outreach

Short Course: Biodiversity of True Bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) 26–29 Oct 2017 at LKCNHM

Our museum’s bug scientist, Dr. Hwang Wei Song will be conducting a short course on True Bugs with international bug specialists at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum this October.

Dates: 26–29 Oct 2017 (Thu–Sun)
Venue: Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, NUS
Limited to 15 participants

Instructors:
Dr. HWANG, Wei Song (National University of Singapore)
Dr. TRAN, Anh Duc (Vietnam National University, Hanoi)
Dr. WEIRAUCH, Christiane (University of California, Riverside)

REGISTRATION DETAILS

WHY? True Bugs (>42,000 species) include plant and nuisance pests, beneficial insects, medically important disease vectors, and have astounding morphological and ecological diversity. True Bugs are COOL!

WHERE & WHEN? An intensive 4 full-day Short Course in Singapore, National University of Singapore, on 26–29 October 2017 (Thu–Sun).

WHAT? Learn about True Bug biodiversity through a series of lectures, lab sessions, and a field trip. Participants will gain a broad familiarization of the various groups of True Bugs from this training course.

WHO? Undergraduate/graduate students, researchers, and naturalists.

Application: The course is limited to 15 participants. No registration fee, but participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation, and meals (except final day dinner).

Limited number of travel stipends are available for participants from outside Singapore (up to USD$400 per person). Stipends are given on an award basis.

Application deadline: 22 September 2017

Register by sending a cover letter and your CV to: nhmevents@nus.edu.sg.
Your cover letter should explain how this course can benefit your current professional training, academic or otherwise. Successful applicants will be notified by email.

Volunteer with us: Be a LKCNHM Gallery guide!

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Are you:

  1. a believer of lifelong learning?
  2. interested in sharing your knowledge of natural history and heritage with museum visitors from all walks of life?

Be a part of LKCNHM’s volunteer gallery guide family

The LKCNHM Gallery Guiding Programme aims to support the gallery and Museum by training guides to provide an enhanced visitor experience for our large and diverse audience. We hope this will inspire a life-long commitment and understanding to the natural world.

Details

Role: Gallery guide at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Purpose and responsibilities: To enhance visitor experience by interacting with the public and giving them more information about the various exhibits and the biodiversity and heritage galleries

Commitment: At least a year

Day/time: Any day except Mondays, for four hours per session

Frequency: At least once a month

Skills and qualification: No particular skills, experience or qualifications needed!  However, essential criteria are:

  1. keen interest in natural history and heritage,
  2. willingness to make a commitment,
  3. enjoy sharing information with, and enthusing people.

Training: In-house training will be provided over the course of a month (approximately 15 hours). This includes orientation and introduction to the museum, gallery familiarisation, effective guiding techniques (communications skills and questioning strategies), interacting with visitors, zone specialisation, learning from objects, script development, health and safety and gallery procedures.

The training schedule can be viewed here.

Interviews: Interviews will be conducted on the second week of August. We will be in touch as soon as we can to schedule it.

Are you ready? Register now!