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Re: [ASGC] Proposal EU-ASEAN Computational Biology Workshop

From: Abdul Aziz B. Mohamed, Dr <aziz_mohd@nuclearmalaysia.gov.my>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2011 08:05:02 +0800 (MYT)
To: Suhaimi Napis <suhaimi@putra.upm.edu.my>
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Dear Pak Suhaimi

OK... will assist to make things work.

Dr Abdul Aziz Mohamed
Msia Nuclear Agency/Msia Nuclear Society


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From: "Suhaimi Napis" <suhaimi@putra.upm.edu.my>
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Cc: sazaly@um.edu.my, effirul@um.edu.my, asiah@mosti.gov.my, afmerican@mosti.gov.my, zilfalil@gmail.com, zilfalil@kb.usm.my
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 7:57:50 AM GMT +08:00 Beijing / Chongqing / Hong Kong / Urumqi
Subject: Re: [ASGC] Proposal EU-ASEAN Computational Biology Workshop



Dear friends and colleagues of the EU and Asia; 

We are organising a workshop and hope that we all can help and assist each other in any manner possible. 

Apologies for cross-posting and soliciting... 



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Suhaimi Napis, PhD 
(Associate Professor of Plant Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics) 
*CTO and Director, InfoComm Development Centre [iDEC], Putra Infoport, Jln Kajang/Puchong 
*Lecturer, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences 
Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, MALAYSIA 
Tel: +603-89471207 (General) or 89471010 (Direct) | Fax: +603-89483514 | Skype: s.napis2006 

-----"Prof. Madya Dr. Amir Feisal Merican Bin. Aljunid Merican" <afmerican@mosti.gov.my> wrote: ----- 


To: "Datin Dr. Asiah Binti Ahmad" <asiah@mosti.gov.my>, "'suhaimi@putra.upm..edu.my'" <suhaimi@putra.upm.edu.my>, "'sazaly@um.edu.my'" <sazaly@um.edu.my>, "'effirul@um.edu.my'" <effirul@um.edu.my> 
From: "Prof. Madya Dr. Amir Feisal Merican Bin. Aljunid Merican" <afmerican@mosti.gov.my> 
Date: 08/24/2011 07:43AM 
Cc: "zilfalil@kb.usm.my" <zilfalil@kb.usm.my>, "zilfalil@gmail.com" <zilfalil@gmail.com> 
Subject: RE: Proposal EU-ASEAN Computational Biology Workshop 

Assalamualaikum YBhg Datin Asiah, 

I am including Prof Zilfalil (USM Kubang Kerian; as named was suggested in our meeting too; copying this email to him) in our communication for him to suggest sth specific on complex diseases. 

Dr Zilfalil's connection especially within the International Human Variome Project may also help identify prominent figures in EU as well as ASEAN countries using computational biology in their biomedical research related to the main theme of the planned workshop. 



Thank you. 



Afm 



PROF MADYA DR AMIR FEISAL MERICAN BIN ALJUNID MERICAN 
PENGARAH / DIRECTOR 
CENTRE for COMPUTATIONAL and SYSTEMS BIOLOGY (CCSB) 
INSTITUT GENOM MALAYSIA / MALAYSIA GENOME INSTITUTE 
(MINISTRY OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION MALAYSIA) 
Jalan Bangi 
43000 Kajang 
Selangor Darul Ehsan 
MALAYSIA 
Tel: 03-89267446 ext 1333 [PA Pn Rozita ext 1330] 
Fax: 03-89267972 
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From: Datin Dr. Asiah Binti Ahmad 
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 5:02 PM 
To: Prof. Madya Dr. Amir Feisal Merican Bin. Aljunid Merican; 'suhaimi@putra.upm.edu.my'; 'sazaly@um.edu.my'; 'effirul@um.edu.my' 
Subject: FW: Proposal EU-ASEAN Computational Biology Workshop 

Dear all, 
The mail from Dr Alamgir is self explanatory. Please identify the specific area of interest in infectious diseases and complex diseases soonest as possible. 
Tq 
Asiah 



From: Alamgir Hossain [ mailto:alamgir.hossain@northumbria.ac.uk ] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3:49 PM 
To: Datin Dr. Asiah Binti Ahmad; Elineau, Christoph 
Cc: Prof. Dr. Rofina Yasmin Binti Othman; tinwee; suhaimi; Prof. Madya Dr. Amir Feisal Merican Bin. Aljunid Merican; effirul; shoba.ranganathan; Sheila Nathan; Mohamad Fayzol Bin Medi; Sindy Ooi Huey Ying; Jessica.Wright; Ganesan A/L Jeyabalan; Radzman Bin Abdul Rahim 
Subject: RE: Proposal EU-ASEAN Computational Biology Workshop 

Dear Asiah, 
Please calculate the costs per EU researcher as follows: Return flight costs 1500 Euro + 5 days per diems rate (EU standard costs per day to cover accommodation and other costs, EC link for standard per diems can be found in: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/work/procedures/implementation/per_diems/index_en.htm ). 
Please let me know, how many people we can accommodate and the specific area of interest. It is worth mentioning that the experts are always very busy and if we do not invite by end of August, we may find difficult to bring them onboard. 

Kind regards 
Alamgir 



From: Datin Dr. Asiah Binti Ahmad [ mailto:asiah@mosti.gov.my ] 
Sent: 23 August 2011 05:50 
To: Elineau, Christoph; alamgir.hossain@northumbria.ac.uk 
Cc: Prof. Dr. Rofina Yasmin Binti Othman; tinwee@bic.nus.edu.sg; suhaimi@putra.upm.edu.my; Prof. Madya Dr. Amir Feisal Merican Bin. Aljunid Merican; effirul@um.edu.my; shoba.ranganathan@gmail.com; Sheila Nathan; Mohamad Fayzol Bin Medi; Sindy Ooi Huey Ying; Jessica.Wright@fco.gov.uk; Ganesan A/L Jeyabalan; Radzman Bin Abdul Rahim 
Subject: RE: Proposal EU-ASEAN Computational Biology Workshop 

Dear Christoph, 
Thank you for your continuous support, advice and guidance on how to move forward. Since the FP7 calls will be closed in October, we agreed with you that the workshop could act as a platform for researchers from EU and SEA to present and share their experiences in the use of computational biology in the area of infectious and complex diseases, create contacts and form consortia/define joint research topics for the upcoming FP7 calls next year or other research programmes. We also hope to get assistance from Dr Alamgir regarding the involvement of colleagues from EU Commission in the workshop as suggested by you and with a return economy-class ticket of Euro 1,300-1,500 for the European colleagues , we could certainly increase the number of EU experts, so that we can formulate a comprehensive EU-ASEAN programmes as well as recommendations for the future. Meanwhile we are going through the workshop programme and further details about the programme, specific areas of research, transfer of fund and other related matters will be sent to you by first week of September. 
Best wishes 
Asiah 
From: Elineau, Christoph [ mailto:Christoph.Elineau@dlr.de ] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 10:26 PM 
To: Datin Dr. Asiah Binti Ahmad; alamgir.hossain@northumbria.ac.uk 
Cc: Prof. Dr. Rofina Yasmin Binti Othman; tinwee@bic.nus.edu.sg; suhaimi@putra.upm.edu.my; Prof. Madya Dr. Amir Feisal Merican Bin. Aljunid Merican; effirul@um.edu.my; shoba.ranganathan@gmail.com; Sheila Nathan; Mohamad Fayzol Bin Medi; Sindy Ooi Huey Ying; Jessica.Wright@fco.gov.uk 
Subject: AW: Proposal EU-ASEAN Computational Biology Workshop 

Dear Asiah, 

thanks a lot for sending through the revised proposal for the EU-ASEAN workshop back-to-back to the InCoB. This is major step forward and looks very realistic to implement. We totally support the thematic focus of the workshop and certainly think that this is a field where there are a lot of opportunities to strengthen EU-ASEAN cooperation. 

Just some comments from my side: 

* The financial distribution seems fine. I think it's a fair cost sharing between the SEA-EU-NET; genorous in-kind contribution by MOSTI and contribution for air-fares by other ASEAN countries. The only comment I have is that the envisaged 3.000€ per flight for Europeans seem to be rather high. We usually calculate 1.300-1.500€ for a return economy-class ticket. Thereby we could increase the number of EU experts to 5-6 (which in my opinion would be good also to have a wider representation by EU experts). 
* With regard to the financing we would transfer the funds via a subcontract to a Malaysian partner. For that we would need a letter with an "offer to hold the workshop" adressed to us (please find attached a similar "offer letter" we had received from the VAST for a workshop earlier this year). Would MOSTI act as local organiser or the University of Malaysia? 
* With regard to the expected outcomes of the workshop: On the one hand the workshop could certainly act as a "brokerage platform" - for experts from EU and ASEAN to meet, create contacts, set up consortia and possibly to respond to open calls. As you are pointing out, most of the FP7 calls will be closed in October (and some in November) already. So during the workshop we will only have the opportunity to focus FP7 calls coming up next year (where we don't know yet the exact focus) or on other research programmes (are there any calls in SEA on this topic currently open?) 
* On the other hand there is obviously a need to discuss and define joint research topics of interest (to be taken up in future calls of the EU or ASEAN). We've made the experience in the past that it is challenging to convince programme owners (in our specific case the EU Commission with its FP7) to actually take up proposals for research topics. To really have a chance to succeed we realised that we needed to involve the colleagues from the EU Commission from the very beginning (and to involve them in the workshop and the follow-up process). Dr. Alamgir, have you been in touch with the respective colleagues from the EU Com/DG Research yet? If not, I think we really need to make an effort to involve them (possibly meet up with them in Brussels in the next weeks). 
* Once we have a consolidated programme we can send this to the EU Com and ask for their participation (in principle it is the provided programme without the financial tabel (which really is internal between us, I think). 
We're on a good track and I'm sure we will organise an interesting and successful workshop. 

Best regards, 
Christoph 


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Christoph Elineau 

Internationales Büro des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung 
beim Deutschen Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt e.V. 
International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research c/o German Aerospace Center (DLR) 

Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1 
53227 Bonn, Germany 
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________________________________ 
Von: Datin Dr. Asiah Binti Ahmad [ mailto:asiah@mosti.gov.my ] 
Gesendet: Montag, 15. August 2011 11:19 
An: Elineau, Christoph; 'alamgir.hossain@northumbria.ac.uk' 
Cc: Prof. Dr. Rofina Yasmin Binti Othman; 'tinwee@bic.nus.edu.sg'; 'suhaimi@putra.upm.edu.my'; Prof. Madya Dr. Amir Feisal Merican Bin. Aljunid Merican; 'effirul@um.edu.my'; 'shoba.ranganathan@gmail.com'; 'Sheila Nathan'; Mohamad Fayzol Bin Medi; Sindy Ooi Huey Ying 
Betreff: Re: Proposal EU-ASEAN Computational Biology Workshop 
Dear Christoph, 
With reference to the proposal on the EU-ASEAN Workshop on Computational Biology, we are glad to inform you that we have produced the revised proposal with an adjusted budget to €20,000 as required by you. 
>From several discussions made between colleagues in Malaysia and Dr Tan Tin Wee from Singapore, we proposed to have a Scientific Workshop instead of a Training Workshop. The decision made after taking into consideration the budget, duration of the workshop and other related matters. Theproposed duration of the workshop is 2 days, scheduled on Monday 28th - Tuesday 29 Nov, prior to the InCoB. 
In brief, the Scientific Workshop will involve senior scientists from ASEAN and EU with a main objective to execute a strategic EU-ASEAN research partnership under the 7th European Framework Programme (FP7) or other funding mechanisms. The focus of the Workshop will be on the application of computational biology in emerging infectious diseases and complex diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The tentative programme will be as follows: 
Day 1- 28 Nov 
Presentations of current research, challenges, opportunities, and future research needs by speakers from EU and ASEAN as a basis for further specific discussion 

Day 2- 29 Nov 
Round table discussion to identify and consolidate specific research programmes that can be presented to the EC through the FP-7 Initiatives (2012) or other funding mechanisms 

With regard to the participants, we will nominate the candidates from ASEAN/National Delegates for the workshop who will besenior scientists actively involved in research and registered for the InCoB. In this case, perhaps we can get recommendations from the InCoBorganiser. 
As the workshop will focus on emerging infectious diseases and complex diseases, it would be preferable to have 1 EU expert in the field of emerging infectious diseases and 1 in complex diseases who use computational biology in their research. We hope that DrAlamgir will help to link and identify the EU experts. As far as we are concerned, the deadline for the Stage 1 proposal of FP7 will be on the 4 October 2011. This means that the proposals on EU-ASEAN research partnership resulting from the workshop for EU Grant proposals under FP7 will pass the deadline. If this is the case, perhaps the proposals will not be considered for evaluation. We would appreciate very much the advice and guidance from you and DrAlamgir. 
To move forward in this workshop, I attached herewith the revised proposal on the EU-ASEAN Computational Biology Workshop for your action. 
Thank you for your continued support of this workshop and looking forward to hear your thoughts on the matter. 
Best regards, 
Asiah 



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