Asian Scientist Writing Prize

By Harry and Danny

As there’s a famous saying that goes, “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother”.

The Asian Scientist Writing Prize was back, co-organized by Science Centre Singapore and Asian Scientist Magazine seeking to find the best science writing in Asia. It was introduced in 2015 with the primary objective to highlight science excellence in Asia and promote science writing in the region, tapping into the region’s growing interest in science and technology. This year the competition received 227 entries from all over the region, including Singapore, India, China, Vietnam and Nepal.

There were many attractive prizes to be won with entries submitted by a wide age group ranging from 13 years to 90 years old. This shows that writing about science is not just for the young or only for the experts. In fact, close to half of the entries submitted were from working adults aged between 25 and 35 years old. Clearly, no age, language or cultural barriers could stop their love for science!

The winners were awarded their prizes by guest of honour – Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung at the prize giving ceremony  on 7 Jul 2017 at Science Centre Singapore.

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Minister for Education and Second Minister for Ministry of Defence, Mr Ong Ye Kung being ushered in by Ms Kamaria A Ghani, Director for Science Upstream and Gallery Programmes, Science Centre Singapore
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Mrs Anne Dhanaraj, Senior Director of Education Programmes, delivering the welcome address.

Congratulations to all 26 finalists for being able to convey the most complex scientific issues in an uncomplicated and engaging way, and being part of this joint effort to encourage scientific discussions through the written word.

First Prize $5,000 + 3D/2N stay at the Banyan Tree Bintan Villa Resort Tara Thean
Second Prize $3,000 Daphne Ng Hui Ping
Third Prize $2,000 Mark Wong

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Mr Ong Ye Kung presenting a $5,000 cheque to Tara Thean for winning first prize.

The prizes don’t stop there!

Here are the winners for Science Centre Singapore’s Youth Writing Prize

First Prize $500 Tan Yong Yi
Second Prize $300 Christopher Lum
Third Prize $200 Lim Ting Wei

Not only that, ten Merit Award winners each won $500 worth of book vouchers from World Scientific Publishing Company while each of the ten Honorable Mention awardees received a personalized certificate.

We hope to see more inspiring writers next round for more inspiring science!

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Finalists of the Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2017 posing with the panel of judges and esteemed guests including the GOH – Mr Ong Ye Kung

Here are more pictures of the prize giving ceremony. Check them out!

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