Thank You to Those Delegates & Participants Attended SCAR Open Science Conference 2016

General Info

1. SCAR 2016 Venue


SCAR 2016 will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), a premier convention venue in Kuala Lumpur. Designed to be a "city within a city", this 40-hectare site includes the 20 hectare KLCC park and Petronas Twin Towers.

Click here to find more about KLCC


2. About Malaysia

To know Malaysia is to love Malaysia – a bubbling, bustling melting-pot of races and religions where Malays, Indians, Chinese and many other ethnic groups live together in peace and harmony. Our multiculturalism has made Malaysia a gastronomical paradise and home to hundreds of colourful festivals. It’s no wonder that we love celebrating and socialising. As a people, Malaysians are very relaxed, warm and friendly.

Geographically, Malaysia is almost as diverse as its culture. 11 states and 2 federal territories (Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya) form Peninsular Malaysia which is separated by the South China Sea from East Malaysia which includes the 2 states (Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo) and a third federal territory, the island of Labuan. One of Malaysia’s key attractions is its extreme contrasts which further add to this theme of ‘diversity’. Towering skyscrapers look down upon wooden houses built on stilts while five-star hotels sit just metres away from ancient reefs.

Rugged mountains reach dramatically for the sky while their rainforest-clad slopes sweep down to floodplains teeming with forest life. Cool highland hideaways roll down to warm, sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.

For the perfect holiday full of surprises, the time is now, the place is Malaysia.

*Further information on the country can also be obtained from the Malaysian government’s official portal,



3. Discover Kuala Lumpur

Enjoying direct air links from almost every major city from all corners of the globe, Kuala Lumpur is a splendid gateway to Malaysia's fascinating destinations. Just as the ancient Malay empire of the past, Kuala Lumpur's commercial centre is a grand meeting place for merchants and travelers from all around the world.

Kuala Lumpur city is enriched with the past and present history, as characterized by the sight of the evocative British colonial buildings in the midst of the city's bustling streets and its mesmerizing modern office towers. One of Southeast Asia's most remarkable and enthusiastic capitals, the city has grown over the course of the last century from a sleepy tin mining colony to a glittering global cosmopolitan. The Malaysian metropolis has weathered the turn-of-the-millennium Asian economic crises and continues to develop, optimism symbolized by the iconic thrust of the ultra-tall PETRONAS Twin Towers.

Home to some of Southeast Asia's biggest and most prestigious shopping malls, Kuala Lumpur is a popular shopping destination for both locals and international visitors and also a city full of wonderful sights, lively neighborhoods, magnificent architecture and rich culture.

To find out more information about cuisine & dining, nightlife & entertainment, shopping and others, you can visit the official website portal at


4. General Information

a. People & Language

Malays comprise 57% of the population, while the Chinese, Indian and Bumiputeras and other races make up the rest of the country’s population. While Malay is the national language the many ethnic groups also converse in their various languages and dialects, but English is also widely spoken. Islam is the official religion of the country, but other religions such as Buddhism and Christianity are widely and freely practised.

b. Currency

The monetary unit of the country is Ringgit Malaysia and is written as RM or MYR. The exchange rate is valued at USD1 = RM3.56. Notes are available in RM1, RM5, RM10, RM20, RM50, and RM100 denominations, while coins are issued in 5, 10, 20 and 50 sen (cents) denominations. Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and money changers. View the latest exchange rates here

c. Weather

The country experiences tropical weather year-round. Temperatures range from 21°C (70°F) to 32°C (90°F). Higher elevations are much colder with temperatures between 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm. However, the wettest parts of Malaysia could well be the hill slopes of Sarawak’s inland areas, which receive a mean annual rainfall exceeding 5,000mm.

d. Time

Eight hours ahead of GMT and 16 hours ahead of U.S Standard Time.

e. Electricity

Voltage is 220 – 240 Volt AC at 50 cycles per second. Malaysia uses standard 3-pin square plugs and sockets.

f. Weight and Measurement

Malaysia follows the metric system for weight and measurement.

g. Telecommunications

Local calls can be made from public phones using coins or prepaid card. International calls can also be made using phone cards or at any Telekom office.