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Singapore's BIOPOLIS and FUSIONOPOLIS on stage in Boston this week
Date:2/13/2008

Singapores focused transformation into a scientific powerhouse in the biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering will stage a presence this week in Boston at the annual meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) and the Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology.

At the AAAS conference, Singapore scientists will speak at a Friday morning, Feb. 15th symposium on the continuum of cancer research, from the laboratory through clinical and translational research studies with patients.

That afternoon at the Fulbright Academy conference, an expert on Singapores educational system will speak about the school programs that contribute to Singapore pupils top ranking internationally in science and math.

The Asian city-states scientific and educational initiatives under A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), established in 2000, will also be showcased at the AAAS meeting. It will highlight Singapores public sector research program, which spans 14 research institutes and several scientific consortia and extramural research with the countrys universities, hospital research centres and other local and international partners.

By participating in the AAAS and the Fulbright Academy annual meetings, we want to strengthen our networks with the international research community to bring about breakthroughs to benefit society. At the same time, this is an excellent opportunity for Singapore to share our experiences in pioneering new directions in scientific education and R&D, said A*STAR Chairman Lim Chuan Poh, who will speak at the Fulbright meeting.

To strengthen Singapores capabilities in the sciences, A*STAR has turned for advice to many of the worlds leaders of science including Nobel laureate and AAAS President David Baltimore. In addition, many other scientists have been recruited to Singapore, full or part-time, to establish new research programs or expand existin
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Contact: Cathy Yarbrough
sciencematter@yahoo.com
858-243-1814
Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore
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