About Asia Research News
Welcome to Asia Research News! Launched in April 2012 to accompany Asia Research News magazine (first published in 2009), this website highlights the latest research news coming out of Asia. Feel free to have a look around – with everything from science and technology to society and the arts, there’s something for everyone.
Asia Research News is brought to you by a friendly group of writers, researchers and journalists at ResearchSEA, an organisation that actively promotes news and expertise from Asia to the international media.
Share your research or write for us – We’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your interesting discovery, innovation or event. Perhaps you might even like to write for us. Contact us by email, Twitter or Facebook.
We would like to thank WASEDA University Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering Sugano Laboratory for their permission to use an image of the ‘TWENDY-ONE’ robot; RIKEN for their permission to use the Jellyfish Nebula image and Dr Indraneil Das for his permission to use the frog.
Since 2005, ResearchSEA has been connecting research in Asia with the international media. For universities and research institutions, we promote new research findings and academic expertise to the media quickly and effectively. We can turn newsworthy papers into press releases, distribute those press releases to journalists all over the world and train researchers on how to deal with the media.
For journalists we provide exclusive access to ground-breaking research and experts in a variety of fields.
Visit ResearchSEA’s website to find out more about our services.
Meet the team
Dr Magdeline Pokar – Managing Director and Founder
She has research experience in Hydrogeology, Environmental Geophysics and Climate Change. Some of her awards include the British High Commission Chevening Award, Tun Razak Youth Leadership Award and Japan Airlines Foundation Award. She is part of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Crucible Award for creative, enterprising young scientists in the United Kingdom and a Salzburg Global Fellow (21st Century Trust). Maggie was assistant editor to the European Geophysical Society newsletter and contributed to the popular science magazine, New Scientist. She freelanced as writer for the New Straits Times (Malaysia) and sub editor for Business Times.
Dr Daniel Raymer – Director and Founder
He is a Geophysicist with experience in the field of microseismology especially with application to monitoring of hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs. He has experience in industry and academia with awards including a Monbusho Fellowship to Tokyo Institute of Technology awarded by Japan’s Ministry of Education, a Royal Astronomical Society’s Blackwell Prize for his PhD thesis and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Crucible Award for creative, enterprising young scientists in the United Kingdom. Daniel is a Principal Research Scientist at Schlumberger Gould Research in Cambridge.
John Eberlee earned a Bachelor of Science degree and studied journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He has worked as a writer and editor since 1988, specializing in science, medicine and international development. From 1997-2001, he served as managing editor of Reports Online, a weekly magazine published by Canada’s International Development Research Centre. From 2002 until 2012, he worked at the National Research Council of Canada, writing general interest science articles to showcase NRC research. Eberlee joined the Asia Research News team in 2013.
Aya Kawanishi is a Japanese journalist and writer. Aya contributes in social media and blog for Research SEA/ Asia Research News. She has written and edited in newspapers and magazines in Japan and the UK. She graduated with a degree in Journalism from the University of Stirling in Scotland, the UK in 2012.
Dr Djuke Veldhuis
Djuke Veldhuis is a biological anthropologist working in fields ranging from evolutionary anthropology, human ecology, endocrinology and psychology. She is passionate about STEM communication both as a journalist and as FameLab Manager at Cheltenham Festivals where she coordinates FameLab, a global science communications competition. Started in 2005 in the UK by Cheltenham Science Festival, FameLab has quickly become established as a diamond model for successfully identifying, training and mentoring scientists and engineers to share their enthusiasm for their subjects with the public. Working in partnership with the British Council this competition has already involved more than 5000 researchers participating in over 25 different countries.
Dr Brian Richard Pauw – Contributor based at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
After finishing his master’s in Chemical Engineering in the Netherlands, he moved to Denmark for his Ph.D. and now lives in Japan as an independent researcher at NIMS trying to build his own X-Ray instrument from scratch. He is an avid analog photographer, digital cinematographer, cyberspace blogger and real-space skeptic. You can reach him via email at brianpauw [at] gmail [dot] com. His twitter handle is @drheaddamage
Ian Fyfe – Contributor based at University of Cambridge, UK
Ian is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge in the Department of Pharmacology. In his free time he is also an artist, writer and photographer. You can find out more about him and his work at www.ianfyfe.co.uk. His twitter handle is @ianfyfe12