Asia-Pacific Congress on the Biology of the Environment

Goh Pi Lee,Beverly tmsgohb at
Thu Aug 26 21:41:30 EDT 1999

International Asia-Pacific Congress on
The Biology of the Environment


21-24 November, 1999
National University of Singapore

Congress Announcement and Final Call for Papers

We invite you to participate in this Congress.
This is a FINAL call for oral and poster presentations.
All abstracts must be submitted postmarked 15th October 1999,
accompanied by the Congress Registration Form and Registration Fee to ensure
its publication.
At this point of time, we have seven confirmed plenary speakers:
Prof Walter Erdelen (Germany), Prof Anthony Cheshire (Australia), Prof Lam
Toong Jin (Singapore), Assoc. Prof Peter K.L. Ng (Singapore), Prof Eric
Pianka (USA), Dr Ettore Randi (Italy),
Prof Clifford Smith (USA)

We invite you to register now to participate in this International Congress.

Organised by

The Singapore Institute of Biology
National University of Singapore (Department of Biological Sciences)
Nanyang Technological University (School of Science)
Tropical Marine Science Institute (NUS)
National Parks Board
Singapore National Academy of Science

Congress Secretariat:

				Assoc Prof Shirley S.L. Lim
				Hon. Secretary
				c/o School of Science
				Nanyang Technological University
				NIE, 469 Bukit Timah Road
				Singapore 259756

				Tel:	(65)460-5321
				Fax:	(65)460-8952
				E-mail:	slim at


Habitat restoration
Conservation/preservation of habitat
Endangered species
Species interactions
Environmental molecular biology
Environmental modelling

Delegates who wish to organise a workshop are welcome to do so.  All
proposals must be sent to the Hon. Secretary.  Workshop convenors may also
wish to publicise their workshop programme to their colleagues.  The
Congress Organising Committee will assist in arrangements for rooms and
other logistical requirements.  All such requests must be received before
1st Oct 1999.


In conjunction with the Millenniamania campaign celebrations organised by
the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board, every visitor to Singapore during the
period from June 1999 to August 2000, will stand a chance to win a return
vacation to Singapore through a daily lucky draw.  Visitors will also stand
a chance to win the Grand Draw prize of a free luxury return holiday for
himself and 20 of his guests.

Scientific Programme

21 Nov 1999	0900-1700	Registration
(Sunday)		Venue: Lecture Theatre 31
		National University of Singapore

	1730-1900	Social mixer
		Guild House, National University of Singapore
		Function Room - Evans 1

22 Nov 1999	0800-0900	Registration
	0900-0940	Opening Ceremony
		Welcome Addresses
		Speech by Guest-of-Honour
		Lecture Theatre 31
		National University of Singapore

	0940-1000	Tea Reception

	1000-1040	Plenary Lecture I(A)
				The role of phylogeny in ecology
				Prof Eric Pianka
				Section of Integrative Biology
				University of Texas, Austin

	1040-1240	Scientific Session(s) I(a)

	1240-1400	Lunch

	1400-1440	Plenary Lecture I(B)
				Why the heck do you need a taxonomist?
				Assoc. Prof Peter K.L. Ng
				Department of Biological Sciences
				National University of Singapore

	1440-1540	Scientific Session(s) I(b)

	1540-1600	Tea Break

	1600-1800	Scientific Session(s) I(c)

23 Nov 1999	0830-0910	Plenary Lecture II(A)
(Tuesday)	Marine fish larvae: endogenous deficiencies,
				exogenous compensations
				Prof Lam Toong Jin
				Department of Biological Sciences
				National University of Singapore

	0910-1010	Scientific Session(s) II(a)

	1010-1030	Tea Break

	1030-1110	Plenary Lecture II(B)
				Molecular genetics and the conservation of
				Dr Randi Ettore
				Department of Conservation Biology &
Conservation Genetics
				Iatituto Nazionale per la Fauna Selvatica,

	1110-1225	Scientific Session(s) II(b)

	1225-1330	Lunch

	1330-1410	Plenary Lecture II(C)
	Invasive species: The Hawaiian experience
				Prof Clifford Smith
				Department of Botany
				University of Hawaii, USA

	1410-1510	Scientific Session(s) II(c)

	1510-1530	Tea Break

	1530-1610	Plenary Lecture II(D)
				Biodiversity conservation in Indonesia:
				Challenge for a megadiversity
				Prof Walter Erdelen
				Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

	1610-1710	Scientific Session(s) II(d)

				1900-2200	CONGRESS BANQUET-CUM-25th
				Awards Ceremony

24 Nov 1999	0830-0910	Plenary Lecture III(A)
(Wednesday)	The role of modelling in ecology
				Prof Anthony Cheshire
				School of Natural Sciences
				University of Adelaide, Australia

	0910-1011	Scientific Session(s) III(a)

	1010-1030	Tea Break

	1030-1245	Scientific Session(s) III(b)

	1245-1400	Lunch

		by all keynote speakers

	1500-1520	Tea Break

	1520-1600	SIBiol Distinguished Biologist Lecture

	1600-1630	Closing Ceremony



Date: 21-24 November 1999
Venue: National University of Singapore

A/P Shirley Lim
Hon Secretary, Congress Organising Committee
c/o School of Science, Nanyang Technological University
NIE, 469 Bukit Timah Road 			Fax : (65) 469-8952
Singapore 259756 				E-mail : slim at

(1)	I would like to participate in the Congress as follows (please

(       )	Attend the Congress 
(       )	Present a paper at the Congress. 
(       )	Present a poster at the Congress 

(2)	My particulars are as follows:

Name: Prof/Dr/Mr/Mrs/Ms   _______________________________________________
						[Family/Last name]
[Given name(s)]

Mailing Address:

E-mail:_______________________Tel:________________ Fax:___________________

Accompanying person(s)

Name: Prof/Dr/Mr/Ms   _______________________________________________
						[Family/Last name]
[Given name(s)]

(3)	I enclosed the following (please tick):

		(    ) Congress Registration Form
		(    ) Registration fees (bankdraft/international money
order in Singapore/U.S. dollars
	(    ) Hotel/Hostel Registration Form

Signature: _____________________________ Date: ____________________________

Secretariat use only:
Registration No: ______________________
Date Received: _______________________

You are invited to submit your abstract now.  The abstract must have a
title, name(s) of author(s) and complete address(es), and is no more than
250 words.  The abstract, must be sent in together with the registration
form, and registration fees before 31 October 1999.  We cannot ensure the
publication of your abstract if it is received after this date.  Oral
presentations will be allotted 12 minutes for talk and 3 minutes for
questions.  Authors will receive written confirmation by e-mail regarding
the scheduling of their presentations in late October.

Proceedings of the Congress will not be published.  However, all presenters
are encouraged to submit their full manuscripts for publication in our
Institute's journal, The Asian Journal of Tropical Biology.  Papers will be
accepted for publication in the journal subject to the normal review process
and policy of the journal.  Instructions to authors are enclosed.

Overseas participants			$250 (US$175)
Local participants
	Members			$150
	Non-members			$200
	Students (overseas)		$  72 (US$50)
	Students (local)		$  30

All registration fees must be paid in Singapore or US dollars by a
bankdraft/international money order drawn on a Singapore bank and made
payable to "Singapore Institute of Biology Environment Congress".  Personal
cheques are not acceptable from overseas participants.  The Congress
registration fee includes Welcome reception, coffee or tea during breaks,
Congress bag, official name badge, book of abstracts, final scientific
programme and other materials, and Congress Banquet.  Registration fees for
students do not cover the welcome reception or the banquet.

Official letters of invitation which are intended to help overcome
administrative difficulties will be issued on request.  Such letters do not
imply commitment of financial or other support by the organising committee.
Please provide relevant information to assist with the preparation of the
letter of invitation.

A trade exhibition will be held in conjunction with the Congress.

[Note: Do not return this Form if you wish to make your own arrangements for
accommodation.  Registrants who wish to make reservations at the University
Hostel must return this completed Form]


Name: Prof/Dr/Mr/Mrs/Ms


Telephone: Office                                      	Fax:

If sharing accommodation, please provide the full name of roommate:


Hostel Guest Room	S$50 (Single)	_______________	___________________
	NUS campus	$60 (Double)	_______________	___________________

University Hostel Room
	NUS campus	$16.50 (Single)	_______________	___________________
		$14.40 (Double)	_______________	___________________

Please note that there are only a limited number of Hostel Guest Rooms
available.  They will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

UNIVERSITY HOSTEL REGISTRATIONS:  Please do not send payment for University
Hostel Reservations.  Your payment will be processed upon arrival.

Please complete and return the form to:

A/P Shirley Lim
Hon. Secretary, Congress Organising Committee
c/o School of Science
Nanyang Technological University		Tel:		(65)460-5321
NIE, 469 Bukit Timah Road Fax:		Fax:		(65)460-8952
Singapore 259756				E-mail:
slim at


Below is a list of hotels that we have negotiated for conference rates.
Please contact them directly.  Registrants must identify themselves as
attending the Asia-Pacific Congress on the Biology of the Environment to
receive conference rates. .  In the case of YMCA (Stevens Road), please
mention that it is the corporate rate offered to the National Institute of
Education.  All prices are quoted in Singapore dollars.

Copthorne Orchid	$124 (Single)	(65)350-4419	(65)255-4494
roomres at
	214 Dunearn Road		(Ms Shin Mi-Yuen)
	Singapore 299526

Orchard Hotel	$140 (Single/Twin)	(65)739-6794	(65)739-6605
orcharde at
	442 Orchard Road		(Mr Keeson Tan)
	Singapore 238879

Orchard Parade Hotel	$126 (Single)	(65)731-7061	(65)235-9436
feohotel at
	1 Tanglin Road	$137 (Double)	(Mr Alex Tjio)
	Singapore 247905

YMCA (Stevens Road)	$70 (Single/Twin)	(65)731-0790	(65)235-5528
lodge at
	60, Stevens Road
	Singapore 257854
	(outside the Central Business District)

YMCA (Orchard Road)	$81.58 (Single)	(65)336-6000	(65)337-3140
hostel at
	1 Orchard Road	$95.17 (Double)
	Singapore 238824
	(inside the Central Business District)

York Hotel	$125 (Single/Twin)	(65)830-1108	(65)738-5810
salesmkg at
21 Mount Elizabeth		(Ms Lynn Lim)
Singapore 228516

Tours and Field trips

The Congress Organising Committee has planned the following tours and field
trips.  Details are available in the final Scientific Programme and at the
Registration desk on your arrival.

Night Safari, at Singapore Zoological Gardens

The Night Safari is the world's first wildlife park built to be viewed at
night.  Set in 40 hectares of dense secondary forest, the Night Safari
offers guests the unique experience of exploring wildlife in a tropical
jungle at night.  Through the use of subtle lighting technique. Guests are
able to view over 1000 nocturnal animals of 100 species in vast naturalistic

Sungei Buloh Nature Park & Aerogreen Technology Farm

This is Singapore's first wetland nature park, a 87 hectares refuge for
migratory birds that use the east Asia flyway.   Flocks of migrants like
plovers and sandpipers sometimes arrive at the park in thousands.  Visitors
can expect to see more than 187 species of birds, as well as monitor
lizards, and other wetland plants and animals.  Located across the park, is
Aerogreen Technology Farm, Singapore's first commercial aeroponics farm in
Asia.  Situated in the Agrotechnology Park, Aerogreen Farm is the only the
farm that uses aeroponics technology to grow food plants, including several
temperate vegetables.  

Singapore River Cruise

The journey sets sail from Raffles Landing Site, where in January 28, 1819,
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles set the wheel of Singapore's contemporary
history in motion when he stepped ashore on the northern bank of the
Singapore River.  It was his foresight that resulted in Singapore's
development, with the Singapore River as its lifeline.  Today, while
cruising the Singapore River, one will marvel at the extravagent contrast
between the richly-mellowed old architecture and striking skyscraper skyline
of modern Singapore rearing up behind them.  The cruise passes by not less
than five grand old bridges of diverse designs decorated with quaint old
lamps of a bygone era.

Singapore By Night

Enjoy dinner at Boat Quay, Singaporean's latest haunt at sunset.  After
dinner, enroute to our stop at Bugis Street where you can take in the
beautiful sight of the Central Business Street and Singapore's skyline by
night via Benjamin Sheares Bridge.  At Bugis street, you will stroll along
the night market or "pasar malam" where you may chance upon bargains you
have never imagined.  Then, a drive along the Esplanade for a glimpse of the
Merlion before stopping at the famous Raffles Hotel to sample Singapore's
very own "Singapore Sling"- as the saying goes: "If you have not been to
Raffles, you have not been to Singapore".

Congress Organising Committee

Chairman	Prof  CHOU Loke Ming
Vice-chairman	A/Prof TAN Teck Koon
Hon. Secretary	A/Prof Shirley S.L. LIM
Assistant Secretary 	A/Prof CHIA Tet Fatt
Hon. Treasurer	A/Prof YEOH Hock Hin
Assistant Treasurer	Asst Prof Wendell SUN

Chairperson:  A/Prof Mulkit SINGH (scientific and programme)
Asst Prof  N. SODHI (logistics)
A/Prof HO Shuit Hung (accommodations)
Ms FOONG Lai Leong (social)
Ms Jennifer TAN (trade exhibition)
Ms Adeline KOH (conference materials)
Dr. Beverly Goh
Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI)
National University of Singapore
14 Kent Ridge Road, SINGAPORE 119223
Tel: +65 774 9883 / 9658 / 9652
Fax: +65 774 9654      email: tmsgohb at

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