About IFM

WHat is IFM


The Malaysian Institute of Physics (Institut Fizik Malaysia or IFM) is the sole representative body for physicists and for those involved in the practice of physics or physics related work in this country.

The objectives of the Institute include:

  1. Promotion of activities leading to the advancement of physics,
  2. Create avenues for cooperation in the fields of physics education, training, and practice, and
  3. Elevation of the professional status of physicists.

IFM Activities

IFM organises conferences, seminars, courses, workshops and meetings on issues which are not only of current interest to physicists, but also on issues which highlight the important role of physicists in the country's development.

The National Physics Conference (PERFIK) is held once every two years. Here physicists meet to discuss issues pertaining to the many areas of physics. International and regional meetings are also organised. Special courses and workshops are held from time to time, e.g. courses on lasers, plasmas, computational physics, etc.

The Institute publishes a quarterly journal (JOURNAL FIZIK MALAYSIA) to report up-to-date research findings in physics. A newsletter (BERITA FIZIK) is published to report current and future activities of the institute.

Brief History of IFM

The need for a single body to represent the growing number of physicists in the country was felt by many since the early sixties.

Although most physicists in the universities were members of the UK Institute of Physics, the majority of physicists, especially teachers and those in the research and service sectors, were not.

The first interim committee met in Kuala Lumpur in 1971. The Institute's constitution was later formally approved and IFM was thus established in 1973 with an initial membership of 35.

Message from The President

Dear Esteemed members,

As we welcome the 2017 New Year by 1 second later (as there is a gap between the atomic clock and earth time), I feel delighted to report that 2016 was an exciting year for the Institut Fizik Malaysia.

2016 began with great news –In January 2016, at the 32nd Meeting of the Association of Asia-Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) in Beijing, IFM was awarded the hosting of the 14th Asia-Pacific Physics Conference (APPC) 2019 in Kuching, Sarawak. This decision was ratified at the 33rd AAPPS Council Meeting in December 2016. It has taken nearly 27 years for IFM to get this honour again (IFM hosted the 5th APPC in 1992). I was humbled by all the members of the AAPPS who supported and approved the bid. In 2017, we will start the long process of preparing to organise this important milestone at around the dawn of 2020! In December 2016, I was inspired by the successful organization of the National Physics Conference in Kuala Lumpur. It was jointly organised by the Department of Physics, UM and IFM. I was impressed by the energy and vitality of the young organizing committee whose clockwork planning and execution is a new standard we must follow. More than 90 participants presented their research results in the two day conference. Under the constraints of reducing research funding, I was buoyed by the presence of so many budding scientists. The presence of two eminent Plenary Speakers - Emeritus Professor Wong Chiow San of University of Malaya and Professor David Bradley of Sussex University was a sparkling surprise for many of the audience. Both contributed significantly to IFM and I hope future conferences will also introduce some of our leading stalwards who can share their research experiences in a national platform!

It was also great to see that more physicists are joining IFM. It was a bumper year of sorts, as we welcomed nearly 30 new members in 2016. I am looking forward to their contribution to physics and IFM. In this context, I hope all of you could share any news on physics in Malaysia, please visit the News section of the webpage to get some ideas. I was impressed with the activities of our subgroups such as Education Physics, Medical Physics, Plasma Physics and Space Physics.

I would like to thank my Council members for their excellent support. The web team of Prof Faidz and Dr. Yong requires special mention for their efforts beyond the call of duties! Thank you all. I would like all members (new and old) to share their views on improving IFM activities for 2017 and beyond-please write to me at kururatna2012@gmail.com.

Great success comes with small steps - Happy New Year and the very Best to all for 2017.

Prof. Dr. Kuru Ratnavelu
- President.

Council and Sub-groups

Council Members

  1. President: Prof. Dr. Kurunathan Ratnavelu
  2. Vice-President: Prof. Dato’ Dr. Roslan Abd Shukor
  3. Hon. Secretary: Prof. Dr. Faidz Abd Rahman
  4. Asst. Hon. Sec: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yong Thian Khok
  5. Hon. Treasurer: Dr. Woo Haw Jiunn
  6. Asst. Hon. Treasurer: Ms. Melody Tan
  7. Council Member: Dr. Christopher Jesudason
  8. Council Member: Academician Dr. Chia Swee Ping
  9. Council Member: Mr. Sivaganthan Jayasingam
  10. Council Member: Prof. Dr. Ng Kwan Hoong
  11. Council Member: Dr. Susan Sipaun
  12. Council Member: Prof. Dr. Hasan Abu Kassim
  13. Council Member: Dr Woon Kai Lin
  14. Council Member: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chin Oi Hoong
  15. Council Member: Dr. Yeong Chai Hong
  16. Council Member: Emeritus Prof. Dr. Wong Chiow San


  1. Medical Physics: Prof. Dr. Ng Kwan Hoong
  2. Plasma Physics: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chin Oi Hoong


  1. Optics & Photonics: Prof. Dr. Raymond Ooi
  2. Theoretical & Computational Physics: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chew Khian Hooi
  3. Astronomy & Astrophysics: Prof. Dr. Hasan Abu Kassim
  4. Industrial Physics: Dr. Woon Kai Lin



1. Member of Association of Asia Pacific Physical Societies (AAPPS) 
2. Associate member of Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP) 
3. Associate member of Institute of Physics (IOP)


1. Member of Confederation of Scientific and Technological Associations in Malaysia (COSTAM) 
2. Member of Kumpulan Ikhtisas Sains Malaysia (KISM)