About BRC18


The objectives of the conference are as follows:

1. To promote and disseminate scientific research in the social, biological and medical sciences in Borneo;

2. To enable the research community, public, interested Borneo government departments, and others to keep abreast of ongoing research and its results;

3. To serve as a vehicle for drawing attention to urgent research and its results;

4. To provide a forum for the flow of information on Borneo research arising from many diverse sources;


The Conference will be held on campus at Center for Teaching Facilities 1,  Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Session Themes and Panels

This will be a multidisciplinary conference dealing specifically with Borneo, with plenary sessions and sessions devoted to special topics and panels including but not limited to the following fields:

Social transformation on the island of Borneo

  • Process of transformation

  • Social, economic and political impact studies and issues

  • Political institutions and leadership patterns

  • Community sustainability 

  • Population Studies

  • Identity and ethnicity

  • Gender relations and issues

  • Labour and employment conditions and issues

  • Community health and healthcare

 People and movement

  • Migration, diaspora, Borneo border and security issue

  • Borneo past, present, and future

  • Tourism

Technology and development

  • Digital economy

  • Digital technology

  • ICT Development 

  • ICT for Development

  • Media and communications

  • Indigenised Knowledge Development 

  • Indigenous Knowledge Management  

Biodiversity, conservation and the environment on the island of Borneo

  • Tourism industry and the environment

  • Heart of Borneo (HOB)

  • Ethnobotany

History, archaeology

  • Cultural Heritage 

    • Design

    • Ethnomusicology

  • Art management 

  • Bornean languages

  • Community history

  • Indigenous customary law, rights and issues

  • Oral traditions

Other topics on Borneo

  • Education

  • Disability studies

  • Human settlement including architecture




Intending paper presenters must submit abstracts of not more than 300 words, 1.5 spacing, font 12 Times New Roman.

Final date for submission of abstracts – 21 May 2018

Deadline for completed papers (for CD circulation during Conference) – 30 June 2018

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Program Outcomes

By the end of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Gain advance knowledge regarding transformation of care

  2. Gain new experiences in quality care

  3. Explore various possibilities to improve health care services

  4. Network with each other

Program Details

The International Borneo Research Council Conference 2018 (BRC2018) with the theme “Translating the Past/ Envisioning the Future” will be conducted tentatively on 6th to 8th of August 2018 at DetaR Putra, UNIMAS. This conference aims to gather students and professionals, both locally and internationally to share their research findings, experiences, knowledge and even innovative projects that enhance the research and development at Borneo Island. It is a three-day program filled with various talks from invited speakers.