Universiti Sains Malaysia, Pulau Pinang

Conference Venue

The Congress will be held at Universiti Sains Malaysia's main campus, Pulau Pinang. Please note that the Opening Ceremony will be held at Dewan Budaya Hall at the campus. Please refer to the Building Map below. You may refer to Room Locations directory below for venues of other activities.

Also, if you are staying at the on-campus accommodation, the map to Desasiswa Cahaya Gemilang is now included down below.

You may download all the maps in pdf format via this link (pdf file).

You may also refer to USM's Official Campus Guide which is available at this link (USM website).

Building Map

Room Locations

DesaSiswa Cahaya Gemilang

Universiti Sains Malaysia

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was established in 1969. The main campus is located at a 416.6 hectare site in Minden, approximately 9.7 km from Georgetown.

Official website:

Campus guide: Map

USM Pulau Pinang

USM Pulau Pinang

Pulau Pinang

also known as Penang

The island is a true melting pot of cultures with its blend of Eastern and Western influences. Retaining many of the values adopted during its era of British rule, Penang bears a charm that is unique to itself. Its capital, George Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

More tour info about Penang can be gathered at this official Penang website: myPenang

Penang, a UNESCO Heritage Site
Penang street art

Travelling to Pulau Pinang

By air. Penang International Airport (PEN) offers a great choice of airlines for routes across South East Asia and beyond. As of June 2018, the following airlines fly into PEN: AirAsia, AirAsia X, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Firefly, AirAsia Indonesia, Cathay Dragon, China Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Citilink Indonesia, Jetstar, Lion Air, Lucky Air, Qatar Airways, Scoot, Silk Air, Sriwijaya Air, Thai AirAsia, and Thai Smile. There is also a direct flight from Kuala Lumpur (via Kuala Lumpur International Airport and KLIA2 (code:KUL) and Subang International Airport (code: SZB) which should offer you more choices if you're travelling from other countries.

By train. The ETS have scheduled daily trips connecting Butterworth (in the mainland) with major cities on the west coast of Malaysia like Alor Star and Bukit Kayu Hitam (at the north) and Taiping, Ipoh, and Kuala Lumpur (to the south). Should you take the ETS to Butterworth, you can reach USM Penang by taking the ferry, buses, or taxi.

link: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB)

By bus. If you're travelling from Kuala Lumpur, you can take buses from the bus terminal (TBS; Terminal Bersepadu Selatan) to Sungai Nibung Terminal or Penang Sentral. Other major cities in Malaysia also connects to the express bus terminals. From either terminal, you may connect with other mode of public transportation to the venue.

Public Transportation. You may choose to take bus services, taxis, or ride-share (mobile application: Grab) or to travel from airport, train station, or bus terminal to the conference venue and your choice of accommodations.


There are a lot of nearby hotels from which you can choose. In no particular order, these are some of the hotels near USM Penang (and no, we don't earn any commissions from the hotels).

You may book the hotel via travel websites such as Trivago, Agoda, or Traveloka.

On-campus Accommodation

Participants who prefer to stay closer to the venue may opt to stay on-campus. On this matter, Universiti Sains Malaysia is now offering affordable on-campus accommodation for congress participants. Please head to this page for the details and how you can book the accommodation.