Every once in awhile, I badger a few people to give a 10 - 15 min intro on what they do. Here is a list of the lovely people who have presented at past events. I've also started Sitting for Science to experiment with fun ways (e.g. pub quizzes) to learn what people are working on.
If you are visiting Singapore and would like to drop by and share your work, please contact me! Also if you want a copy of our quiz questions so that you can hold your own wherever you are, happy to share those as well.
Our 1st events for 2017 were in Dhaka together with The Tech Academy, at one of my favourite venues yet, Jatra Biroti! We had a workshop for kids on DNA extraction and gel electrophoresis, as well as a Women in Science meet up for Feb 11, the UN International Day of Women & Girls in Science. Thanks to Shams Jaber and his team for hosting me and introducing me to the enthusiastic students of BRAC and IUB. It was inspiring to see so much interest in biology and environmental issues, looking forward to collaborations and updates from the (Deshi?) Bio group there :)
@ Jatra Birothi
[TRAVELS, SGEFF, HOLIDAYS..and we're back!]
After getting Scott Trageser (Creative Conservation Alliance) to take part in a Citizen Science Symposium at the joint Asia Chapter meeting by SCB and ATBC, we also got him to host The Independence Day Herp Quiz on July 4 at The Hangar (where else? :) Thank you guys for entertaining all our overseas friends who were here for the conference!
We managed a 2nd event in March, this time at Monochrome Cafe. Philip Johns (Yale-NUS) talked about Stalk-eyed flies in Southeast Asia, followed by Antónia Monteiro (NUS) who explained Sexual selection in African butterflies - where males court and females choose males in the wet season but the whole process gets reversed in the dry season. Lots of non-biologists in the crowd, and made a lot of new friends that night. Here's a shot of Philip demonstrating how his male flies spar!
An impromptu happy hour with a great discussion about dipterocarps and pollinators, reforestation and masting. We had a new friend Dr. Dzaeman Dzulkifli drop by from KL. He is at the Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre working on cool projects in Malaysia. Also, found a new place for events: Bodacious Bar & Bistro. Definitely going back, not just for the name but it was a great space and they extended happy hour for us :)
The Herps (Not Herpes!) Pub Quiz was hosted by Mary-Ruth Low, Nathanael Maury and Jose Csiros. It was probably our MOST difficult quiz but the crowd of awesome hardcore herpers took on the challenge and we had 2 winning groups. We'll probably do another herp quiz this year because that's how much we love our herps!
Thanksss everyone for joining us, and thank you to The Muzium Cafe and Anuj for putting up with us :)
We were honoured to have Kalyar Platt (Turtle Survival Alliance) and Steve Platt (Wildlife Conservation Society) to talk about their turtle work in Myanmar. Kalyar was recently awarded the prestigious Behler Turtle Conservation Award and is the first female and youngest recipient. Their team from Myanmar were also in Singapore for a study trip and it was great to have everyone join us at happy hour! Thanks also to Artistry Cafe for hosting us.
Sept 2015 Another busy month!
Joint session with Green Drinks Singapore on Ballast Water management & Marine Bio-invasion. A short presentation by Ray Huang (PACT) followed by a panel where he was joined by Tim Wilkins (INTERTANKO), Cynthia Wong (James Cook Uni & Temasek Poly) and the one and only Guillaume Drillet (DHI) ;)
For the Birds Pub Quiz with Dr Chris Shepherd (TRAFFIC). Yes we managed to get him back to do another fun session :) We already had the previous quiz about birds but this one was focused on songbirds in trouble in our region as he Chris was in town for Asia's 1st Songbird Crisis Summit, Sept 26 -29. Thanks to Blu Jaz Cafe for hosting us!
April 2015 Bird Brain Pub Quiz with Dr Luis Carlos Neves (Asst Director, Avian, Jurong Bird Park aka Master Overlord of the Land of Birds) as our quiz master. Once again, we took over The Hangar, thank you guys for staying late for us!
March 2015 Managed 2 events this month!
Mass Fish Death Pub Quiz by Shannon Lim (OnHand Agrarian), who also very kindly provided some of his locally farmed seafood for the paella on the menu. At The Hangar again, Thank you Pav!!
Where the Wild Things Were Pub Quiz with Dr Chris Shepherd (TRAFFIC) as our host. We all learnt a lot more about wildlife trafficking, Mongla and many of the species that are being illegally traded. A big thank you to Chris and our friends at The Hangar for having us there!
Photo by Timothy Chua
Photo by Timothy Chua
Just a regular happy hour at Red Dot @Dempsey.
Oct 2014 Speakers: Zuzana Drillet (presenting her research on Agricultural landscapes in Slovakia) and Jason Chuei (talking about his vet and wildlife experiences)
Aug 2014 Joint event on Aquaculture with Green Drinks Singapore (thank you Olivia for all the work =)
Speakers: Alistair Douglas (SmartAqua) and Shannon Lim (onHand Agrarian)
Alistair & Shannon @ the SingJazz Club
April 2014 Speakers: Guillaume Drillet (DHI) and Malthe Borch (Biologigaragen & Labitat)
Feb 2014 Speakers: Joanna Coleman and Erica Sena Neves (NUS)
Feb 2014 at the Botanic Gardens
Oct 2013 Speakers: Mark Ashton and Eva Garen (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies)
Sept 2013 Joint Event with the Environment & Business Club at INSEAD (also kindly hosted by them)! Speaker: Kelvin Ng (Marine Stewardship Council)
Jan 2013 Speaker: David Neidel (ELTI)