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HSBC Intertidal Walks

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Missed out on the opportunity to join us for the Marine Open House? Do join us for our intertidal walks instead!

As part of the HSBC Marine Protection Programme, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum is organising intertidal guided walks to take students and members of the public to some of our offshore islands and explore some of the biodiversity on our shores! During these guided walks, our nature guides will show participants various forms of life including sea stars, corals, crabs, and anemones! These walks will also include a short coastal clean-up component.

These walks are fully sponsored by HSBC!

Date Time Location Target Group
1 29 April 2017 Saturday 5:45am – 10:00am Kusu Island Public
2 30 April 2017 Sunday 6:15am – 10:30am Kusu Island Public/Schools
3 14 May 2017 Sunday 5:45am – 1:00pm Pulau Semakau Public/Schools
4 15 June 2017 Thursday 6:15am – 11:30am Pulau Hantu Public/Schools
5 15 July 2017 Saturday 5:45am – 1:00pm Pulau Semakau Public/Schools
6 12 August 2017 Saturday 6:00am – 11:15am Pulau Hantu Schools

To enquire, please email nhmlearning@nus.edu.sg with the following details: a) date of the walk you are interested in, b) the number of people you would like to register for, and c) your contact number.

The Outreach and Education Unit will respond to your email within three working days.

Terms and conditions

  • Participants must be at least 13 years of age, physically fit, and able to complete a 2-3 hour slow walk.
  • Participants between 13 to 18 years of age require parental consent to participate in the programme.

Marine Open House (18 March 2017)

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Join us for a day of fun and adventure, seeking out for treasures lurking under the sea and let us take you on a learning journey of our marine world!

500 complimentary tickets are available for the day. Simply register for your tickets at https://lkcnhmmarineopenhouse.eventbrite.sg/

The Marine Open House at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum include complimentary guided tours and public talks on marine science and conservation. Participate in our treasure hunt or come dressed as a marine animal and upload a photo of yourself onto Instagram with the hashtag #lkcnhmopenhouse, and stand to win exciting prizes!

You can also check out our brand new exhibition, “Out Of The Water”, which opens 11 March 2017!

New Exhibition: Out of the Water

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Out of the Water

Stories are our means of passing on expressions of our encounters and experiences through time. Generation after generation.

Myths are ‘misunderstandings’ of the truth; a story which is likely to be false, but was, or is, believed. Legends are often seen as historical facts, but are rarely authenticated. These myths and legends are part of what make us human. In times past, our ancestors attempted to rationalise and give meaning to events beyond their knowledge systems. Perhaps this was their way of making the unknown more known, the uncertain more certain. These narratives are the foundations that shaped our stories of mermaids, sea-dwelling monsters, and other magical animals.

In time, our storytelling methods have become more sophisticated; science has become the new narrative, as we unearth the truth of these historical narratives. Today, we are able to look at these myths and legends in a different, new light. We are able to strip away the fictitious, and analyse the fact, in order to make sense of age-old beliefs.

Undoubtedly, there are aspects that we will never truly know. It does not mean that the unknown is untrue. It is just that we do not know. In some ways, these things change, the more they remain the same. Our ignorance remains infinite.

Join us at our newest exhibition “Out of the Water”, where we look at these myths and legends in a different and new light; stripping away the fictitious and analysing the facts in order to make sense of age-old beliefs. Opens 11 March 2017 at 1pm!

From 11–19 March 2017, join us at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and enjoy 20% off admission tickets! Purchase your tickets here!

LKCNHM on the News: Great travel deals ignite wanderlust

The 42nd edition of the MATTA Fair in Kuala Lumpur featured a total of 1,212 booths by more than 900 exhibitors.

The Singapore Tourism Board marked its return to the fair after a three-year hiatus with a wide range of exciting travel packages.

“We’re taking the opportunity to introduce the latest attractions at the fair due to recent developments in Singapore,” said Singapore Tourism Board International Group Malaysia area director Serene Woon.

“Among them are the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, which is also featuring three sets of dinosaur fossils, and the National Gallery Singapore, the largest venue for South-East Asian art.

“The idea is not only to offer families a fun holiday, but also an enriching experience for the children so that they learn something as well,” she explained.

Read more here: http://www.thestar.com.my/metro/community/2016/09/07/great-travel-deals-ignite-wanderlust-matta-fair-records-about-110000-visitors-and-rm220mil-in-sales/

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Job Opportunity: Scientific Manager

We are looking for a Scientific Manager to join the Outreach and Education Unit (OEU).

 Description 

  1. Actively sourcing and securing customers and business for the outreach and educational programmes of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM).
  2. Actively sourcing and securing sponsorships from external organisations for the outreach and educational programmes of LKCNHM.
  3. Manage and lead the Outreach and Education Unit (OEU) to coordinate and conduct gallery tours, workshops, guided nature walks and other education and outreach programmes
  4. Manage and handle enquiries regarding the OEU
  5. Working with senior management to develop new and feasible programmes for the LKCNHM
  6. Manage and conduct existing and new education programmes
  7. Work closely with the LKCNHM Front-of-House to handle guided gallery tours
  8. Manage educational webpages on museum’s website and other advertisements on the outreach and educational programmes of LKCNHM
  9. Recruit and conduct training for volunteers and guides whenever necessary
  10. May involve participation in research work and field trips/expeditions

 

Qualifications 

  1. Preferred Master’s degree in Science from a recognised university, majoring in Biology, Zoology, Botany or equivalent.
  2. Minimum 5 years of experience as an educator (relevant experience in teaching, conducting workshops and guiding field trips), with proven leadership experience.
  3. Good knowledge of biology, nature and Singapore and Southeast Asian biodiversity.
  4. Experience in a museum or public attraction, business development, public relations and marketing experience will be an asset. Must be able to work on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays), public holidays and irregular hours as and when required.
  5. Able to work independently, possess good problem solving skills, resourceful, and crisis management skills
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills, even temperament, ability to lead and supervise effectively.
  7. Possesses ability to effectively and professionally communicate at all levels, both verbal and written wise.
  8. Demonstrated strong leadership, organizational and management skills.
  9. Demonstrated ability to handle fast paced environment with many unpredictable developments and rapid changes.

 

Job: Executive and Professional

Schedule:  Full-time – Fixed Term (Contract)

 

Application will end on 13th July 2016. Interviews will be held from end July.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
To apply, go to:  https://nuscareers.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=003L9&lang=en

Job Opportunity: SCIENTIFIC OFFICER

We are looking for a Scientific Officer to join our Outreach and Education Unit (OEU).

Description

  1. Bringing in revenue to LKCNHM through conducting outreach and educational programmes and work with Museum Development Manager to develop, secure sponsorships from external organisations and execute sponsored educational programmes. Target revenue is to cover own salary, and an additional 20% overheads for LKCNHM.
  2. Coordinate and conduct gallery tours, workshops, guided nature walks and other education and outreach programmes
  3. Assist in developing and marketing education and outreach programmes
  4. Manage enquiries, events and perform basic administrative duties
  5. Curate and maintain the museum’s teaching collection
  6. Write nature publications, including blogs
  7. May involve participation in research work and field trips/expeditions

Qualifications

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in Science from a recognised university, majoring in Biology, Zoology, Botany or equivalent.
  2. Preferably 2 years of relevant experience in teaching, conducting workshops and guiding field trips
  3. Good knowledge of biology, nature and Singapore and Southeast Asian biodiversity.
  4. Good interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.
  5. Able to teach all levels of students and members of the public.
  6. Must be able to work on weekends and public holidays, and at late or very early hours.
  7. Familiarity with basic computer programmes such as Microsoft Office and Google web apps.
  8. Willing to learn and have a passion for nature and the environment.
  9. A valid Singapore driver’s license and the ability to swim proficiently will be an advantage

 

Job: Executive & Professional

Schedule: Full time – Fixed term (Contract)

Application will end on 31 May 2016. Interviews will be held from mid-June onwards.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

To apply, go to: https://nuscareers.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=00380&lang=en

Mitsubishi Nature Documenting Workshop 2016

Mistubishi Nature Documenting Workshop 2016

Would you like to be inspired by nature? Or be a naturalist for a day? If so, join us for our Documenting Nature Workshop, fully sponsored by Mitsubishi Singapore!

This three hour workshop will begin with a gallery tour focused on Singapore’s biodiversity, pioneer naturalists in Singapore, as well as the vast array of techniques used by them to document nature.

During the hands-on portion, participants will have a chance to try out some of these techniques! These include activities such as writing in a nature journal, making a scientific drawing, and creating a ‘gyotaku’ print on a reusable bag, which can be brought home!

Date: 14 May 2016

Time: 10am-1pm

Minimum age: 9 years

To register for this fully sponsored programme, please email us at nhmlearning@nus.edu.sg with the full name of participants, their ages, and contact details. Limited spots available!

Registration closes 11 May 2016.

Sponsored by:

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Launch of the Jubilee Whale Exhibit!

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After 249 days since the carcass of a Sperm Whale was spotted off the shores of Jurong Island, our newest exhibit was unveiled by our guest of honour, Ms Ho Ching, to a rapturous applause from donors, invited guests, LKCNHMembers and volunteers!

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The preservation of Jubi was a colossal task and things would not have been smooth sailing without the help of the National Environment Agency, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, and staff of the Tuas Marine Transfer Station, who have chipped in much time and effort! Temasek Holdings, Mandai Safari Park Holdings, and Wildlife Reserves Singapore were crucial in helping us achieve our fundraising target, which helped us to present not only a great exhibit, but also comprehensive scientific and educational programmes.

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We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to our guest of honour, Ms. Ho Ching (Chief Executive Officer, Temasek Holdings), as well as Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan (Minister for Foreign Affairs), Ambassador-At-Large Prof. Tommy Koh, Mr. S Dhanabalan (Chairman, Mandai Safari Park Holdings), Ms. Kay Kwok (NUS Board of Trustees), Mr. Ng Wai King (NUS Board of Trustees), Prof. Tan Chorh Chuan (President, NUS) and Prof. Shen Zuowei (Dean, Faculty of Science, NUS) for gracing the event.

Special thanks are due as well to ACRES, who brought the whale carcass to our attention, as well as the many people who have helped us one way or another on the journey to make the whale exhibit possible. Thank you!

Book Review: Of Whales and Dinosaurs

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UTAR AGRICULTURE SCIENCE JOURNAL  VOL. 1 NO. 4. OCTOBER 2015

Author: Kevin Y.L. Tan
Published by the National University of Singapore Press. 2015. 265 pp. Many pictures,
mostly vintage. Website: http://www.nus.edu.sg/nuspress

Natural history is the study of the diversity of life on earth. How many millions of different species are there? How did they originate? How do they live, compete and reproduce their kind? How are they related to each other and to humans? To study the diversity of life, specimens are collected for detailed examination and such specimens are preserved in natural history museums where they also serve as records of what plants and animals used to be found, when and where. The specimens are studied gain
and again as new methodologies are developed and new questions arise. For example, it has become possible to extract DNA from long dead specimens to obtain information that was previously thought impossible to obtain. In many cases it has been found impossible to go back to the same habitats for new specimens,
for the habitats themselves are gone. For this reason, the specimens are irreplaceable.

Singapore’s new Natural History Museum is set become a major tourist attraction in Singapore, with its focus on the diversity of life in tropical Asia. The museum itself has had a very turbulent history and its name has changed many times. It began in 1823 with the inception of the Singapore Institution by Stamford Raffles, the founder of modern Singapore, to serve as an educational institution and to house a great library and museum. The collections were built up by the efforts of many generations of natural history scientists, as well as by donations from private collectors. Valuable specimens were also gifted by the Johore royal family.

The Japanese invasion in 1942 caused great anxiety for the curators of the Raffles Museum as well as the Singapore Botanic Gardens. By then the Museum and the Botanic Gardens had become world-famous centres for tropical research, holding collections of outstanding scientific importance. When the British vacated Kuala Lumpur to regroup in Singapore in the face of the advancing Japanese forces, the
Forest Research Institute in the vicinity of Kuala Lumpur was looted. The scientific collections and records, of no value to the looters, were scattered and damaged by water gushing from the pipes that could not be turned off because all the metal fittings had been stripped off. There was reason to fear a similar fate for the Raffles Museum and Botanic Gardens Singapore. However, E.J.H. Corner of the Singapore Botanic Gardens took matters into his own hands, going straight to the victorious Japanese military high command with an appeal for protection for the scientific collection. The Japanese responded favourably and the Raffles Museum and Singapore Botanic Gardens, with most of their British and local staff, came through the war almost unscathed. Corner had to bear the stigma of being a ‘collaborator’ for the rest of his life.

The worst was to come, not from any wartime enemy, but because the leaders of newly independent Singapore saw no political need or economic justification for a natural history museum. In 1960 the Raffles Museum was renamed the National Museum and directed to concentrate on culture, anthropology and the arts. The massive zoological collections were crated up and for almost 30 years, the crates
were moved from place to place as nobody had space for them. The iconic whale skeleton of the old Raffles Museum was given to Malaysia and it looked as if the rest of the collection would be lost. It was left to a handful of dedicated people to keep a watchful eye over the crates and to keep alive the hope that the museum would somehow be resurrected. Then in 1987, the collection was given a home by the National University of Singapore at Kent Ridge. In 1998 the collection became the Raffles Museum for Biodiversity Research and Peter Ng was appointed its Director.

In late 2005 Peter Ng and several staff of the Museum were sent to the US on a sponsored study tour of museums, to see how American museums were run. According to Ng, “Initially, I was rather irritated because I always imagined
that it should have been a simple case of the Government providing the funds and us putting up a good museum.” This was the British and European model. In America, museums are mostly funded by the public in the form of endowments and can be managed with consistent long-term scientific and educational objectives. At the end of the tour Ng was convinced that the American model was what was needed in
Singapore. He also concluded that successful natural history museums have three things in common: (a) good corporate governance (b) a good endowment plan and (c) dinosaurs.

By 2009, as Singapore became rich and confident, people who remembered the Raffles
Museum of their school days began to ask for the museum to be restored. The tide of public opinion was shifting and what was expected was not just a restoration but a massive upgrade. But where would the money come from? At this stage a group of anonymous donors offered $10 million. However it would cost $25 – $30 million
to put up a respectable building, assuming that the land would be free. The President of the University agreed to provide the land if the money for the building could be raised within 6 months. It was a really tough struggle to raise the next one million. Then the Lee Foundation stepped in and offered $25 million. The museum was rebranded as the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum after its main benefactor. The building was begun in 2013 and completed in early 2015.

But it lacked a dinosaur! The last part of the book describes how the museum managed to secure not one, but three magnificent dinosaurs. The whale remains in Malaysia, in a museum in Labuan, but who knows? It may one day be
gifted back to Singapore.

Research Visitors to the Museum (January 2016)

Happy New Year 2016 to all! On our first week of work for 2016, we already have some research visitors eager to conduct their studies on our collection and to collaborate with our experts. This augurs well for the rest of the year and we are counting on a productive time and a bountiful harvest of research output.

First we have Messrs. Pun Yeesin and Somsak Buatip, both of whom are Science Officers from the Faculty of Science & Technology, Prince of Songkla University, in Pattani, Thailand. They have come to learn more about the taxonomy and curation of freshwater crustaceans, molluscs, and fishes from our curators.

Next we have with us a long-time friend and collaborator, PD Dr. Christoph Scubart, lecturer at the Institut für Zoologie, Universität Regensburg, in Regensburg, Germany. Dr Schubart is here for a quick visit to work with Prof. Peter Ng on the revision of the systematics of the sesarmid crab genus Chiromantes and other related taxa.

Glad to have you here folks!