Talks, tours and exhibitions at the one-north Festival

Science enthusiasts can learn all about cells on a tour of the laboratories at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology. Visitors to the one-north Festival also get a chance to create their own emoji or 3D-print a National Day souvenir at the vari
Science enthusiasts can learn all about cells on a tour of the laboratories at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology. Visitors to the one-north Festival also get a chance to create their own emoji or 3D-print a National Day souvenir at the various workshops and exhibitions.PHOTO: A*STAR
The festival is a chance to visit the "enclave of technology and talented people" at one-north.
The festival is a chance to visit the "enclave of technology and talented people" at one-north.PHOTO: JTC CORPORATION

Public Talks

HOW SAFE ARE THE CHEMICALS IN EVERYDAY PRODUCTS?

Chemicals are not just harmful substances like poisons and pollutants, but they also make up the grass on the ground and the food that people eat.

Dr Russell Hewitt, an organic chemist from the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), will discuss whether chemicals are harmful, and how chemists are using natural chemicals to replace harmful ones in items such as cleaning products and cosmetics.

GREENING THE WORLD THROUGH SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

Some 80 per cent of the world's energy needs are met by burning fossil fuels - coal, oil and natural gas - which are limited. The combustion of fossil fuels also generates carbon dioxide which contributes to global warming.

Assistant Professor Jason Yeo from the National University of Singapore's Department of Chemistry will discuss ways to produce and use energy in clean and sustainable ways.

HOW PRIVATE IS YOUR ONLINE PERSONAL DATA?

Companies can record and track our shopping and search activities. Google and Facebook might even know what their users are thinking based on their Web searches and posts. Mr Lux Anantharaman, head of the Business Analytic Translation Centre at A*Star's Institute for Infocomm Research, will explain why companies are interested in such data and how this could impact individuals.

Workshops

CREATE YOUR OWN EMOJI

Participants will get to learn about the ways scientists are teaching computers to recognise the emotions and sentiments behind social media posts, and try to create their own emoji - characters used in electronic messages and webpages - to match different human emotions.

Tours

INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL BIOLOGY

Visitors will get to see different types of microscope systems and learn what each one is used for. Microscopic pictures that were taken by the institute's researchers will also be on display.

INSTITUTE OF MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY

Visitors will learn about human cells and also see the Zebrafish facility, the largest of its kind in South-east Asia, with a capacity of more than 6,000 tanks.

Zebrafish are the preferred test subjects for scientists as they reproduce at astonishing rates and are almost completely transparent, allowing the cells inside their bodies to be studied as they grow and divide.

Exhibitions

FUTURE CITY

Technologies that are reshaping the urban landscape - the way we live, the way we work, and even the transportation that we use to get around - will be on display. This includes a driverless car and a social robot.

TECHNOLOGY FOR LIFE

Flexible armour that stiffens on impact and a video game that is played with the mind are examples of the technologies that are changing people's lives on a personal level. They will be showcased at this exhibition.

3D-PRINTING BOOTH

A*Star's Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre will display 3D-printing technology at its innovation booth. Visitors can print their own National Day souvenir - a plastic figurine - while learning how a 3D printer works.

Samantha Boh

• For more information on the various programmes at the one-north Festival, and to register for them, visit http://www.onenorthfestival.sg/


Festival details

The one-north Festival, organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and JTC, will feature more than 30 public talks, laboratory tours, workshops and exhibitions by leading scientists and entrepreneurs.

Held at Fusionopolis One, it will be open to the public on Aug 5 and 6, from 11am to 6pm.

Visitors must register for individual talks and tours in advance, through http://www.onenorthfestival.sg/.

Samantha Boh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2016, with the headline 'Talks, tours and exhibitions at the one-north Festival'. Print Edition | Subscribe