Public Lectures


Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Speaker: John Hopcroft, Stuart Parkin
Date: Monday, 22 January 2018
Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 35, Level 1, MD6, Centre for Translational Medicine, National University of Singapore, 14 Medical Drive, Singapore 117599

Professor John Hopcroft (Turing Award, 1986) and Professor Stuart Parkin (Millennium Technology Prize, 2014) will share their views and insights on the theme "Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution". Drawing on their personal experiences, they will address a wide range of topics including:

  • What are probably the most important trends in this revolution?
  • Does the current system of undergraduate and graduate education adequately prepare young scientists to work in highly interdisciplinary areas of this nascent revolution? 
  • How should junior researchers pick problems to work on given these rapidly ongoing developments? 
  • What are the societal implications of the advances in materials, computing and biotechnology?

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My Journey to Stockholm

Speaker: Sir Fraser Stoddart
Date: Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Time: 9.30am - 11.00am
Venue: National University of Singapore, University Hall, Level 2, Auditorium Room, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077

Registration not required. 


When Blockchain & AI Come Together: Possibilities & Impacts

Speaker: John Hopcroft, Efim Zelmanov and Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Financial Technology Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Date: Wednesday, 24 January 2018
Time: 5.00pm - 6.30pm
Venue: Singapore Management University 

In this panel, our distinguished Speakers will share their respective insights on Blockchain, on AI, and on the intersection of the two. They will share their thoughts on the possibilities of this intersection, and on the implications of the possibilities.


The Man Who Brightened Up the World of Solar Energy

Speaker: Michael Graetzel
Date: Thursday, 25 January 2018
Time: 4.00pm - 5.00pm
Venue: Singapore University of Technology and Design, Auditorium (Building 2, Level 1), 8 Somapah Road, Singapore 487372

Professor Graetzel's talk will shed light on the elusive process of turning scientific insights into innovation, and innovation into the development of commercial products. 

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Exposed: Distinguishing Real from Fake Science

Speakers: Efim Zelmanov, Randy Schekman, Sir Fraser Stoddart
Date: Thursday, 25 January 2018
Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm
Venue: National Library Building, The Pod (Level 16),  100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064

Join us for this special panel discussion at the National Library featuring acclaimed Fields Medal and Nobel Prize recipients. 

Learn how fake data and unsubstantiated claims affect the research community and how you can be more discerning. There will also be a Question-and-Answer session at the end of the presentation.

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NTU Talk

Innovation by Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life

Speaker: Frances Arnold
Date: Friday, 26 January 2018
Time: 11.00am to 12.00pm
Venue: Nanyang Technological University, LT8 (NS1-02-01), North Spine Level 2, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798

Producing fuels and chemicals from renewable resources using genetically-programmed organisms promises a sustainable approach to making many products needed in our daily lives. Not satisfied with nature’s vast catalyst repertoire, we want to create new ones and expand the space of genetically encoded enzyme functions. I will describe how we can use the most powerful biological design process, evolution, to optimize existing enzymes and invent new ones, thereby circumventing our profound ignorance of how sequence encodes function. Mimicking nature’s evolutionary tricks and using a little chemical intuition, we can generate whole new enzyme families that catalyze important reactions, including ones not known in biology. These new chemical capabilities increase the scope of molecules and materials we can build using synthetic biology. 

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Prof Thomas Sudhof Seminar flyer

Deconstructing synaptic connectivity: The molecular logic of synapse formation

Speaker: Thomas Südhof
Date: Friday, 26 January 2018
Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Venue: Duke-NUS Medical School, Amphitheatre (Level 2),  8 College Road, Singapore 169857

In his talk, Professor Südhof will discuss the notion that signaling mediated by trans-synaptic cell-adhesion molescules determines the molecular logic of synapse formation and specification, and describe concrete examples illustrating how neurexins and latrophilins, two very different families of trans-synaptic cell-adhesion molecules, control aspects of this molecular logic.

Registration not required.