For more than 100 years the brand Swarovski has reflected itself in ingenuity, poetry and technology. It has developed its supreme mastery in precision-cut technology, to become the world’s leading producer of cut crystal, genuine gemstones and created stones. The family company has remained fully independent since its foundation in Wattens, Austria, in 1895.
Over the course of its history, the brand has produced innovations and inspired creative trends in fields as varied as jewelry, fashion, accessories, lighting and interior design, culture, as well as in industrial research and development. The company draws its richness of expression from the cultural heritage of central Europe and its talent for forging links between the arts, science and economics.
The name Swarovski stands for the values of creativity, quality and workmanship all over the world.
The Japan's award-winning skincare boutique offers a full range of anti-ageing and whitening skincare products and supplements.
Astalift's advanced understanding of the process of oxidation (used in photo technology to prevent photo fading caused by UV rays) allows it to apply its expertise to skincare products designed to combat skin ageing and the onslaught of freckles and blemishes.
The brand is a scientific breakthrough in anti-ageing skincare that combines unique technological expertise in skin with advanced molecular research and patented innovation to become the specialists in collagen and antioxidants.
Advanced, patented formulations work deep into the layers of the skin to prevent the visible signs of ageing, providing optimum hydration and helping skin regain its firmness and luminosity day after day.
Astalift is rapidly rising to be the next big star in the beauty industry.
This new research facility will study and develop key areas relating to future transportation, which includes advanced battery materials for electric vehicles, human-machine interfaces and mobility patterns and concepts. A key focus will see how research outcomes can benefit the Asian market based on the needs of the region.
Under the ambit of advanced battery materials and human-machine interfaces, the BMW Group-NTU collaboration aims to find solutions to key transport requirements in the most sustainable way possible, especially in the area of electric vehicles, where battery safety, efficiency and being environmentally-friendly is of utmost importance.
The study of mobility patterns and concepts will be focused on consumer behaviour in new mobility offerings for mega-cities, namely for multi-modal transportation and car sharing. One such area is the development of advanced routing algorithms so as to make the daily commute more comfortable.
Located at NTU’s Research Techno Plaza, the new joint lab will start off with five scientists and six PhD student researchers. It will be led by Dr Mirjam Storim, Coordinator of University Cooperations of BMW Group and Professor Subodh Mhaisalkar, Director of the Energy Research Institute at NTU ERI@N.
More than 70 per cent of world’s population is expected to flock to global megacities by 2050, this scenario emphasises the importance of mobility research.
Projects by the joint lab will leverage the BMW Group’s expertise in automotive and mobility, as well as NTU’s research strengths, particularly that of ERI@N which carries out cutting-edge research in solar cells and other renewables, electric vehicles, energy and power systems and battery technology in collaboration with the industry.
Research Techno Plaza, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Drive
The 26,000 sq m Centre for Oral Health will house research, education and clinical services. Currently, these services are provided in three separate buildings. Undergraduate teaching and research are done in two different buildings at NUS, while clinical services are provided at NUH.
The project hopes to encourage more voluntary work among dentists. The Faculty will be partnering with a charitable organisation to set up a free dental clinic for the needy.
The constructions will allow the faculty to increase its intake of dental students and train more specialists. The Ministry of Health has projected the need to increase the undergraduate intake from 48 students a year to 80 in 2020. The new centre will also provide the full range of oral health care, especially geriatric and preventive-care dentistry. It will carry out research into areas such as regenerative biology and tissue engineering, focusing on new ways to enhance repair and regeneration of soft tissue and bone as the population ages.
National University Health System, 1E Kent Ridge Road
The new NUH Medical Centre is an integral part of the National University Hospital's redevelopment plan to meet the expanding and increasingly sophisticated healthcare needs of Singaporeans.
At NUH, they believe that patient-centric tertiary medical care must go hand in hand with breakthrough translational research complemented by innovative and rigorous training of healthcare providers. Guided by this belief, NUH has embarked on building up the physical infrastructure for well-trained healthcare professionals to engage in cross specialty collaborations to boost the potential for breakthroughs in research which will eventually translate into better treatments and patient care.
Located directly above Kent Ridge MRT Station on the Circle Line, the 20-storey building is due for completion in 2013. It will house the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, specialist outpatient clinics, ambulatory surgical facilities, clinical support services such as pharmacies and a diagnostic imaging centre to provide one-stop care for patients; as well as amenities like retail shops, food outlets and a supermarket.
The Living Café has opened on Bukit Timah Road. They create and provide genuinely healthy food and drink that is truly tasty, affordable and accessible to everyone.
Using specially selected and sourced organic ingredients, they combine them to achieve optimum flavours. You will be introduced to a recipe full of energy and vitality.
Started by Dana Heather who is a Master Nutritionist and cutting edge nutrition researcher; they use ancient wisdom, international food and the combined work of dozens of nutritional experts. Raw Food is at the heart of their menu.
Their Head Chef Fock and Viv Sutanto from The Living Food Institute, are continually creating their own versions of Raw and Raw-Fusion to bring an even wider scale of variety to the cafe. At TLC they use no red meat, no cow dairy, no white sugar, no preservatives, no additives, no artificial colorings and include gluten free alternatives on their menu.
They cater for birthday parties, private events, takeaway and provide private catering on request.
Kai Kai was transfered to the Ya-an base of China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda after a massive earthquake hit Wolong on 12 May 2008.
Located at the Yangtze River zone at River Safari, the wonderous Giant Panda Forest is a 1,500m2, state-of-the-art biodome designed and landscaped to simulate the giant pandas' natural habitat in the rugged highlands of China.
Covering an area about the size of an Olympic swimming pool, this spectacular exhibit is climate-controlled to a cool and comfortable 18° to 22°C. The largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, the Giant Panda Forest features a roof constructed with double pane glass alternated with insulated metal, which allows in plenty of sunlight into the exhibit, illuminating the lush homes of their two beautiful giant pandas as well as the golden pheasants and red pandas.
The new Marine Life Park, is the world's largest oceanarium. It houses over 100,000 fish in over 55 million litres of water which includes the aquarium, dolphin experience and Reef Swim.
The Marine Life Park is all about family fun, interactive multi-sensory experiences and, most importantly, ocean conservation. They envision Marine Life Park as a showcase for ocean science education, research and stewardship.
Situated on Sentosa Island, you have the opportunity to understand and appreciate the unique marine life in oceans. The Marine Life Park will play an important role in educating you on the diversity and beauty of marine life.
They have a structured education and research programme for the propagation and conservation of marine life animals. Marine Life Park works with both local and overseas academic institutions and other marine animal facilities to collaborate on a variety of research and educational programs.
The Marine Life Park offers a myriad of activities for guests of all ages. At the Reef Swim you will be able to snorkel amongst thousands of brightly colored tropical fish. Or you can hop in an intertube to tour the 620m Adventure River which includes an underground grotto or experience the fun and excitement of their exhilarating water slides and a wave pool.
Celuva has created its first Luxe SkinSuite in Asia at the luxurious Scotts Square, to give you the Swiss rejuvenating skincare with a presidential treatment. You will be able to experience the full range of pure luxury and love for your skin to look rejuvenated, beautiful and younger, whatever your age is.
Celuva of Switzerland is created as a uniquely rejuvenating but simple and yet personalized luxurious skincare line for those who only want the best experience and result for their skin. Their newly launched SkinSuite is inspired by the customers of Estheva Spa who always swear by its supremely precious concentration of energizing multi- active and age-fighting ingredients with Swiss advanced skincare technology and want to be and look fabulous and younger everyday.
Celuva combines luxury and skin-transformation characteristics into a product. One of their best sellers is a well-representation of what the best nature can offer with a rich unique blend of active ingredients from semi-precious stones and the plant world.
It is created by a group of development & research professionals in Switzerland with a high-level of experience in biology, chemistry and cosmetology. Their philosophy is to create a range of highly effective 100% botanical skincare which will answer your beauty problems. Celuva skincare isn’t just a product; it is a desire of women wanting to pamper and treat their skin with the best experience.
They aim to provide you with an easy-to-use yet highly effective range of innovative dedicated skincare of the highest quality that professional therapists would confidently use. Let them take you on a luxuriating journey where beautiful and younger skin is yours for life.
With its diverse knowledge and experience in Asia and beyond, Future Perfect provides promotion and representation for contemporary artists, as well as research and advice for collectors, institutions, and curators.
Under gallery directors David Teh and Jasper Knight, Future Perfect is committed to advancing the practices of the most dynamic and innovative contemporary artists working across the range of traditional and non-traditional media.
As a locally engaged player in the new Gillman Barracks art precinct, Future Perfect provides selected artists with a rare, independent platform for experimentation, challenging them to develop and expose new ideas.
Re-opening in 2014, the new Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, resembling a moss-covered rock, will look as prehistoric as the three dinosaurs it will house. Cutting-edge technology will keep the 150 million-year fossils, as well as the region's largest collection of South-east Asian animals, in perfect condition.
The 7,500 sq m museum will be the new home of the respected Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the three diplodocid sauropod dinosaurs, bought for under $8 million from the United States. The spacious gallery will be able to display up to 10 times more exhibits than the old museum.
The internal temperature will be maintained in the low 20°C with humidity of about 60 per cent to keep the specimens in optimum condition. Research specimens and offices will be housed together, presenting unique challenges for safety issues. To comply with the strict fire regulations, the sprinklers are specially engineered while the dry collection area is equipped with a gas extinguishing system.
The architecture of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum will sport a "prehistoric" boulder-like façade with tiered tropical vegetation. Surrounding the site will be lush indigenous plants and trees, as well as landscaped forests for educational purposes.
The architects put in a two-storey central space in the plan to cater for iconic exhibits such as dinosaurs. This prescient design came in handy when the opportunity to buy three fossils became available. The first long-neck baby dinosaur has arrived and its parents will be shipped in by end of next year.
The new materials and technologies that will result from research carried out within the facility, will have the potential to change markets and contribute in a profound way to the betterment of society and the enrichment and diversification of Singapore’s economy.
It has been announced that the new facility will become a major site for graphene research and application for the region and the world.
Graphene research at NUS includes a study led by Assistant Prof Barbaros Özyilmaz who is with the Department of Physics and the Graphene Research Centre. The team found that graphene provides a biocompatible scaffold which accelerates specific differentiation of stem cells into bone cells, spelling exciting possibilities for biomedical applications.
The Centre for Research and Applied Learning in Science: Cradle is a new research and learning hub at the Science Centre Singapore, equipped with research labs and interaction spaces managed by qualified professionals, for the purposes of nurturing students with the attitude and aptitude in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics particularly in the area of integrated science and engineering.
The research programmes are designed to encourage independent learning and places emphasis on engineering, design and innovation projects. Upper secondary/JC students between the ages of 14 and 18 can participate in the programmes, which are aligned to science education and research in the scientific community, thereby providing inter-disciplinary research opportunities for students to engage in advanced research and innovation.
Workshops are also conducted for teachers to encourage and inspire them to bring more hands-on activities to the classroom, develop project ideas and manage research projects at the school level. They also provide teachers an avenue to access the scientific community to help their students gain access to special lab resources and support.
Additionally, Cradle offers research project consultation, electronics design and small scale PCB, mechanical and digital fabrication services.
Toshiba has provided customers with supervisory control systems, electrical and instrumentation equipment and maintenance services in more than 700 water purification, sewage treatment and desalination plants over some 40years.
A Memorandum of Understanding on collaboration was signed, to develop and test the application of an adsorbent that removes toxic elements from used water. The adsorbent, named Functional Powder, can extract valuable elements such as rare metals for recycling, and is more cost-efficient as it can be reused.
Toshiba is looking forward to the opportunity to work with PUB and the many water experts and professionals in Singapore. The firm should be able to make important contributions to the treatment of water uses in industrial processes.
PUB's Environment and Water Industry Programme Office (EWI) puts a lot of effort to grow the water industry in Singapore.They invested $470 million into the "National Research Foundation in water" (rita.nrf.gov.sg), as well as the test-bedding of more than 30 water projects at PUB's facilities.
Complementing Singapore’s position as the Asian hub for business, finance and education is Singapore’s growing importance as a centre for contemporary art in Asia. Events such as the Singapore Biennale, Art Stage Singapore, complemented by public museums, non-profit spaces and commercial galleries, have created a vibrant arts scene that is making waves in the region and beyond. The contemporary arts scene has seen steady growth in the last 10 years, with increasing local and regional interest in events, exhibitions and education. As the number of venues dedicated to contemporary art increases, more international artists are choosing to unveil their new works to the world from Singapore, thus cementing its position as the centre for contemporary art in Asia.
The deliberate development of the local contemporary art industry in the past decade by the state has resulted in a vibrant arts scene that has been propelled by growing commercial activities including gallery exhibitions, art fairs and auctions. Coupled with Singapore’s strategic position within Asia and an extensive infrastructure of support services, there is no better place to establish your contemporary art gallery in this region.
Gillman Barracks will be the new contemporary art destination in Asia. Distinguished as a creative and intellectual centre, it will become a centre for the production, discussion and distribution of contemporary art in Asia. Complementing the local and international galleries and creative industries will be several new initiatives designed to grow the visual arts ecosystem in region, particularly in the areas of exhibition, residencies, and research.
Anchored within Gillman Barracks will be the newly established Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Singapore which will be one of the key programming platforms in this new contemporary art destination in Asia. Through its diverse exhibition, residency and research programmes, CCA Singapore aims to be the centre for the production, presentation and interpretation of the arts of our times as well as a catalyst for the exchange of ideas and creative expressions.
Devoted to the presentation of innovative and groundbreaking exhibitions of contemporary art, CCA Singapore’s exhibition programmes embrace a global, multi-disciplinary, and diverse approach towards the presentation and interpretation of contemporary art, showcasing the latest developments through exhibitions, as well as new projects by significant and emerging Singapore, international and Asian artists.
International Artist Residency Programme (IARP)
The International Artist Residency Programme (IARP) will be Singapore’s first internationally-tiered offering that will facilitate the production and creation of works by significant established and emerging international and Asian artists and establish Singapore as a centre for contemporary art creation in the region.
Centre for Contemporary Art Research
The Centre for Contemporary Art Research will be a centre of excellence for the study and research for contemporary art in the region. It will contribute to the discourse and knowledge on Asian and international art production as well as informing the context of cultural production today.
Complementing these core programmes will be year-round dedicated programmes focused in the areas of education, community outreach and audience engagement. The former military barracks are slated to open in the second quarter of 2012 as an international destination for contemporary art with the following galleries confirmed to open thus far:
The facility is set to open the way for cutting-edge research to develop future energy technologies which can be eventually commercialised.
At the opening, a collaboration was inked with the HDB to improve integration of renewable energy into housing estates. What they will try to do is look at all kinds of energy they can harvest - be it wind, solar or battery. And they will see how we can optimise this in the grid. EPGC also signed MOUs with two international companies - National Instruments and Meidensha Corporation Japan.
The collaboration with US-based National Instruments will involve the development of advanced measurement and control technologies for smart grids. Meidensha, one of the leaders in Japan's heavy electric industry, is looking to develop high-efficiency control technology for advanced medium voltage inverters, used in industrial pumps and fans.
EPGC also entered a research collaboration agreement with SP PowerGrid. The facility will allow for novel energy technologies to be experimented in a safe environment - before taking them "live" to real electrical networks.
Second feature is the renewable energy sources. Sun is not in your control; wind is not in your control; how are you going to estimate how much solar energy? If it changes suddenly, what is the impact on the grid? So in order to do research and to do a controlled experiment you need to try out these scenarios. The emulators can help you programme.
The centre has a capacity of one megawatt, which is enough to power 500 households. It is also designed to be customisable, so various power networks can be configured.
Vision: To lead in ushering new technologies for intelligent and decentralised power distribution, interconnection and utilisation.
To undertake research and development (R&D) in core areas for intelligent and decentralised power distribution, interconnection and utilisation.
To carry out collaborative R&D with A*STAR Research Institutes, Universities, Industry and Public Agencies.
To promote quick adoption and implementation of innovative technologies.
iGrid: Intelligent and decentralised power distribution networks iDERS: intelligent DERS: Intelligent control and management of distributed energy resources iEuse: Intelligent Energy Use: Smart and interactive energy utilisation
R&D in Modelling and analytical tools
Design and development of hardware and software systems
Verification and evaluation of new methods and technologies at "EPGC" (http://energy.a-star.edu.sg/) and other pilot plants
Renewable energy integration
Electric vehicle integration
Flexible and self-healing
Large complex systems
Smart demand response
Power converter systems
Plug and play
Life cycle assessments
Command and Control Facility:
Sited in Fusionopolis, with two main features:
To serve as a remote control centre for the Experimental Power Grid Centre Facility.
To provide the modelling and simulation platforms to be used by EPGC and partners' researchers in the development of models and algorithms to be tested in EPGC facility.
It is equipped with:
9.8m-wide display wall.
10 high-performance workstations.
High speed broadband connection to EPGC facility.
Sited in Jurong Island, with five main features:
Flexibility to connect and manage a wide range of distributed energy resources (DERs).
Configurable in different topologies (e.g. radial, loop).
Capability to emulate/simulate a wide range of grid conditions and disturbances.
Rated up to 1MW.
Remote monitoring from Command and Control Facility.
It is equipped with:
Initial assets: Solar PV, Diesel engines, Energy Storage, wind and power grid emulators.
Test bays to accommodate any type of DER.
Diverse fuel supply (diesel, biodiesel, natural gas, biogas, hydrogen)
Configurable Microgrid Central Controller
Power Electronics laboratory.
Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, 1 Fusionopolis Way, #08-12 Connexis North
Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), a new S$120 million research centre at NTU, will harness the powers of micro-organisms for environmental and water sustainability.
The centre will look at innovative ways to process waste water efficiently and trapping greenhouse gases through the study of biofilms.
SCELSE already embarked on two flagship programmes in partnership with PUB, Singapore's national water agency, of which one involves analysing water samples from the Ulu Pandan wastewater reclamation plant to find a way to improve the treatment process.
A contemporary main challenge is to ensure clean water and a sustainable environment. The biological processes essential for achieving this objective reside with the activities of complex microbial biofilm communities, which turn the wheels of all biogeochemical cycles in both natural and engineered systems.
SCELSE seeks to become a world leader in biofilm research, to manipulate microbial communities and to deliver the capability to harness or control biofilms, wherever required. Ensuring beneficial biofilm actions in, for eg. remedial processes in the environment, potable water production, and preventative health, will bring about significant economic benefits worldwide.
SCELSE aims to explore, understand and manage biofilm-driven processes based on state-of-the-art genomic, molecular and analytical tools and facilitate engineering and bioprocess platforms to translate this knowledge to achieve novel environmental solutions with small environmental footprints.
SCELSE will be a leader and participant in the drive to create an environmentally sustainable world for our future generations and position Singapore in the rapidly expanding sustainability industry.
Science and beauty are not mutually exclusive entities. Sccube exemplifies the marriage of both high technology, based on hard scientific research, and the pursuit of beauty. They are opening their 3rd outlet in Singapore shortly at Marina Bay Sands Galleria Level.
Sccube is a unique retail concept that brings together a coterie of the world’s best scientists who work relentlessly on improving the lives of women through cosmetic research. Their passion has resulted in the creation of brands that are exceptional examples of how high technology drives the beauty business.
Each brand in the Sccube stable has foundations in the scientific field, such as RéVive, which uses a Nobel Prize-winning ingredient in its products. Every product has been well researched into its effects, ensuring that there are proven benefits for the skin.
Also available in the boutique are cult favourites like Philip B, the botanical hair products range from the namesake LA-based hair guru whom the press have taken to calling the “King of Shine”, and Dr Brandt, the American best-selling skincare range by New York physician, Dr Fredric Brandt, also known as the “Baron of Botox” and who sits on the board of pharmaceutical companies such as Allergan (manufacturer of Botox) to advise on beauty trends.
Innovative ways to process wastewater efficiently and trapping greenhouse gases are just two examples of the many practical benefits which environmental research can bring. Such focused research will be conducted at the Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), which aims to achieve innovative solutions through the study of microbial biofilms – complex communities made up of micro-organisms that are the central mode of life on our planet, essential for all life support processes on earth and the sustainability of our environment.
The centre is led and hosted by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), in partnership with the National University of Singapore (NUS). SCELSE is co-funded by the National Research Foundation and the Ministry of Education over the next 10 years under the Research Centres of Excellence (RCE) Programme. By understanding how bacteria interact with each other in these communities, scientists aim to harness them and control their activities for the benefit of our urban environment and our well-being through innovative life sciences based engineering.
Environmental engineering solutions which are critical to solve the main challenges facing mankind, such as a sustainable environment and the availability of clean water, can at the same time bring significant economic benefits for Singapore and beyond. In Asia alone, the water market is expected to grow to S$600 billion by 2015.
Cities around the world are confronted with increasingly complex challenges related to growing urban populations, providing a clean water supply and proper sanitation, and the provision of high quality environmental services. Singapore, in particular, is a small city-state with limited natural resources. It is therefore critical for us to carefully manage our water resources, as well as to continue to develop in an environmentally sustainable manner. The science and technology that SCELSE promises can meet these complex challenges that a modern society like Singapore faces today. By delivering an advanced understanding of our planet’s key microbial systems, SCELSE’s work will enable greater engineering control of the biological processes encountered in the provision of environment and water services.
SCELSE boasts a world class research group helmed by the foremost authorities and pioneers in environmental life sciences engineering. The centre is led by Director Professor Staffan Kjelleberg and Deputy Director Professor Cohen Yehuda, both top experts in this field. Leading the three research clusters are also foremost authorities in their own domains. Professor Stefan Wuertz is a world leader in the microbial communities in engineered treatment systems and the present editor of Water Research, the top-ranked journal in the field of water resources. Professor Stephan Schuster is a world-famous molecular biologist who had sequenced a mammoth genome using DNA material found in Siberia’s permafrost. Professor Michael Givskov is a pioneer in biofilm model systems and an authority on biofilm biology.
SCELSE also has world-leading scientists on its scientific advisory board, such as Dr J. Craig Venter, most famous for being one of the first to sequence the human genome and for leading the team which created “artificial life”. Locating SCELSE at NTU will further boost their research in environmental engineering as well as in life sciences, especially since they will have a new medical school in 2013. SCELSE announced at its opening that it has already embarked on two flagship programmes in partnership with PUB, Singapore’s national water agency.
The first involves the Ulu Pandan wastewater reclamation plant, where SCELSE has started a comprehensive analysis of the complex microbial communities that treat water at the plant. By knowing exactly what all of those organisms do and how they function together, the reclamation process can be optimised to be faster, more efficient and to use less energy. The second is to study urban waterways, in which SCELSE has adopted the Ulu Pandan Catchment Areas to study the role of microbial processes in the recycling of surface water and for controlling harmful microorganisms in our waters. The findings will help to provide fundamental knowledge useful for reshaping of waterways by the combination of hard and soft engineering approaches.
SCELSE is NTU’s second Research Centre of Excellence, with the first being the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), devoted to studying earth’s natural disasters, which was opened in 2009.
The $6.4 million Aquatic Science Center (ASC), the first of its kind in Asia, which will see the collaboration of scientists from various disciplines – including environment and social sciences, hydrodynamics, engineering and policy – has been newly launched by the Singapore Delft-Water Alliance (SDWA), a joint research initiative between the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore’s national water agency Public Utilities Board (PUB), and Dutch research institute Deltares.
The research activities at the ASC will enable SDWA to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to further enhance the quality and supply of freshwater in Singapore. They are also very excited to elevate their partnership with Deltares to new heights in order to provide research and specialist consultancy services in water management.
In addition to training, sharing knowledge and educating the public on sustainable urban water management issues, the state-of-the-art research facility – strategically located along a park connector along Sungei Ulu Pandan with an “open” concept to encourage interaction between visitors and researchers – will also focus on fundamental and applied aspects on water management such as bioremediation, biosorption, ecotoxicological studies, interaction of flow, and biota.
Water from local catchments is a pillar of Singapore’s sustainable water supply. Singapore’s strategy has always been to create estuarine reservoirs by damming the major rivers so as to catch as much stormwater as possible for water supply. Although today’s technologies can treat all water to drinking standards that meet the World Health Organization’s requirements, we need to find more ways to keep the stormwater we collect as clean as possible. Other than engaging people who live and work in the water catchment area to be water guardians, we also turn to R&D. Having a center that can mimic nature will help us find sustainable solutions to urban freshwater management.
The ASC initiative originated in July 2008; construction started in 2009. With an area of about 6,700 square meters, the ASC features a 95-meter long transparent roof (which collects water and promotes natural air circulation, thus minimizing the use of air-conditioners), rainwater collection points and in-house water treatment capabilities.
Earlier this year, the facility was awarded the Green Mark GoldPlus by the Singapore Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
Dive into the aquatic world and get a chance to interact with dolphins, snorkel with rays and come face to face with some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures.
Set to be the largest oceanarium in the world, the Marine Life Park is where families come for a whale of a time. Venture into a wading pool for some intimate interaction with reef fishes, or learn about the wonderful but depleting coral reefs. You can also join one of the engaging programmes especially tailored to both entertain and educate visitors.
Research, public education and conservation efforts for marine life are the cornerstones of the Marine Life Park. Resorts World aims to educate and enrich the understanding and protection of the oceans, and the Marine Life Park will serve as a showcase for ocean science education, research and stewardship.
Innovative design, engaging programmes and excellence in animal care and husbandry will create magical moments and lifelong memories. The lushly-landscaped Marine Life Park will comfortably provide a top- quality entertaining and educational outing for visitors, kids and adults alike.
The National University of Singapore has confirmed that the first liberal arts college in Singapore is going to receive its first batch of 150 students in 2013. The college will be set up jointly by the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Yale University under an agreement to provide a new model of liberal arts education for Asia in the complex and rapidly changing world. It is the first campus of Yale outside the United States.
The new college will benefit from Yale in curriculum designing. What will be distinctive about this college is the fact that it will bring together some of the best elements of liberal arts education that is already present in Yale and take some strengths from NUS and develop a new curriculum that really blends the ideas and contexts of the West with ideas and contexts of Asia.
The college will have some distinctive features, with the size of a typical classroom limited to no more than 18 students. It will also be the first among the schools at the NUS to adopt the full residential model. NUS confirmed there had been a three-month delay in finalizing the agreement with Yale because it took longer-than-expected to iron out many aspects of the agreement. The agreement had been due late last year. The agreement was finally reached despite reservations among some Yale faculty members who are concerned about what they saw as "the lack of academic freedom" in Singapore. But administrators from NUS said such opinions were not shared by the majority.
The college will expand the size of its annual intake to 250 students each year, and the college offering four-year programs will eventually have about 1,000 students from Singapore and other countries. The academic quality is a given. But more than that, these must be interesting individuals who bring diverse interests and backgrounds to the classroom.
The first specialised training center for Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART) of its kind has been established in Asia Pacific, to enhance the ART skills of clinicians, embryologists, nurses and administrators from around the region.
Located at the National University Hospital, Singapore (NUH) and founded by Professor PC Wong, Head of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, this flagship Training Center welcomes aspiring ART specialists from around the region to its international meeting place in Singapore.
CREST offers a unique combination of theory and practical hands-on learning opportunities within its purpose-built training site at the NUH. Four state-of-the-art laboratories showcasing the latest equipment for effective ART procedures, together with a low student-teacher ratio, both maximize and encourage learning and growth opportunities. The unique real life, real learningapproach will enable practitioners to immediately apply newly acquired skills.
CREST is made possible by a $3.8-million donation from German pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck-Serono.
Doctors who want to specialise in in-vitro treatment (IVF) as well as scientists keen to become embryologists, can use the facilities to practise their techniques on mice eggs.
National University Hospital, 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road
Living Analytics is a pioneering effort to bring together the technologies of large scale data mining, statistical machine learning and computational tools for the analysis of dynamic social networks, with analytics focused on consumer behaviour and social media, with foundation knowledge from management, social and behavioural science. The LARC will develop concepts, methods and prototype tools to demonstrate how to carry out large-scale analysis of lifestyle behaviour and network centric interactions in real-time. The centre will team with industry to develop a wide range of new possibilities and practical applications that will benefit individual consumers and private sector organizations.
The LARC will make Singapore one of the world’s most desirable locations for the development and applied use of real-time consumer and social analytics, as well as the world’s leading centre for computation social science and related research and development.
The two institutions said in a joint statement that the overwhelming use of social and digital media and personal digital devices today was making increasingly available a rapidly increasing pool of data that helped in providing more comprehensive data about people's behaviours in their day-to-day interactions with each other. They said these informations could be used to come up with new types of tailor-made applications for consumers, business service providers and public sector service providers across a wide spectrum of societal settings.
The LARC, which is to cost S$60 million, will also study the complex interchanges between privacy protection and the advantages of sharing an individual's information with a broader social network. The Singapore's National Research Foundation (NRF) has also pitched in with some funding for the LARC.
Living Analytics Research Centre, School of Information Systems, Singapore Management University, 80 Stamford Road
EtonHouse is headquartered in Singapore with 35 schools spread across Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Japan. Together these schools provide high quality international education to over 3000 children across 54 different nationalities. Their 1st International Pre-School with a Research Centre has recently opened on Mountbatten Road.
At EtonHouse, they believe education is the cornerstone of a successful and fulfilling life. Knowledge and skills provide the framework through which both children and adults see their world. At EtonHouse they also understand that the environment plays a vital role in developing a happy, confident and resourceful child. They therefore lay great emphasis on creating a carefully planned and well resourced environment that is warm, welcoming and engaging.
EtonHouse International Schools and Pre-schools offer an academically rigorous education where children are encouraged to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners through an international, inquiry-based programme. They provide stimulating learning experiences focused on the strengths and needs of individuals. This encourages each child to reach their full potential – academically, socially, emotionally and physically.
EtonHouse fosters a love of learning and provides children with the skills they need to be adaptable and flexible in a rapidly changing world. In their schools, each child is known, encouraged and supported by all staff. Parents are welcome in their school and they highly value and encourage partnership between home and school.
Housed in two newly renovated bungalows, Mountbatten 718, the newest EtonHouse pre-school in Singapore will offer a unique programme for children aged 18 months to 6 years within an international pre-school environment. The pre-school is built over a land area of 6050 suare metres and a built-up area of 1250 square metres.
The pre-school has sensory gardens (scented planting areas; texture gardens) as well as a children's kitchen, vegetable garden; water course, digging and construction areas, a large and well-equipped library and engagging and well-resourced classrooms. We have also imported a range of mobile climbing equipment from Australia. This can be used very flexibly and ensures our teachers can plan for a variety of different climbing and co-ordination challenges.
EtonHouse International, is opening a new preschool and research centre at 718 Mountbatten Road in January 2011. With an Inquiry based curriculum inspired by international practices, qualified and experienced international teachers specializing in early childhood education is adopting a multi linguistic approach to advance their cognitive and social development. With 15 years of excellence in education, its learning spaces and outdoor playground have been specifically designed to ensure that your children can build deep relationships with the natural world.
EtonHouse was founded in 1995 with the first school being EtonHouse International School situated at Broadrick Road in the East Coast area of Singapore. This campus has grown substantially and now has the capacity to accommodate over 500 children. It is an International Baccalaureate World School offering levels from Nursery 1 to Year 6. Registered with the Ministry of Education in Singapore and China, EtonHouse is a member of the Council of International Schools.
The EtonHouse Group provides Educational Services through International Schools, Pre-Schools and Early Childhood Teacher Education Courses. Registered with the Ministry of Education in Singapore and China, EtonHouse is a member of the Council of International Schools. Schools
EtonHouse currently operates 25 schools in Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. Together these schools provide quality international education to over 3000 children from fifty four different nationalities.
A new 11-storey building which provides a focal point for cutting-edge research in defence and biomedical sciences has officially opened at the National University of Singapore (NUS). T-Lab, is the culmination of a longstanding collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Defence Ministry (MINDEF).
The new S$42 million building is the first permanent home of Temasek Laboratories (TL@NUS), which will be located in the north wing of NUS. Key NUS labs which conduct research in environmental science and water technologies are located in the south wing.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also Defence Minister, said MINDEF's partnership with local universities and research institutes have been mutually beneficial. "They not only provide a natural source of scientific and engineering talent and expertise to augment the research and resources of DSTA and DSO, but also allow many accomplished researchers to challenge themselves with cutting-edge defence work." DPM Teo added: "This building will provide the TL@NUS researchers with their own in-house, advanced experimental facilities such as a closed-loop low-speed wind-tunnel, an antenna test chamber and a free-space material measurement lab to meet their unique research needs.
With the new building, some 300 researchers will all be housed under one roof and this will foster closer interaction as well as enhance research in areas like electromagnetics and information security.
T-Lab Building, 5a Engineering Drive, National University of Singapore
Drug giant Pfizer opens $600m plant in Tuas; research hub Biopolis, spurred on by the early success in being able to grow the fledgling biomedical sector's manufacturing output to $12 billion in just four years, the target now is to double it within the next 10 years.
The pharmaceutical ingredients-producing factory is one of the company's most technologically advanced plants worldwide and will employ 250 staff.