Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murni Marlina Abd Karim, a faculty member and researcher of the International Institute of Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences (I-AQUAS), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), served as a special lecturer on the 4th day of the International Summer Short-term (ISSP) program 2023 for Track A: Food Sustainability and Food Security in Freshwater Aquaculture.

The event was followed by a research proposal mentorship led by the senior faculty members of the College of Fisheries (CF) at Central Luzon State University (CLSU).

Her lecture focused on "Microbial Strategies for Fish Health and Food Security Towards Sustainable Aquaculture Resilience". The special lecture was able to enlighten the 16 local and international participants, and faculty members of the College of Fisheries - CLSU about the vital role of microbes in ensuring sustainable fish production and global food security.

The three-hour lecture concluded with knowledge sharing and positive interaction between the guest lecturer and participants. In the afternoon, the participants embarked on a mentoring and consultation session with the seasoned faculty members of the College. The ultimate objective of this mentoring and consultation session is to establish the trainee as an independent and collaborative researcher.

Mentoring responsibilities include sharing knowledge and skills, overseeing the trainee’s work, helping the trainee to contact other researchers, and assisting with career counseling. The template of the capsule research proposal was discussed by Dr. Emmanuel M. Vera Cruz, Department Head of Aquaculture.

The participants formed a group of 3-4 members and started conceptualizing their research topic of interest. For the initial output of the day, a group representative presented the title and objectives of their respective capsule proposal.