Celebrating international ties in Singapore

Emeritus Professor Sue Stocklmayer AO and Professor Mike Gore tell the history of science communication in the Asia-Pacific through live demonstrations
29 November 2018

Last week, over 120 attendees gathered for The Inaugural Asia-Pacific Science Communication Conference at the National University of Singapore, coinciding with the 10th-year anniversary celebration of the ANU-NUS Joint Master of Science in Science Communication Programme. 

Invited speakers from over thirteen countries highlighted the breadth and depth of activity, research and talent in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

The welcoming address came from Yih-Cherng Liou, Director of the Science Communication Programme at NUS, and the "founding father" of the joint ANU-NUS programme, Professor Leo Wee Hin Tan.

CPAS Deputy Director Dr Rod Lamberts gave the opening keynote of the conference, drawing on his extensive career in science communication to outline the field's contemporary challenges. 

Two CPAS PhD students, Yuanyuan Shang and Samantha Vilkins, also attended the conference and presented on their research alongside students from the joint ANU-NUS program.

Dr Lamberts said the conference was an excellent event to mark the first decade of the highly successful ANU-NUS collaboration.

"It was a fitting recognition of the huge contributions and inspirational leadership of former CPAS Director Professor Sue Stocklmayer AO and the founder of Questacon, Professor Mike Gore," he said.

"It's a wonderful way to showcase how exciting the next 10 years will be."

The conference was jointly organised and sponsored by the National University of Singapore Faculty of Science, the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, Wiley Publishing, and the Science Centre Singapore. 

"CPAS is extremely grateful to all the people from the National University of Singapore in particular for making this conference happen," said Dr Lamberts. 

"We're already looking forward to the next one!"