Reminiscing BoSS I (2003) – Lim Cheng Puay

On 31st August 2011, we announced Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III – the third of a symposia series I have organised in 2003, 2007 and now 2011. The current symposium webpage has the story and the first one remains the brightest star.

As I prepared this time, I looked back to the first symposium, BoSS I (2003), and realised it had a profound impact on one of my buddies, Lim Cheng Puay. Now an inspirational teacher at Raffles Girls Secondary, he then participated as a volunteer photographer and this is how fresh-faced he looked then!

BoSS I - Lim Cheng Puay

Ria Tan’s Wild People captured his feelings about the experience then:

“…in helping out as a photographer in Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium in 2003 … I was really amazed, and inspired, by the huge assemblage of locals and foreigners who are passionate about nature in Singapore. I felt then I could help and maybe contribute my bit as well.”

Uh-huh, teacher, naturalist, ICCS Site Captain, he certainly has been doing it all. And this time he will be co-chairing the forest session.

Registration for the Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III (24 Sep 2011) is now open!

Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III – “The Next Generation”

biodsg3-2011 - 20 speakers

Dear friends,

NParks and NUS are hosting the third Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium on Sat 24 Sep 2011 at LT27 in NUS. There is a lot of activity in biodiversity education, research, management and conservation going on in Singapore and wile we hear some news every now and then, we’d love to find out a little more.

So we are happy to present 20 speakers who will make 10-minute presentations each in five sessions from 8am to 6pm, covering terrestrial, freshwater and marine topics as well as two special updates about the new natural history museum and the national biodiversity sustainability and action plan. You can see the list of speakers and topics here:

The theme at this symposium is “The Next Generation” so most of the speakers are below 40 years old. Two of us who are edging in should go unnoticed due to our youthful disposition!

Two long and sumptuous tea sessions will allow us to interact, discuss and view the many posters featuring additional work which will be on display. Registration fees will help defray the costs at $10 for adults and $5 for students – everyone is welcome!

Register your details at and follow up with the payment by cash (at Raffles Museum in NUS), cheque or credit card (to NParks). Details are available on the webpage:

Do register and make your payment by Sun 18 Sep 2011.

Posters submissions are also welcome, see the webpage for details.

See you at the symposium – I look forward to a fruitful time there!

N. Sivasothi

On behalf of Lim Wei Ling, Linda Goh and N. Sivasothi,
Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III (24 Sep 2011)

Let the show begin!

Adrian Loo, conjuring up excitement in LT25 on 11th July 2003 – yes, eight years ago. Photo by Lim Cheng Puay. The occasion? The Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium I.

We had three photographers, I recall, who would pass me their photos at the end of the day. I used iView Media Pro to throw out the blurry material, did reorientations as needed, integrated the timeline between the three lots of photos and uploaded ALL the photos, each of the two days, up to the web the very same night!

And they are still on the server, each measuring 640 by 480 pixels, low-res for fast viewing and you simply need to click the photos to advance through the albums. Easy for the users. Filenames allowed me to trace originals when these were required.

I miss iView Media Pro.

Update – I opened registration for this year’s Biodiversity of Singapore Symposium III (24 Sep 2011)