Our journey so far....
By Maggie Pokar
Asia Research News connects research with the wider world. The service came about in the early 2000s when I heard from several prominent journalists that information about research in Asia was difficult to come by. Being an Asian researcher, and having worked as a journalist, the comments planted a seed that would germinate into Asia Research News.
After discussions with many university leaders, press officers, researchers and journalists, I realized that Asia needed a mechanism enabling researchers and journalists to connect directly with each other. In 2005, we launched ResearchSEA.com as Asia’s first research news portal, creating a framework for institutions to share their news and thrive independently. Researchers gained greater recognition for their work and journalists benefited from a centralized resource for a wider variety of news to interest their readers, viewers and listeners.
Our company has evolved to provide a complete suite of communication services and training for research institutions looking to expand their international presence. Our flagship Asia Research News print magazine, published since 2009, has been so popular that we adopted the title as our brand name with a redesigned Asia Research News website in 2019. We are proud to support Asia's research community by continuing to increase awareness of the innovation throughout the region.
Meet Our Team
Our experienced team of science writers, editors, designers and communicators span the globe and time zones, sharing a passion for science, excellent communication and service.
Dr Magdeline Pokar, Director
Maggie is the managing director of Asia Research News, overseeing all aspects of this innovative startup. Before life as an entrepreneur, she investigated the impacts of garbage, groundwater and climate change. Her interest in journalism grew from reporting stories in Malaysia to contributing features to international science magazines. Being able to combine research and news is a dream job for her. Maggie is also a Salzburg Global Fellow, Japan Airlines, Chevening and NESTA Scholar. She loves trying out new restaurants, Lego battles with her son, travel and watching the clouds go by.
E-mail: m.pokar AT researchsea.com
Vivien Chiam, Partnerships
Vivien oversees our media partnerships with conferences all over the world. She brings more than 20 years of experience in international development and networking in South East Asia. Having previously worked with a research funding agency, she fully understands the importance of communicating research results well to gain support from stakeholders. Vivien helps build meaningful relationships with our conference partners and is always looking out for new partnership opportunities. She is also an active volunteer in her local community.
Email: vivienchiam AT researchsea.com
Nadia El-Awady, Senior Writer
Nadia is a science writer and editor with 20 years of experience. After studying medicine, she went on to earn a master's degree in journalism. She is a past president of the World Federation of Science Journalists and the Arab Science Journalists Association. She has spent most of her career writing about science developments in the Middle East, and more recently about research from institutions all over Asia. When she is not writing at lightning-fast speeds, she is hiking, diving, triathloning and Muay Thai boxing. She is the proud mother of four grown children.
E-mail: nadia AT researchsea.com
Ruth Francis, Communications Expert
Ruth leads our guidance and training services, offering her expertise based on more than 17 years in communications for academia and publishing, including Springer Nature, BioMed Central, Cancer Research UK and King's College London. Don't miss her monthly columns in Beyond the Journal. Have a comms question you are dying ask? Be sure to send it in to Ruth. She loves travel and exploring new places, often below the waves as a keen diver.
E-mail: r.francis AT researchsea.com
Aya Kawanishi, Japan Liaison 日本担当
Aya oversees distribution of content bringing her insight and experience as a member of Asia Research News since 2012. With the knowledge gained over five years as a journalist in Scotland, she delivers research to the right media outlets and reporters. Originally from Japan, she is happy to correspond with researchers and institutions in Japanese. Her curiosity takes her around the world while mastering local cuisine and languages: her third tongue is Italian, the main language spoken where she now lives.
E-mail: a.kawanishi AT researchsea.com
Laura Petersen, Editor
Laura is the managing editor of Asia Research News magazine. She uses her strong background in science journalism to transform jargon into clear and engaging research stories. A California native with a passion for nature, she loves to explore forests, mountains and coral reefs around the world. Notably, she lived for three years in Okinawa, Japan, where she worked as a science writer and a scuba instructor. Now, she hikes around Europe, sometimes even with her Okinawan cat in tow.
E-mail: l.petersen AT researchsea.com