Tutorial Capacity Building

3 - 6 December 2022

Conference Date

7 - 8 December 2022


09:00 - 17:00 (GMT+8)


Johor Bahru, Malaysia & Online


Latest News

23-Nov.: Conference program schedule is now available. Read it here.
17-Nov.: Inaugural sharing session and keynotes' topic are ready. Read it here.
10-Nov.: Tutorial schedule is now available. View it here.
07-Nov.: Read the guidelines for preparing your pre-recording presentation here.
15-Oct.: The Land Surveyors Board (a.k.a. Lembaga Jurukur Tanah (LJT)) has approved to award four (4) CPD points to members of registered licensed surveyors who participate in the Capacity Building Tutorial and another four (4) CPD points to members of registered licensed surveyors who participate in the 15th Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference.
03-Oct.: Travelling information is now available. Read the details here or download the document here.


Message from PORSEC President

Welcome to the 15th Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference (PORSEC). We hope to continue providing an opportunity for the scientists working on various aspects of ocean and atmosphere using remote sensing technology to come together, share and discuss the results and innovations, and provide training for the next generation of scientists.

The conference, with the Theme "Ocean Remote Sensing for Climate Resilience" marks the 30th anniversary since the first POREC was held in 1992 and will review and discuss the state-of-the-art ocean remote sensing and showcase the research work carried out using remote sensing techniques from various satellite missions and the applications of ocean remote sensing for societal benefits with an emphasis on Climate Resilience.

The rapid progress in ocean remote sensing in the 1980s provided the stimulus for constituting the Scientific Organizing Committee (SOC) of the Pacific (Pan) Ocean Remote Sensing Conference (PORSEC) during the International Space Year 1990. PORSEC was established as an organization dedicated to helping developing nations stimulate their science programs focused on the applications of remote sensing technology to Ocean Sciences. As the landscape of earth observing systems is changing, with many nations moving forward with missions, many with regional focus, PORSEC continues in its efforts to advance science capabilities and building a bridge to the future by organizing conferences and capacity building courses. While the pandemic delayed the conference by two years and it is held now in hybrid form for the first time, we have adapted by publishing volume 1 of extended abstracts in 2021, striking a new collaboration with COSPAR capacity building courses, and converting the tutorial that used to be held bi-annually, into a virtual/hybrid mode, delivered annually remotely and in hybrid format.

Dr. Gad Levy
PORSEC President, Washington USA Division

Welcoming Notes

The 15th Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference (PORSEC) 2022 aims to gather all groups of ocean geospatial community within Malaysia and international working on various aspects of ocean and atmosphere using geospatial technology for discussing their results and innovations. The biennial conference is also meant to be an interdisciplinary forum for leading researchers and students in related areas to present the latest developments and applications, to discuss cutting-edge technology, to exchange research ideas and to promote international collaboration in this field. Exciting social program will be organized for conference participants and it would be a great pleasure to meeting all of you in this upcoming conference.

In conjunction with the PORSEC 2022 conference, the 9th PORSEC Capacity Building Tutorial will be held prior to the PORSEC 2022 conference. The days tutorial offers expert training for students, and young scientists. Participants will be given theoretical lessons and practical exercises on remote sensing techniques used for monitoring the ocean-atmosphere system for research and operations.

We also would like to invite you to submit full academic papers or abstracts to the conference, related to the following themes below (but not limited to) to be addressed in the conference:

  • Large and meso-scale oceanography
  • Coastal impacts
  • Emerging technologies for ocean and coastal applications
  • Extreme events
  • Operational remote sensing
  • Ocean-Atmosphere interactions
  • Remote sensing data for policy making
  • Education and outreach
  • Coastal disaster management
  • Marine GIS
  • Artificial intelligence and deep learning

We are looking forward to meet all of you in the upcoming conference.


Important Dates

01 June - 15 Sept 2022
  • Submission of Abstract and Full Paper
  • Applications of student travel supports
15 Sept - 01 Oct 2022
  • Notification of Acceptance
  • Notification of student travel supports
01 Oct - 01 Nov 2022
Conference and Tutorial Registration
01 Oct - 01 Nov 2022 Paper Camera-Ready Deadline
03 - 06 December 2022
Tutorial Capacity Building
07 - 08 December 2022
Conference Day


  • Prof. Madya Gs. Sr Dr. Nurul Hazrina Idris

    Prof. Madya Dr. Mohd Nadzri Md Reba

    Sr Dr. Nurul Hawani Idris

    Dr. Aimi binti Musa

    Prof Dr. Kasturi Dewi Kanniah

    Prof. Madya Dr. Zulkepli Majid

    Prof. Madya Dr. Ami Hassan Md Din

    Prof. Madya Dr. Muhammad Zulkarnain Abdul Rahman

    Dr. Norhadija Darwin

    Dr. Mohd Rizaludin bin Mahmud

    Dr. Norhakim bin Yusof

    Dr. Alvin Lau Ming Shin

    Dr. Wan Anom binti Wan Aris

    Dr. Suzanna Noor Azmy

    Dr. Muhammad Imzan bin Hassan

    Dr. Othman bin Zainon

    Dr. Muhammad Hafiz bin Mohd Yatim

    Wan Hazli Wan Kadir

    Ivin Amri bin Musliman

    Mr. Md Yani Kasiren

    Mdm. Fatimawati Masari

    Mr. Iqmal Nor bin Mohammad Noh

    Mdm. Salwana Md. Salleh

    Mdm. Fatin Nabilah

    Mdm. Nurul Nadiah Yahya

    • Dr. Gad Levy
      PORSEC President, Washington USA Division
    • Dr. Abderrahim Bentamy
      Deputy President/ President Elect; Senior Scientist and Researcher at the French Oceanographic Institute IFREMER
    • Prof. Dr. MingAn Lee
      Deputy President
    • Dr. Stefano Vignudelli
      Deputy President Elect; Researcher of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Research Council) in Pisa, Italy
    • Dr. Nimit Kumar
      Executive Secretary, Membership, Education and Outreach Chair
    • Dr. Cara Wilson
      Treasurer, Satellite Oceanographer for the Environmental Research Division (ERD) of NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in Monterey CA, USA


Tutorial Schedule (updated 10th November 2022)

Date: 03-06 December 2022

*Schedule subject to change

Day 1 (Saturday)

Time Event
09:00 - 10:15 Welcoming Remarks
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Fundamental of Altimetry and Nearshore Altimetry (Stefano Vignudelli and Nurul Hazrina Idris)
11:45 - 13:00 Machine Learning for Remote Sensing (Andrew Geiss)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:15 Practical 1: Accessing data: ERDDAP introduction (Cara Wilson)
15:15 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 16:30 Practical 2: Accessing data: using R and Matlab (Cara Wilson)
16:30 - 17:00 Group project activity (all instructors)

Day 2 (Sunday)

Time Event
09:00 - 10:15 Fisheris Applications (Nimit Kumar)
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Coastal Shoreline Detection using ArcGIS (Hakim and Hadija)
11:45 - 13:00 Fundamental of SST and Thermal Front Analysis (MingAn Lee)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:15 Satellite Data Assimilation (Gad Levy and Andrew Geiss)
15:15 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 16:30 Group project activity (all instructors)
16:30 - 17:00

Day 3 (Monday)

Time Event
09:00 - 17:00
(whole day)
Field trip to Johor National Park Tanjung Piai (mangrove seedling and beach cleaning activities)

Day 4 (Tuesday)

Time Event
09:00 - 10:15 Students presentation
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Students presentation
11:45 - 13:00
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:15 Closing Ceremony
15:15 - 15:30 Tea time
15:30 End of session

9th PORSEC Capacity Building Tutorial

The tutorials focus on existing instruments in space and on methods of analysis and visualization. The student participants are provided the main required theoretical information as well as practical exercises along with a variety of data and software. Lectures are given in the fundamentals of visible, thermal and microwave remote sensing, satellite wind and wave data, satellite altimetry, ocean colour data, fisheries applications, and data assimilation.

In addition, there are demonstrations showing how to access all of these datasets from a variety of different software. Students are asked in advance what software they use and are shown tools to help them access data directly through their software. There is also a presentation given with pointers on how to write scientific manuscript. During the course there is time for students to work on a project of their choice, which they are expected to present to the group at the end of the tutorial. These presentations are a valuable experience for the participants, who often do not have much, if any, experience giving a scientific presentation in English to an international audience. Students will experience live field data collection and sampling at the ocean facilitated by the experienced local facilitators. Here, related instruments used for ocean water sampling are demonstrated and students will get opportunities to operate them.

In the training course, trainees are strongly encouraged to bring their own data (e.g. in situ data). The training courses are scheduled as follows: trainees make a short presentation about their needs, requirements, and expectations; trainers make lectures and instruct how to use satellite remote-sensing data; trainees process satellite remote-sensing data in combination with their own data; at the end trainees report their results.

The Trainers:

  • Gad Levy (NWRA, USA)
  • Cara Wilson (NOAA, USA)
  • MingAn Lee (NTOU, Taiwan)
  • Stefano Vignudelli (CNR, Italy)
  • Abderrahim Bentamy (Ifremer, France)
  • Nurul Hazrina Idris (UTM, Malaysia)
  • Andrew Geiss (PNNL, USA)
  • Nimit Kumar (INCOIS, India)
  • Norhadija Darwin (UTM, Malaysia)
  • Kasturi Devi Kanniah (UTM, Malaysia)
  • Norhakim Yusof (UTM, Malaysia)

** Trainees are requested to bring their own data. If trainees use their own application software, please bring it and installed in your PC/notebook.

Participate in the Tutorial

To enroll, please complete the Tutorial Capacity Building application form.

We will accept the application from all participants by 15 September 2022.

Please kindly fill the COVID-19 Test Application Form and complete it one day before the launching of the program.

Scholarship / Travel Grants

Tuition fee waiver will be offered depend on the number of participants. Full/Partial travel grants might be available. Goto support funding section for more info.


PORSEC Association, UTM, COSPAR, APN and SCOR.


Paper Publication

Selected papers will be published either in:

  1. International Journal of Remote Sensing-PORSEC Special Issue (Indexed by WOS. Ranked Quartile 2); or
  2. Conference Proceedings with IOP Earth and Environmental Science (Indexed by Scopus);

The rest of the papers will be published in

  1. Conference Proceedings with ISBN.

Papers are submitted via EasyChair.

Access EasyChair here

Note to Authors:
													About the abstract and full paper submission, after your account is registered or you're logged-out from EasyChair system, please re-login into EasyChair, or on the following link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=porsec2022 for paper submission.

Conference Keynotes

Inaugural Sharing Session by Ryuji Tomisaka (Secretariat Director, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research)

Ocean Remote Sensing and Early-career Capacity Building in the Asia-Pacific region

Mr. Ryuji Tomisaka

Ensuring equal access to capacity building, ocean science data, and novel technologies is a critical element of conserving and monitoring the ocean we need, for the future we want. At the conclusion of UNFCCC COP27 and the forefront of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, we champion the strengthening of science, innovation and international partnerships in the observation of Earth’s natural systems.

Keynote Speaker #1 by Tuan Haji Azlikamil Napiah (Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA), Malaysia)

The Implementation of National Space Policy 2030 Agenda

Tuan Haji Azlikamil Napiah

Malaysia has established the National Space Policy 2030 in 2017 to strengthen the implementation of the agenda of developing, expanding, and popularizing all areas of space technology including remote sensing technology to ensure the continuity of prosperity and progress of the country. The policy objectives are; to state the country’s stand and objectives on mastering the space sector; to coordinate the country’s space activities in an organised manner; to recognise the need for access to space capability; and to determine the direction of development of space sector in Malaysia.

Space exploration has produced the space technology and applications which cover various aspect of people’s live. Space technology is widely used and utilized by society in all aspects of life including communication networks, broadcasting, internet, mapping, navigation for transportation and weather forecasting. In line with strategic thrusts of the National Space Policy, Malaysia has developed a Malaysia Space Exploration 2030 Blueprint (Malaysia Space-X 2030) to create a comprehensive national space ecosystem. In line with the aspiration for the country to become a scientific nation for socio-economic transformation and inclusive growth, activities in space technology especially in relation with research, development, commercialisation and innovation continues to be carried out and will enable it to contribute to economy and wellbeing of the country towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Keywords: National Space Policy 2030, SDGs, space technology, communication.

Azlikamil Napiah

Tuan Haji Azlikamil bin Napiah is the Director General of the Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA) since the merger of two distinguished entities in remote sensing technologies in Malaysia, namely; the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (ARSM) and the National Space Agency (ANGKASA) back in 2019.

He started his professional career in the private sector as a Senior Geologist in 1993. He joined the government sector as a Research Officer at the Malaysian Remote Sensing Agency (ARSM; formerly known as the Malaysian Remote Sensing Center - MACRES) in August 1994. During his tenure as a Research Officer, he gained formal training through training in Remote Sensing in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. He uses his knowledge and experience in spatial data analysis and modelling activities, including satellite image processing, to help Malaysia take advantage of remote sensing technology advances for national development, security, and community well-being.

In addition, he is also actively involved in the ASEAN Subcommittee on Space and Technology Application (SCOSA). He has been appointed as one of the Executive Committee of the ASEAN Regional Training Center for Space and Application (ARTSA) based in Thailand. After ten years of contributing services in Research and Development (R&D) at the local and international level, he was promoted to Special Officer in the Director's Office of ARSM in 2004.

He is also an active member of the Institution of Geospatial and Remote Sensing Malaysia (IGRSM). With extensive experience in R&D and technical management, he was appointed to lead the Corporate and Strategic Division at ARSM for four years. His profound dedication and commitment to managing and developing remote sensing technology in Malaysia were realized after being promoted to Deputy Director General (Technical Services) of ARSM in 2011. Subsequently, he was appointed as Director General of ARSM in May 2016 to lead the development and operation of remote sensing technologies in Malaysia.

Keynote Speaker #2 by Professor Dr. Leonid Mitnik (V.I. Il'ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, Vladivostok)

Monitoring of Extreme Atmospheric events using Satellite Microwave Sensing

Dr. Leonid M. Mitnik

Monitoring of extreme atmospheric events using satellite microwave sensing

Leonid M. Mitnik

Leonid M. Mitnik was born in Leningrad on October 10, 1938. He received the Diploma in electrical engineering from Leningrad Electric Engineering Institute in 1961, Ph.D. degree in geophysics in 1970 from the State Hydrometeorological Center, Moscow, and D.Sc. degree in remote aerospace research in 1996 from the Institute for Space Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. In 2010, he was awarded the academic title of Professor. He is presently a Chief Scientist in V.I. Il’ichev Pacific Oceanological Institute, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok.

Since joining the Pacific Oceanological Institute in 1977, he has worked mainly in passive microwave and radar remote sensing of the atmosphere-ocean system. During this time, he has conducted measurements from the seacoast, research vessels, aircraft and spaceborne platforms. In 1993-2004 he was a visiting Professor at several Universities in Taiwan, Germany, Japan, China, and served as PI and Co-PI of several projects sponsored by ESA, ADRO, NASDA (JAXA) and INTAS, all related to the passive and active remote sensing of environment.

He has published book chapters and more than 150 papers in refereed journals. He has also had more than 140 papers and presentations in national and international conferences and symposia including all PORSEC conferences since 1992. Dr. Mitnik was the recipient of the Goddard Space Flight Center Aqua Outstanding Teamwork Award, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Aqua Group Achievement Award (2003) and PORSEC Distinguished Science Award for 2004 in Concepcion, Chile.

Keynote Speaker #3 by Driss El Hadani (Royal Centre for Remote Sensing, Morocco)

Space Information Contribution to Marine and Oceanographic Resources Management in Morocco

Mr. D. (Driss) El Hadani

The 3500 km long Moroccan Atlantic coast is among the richest coasts in marine resources. The Moroccan Exclusive Economic Zone is characterized by a great diversity of fish resources, including about 500 species, 60 of which are currently being harvested. Moreover, the coastal area witnesses a great population dynamic and a concentration of economic and industrial activities, which generate a high pressure on an already vulnerable ecosystem.

The exploitation, development and integrated management of oceanographic areas, marine and littoral environments and coastal zones rely heavily on a good understanding of the biophysical parameters of these areas as well as on the specific information describing the status of the resources and their evolutions in space and time. Satellite observation offers a wide range of applications related to these fields and constitutes an essential source of knowledge for the monitoring of marine parameters at various spatial scales and temporal frequencies, like sea surface temperature and the indicators derived from waters colorsdata (chlorophyll, algal blooms, primary production, MES, waters transparency...) in addition to marine pollution, namely the hydrocarbons.

Satellite images are also used for the valorization of sea resources and monitoring of their evolution in time and space through the follow-up of indicators describing the environment conditions (upwelling index, thermal fronts, chlorophyll concentration...) and the selection and management of aquaculture sites or the integrated management of coastal areas.

Identification of potential of the coastal zones

As part of the APPUIT project, co-financed by the European Union and in partnership with the National Institute of Fishery Research, the Royal Center of Remote Sensing developed operational systems and tools for the valorization and management of potential aquaculture sites, to support the development of aquaculture in Morocco. Products, designed from satellite images and in-situ measurements are combined to delimit and characterize the optimal zones for aquaculture farming.

A database of maps of various scales, indicators and parameters contributing to the success of an aquaculture farm are initialy produced for three coastal sites with different characteristics (the semi-closed lagoon of Nador, M'diq offshore site, and Dakhla semi-open bay). These indicators are combined according to a multicriteria approach, which takes into consideration the species needs and the farming techniques to delimitate the suitable areas for aquaculture in each site. The goal of this system is to help decision makers in:

  • Assessing the aquaculture potential of the country;
  • Locating the coastal sectors suitable to aquaculture;
  • Regularly monitoring the different parameters to spot any possible changes and assess the risks likely to hinder aquaculture projects in each identified site.

Cartography and monitoring of coastal ecosystems

To assess satellite images potential in the coastal field, the CRTS analyses the elements and components of the coastal zones and produces cartographic information related to land use, intertidal vegetation, coastline, and to follow-up on their temporal dynamics. The aim of this work is to conduct an objective diagnosis of these fragile sites and to identify the changes that affect them, particularly the vulnerable coastal sites (SIBE, wetlands, lagoons, bays...). This information is exclusively extracted from very high-resolution satellite data, are produced in cartographic and statistical forms with variable spatio-temporal scales, depending on the needs, and covered themes:

  • The integrated management of the coastal zones;
  • The development of master plans and appropriate coastal development plans;
  • The valorization of coastal areas (fishing and aquaculture, agriculture, tourism, sand exploitation...);
  • The conservation of fragile ecosystems (SIBE, lagoons, wetlands...);
  • The prevention of coastal risks: receding coastlines, silting, erosion...

Coastal and marine risk management

Within the framework of the European Commission program called SCHEMA, a generic approach, based on modeling scenarios, satellite data and in situ data, was developed to assess tsunami risk in 5 different sites along the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts, including Rabat-Sale.

The THR satellite data were extensively used to produce a precise map of the coastline, used for the modeling of the types of buildings located in the flood-risk areas and the evaluation of their vulnerability degree.

An Atlas covering all Moroccan coasts is under preparation. It includes the following maps at 1/5,000 scale that may be useful for all national entities in charge of risks management:

  • Tsunami risk maps that provide information on potential flood-risk zones, submersion depth and waves heights.
  • Maps of vulnerability classes of buildings in flood-risk areas that describe the level of resistance of each building considering wave height.
  • Maps of damage levels suffered by each flooded building based on an approach that combines the degree of vulnerability, the type of building and the wave height.

Driss El Hadani


Director, Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale (CRTS), 05/1998 - Current.


  • Engineering degree: Water Resources Management (1988), Mohammed V University, Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs, Rabat, Morocco.
  • DESS degree: Applied Space Technologies (Water Resources Management) (1989) University Paris VI, Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.
  • Master of Business: Organizations Management (1999), Institut Supélrieur de Commerce et de l'Administration des Entreprises (ISCAE), Casablanca, Morocco.
  • Bachelor of Law: Private Law (2006), Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco.

International Activities:

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO), 2005-2007 and 2018-2020.
  • First Vice-president of the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), 2000-2004.
  • Vice-president of the International Astronautic Federation (IAF). 2002-2004 - Chairman of the National Remote Sensing Committee.
  • Member of the Moroccan delegation to the COPUOS, and its Scientist & Technical and Legal subcommittees, 1993 to date.
  • Vice-President of the Eurisy Association, 2018-2021.
  • Member of the UN-OOSA Working Group in charge of strategy for the integration of space technique in risk and natural disaster management (DMISCO), 1999-2005.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the African Centre for Catastrophic Risks; created in April 2005 by the African Insurance Organization, 2005 to date.

Keynote Speaker #4 by Dr. Carlos Juan Gabriel (Committee on Space Research (COSPAR))

The COSPAR Capacity Building Initiative – History and Future

Dr. Carlos Juan Gabriel

COSPAR's capacity building programme started with the millennium with the intention to strengthen scientific research in developing countries through highly practical regional workshops. Forty workshops, more than 1100 participants later and spanning virtually all areas of space science, part of the diversification we are working on includes long-term collaborations with established organisations such as PORSEC. An overview of the history of our workshops as well as the future perspectives of our programme will be discussed in this talk.

Carlos Gabriel

Carlos Gabriel, born in 1956, grew up in Argentina. He had to leave the country at the age of 20. He completed his physics studies at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) in 1985 and received his doctorate there four years later in the field of particle physics. His thesis was based on data obtained with the ARGUS experiment at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg.

After several years as a scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, he began a career as a scientific staff member of the European Space Agency in 1993, which ended with his retirement in 2019. In these 26 years he has mainly contributed to the scientific operations of two major scientific space missions, the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) and the X-ray Multi-Mirror Observatory (XMM-Newton), in the fields of scientific data analysis software development and instrument calibration.

From 2009 to 2016 Carlos Gabriel was the chairman of the Programme Organising Committee of the Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems organisation (ADASS).

He has participated since 2001 as a lecturer in numerous workshops of the COSPAR capacity building program. In 2010 he became responsible for the Fellowships area of the Capacity Building Panel (PCB), and subsequently for the Astronomy and Planetary Sciences area. Since 2018 he leads the PCB as chair.


Conference Schedule

Date: 07-08 December 2022

*Schedule subject to change

Conference Schedule (via EasyChair)

PORSEC 2022 Program Book

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Guidelines for preparing your pre-recording presentation

 Download Guideline here (0.69MB)

Social Excursion

  • Tanjung Piai
  • Night Market in Johor Bahru

** For Tanjung Piai trip, a conservation fee of RM 25 (for international participant) & RM5 (for local participant with valid MyKad) is imposed and payable at PORSEC registration counter.

Conference fees

Conference Fee Charges Physical mode (RM/USD *exchange rate of USD4.6) Online mode (RM/USD *exchange rate of USD4.6)
Local (RM) Inter­national (USD) Local (RM) Inter­national (USD)
Non-student Presenter 1500 $395 (RM­1820) 850 $200 (RM­920)
Student Presenter 1000 $270 (RM­1250) 600 $150 (RM­690)
Non-student Participant 850 $200 (RM­920) 400 $100 (RM­460)
Student Participant 150 $50 (RM­230)
Abstract Fee 130 $30 (RM­130) 130 $30 (RM­130)
Tutorial Fee Charges
Non-student 1300 325 (RM­1500) Not available in online mode
Student 1100 275 (RM­1270)

Support Funding

Partnering Sponsors

PORSEC2022 is glad to announce travel support funding for students and early career scientists for attending the PORSEC2022 tutorial and/or conference in physical mode. Our partnering supporters provide partial/full travel funds for eligible candidates. We invite the eligible applicants to complete the respective application forms before 15th September 2022 .

Before applying, kindly refer to the support funding types and descriptions below. The application process may be different depending on partnering sponsors.

Support Funding by Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

Financial supports are available for:

  1. Early career scientists from the APN developing nations attending Tutorial (physical) and conference (physical).
  2. Please note the applicant must attend both programs. Limited funds are available to support the returned airfares, accommodations and daily allowance.

To enroll, please complete the application form.

We will accept the application from all participants by 15th September 2022 .

Support Funding by MYCEB

Partial travel supports are available for:

  1. Early career scientists/students from developing nations; or
  2. Non-student international speakers from developing nations or non-developing nations.

																* Please note that Malaysian are not eligible to apply.
																** This supports does not cover the tuition fee.

Interested applicant is requested to complete the form here.

We will accept the application from all participants by 15th September 2022 .

Support Funding by Committee of Space Research (COSPAR)

Travel supports are available for:

  1. Students from developing nations attending both tutorial (physical) and conference (physical)

** This supports does not cover the tuition fee.

Interested applicant is requested to complete the form here.

We will accept the application from all participants by 15th September 2022 .

Support Funding by Scientific Committee of Ocean Research (SCOR)

Travel supports are available for:

  1. Early career scientists from developing nations attending both tutorial (physical) and conference.

** This supports does not cover the tuition fee.

Interested applicant is requested to complete the form here.

We will accept the application from all participants by 15th September 2022 .


Similar to the past PORSEC, a limited INCOIS travel grant is expected to be made available for Indian students and young Indian researchers for PORSEC 2022.

Please download the notification and travel grant form here.

** A Selection Committee constituted by the Director, INCOIS will scrutinize the applications received on or before 03 October 2022.

Venue & Contact

KSL Hotel & Resort, City Centre Johor Bahru (JB), is the best JB city hotel that is ideal choice for both business and leisure featuring hotel rooms, suites, service apartment, event space and linked to the KSL City Mall. Located at Taman Abad, Johor Bahru city and surrounded by famous local food stalls, a very well-known Monday night market and entertainment spots within the area.

It is just 5 minutes away from Johor Bahru CIQ, an hour drive to Changi Airport, Singapore and 45 minutes to Senai International Airport. It is also sits strategically within the Iskandar Malaysia and easy access to LEGOLAND Malaysia, Hello Kitty Town and many more world attractions within that area.

If you are new to JB city, here is some information on the best of what city has to offer. Click here for more information.

Contact Us

Dr. Nurul Hazrina Idris
Chairman PORSEC 2022
Faculty of Built Environment & Surveying,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
81310 Skudai, Johor, MALAYSIA.

nurulhazrina@utm.my or porsec2020@gmail.com

Travelling Info


Travel Arrangements

  1. Passport

    (i) Your passport will need to be valid for six months from the date you arrive. If your passport is close to expiring, apply for a new passport immediately because you will need it in order to obtain a visa (if applicable).

    (ii) The Malaysian authorities are running a vigorous campaign against illegal immigration. Do not overstay your visa, or violate the terms of entry. Even if you overstay for just a few days, you can be fined, detained, deported to your country and blacklisted. Flight costs will be the responsibility of the individual.

  2. Visa

    It is your responsibility to determine whether or not you will need a visa and which visa is appropriate to obtain. You may check visa requirements and conditions at https://malaysiavisa.imi.gov.my/evisa/evisa.jsp
    PORSEC LOC may provide you with advice or documentation in order to apply for a visa. Please talk to us in advance.

  3. COVID-19 SOP relaxation for travellers

    Further information on entry requirements for Malaysia is available from the Malaysian authorities. As of 1st August 2022 all entry requirements related to COVID-19 travel to Malaysia have now been removed, regardless of vaccination status. However, you may still be requested to download the MySejahtera mobile app but are no longer required to fill in the travel pass to verify your vaccine status.

  4. If you are fully vaccinated

    Entry requirements for Malaysia are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. See note #3 above.

  5. Proof of vaccination status

    You do not need to provide proof of your vaccination status for entry to Malaysia.

  6. If you are not fully vaccinated

    Entry requirements for Malaysia are the same for all travellers, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. See note #3 above.


Practical Arrangements

  1. Weather

    In Johor Bahru, Malaysia, the average high temperature in December is approximately at 31°C (88°F) while the average low temperature is around 24°C (75°F). The weather is expected to be windy and cloudy with occasional rain.

  2. Electricity

    (i) In Malaysia the standard voltage is 240V and the frequency is 50hz. If your electrical appliance uses 110/120V, you will need a voltage converter. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.

    (ii) Bring a universal plug and/ or adaptor for your electrical equipment. In Malaysia the power plugs and sockets are of Type G.

    Type G power sockets
  3. Currency

    Malaysian Ringgit (code:MYR or symbol:RM) is the official currency of Malaysia. Available banknotes are in six denominations (biggest to smallest): RM 100, RM 50, RM 20, RM 10, RM 5 and RM 1. While for coins: 50 sen, 20 sen, 10 sen, and 5 sen.

  4. Local Time

    Local time in Malaysia is 8 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+8).

  5. Transportation

    Upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), you may opt for any of the transportations (e.g. local flight or by inexpensive express bus) to proceed to Johor Bahru.

  • Upon arrival at Singapore Changi Airport, you may opt for any of the transportation below to proceed to Senai International Airport, Johor Bahru.

  • Upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), you may also opt to take a Yoyo Bus from KLIA to Larkin Bus Terminal, Johor Bahru.

    As you arrive at the Larkin Bus Terminal, you may use popular e-hailing services in Malaysia such as Grab, Maxim, AirAsia Ride, and others to proceed to UTM Scholar’s Inn, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai.

    Please download these mobile apps directly from Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play Store (Android) or Huawei AppGallery (Huawei).


Safety Tips

  1. Health Insurance & Medical Requirements

    Each participant MUST prepare his/her own medical and travel insurance and it should cover the period of stay in Malaysia. If any medical treatment is required during the event in Malaysia, the medical expenses shall be borne by the participant.

  2. Packing

    (i) Avoid bringing other valuable things.

    (ii) Personal belongings such as laptop, wallet, money, phone, camera and passport will be your responsibility. Please take/bring it along with you during the event.

    (iii) Clothes (as recommended in the schedule). Bring a light jacket, the event venue is air-conditioned.

    (iv) Bring a universal adaptor for your electrical equipment.

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  • Kuala Lumpur Tower

    The KL Tower, also known as the Menara Kuala Lumpur, is one of the most iconic sights in Kuala Lumpur. Visible from most parts of the city and measuring 1,381-feet-high (about 452 meters), it's one of the world's tallest telecommunications towers. With your admission ticket, visit whenever is convenient for you during operating hours. Take one of the high-speed elevators to the fully enclosed Observation Deck, located 905-feet (about 276 meters) above ground level, to enjoy a panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur. |

  • Batu Caves

    Batu Caves is a mogote that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Malay word batu, meaning 'rock'. The hill was originally known as Kapal Tanggang from the legend of Si Tanggang. The town nearby is named after the Batu Caves limestone formation. |

  • Kuala Lumpur Tower

    Johor's Craft Complex or also known as KK is a one stop centre for tourist in Johor Bahru. The complex offers its visitor with a hands-on experience of Johor's local art, culture and to be the main marketing hub for local craft products. |

  • Dataran Johor Bahru

    Dataran Bandaraya Johor Bahru was first built in 1993 and was officially opened in January of 1994. This place was built as a symbol of acknowledgment for Johor Bahru being the mother city of Johor. The square that is located near the Tebrau Straits is often used as a gathering place for events. Standing tall in this wide city square is a clock tower which stood as an iconic landmark of Johor Bahru. |

  • Laman Mahkota Istana Bukit Serene

    Laman Mahkota Istana Bukit Serene is in front of Istana Bukit Serene and remains as one of the most iconic landmarks in Johor.This structure is fully crafted with traditional motive and fascinating carving that represent the uniqueness of Johor. |

  • Sultan Ibrahim Building

    Sultan Ibrahim Building is the former state secretariat building of Johor. It is located at Bukit Timbalan in Johor Bahru and this building was built between the year of 1936 to 1939. It was completed in year 1940 because of the British government tried to coordinate the state administration. This magnificent building has since retained its artistic feature of classic architecture. |

  • Yayasan Warisan Johor

    The Johor Heritage Foundation (WJ) is the center of excellence in history, heritage, art and culture of the state of Johor besides playing a role as a major stakeholder in exhibiting and disseminating the uniqueness of Johor culture for providing information to the society. |

  • Chinese Heritage Museum

    Chinese Heritage Museum was built to preserved, the history of Chinese Community in Johor Bahru. Some of the collection preserved in the museum are documents, music instruments, old money, photos and more. |


  1. Dazling Money Changer

    Address: Lower Ground Floor, AEON Taman Universiti Shopping Centre. |

  2. Wang & Company Money Changer

    Address: Sutera Mall, Taman Sutera Utama, 81300 Skudai, Johor. |
    Phone: (+6)07-558 1616

  3. Money Changer / Money Exchange Abd Wahab bin M.Abu Bakar Sdn.Bhd.

    Address: L2.45 Level 2, Angsana Johor Bahru Mall, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor. |