Scientists in Singapore unravel the inner workings of cells, invent a new global standard in audio compression, develop high bandwidth broadband communications for multimedia gaming and IPTV, and explore novel ways to produce clean energy - these are some of the winning works of this years National Science and Technology Awards.
A total of three National Science Awards (NSA), two National Technology Awards (NTA) and two Young Scientists Awards (YSA) were presented to 14 recipients comprising three teams and four individuals by Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry, at the 2007 NSTA Awards Presentation Dinner today. The awards ceremony saw a gathering of more than 500 key players from industry, academia, research institutions and the public sector to honour the achievements of these outstanding scientists and researchers.
The work of this years NSTA recipients have put Singapore on the global scientific map, set international technology standards, and demonstrated that Singapore is a competitive place for industry to develop and launch innovative products for the world market. The vibrant R&D environment is also conducive for investigators and younger scientists to pursue basic science and explore novel ideas. It has also enabled firms, local and international, to attract high quality research talent to Singapore, diversifying the expertise of the talent pool and contributing to the transformation of the economy as we move towards the next phase of growth. The various achievements of the recipients have also put the spotlight on Singapore as a growing research hub.
National Science Award 2007
Three National Science Awards were presented to outstanding scientists whose basic research have led to the discovery of new knowledge.
National Technology Award 2007
The two teams receiving the National Technology Awards this year reflect highly innovative technology development in the private and public research laboratories in Singapore.
Young Scientist Award 2007
The YSA recognises young researchers, aged 35 years and below, who have shown great potential to be world-class researchers in their fields of expertise.
The award selection panels comprised key representatives from the industry, academia, defence and research institutes. The main selection committee was chaired by Mr Peter Ong, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Trade and Industry. Prof Lim Pin, University Professor of NUS and Prof Cham Tao Soon, Chairman, Board of Trustees, SIM University, chaired the selection committees for the National Science Award and the National Technology Award respectively. Prof Leo Tan, President of Singapore National Academy of Science (SNAS) was the chair for Young Scientist Award committee.
This years NSTA winners are:
National Science Award (NSA) 2007
For his outstanding research in gene regulation in stem cell biology
For his outstanding contribution to the understanding of cellular circuits that are crucial in regulating cell division and maintaining genome stability
For their fundamental work on the deep connections between algebraic topology and the theory of braids
National Technology Award (NTA) 2007
"For their outstanding contributions to advancement in digital audio coding technologies, adopted as an international standard for audio compression
For their outstanding contribution to the development of next generation, high performance and robust broadband technology
Young Scientist Award (YSA) 2007
For his research on neural development and neurological disorders
"For his research on membrane technologies and alternative clean energy using microbial fuel cell"
|Contact: Cathy Yarbrough|
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore