#ImpossibleSG campaign by the Singapore Economic Development Board

When I founded Asian Scientist Magazine in 2010, I had zero inkling that we would someday be part of an international brand campaign to promote Singapore as a place to launch startups and conduct business. I am truly humbled that EDB would entrust me with carrying their message that our beautiful country is the perfect place to live, work and play in.

Screenshots from the above video:

Check out the second film I did that has been shown on Bloomberg TV, BBC, British Airways and Singapore Airlines. At the 50-second mark, I have a speaking part. I say: “That’s impossible!”

Thank you EDB for letting me join your Avengers team of brand ambassadors to promote Singapore as the perfect place to start businesses… and families.

Majulah Singapura!


Book launch for Sydney Brenner’s 10-on-10: The Chronicles of Evolution

Sydney Brenner’s 10-on-10: The Chronicles of Evolution was launched on 9 November 2018 with Singapore President Madam Halimah Yacob, A*STAR chairman Mr Lim Chuan Poh and Dr Sydney Brenner.

I showed Dr Brenner the dust jacket, which opens up to a large poster with 70 plants and animals.

Inspired by Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner, this landmark book brings together 24 of the world’s leading thinkers to trace the history of humankind from the Big Bang to the future.

Buy a copy of the book from, Kinokuniya Singapore or at the Wildtype Books shop here:


Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2018

I attended the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Annual Summit 2018 in San Francisco, USA!

At Twitter’s headquarters.
In front of city hall with the Singapore YGLs.
At the Wikimedia Foundation headquarters.
At Microsoft’s San Francisco office.


Gene Genius with Sir Richard Roberts @ 1880 Club

Genetically modified food: friend or foe?

At a public seminar co-organized by Asian Scientist Magazine and 1880, we engaged with Nobel Laureate Sir Richard Roberts on topics such as genetically modified food (GMO). He dispelled myths on GMOs and shared with us stories of his incredible scientific discoveries.

The club was completely packed. Standing room only!


Good Science = Great Business 2018 gala dinner

It was my great pleasure to emcee for the Australian High Commission at the Good Science = Great Business 2018 gala dinner, which brought the month-long festival of the same name to a close.


World Restorative Innovation Forum @ SWITCH

I moderated a panel on the topic of what millennials think about restorative innovation at the World Restorative Innovation Forum @ SWITCH for my dear friend Professor Virginia Cha and her young protege Jovan Tan.


Asian Scientist Junior book launch

Mr. Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance and Chairman of the National Research Foundation Singapore, was our guest reader at the launch of the Asian Scientist Junior six-part book series at the National Library.

Also in attendance was Professor Chou Loke Ming of the National University of Singapore, one of the six scientists featured in the book series.

Buy the six books for a little scientist here:

Do humpback whales have humps? Thanks Ankita and ST for the feature!


Good Science = Great Business 2018 festival launch

I was delighted to be invited by the Australian High Commission to be the master of ceremonies at the launch reception for Good Science = Great Business 2018: An Australian Festival of Innovation in Singapore and ASEAN, at the the ArtScience Museum on September 10, 2018.

Me on emcee duty tonight!
Shaking hands with Professor Low Teck Seng, CEO of the National Research Foundation Singapore.


Falling Walls Lab Singapore 2018

I enjoyed judging the Falling Walls Lab Singapore 2018 edition!


My quotes on the Crazy Rich Asian movie for the LA Times and the Sydney Morning Herald


“The movie is just a really nice romantic comedy,” said Juliana Chan, a scientist and magazine editor. “It didn’t feel over-the-top.”


Juliana Chan, the 25-year-old CEO of Wildtype Media Group in Singapore, insists wealth isn’t flaunted quite so ostentatiously. “There is a very lavish wedding in the film, and that is definitely a time when you see the amount of money these people have to spend,” she says.

“My sister was once a viola player and she was flown, with her quartet, all the staff and crew, and hundreds of guests, to Bali for a clifftop wedding that was timed to start just as the sunset behind the couple. They like to show off at weddings, I guess.”


Tatler X Tiffany & Co session

I had a splendid morning with a bunch of inspiring women at a panel session co-organized by Tatler Singapore and Tiffany & co. Thanks Tatler editor-in-chief Kissa Castaneda for moderating!


Asian Scientist Junior kickstarter campaign

We ran a month-long kickstarter campaign to support the production of a six-part children’s book series titled Asian Scientist Junior.

The kickstarter campaign video featuring the voice of my four-year-old daughter.

Altogether, we raised S$15,732 from our kickstarter supporters over a month-long campaign.

Separately, Singapore developer CDL donated S$10,000 to place the books in primary school libraries across Singapore, while an anonymous individual donor bought a set of books for all 26 public libraries in Singapore.

Thank you everyone for your incredible support!

ST helped us raise awareness about the kickstarter campaign.

To all teachers, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles: awaken a little child’s inner scientist and possibly inspire Asia’s next Nobel laureate by giving them a box set of the books:


Asian Scientist x American Chemical Society dinner

Asian Scientist Magazine X American Chemical Society co-organized a dinner at my place with our special guest Professor Paul Weiss, editor-in-chief of ACS Nano.


So you want to be a doctor? medical seminar

Wildtype Media Group organized a half-day medical seminar on Saturday, 21 July 2018, targeted students interested in pursuing careers in healthcare, biomedical research and public health.

Keynote speakers included Professor Wong Tien Yin, medical director of the Singapore National Eye Centre and deputy CEO (research and education) of SingHealth, and Dr Benjamin Seet, executive director of the Biomedical Research Council (BMRC), A*STAR.

We’ll be back in 2019!


Roundtable lunch for women in STEM at the Australian High Commission

I was invited to a roundtable lunch for women in STEM at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence by Senator Michaelia Cash, the Australian Minister for Jobs & Innovation.


Tatler Singapore GenerationT 2018 (science & healthcare category)

Thanks Tatler Singapore and Chong Seow Wei for featuring me in the 2018 edition of Generation T (science & healthcare category).


Wildtype Media Group launch party

A show of force on May the fourth! To celebrate the launch of Wildtype Media Group, we threw a party featuring a 7,500-piece LEGO Millennium Falcon, bespoke cocktails, a gif photobooth and much, much more.

More photos can be found at this Facebook album.


Scicom workshop by Mr Brian Lin of EurekAlert!, AAAS

Asian Scientist Magazine and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Innovation Centre were proud to host a science communication workshop given by Brian Lin, director of editorial content strategy at EurekAlert!, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

At the half-day workshop, Brian offered many useful tips on how researchers and corporate communication officers can work together more effectively to reach their common goal: attaining international coverage for their scientific research.


Keynote lecture at the inaugural Japan Scicom Forum 2018

I gave a keynote lecture at the inaugural Japan SciComm Forum 2018 at the Earth-Life Science Institute of the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech). Here’s a group shot of all the participants.

(Photo credit: Nerissa Escanlar)


Leadership, Policy Innovation and Geopolitics in Asia Pacific Conference

I was fortunate to attend the Leadership, Policy Innovation and Geopolitics in Asia Pacific Conference from 21-24 November, 2017. The conference was organized by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the World Economic Forum for WEF Young Global Leaders.