to the community.

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Marine Ecosystem Research Centre (EKOMAR)

Realizing the significance of marine resources and technology in Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia through the Faculty of Science and Technology has established the Marine Ecosystem Research Centre (EKOMAR) to conduct research related to the marine ecosystem and resources. EKOMAR has been established not only to benefit studies on marine sciences and resources, but also to incorporate studies in the fields of management, social sciences, marine laws and engineering. It also aims to become a significant platform for enhancing knowledge and public awareness on the importance of marine ecosystem and control measures for the conservation of marine ecosystems.

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Fraser Hills Research Center

Fraser’s Hill Research Center focuses on teaching and research in the field of bio-engineering, nano technologies, hydrology, geology, natural disasters, botany, ecology, soil, flora, fauna and the social environment. It also provides consulting services to agencies and institutions such as the Pahang State Government, Perbadanan Kemajuan Bukit Fraser, District Office & Land Raub, Raub District Council, and the State Forestry Department.

It also provides community services to the local community in the development of human capital especially in the field of edu-tourism and eco-tourism.

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