Have you ever felt so caught up in your day-to-day work that you have no time to read about many interesting news, even those related to the industry that you work in?
Kin Guan, one of our Science Educators, learnt about the Scientific American’s 60-second science concept during his Master of Science in Science Communication course (jointly offered by ANU and NUS), where science news and developments were summarised into bite-size information nuggets and shared in a 60-second podcast. That inspired him to initiate “Science Bites”, where interested staff come together to generate short and concise science news and developments and present them to other staff in a short get-together session. Through such a get-together sharing session, Kin Guan would like to see staff leave the session with new ideas for contents for our respective areas of work, presented in an interesting way. At the same time, it also provides staff with a platform to practise their presentation and public-speaking skills.
The first session was held on 25 April (Friday) over lunch, and there was a total of 4 speakers sharing on subjects that ranged from how earwax can tell the life journey of a whale to developments in stem cell research. There was a lot of laughter from the audience as the speakers engaged us through their quick presentation. Kin Guan shared that the response for the first session was overwhelming and he received good feedback from the attendees, giving him the assurance that many of us enjoy being educated in a fun and simple way. I agreed indeed!
I believe such positive response is definitely an encouragement for Kin Guan who pulled this together out of his own initiative, calling for speakers, arranging the logistics, and hosting the programme. In time to come, he also aspires for the session to grow and become a regular meet-up in the Science Centre Singapore! Will you be interested to join in such a session if that is to come your way?