Sat 13 Jan 2018 The 1st Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence (open to all)

Biodiversity Friends Forum is a project I work on with NParks’ National Biodiversity Centre un der the Biodiversity Roundtable of Singapore. It began with the forum in August which helped us connect with individuals interested in nature and the environment.

That kicked off a mentorship and fireside chat series and from those interactions, we decided a “Careers in Conservation” workshop was necessary in November. The third event now unfolds, from Minister Desmond Lee’s challenge to youth to tackle a current issue: human-wildlife co-existence. This is all possible because of Linda Goh’s team of Mika Tan, Joy Wong and Goh Pei Shuan at NParks who do the heavy lifting. I am catching up with them now that exams are over!

This event is suitable even if you have little or no knowledge – simply learn during the sessions, get up to speed with some reading, and enjoy the visits with experts in the field. It will be quite the eye opener!


In January 2018, Biodiversity Friends Forum will launch the first Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence, an idea for introducing youth to the issues which was mooted by Second Minister for National Development, Mr. Desmond Lee, after the first forum in August.

Did you hear about our otters turning up on Changi Airport’s tarmac or read about wild boar sightings or hear about critically endangered sea turtle hatchlings at East Coast beach? What do you do when you encounter wildlife in urban settings? How can we manage human-wildlife interactions in Singapore?

Learn from experts and implement ideas, join us on a journey to solve a Biodiversity Challenge on human-wildlife co-existence!

The first step starts here:
BFF Biodiversity Challenge: Human-Wildlife Co-existence
Seminar and Workshops: 13 Jan 2018, Saturday
8:30am – 4pm
Venue: Function Hall, Botany Centre, Singapore Botanic Gardens
Limited spaces, register by 5 Jan! http://www.bit.ly/hwc2018

Suitable for all students in JC, ITE, polytechnic; undergraduates, fresh graduates or young working adults (aged 16-30) interested in human-wildlife interaction issues in Singapore. No prior knowledge required.

For queries, email: Biodiversity Youth Singapore at biodyouthsg@gmail.com.

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Jobs: Museum Officers (PhD required) @ LKCNHM (apply by 31 Dec 2017)

Details at the LKCNHM webpage.

The Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) of the National University of Singapore invites applications to two Museum Officer positions. The successful candidates must be highly motivated and passionate about specimen-based research on Southeast Asian biodiversity as well as educating NUS students about Singapore and regional biodiversity.

As such, we are looking for candidates with a strong research CV, good communicators who can multi-task and are effective team players. Salary and benefits are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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Job: Lecturer in Sustainability at Ridge View Residential College (humanities, social science, business welcome)

Details at the RVRC webpage.

RVRC seeks to appoint a Lecturer able to adopt an integrated, interdisciplinary approach in their pedagogy. Working with a highly motivated teaching team, they would be required to develop and implement interdisciplinary teaching content and explore innovative ways of facilitation. Lecturers will be employed as full-time RVRC faculty on the Educator track and appointments commence in Semester 2 AY 2017/18.

Position 1 – Sustainability

Applicants must have a strong interest in environmental sustainability and mentoring wide-ranging student projects in the local context of Singapore. Applicants should have a relevant PhD and some undergraduate teaching experience. Applicants from a humanities and social sciences background will be given preference, to complement the existing teaching team.

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Wed 08 Nov 2017: 2.00pm – Green Jobs Symposium & Networking 2017 for tertiary and JC students (registration required)

From Clean & Green Singapore:

Passionate about sustainability, but not sure how to turn it into a career?
Find out how your interests can match you up with a suitable job opportunity at the Green Jobs Symposium & Networking 2017.

Green Jobs Symposium & Networking 2017
Wed 8th Nov 2017: 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Location: thebridge – Level 1, The Metro, Ascent, 2 Science Park Drive, Singapore 118222
(Nearest MRT station: Kent Ridge)
Attire: Smart Casual.
Register here: bit.ly/gjs2017 – you will have to register with your NRIC/FIN and you will receive an infopack to prepare you for questions.

“A sustainable economy, a sustainable living environment, sustainable development for the people and international collaborations are the 4 key pillars to Singapore’s journey towards shaping a sustainable future. Discover the opportunities from within and let Green Jobs Symposium & Networking 2017 provide an inside glimpse to the industry trends. Organised by Young NTUC, BCA, EDB and NEA, the symposium is held in conjunction with Clean and Green Singapore 2017.”

You’ll get the chance to speak to representatives from companies in energy, building, environmental and other professional services.
Plus, check out career and internship opportunities that will open doors to fulfilling careers!
Head over to register now: bit.ly/gjs2017

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Jobs: Educator-track lecturer positions in sustainability & workplace readiness @ RVRC, NUS

Ridge View Residential College at NUS is seeking to appoint two Educator-track Lecturers who would be able to adopt an integrated, interdisciplinary approach in curriculum development and enjoy an experiential learning approach and close mentoring of students.

Lecturers will be employed as full-time RVRC faculty and appointments commence on Jan 2018 (Semester 2 of AY 2017/18).

Details at the RVRC Webpage.

LKCNHM webpage revamped so fix old URLs for Singapore Biodiversity Records, Nature in Singapore & Raffles Bulletin of Zoology

If your search for free pdfs from Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum’s publications have been stymied due to invalid links, fear not – the volumes are all still online with the same filenames.

The reason for the 404 error reports? The website has been upgraded (cue gnashing teeth).

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Well, this just means editing the URL to account for the new directory path: app/uploads/4 digit year/2 digit month. If you remember to insert “app/uploads” after the root URL, you can ientify the year but will have to guess the month.

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Singapore Biodiversity Records

You can visit the individual “volumes” pages for the publications, and navigate from there (remember to apply year filter:

Don’t panic, your files on Google Drive are safe (only the desktop app retires)

Google really scared us when it announced it was retiring the Google Drive desktop app. Many did not see the original announcement but the many headlines by tech sites which more dramatically suggested that “Google Drive dies!”

Even I blinked when I encountered that with sleepy eyes, so I shared the tweet, asked the question in my mac meetup LINE chat and left for class. When I checked my Facebook thread for responses later, a few friends were upset – was this yet another service which had collapsed?

As it turns out, most friends are not sync-ing files to desktop but only using Google Drive on the cloud. Really then, all of us could have simply ignored this announcement, which Gizmodo explains was really meant to “move enterprise users over to the new Drive File Stream app”.

To summarise:

  • Google Drive on desktop (for those who used this) – retires by March 2018; can be replaced by “Backup and Sync
  • Google Drive mobile (iOS and Android) – unaffected
  • Google Drive (on cloud – unaffected

I wonder how Google Backup and Sync will affect the Singapore-based company Insynchq, which has provided a Google Drive client for file backup all these years.