The Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium was conceived after the events at Chek Jawa as a way to draw the community of researchers, educators, managers and conservationists together. It took its inspiration from the 1997 Biodiversity Workshop which was held at the Bukit Timah campus of what was then the National Institute of Education.

Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III
– “The Next Generation”

Saturday 24 Sep 2011: 8am – 6pm

This year, NUS’ Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the Department of Biological Sciences (RMBR) is collaborating with NParks’ National Biodiversity Centre (NBC) to organise the symposium. Effort is being made to feature emerging members of the community in various sectors, hence the theme – “The Next Generation”. In addition to the effort to put forward youth (under 35) speakers, a few seasoned members of the community will chip in.

The talks will be organised around ecosystems – forests, freshwater and inter-tidal/marine. This will be a single day session so it will be a tip of the iceberg representation of what the community is doing. Still it is hoped this will help inform students and members of the public as well as serve as a platform for the community to meet and get updated.

Ultimately, we also hope to inspire some young minds to participate in biodiversity exploration in some way in their future.

For queries, please contact: boss3@rafflesmuseum.net

The Organising Committee consists of:

  • N. Sivasothi, NUS (DBS/RMBR)
  • Linda Goh, NParks (NBC) & Lim Wei Ling, NParks (NBC)
  • Posters – Jeremy Woon, NParks (NBC) & Zeehan Jaafar, NUS (DBS/RMBR)
  • Logistics & Volunteers – Joelle Lai, NUS (RMBR/DBS)
  • Admin – Xu Weiting, NUS (DBS)
  • Registration – Sarah Ng, NUS (RMBR/DBS) & Sumathi Krisinasamy, NParks
  • Webpage & Photos – Kenneth Pinto NUS (Raffles Museum Toddycats)
  • Symposium Poster – Yong An Nee, NUS (DBS)
  • Symposium Awards – Airani S., NUS (Raffles Museum Toddycats)
biodsg3 poster with goh

Past Symposia

The Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium I (2003)

BoSS, 11 Jul 2003 – “What’s Up?”
The first symposium or BoSS was a two-day session organised in 2003 by N. Sivasothi, NUS (RMBR/Dept. Biological Sciences). Held at NUS, it was supported by Nature’s Niche and the Singapore Institute of Biology.

Amidst heightened temperature screenings due to SARS, the symposium was opened by the Minister of State for National Development, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan who officially announced the formation of NParks’ National Biodiversity Centre (NBC). The Chek Jawa Guidebook was launched and a symposium awards was presented to Lady McNeice for her contributions supporting to nature and the environment over the years. Additionally Ria Tan and Chua Ee Kiam were conferred the first Honorary Museum Associate titles by RMBR.

Plenary speakers and Sessions Chairs were identified from government agencies, NGOs, the volunteer community and the universities and some 30 speakers presented in four sessions on research, conservation, management and education over two days.

Lim Cheng PuayThe event was extremely successful and it was hoped that the symposium become a series.

“…in helping out as a photographer in Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium in 2003 … I was really amazed, and inspired, by the huge assemblage of locals and foreigners who are passionate about nature in Singapore. I felt then I could help and maybe contribute my bit as well.”

Lim Cheng Puay

See “Biodiversity Symposium of Singapore 2003 remembered“.

The Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium II (2007)

BoSS2, 22 May 2007
In 2007, a half-day session was co-organised by N. Sivasothi, NUS (RMBR/Dept. Biological Sciences) and the National Biodiversity Centre. Held at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Professor Tommy Koh did the honours of opening the session.

The occasion also celebrated the Tercentenary of the birth of the father of taxonomy, Carolus Linnaeus and the Swedish Ambassador to Singapore, Mr. Pär Ahlberger, graced the occasion. The symposium also marked The International Day for Biological Diversity and the The Natural Heritage of Singapore textbook was launched.

See the report at Raffles Museum News.

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