15 September 2019 | News
“The Future of Everyone: Innovating for a Sustainable Planet” was a public event for all age groups to immerse in science and technology through fun interactive activities and presentations focused towards ensuring a sustainable future for our next generation
Photo credit: A*STAR, Singapore
The one-north festival is a celebration of research, innovation, creativity and enterprise. On 13th and 14th September 2019, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), JTC and Science Centre Singapore, organised an event to invite the public to immerse themselves in science and technology through fun interactive displays, inspiring talks by scientists and media creators, exhilarating science performances and behind-the-scenes tours for the whole family.
This year’s one-north Festival is focused on how we can innovate for a sustainable planet, and address challenges facing our precious earth such as global warming, environmental pollution and dwindling resources. The festival explores how technology can be used to transform the way we live and ensure a sustainable future for our next generation.
Dr Loh Xian Jun from A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering shared his newly invented materials for green technology to address issues on climate change, greenhouse emissions and rising sea levels along with a glimpse of exciting cutting-edge applications like carbon capture and new biodegradables, and how these can be integrated in the new circular economy.
Research showed that average households spend about 30% of its electrical bills on air-conditioning alone and by the year 2100, energy demand in dense cities is projected to reach 72%! Staying cool can now be done through passive window cooling technologies and the regulating of infra-red radiation to mitigate heat enveloping buildings. These technologies require neither energy input nor do they contribute to more carbon emissions. Join Dr Lim Yee Fun from A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering shared about the work IMRE is doing to lower power consumption and bring about a more eco-conscious mind-set.
Dr Sandhya Sriram, CEO & Co-founder of Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd highlightedon the harmful antibiotics, chemicals and hormones in seafood. She also spoke about how new innovations and technologies can possibly replace farmed and wild-caught shrimp, and disrupt the $40 billion global shrimp market.
The one-north Festival presented the ‘Wonder Changes the World’ Magical Science Show, hosted by Jason Latimer, a series champion of BBC One’s The Magicians, the recipient of Siegfried & Roy’s Masters of the Impossible Award, and bestowed with magic’s highest honour, “Grand Prix ‘Best Overall’ World Champion of Magic.” As a scientist, Jason is the creator of “Impossible Science”, the academic platform uniting magic and science to inspire wonder in education.
Creation of “Singapore’s Largest Slime Installation” where members of the public are encouraged to be part of setting the record by helping load a giant 3m-long “This is Science” structure. By spotlighting slime as part of a record-setting attempt this year, the aim is to make science accessible and spark an early interest in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) by showcasing the amazing chemical properties found in such a fun and versatile toy.