News Details | 11-Feb-2009

NTU showcases its strengths in science and technology at renowned international meetingAims to attract top talent while promoting NTU as a major research centre

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is taking part in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting to further raise the international research community’s awareness of NTU as Singapore’s leading research-intensive university of science and technology.

The AAAS Annual Meeting will be held from 12 to 16 Feb 2009 in Chicago, where it is expected to attract some 10,000 participants. The meeting brings together an outstanding array of speakers addressing some of the most crucial and timely areas of science, technology, and engineering.

NTU’s participation at the major global meeting is also to highlight the ample opportunities available for top international talent to join its ranks, notwithstanding the current economic slowdown. The university will be organising a workshop at the meeting that will highlight opportunities for top faculty, talented doctoral fellows and outstanding research students to embark on exciting careers at NTU.

The workshop will highlight NTU’s Nanyang Assistant Professorship Scheme and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Fellowship Scheme, both open to young, talented post-doctoral fellows.

The Nanyang Assistant Professorship Scheme is the university’s latest initiative to recruit outstanding researchers and scholars worldwide to play leading roles in its new wave of multidisciplinary and integrative research. A grant of SG $1 million over 3 years to fund cutting-edge work will be awarded to successful applicants.

The NRF Research Fellowship scheme is a comprehensive program that brings exceptional scientists to Singapore for independent research, with grants of up to US $1.5 million over a 3-year period.

The meeting will also hear from a young North American faculty member, Assistant Professor Pina Marziliano from NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), College of Engineering, who will be sharing her experiences in Singapore and NTU at the workshop.

“I chose to come to Singapore because of its vibrant and international environment which as a Montreal, Canadian is natural to me. I was impressed with NTU’s top facilities, the number and diversity in expertise of the academic faculty in the School of EEE and I was attracted by its beautiful tropical garden campus which is also my home,” says Assistant Professor Marziliano, who has been with NTU for the past six years. “Equally important is that as a female scientist in engineering, I do not feel prejudiced in any way. I enjoy working in NTU as I find that people here and Singaporeans in general are very welcoming and open.”

Mr Tony Mayer, NTU’s Senior Science Officer and Associate Registrar, says that it is talented faculty like Assistant Professor Marziliano that NTU wishes to attract. Thus NTU’s presence at the meeting is expected to further increase the visibility of the Nanyang Assistant Professorship Scheme, which has attracted some 300 applicants in its first year and more than 600 applicants this year.

“Since the Nanyang Assistant Professorship Scheme was launched in 2007, it has attracted many talented young researchers in diverse fields. With the raising of NTU’s visibility in North America, we expect to attract even more participants under the scheme,” says Mr Mayer. “NTU wants to recruit the best young researchers from all over the world; hence it is important for us to be present at such events.”

According to Professor Lam Khin Yong, Associate Provost (Graduate Education & Special Projects), NTU’s presence at the AAAS meeting will not only raise international awareness of NTU as a premier science and technology university, but also as an excellent centre of research.

“Exposure at such a prestigious meeting will promote our profile as a leading centre of research, where we are keen on attracting young, talented post doctoral fellows under NTU’s Nanyang Assistant Professorship Scheme. They will be funded to do cutting-edge work in engineering, science, business and the humanities, thus enhancing the university’s next wave of cross-disciplinary projects as well as the quality of education. The AAAS annual meeting is also a good platform for us to foster friendships and future collaborations with the international scientific community,” says Professor Lam.

Participants at the annual meeting will have the opportunity to choose among a broad range of activities, including nearly 175 symposia, seminars, and career development workshops as well as plenary and topical lectures by some of the world's leading scientists and engineers.

Typically the meeting includes up to 10,000 participants and offers unparalleled networking opportunities.

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