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Capacity Building Programmes
Effective Science Communication

2019

Started in 2014, the ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship is designed to give young scientists the opportunity to work together with policy makers to influence and design national and regional policies through scientific evidence. To effectively utilise the unique opportunities presented by the fellowship, fellows must be equipped with the necessary skills to translate their research and knowledge into digestible and actionable policy recommendations.

The HEAD Foundation is honoured to work with the ASEAN Foundation to develop this bespoke, blended capacity building programme to help the fellows translate their knowledge into lay terms to effectively engage with policy makers to impact policy changes and address civic, economic, and social issues.

Bridging the Gap: The ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship

The ASEAN Foundation is having their fifth cycle of the ASEAN Science and Technology Fellowship this year to support ASEAN goals and priorities. 17 ASEAN scientists will join sectoral or line ministries or other agencies within their home countries for a year to contribute their knowledge and analytical skills towards science-based policy and decision making.

These fellows are early-career scientists with either a PhD or a Master’s degree with communication, interpersonal and outreach skills and show potential for leadership.

This fellowship aims to foster and institutionalise a culture of science-based policy-making throughout the region and build a regional network that bridges the science-to-policy gap.

Programme

The HEAD Foundation, with support from the ASEAN Foundation, has developed a bespoke, blended capacity building programme that will equip the fellows with relevant skills during the duration of their fellowship.

Programme Schedule

1st training session: June 2019 in Bali, Indonesia

The first training session will be held in the last week of June 2019 in Bali, Indonesia. This training session has been scheduled as a back-to-back workshop after the 2019/20 Fellow’s Orientation Workshop and 76th ASEAN Committee of Science, Technology and Innovation Meeting.

Online community of practice

From August to November, each fellow will be required to submit a monthly reflection, based on specific tasks, onto the online learning platform.

2nd training session: December 2019 in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

The second training will be held in December 2019 for the same fellows and an estimated 50 alumni. This second training session help strengthen the fellow’s communication and leadership skills.

Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.