Event Listing


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Green UrbanScape Asia 2013

The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by 1 billion over the next 12 years and reach 9.6 billion by 2050, according to a 2013 United Nations report*. Our cities are expected to continue to swell to accommodate increasing numbers of people. Without intervention, the implications of urbanisation are likely to exacerbate climate change– with the significant loss of forests and agricultural land, and increased energy usage. ‘Green City’ initiatives have been heralded as the answer.

The first-ever GreenUrbanScape Asia 2013,which will take place from 7 to 9 November, at the Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, will centre on the urban greenery industry behind green city aspirations. Held alongside the International Skyrise Greenery Conference the conference and exhibition will showcase industry luminaries behind some of the world’s exciting urban greenery projects, as well as the latest in urban greenery solutions. Industry leaders will use the event to discuss landscape and environmental design, implementation, policy and planning, among others, for the region and globally.


Date                 :     7-9 November 2013

Venue              :     Garnet, Level 2, MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO, 1 Expo Drive

                              Singapore EXPOConvention and Exhibition Centre

Website: http://greenurbanscapeasia.com 

The acclaimed architects and landscape professionals speaking at the event include:

·                Kathryn Gustafson from the USA, best known for her award-winning projects in Europe and the States, including the Princess Diana Memorial at Kensington Palace Gardens

·                Italy’s Stefano Boeri, renowned for Milan’s ‘Bosco Verticale’, heralded as the world’s first vertical forest

·                Singapore’s Dr Liu Thai Ker, a member of several government bodies in Singapore and best known for spearheading major revisions to the Singapore Concept Plan and key directions for heritage conservation

·                WOHA’s founder, Wong Mun Summ, award-winning architect responsible for projects such as Park Royal at Pickering, Singapore School of the Arts, iluma and the highly anticipated Oasia Downtown developments.


Sustainability Indicators - When are they effective?


Dr Sabrina Krank

Sustainability Indicators - When are they effective?


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

1.30PM at CSAC Seminar Room

School of Design & Environment

NUS SDE1 #04-24

4 Architecture Drive

Singapore 117566

Map: see Google Maps link here


Free admissions



Asia Dive Conference 2013 (ADCON)

Asia Dive Conference (ADCON) 2013, is the first conference in Malaysia to bring together Professionals in the dive industry and staged at Sutera Harbour Resort, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia from 4 to 5 December 2013.

Focused on “Technical Diving and Photography”, the conference promises to deliver 2 unforgettable days of very best in diving information, lectures, diver education, product workshop conducted by speakers and professionals from all corners of the world sharing their expertise and discoveries who are keen to advance their knowledge and stay abreast of those developing trends, technologies and techniques.

Some 500 delegates are expected during the 2 days event. Professionals in the industry attending the conference will sure benefit from its array of knowledge and expertise. Subjects will span from deep wreck-and-cave explorations, underwater photography and filmmaking, hyperbaric medicine, diving safety, diving technology developments to name a few.

It is an event for all divers to dive into possibilities to obtained  unparrelled  education, knowledge, expertise and networking opportunities that the conference will offer.

For the full media release click here



Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium: Population White Paper & The Environment

The Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium 2013 is organised by undergraduates from the Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the National University of Singapore. Its inaugural launch will host distinguished speakers and practitioners tackling critical issues of sustainability raised by the Population White Paper and its companion land-use plan. 

The programme will feature panels covering issues relevant to the natural and urban environment. Speakers include Dr Shawn Lum (Nature Society Singapore), Mr Louis Ng (ACRES), Dr Lena Chan (NParks), Dr Paul Anantharajah (NUHS), Mr Christopher Gee (Institute of Policy Studies), Dr. Tay Kheng Soon (Akitek Tenggara), A/P Chong Keng Hua (SUTD) and Mr Devadas Krishnadas (Future-Moves). 

Aside from the panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions, participants are encouraged to share their vision for Singapore at our interactive wall display at the symposium venue.

Name of Event: Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium 2013

Theme: The Population White Paper and the Environment

Date: Saturday, 28 September 2013

Time: 1:00 – 6:00 pm

Venue: Auditorium 2, Stephen Riady Center in University Town, University Town, NUS, 2 College Avenue West, Level 2 Singapore 138607

Programme updates can be found at: sfss2013.wordpress.com.

Our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/sfss2013

Interested to attend? Kindly register here: http://sfss2013.eventbrite.sg


Visit Malaysia International Dive Expo 2013

Malaysia's only diving expo, seminar and fun-filled activities, all in one, is back again. MIDE 2013 is coming to you this Friday 5 to Sunday 7 July at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), KL with more activities and great prizes to be won. For dive enthusiasts, this is your chance to get everything under the sun (and the sea) on dive products and services plus special discounts offered by our exhibitors only at MIDE!

Compare or buy all that essential diving equipment, plan and book dive trips, or just go and meet-up with the many scuba dive enthusiasts and share your experiences with them.

This year, we have a line-up of speakers who are lens experts such as Yoshi Hirata, Aaron Wong, Imran Ahmad, Michael Aw, Jason Isley, William Tan and Mathieu Meur plus conservationists such as Rohan Perkins, environmental officer with Scuba Junkie, and Louisa S. Ponnampalam, chairperson & co-founder Marecet.

Try your hand in canvass painting guided along by Anuar, Orkibal and Jefferson by Canvas of Nature. Witness live demo on art sculturing with Zila Zain. There's also a kiddy colouring contest, so what are you waiting for? A great way to teach your children about nature while having fun.

Event Location: Hall 3, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur

Opening Times:

Friday 5 July to Sunday 7 July  - 10:00am-7:00pm

Admission: - Adult - RM3.00. Children and teens under 17 Years Old - free admission.

You could also win fabulous diving products and packages just by purchasing any dive products here as well! So keep a lookout for updates coming soon!

Download the full program here

You can also find more information on www.mide.com.my

Ladies! Join Dive Divas Fanclub for exclusive talks and treats for women. Talks include can one dive during fasting month, how can one dive during menstrual cycle, and more.




Pangolin Conservation Seminar by Wildlife Reserves Singapore

Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund (WRSCF) invites all to a public seminar on the conservation of pangolins. Look forward to specialists from this field addressing topics on the illegal pangolin trade and conservation efforts to save the pangolin.

Date: Friday, 28 June 2013

Time: 1.30pm - 4pm

Venue: Forest Lodge, Singapore Zoo

Topics and speakers:

  1. “Trade in wildlife for meat and medicines pushing Southeast Asian species towards extinction,” by Chris R. Shepherd, Deputy Regional Director, TRAFFIC
  2. “The IUCN SSC and new technology for addressing illegal wildlife trade,” by Jonathan Baillie, Conservation Programmes Director, Zoological Society of London
  3. “The pangolin trade in Asia,” by Dan Challender, PhD student at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK
  4. “Pangolins of Singapore: In situ and ex situ conservation efforts,” by Razak Jaffar, Assistant Curator of Night Safari

Admission is Free.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Limited spaces only so please RSVP to Yap Xinli at xinli.yap@wrs.com.sg.




Rainforest World Music Festival 2013

The 16th edition of Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) will take place from Friday 28 June to  Sunday 30 June 2013 in Santubong Cultural Village, Sarawak.

A Jungle Village Festival - this internationally recognised Rainforest World Music Festival is a unique festival that brings together on the same stage renowned world musicians from all continents and indigenous musicians from the interiors of the mythical island of Borneo. Its formula of afternoon interactive workshops; ethno-musical lectures, jamming sessions and mini concerts, followed by evening performances on the main stage has proven to be a hit with audience, who come from near and far.

Dizu Plaatjies & The Ibuyambo Ensemble from South Africa Festival tickets priced at RM120 for adults and RM60 for children aged 3 to 12 are now available on line at www.ticketcharge.com.my.

A 3-day pass for adults costing RM330 and RM160 for children aged 3 to 12 are also available.


TopSwop in May

Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM (SGT)

Bigger, better and more value for money 
Join us on Saturday 11th May 3.30 – 6pm for our fashion, style and clothes swap event.
If you have outfits in your wardrobe that you love but haven't worn in a long time or feel the need to revamp your look but don't want to spend a lot of cash, then TopSwop is for you. Learn about fashion and style from a professional image consultant while swopping your cast-off  clothes for new wardrobe treasures.

Read more here




Upcycle Art Village: A Singapore Event  

The UpcycleArt Village is part of an upcycling project by Participate in Design that involves local residents and the wider design community. On this day, there will be an exhibition of furniture pieces and everyday objects that have been collected, together with stories and ideas about them. The day-long event will also have upcycled craft workshops, performances, live music*, sharing by people from the creative community* and a short film screening*. 

Listen to stories behind discarded furniture and how they can be given a brand new life with a renewed purpose.Event: The UpcycleArt Village 

Date: Saturday, 27 April 2013

Venue: Block 116 Aljunied Ave 2, Singapore

Time:  9:30 am-7:00 pm 

*These will be held from 4.30-7pm, by our good friends at Basically (Check out their FB page for more details!)


10:00-10:30 Trash Town Performing Group

10:30-11:00 Daiko Performing Group (performance with recycled materials)

11:00-12:30 Trash to Art Workshop by NLB (for kids ages 6-10)

11:00-12:30 Upcycle Accessories Workshop*

13:00-15:00 Upcycle T-shirt into a Bag Workshop* 

13:00-15:00 Clay Painting Workshop

16:30-19:00 Basically, 06: Upcycle!  (handmade tote bags from recycled materials)

*Participants are required to bring along some materials for these workshops.

Download schedule here.


So do join us at The Upcycle Project!

Basically tote bag is recycled and hand made.To register for the workshops, please contact  Yvonne at Yvonne_GAO@pa.gov.sg at MacPherson CC for enquiries and registration.  Tel: 6745 2940.

Also, check out our project blog at: participateindesign.org/the-upcycle-project 

Have a look at the video here.


Penang World Festival 2013 Highlights

The 2013 Edition of the Penang World Music Festival (PWMF) will take place from 30 to 31 March 2013 and the list of bands performing at the festival is nothing less than impressive.

The venue will once again be the Quarry Park at the Penang Botanic Gardens. 

Penang World Music Festival 2013 features Nasout from IranA total of 12 bands will be featured at the festival during the two days. They are Mu from Portugal, Kimi Djabate (Guinea- Bissau), Nasout (Iran), Alp Bora Quartet (Turkey/Austria), Saharadja (Indonesia), Oratniza (Bulgaria), Inka Marka (South America), Kalayo (Philippines), Dagaya (Japan) and Dende and Band (Brazil/USA). They will be joined by Malaysian bands Akasha and Rimba.

All the bands will be performing at the concert at night and in addition daily workshop sessions with the musicians will take place in the afternoon prior to the concert. This workshop allows the public and audience to participate and learn the unique music making processes of the international artists. The event will be held in the open air and will proceed through any weather conditions.

Tickets to the festival are priced at RM80 per day for adult and RM30 per day for a child between five and 12 years old. Two-day ticket is RM140 for adult and RM70 for a child. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketxpress.com.my

This annual festival is organized by the Penang State Tourism Development and Culture Office and managed by UCSI Communications Sdn Bhd.