SIBiol AGM and Public Forum

The Public Forum and 38th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Singapore Institute of Biology (SIBiol) is scheduled on Saturday, 20th October 2012, at the Science Centre Singapore, Maxwell Auditorium and Newton Room, respectively.

Public Forum on Conservation in Singapore

Saturday, 20th October 2012
Maxwell Auditorium
Science Centre Singapore
15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081

Admission is FREE! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – Registration closed


0830 – 0900
Registration of members/participants (entrance of Science Centre Singapore)

0900 – 0945
Mr N Sivasothi (Department of Biological Sciences, NUS)
Wild Pigs in Singapore: A Conservation Dilemma?
When the National Parks Board of Singapore (NParks) announced that it was considering culling to manage the wild pig population in Singapore, members of the public raised their concern.  The issue was discussed vigorously over the online and print media.  Despite support from academia and the provision of scientific evidence for the NParks decision, much confusion still exists among netizens.  This talk will explore recent scientific data collected on wild pig populations in Singapore, and present a management perspective on this controversial issue.

0945 – 1015
Coffee Break

1015 – 1100
Dr Shawn Lum (President, Nature Society Singapore)
Bukit Brown Cemetery: Signs of a New Conservation Ethos in Singapore?
The past year has seen a considerable interest in the Bukit Brown Cemetery, for many years a tranquil spot that was enlivened only occasionally by horse riders, nature enthusiasts, and seasonal visitors paying their respects to ancestors. The announcement of plans to build an eight-lane thoroughfare through the cemetery stirred an animated discussion seldom before witnessed in Singapore. Does the Bukit Brown episode herald the start of a new conservation dynamic in Singapore, or might this have been a one-off episode? What might have accounted for the lively exchange of views, and how did Nature feature in the discussions?

1100 – 1130
Q & A Session

Admission is FREE! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – Registration closed

38th Annual General Meeting of
The Singapore Institute of Biology

20th October 2012
Newton Room
Science Centre Singapore
15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081


1200 – 1300
Lunch for Members

1330 – 1500
38th AGM

Members will receive information via postal mail.