The Community Engagement Office takes on projects varying in depth, scope, and focus, supporting the work of the Observatory’s scientists and deepening relationships with local and regional partners.
The Dynamic Earth Games is a new interactive workshop organised by the Earth Observatory of Singapore and the Science Centre Singapore. Developed specifically for students aged 12 to 16, this educational workshop explores the fundamental scientific principles behind typhoons and volcanoes through interactive games.
The new Dynamic Earth Games workshop series will be made available to students in collaboration with ‘Earth: Our Untamed Planet’, the current EOS exhibition at the Science Centre. During the workshop, students will be introduced to a variety of games that simulate different natural hazards crises, providing students with opportunities to engage in critical thinking and decision-making.
There are three streams of games, each exploring different aspects of geohazard crises:
Over 60 minutes, students will play a selection of games from each stream. The...
‘Earth: Our Untamed Planet’ aims to create a greater awareness and appreciation of the Earth Sciences in Singapore, especially among students from primary and secondary levels. It has served as a teaching tool within the framework of their Earth Sciences unit—a part of the geography curriculum.
The ‘Earth: Our Untamed Planet’ exhibition was developed in partnership with Science Centre Singapore and the Ministry of Education to complement the curriculum used by public schools in Singapore. The broad aims of the exhibition are to:
The exhibition, which opened seven...
The Phuket Disaster Resilience Project aims to create a safe and resilient Phuket in support of a thriving economy and local communities. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and earthquake that impacted the island of Phuket both economically and socially in the years that followed.
A team of scientists from the Earth Observatory assessed the risks posed by earthquakes and tsunamis and current levels of preparedness in Phuket. Since its inception in 2016, the PDRF has also initiated the School Outreach and Digital Inventory projects.
School Outreach Project
The School Outreach aims to build disaster awareness in the community. The initial round of training was led by professional trainers from the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DPM) Phuket, as well as members from the DPM Academy. Thus far, the PDRF has successfully trained more than 2,400 students between the age of eight and 12 across 20 schools, and has secured ongoing funding to instruct...
Clear communication of scientific findings can inform the public so they can make better decisions. Effective communication can also enhance a scientist’s career. A scientist who communicates well can secure more funding, collaborate successfully with researchers from other fields, and teach in a more engaging way. EOS scientists are learning how to share their research with fellow scientists and a broader audience from Language and Communication Specialist Pavel Adamek.
Pavel’s work straddles two arenas: teaching and consulting. He teaches two required science writing courses to undergraduates and a compulsory communication course to PhD students. In addition, Pavel offers voluntary classes to PhD students and post-doctoral fellows who want to hone their writing and presentation skills.
Outside of classes, Pavel meets with scientists, students, and faculty to discuss drafts before they are submitted to journals or sent to government organisations. He also consults...
The Applied Projects Group is a group of geoscience, business, and policy experts that help organisations develop solutions for geo-risk mitigation and integrate them into clients’ decision-making process. The APG works closely with EOS scientists, other leading academics, and geo-risk experts, customising projects for organisations to assess and mitigate risks around climate change, sea-level rise, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and floods. This enables seamless integration of world-class geoscience and strategic response capabilities around three core service offerings.
These are geo-hazard and risk mapping, geo-science technology solutions, and solution strategies and practices.
From 2012 to 2017, photographer Joanne Petrina traveled with scientists in Southeast Asia and documented the intersection of Earth science, culture and history. Her humanistic photo-narratives have covered subjects relevant to the Earth Observatory and the Asian School of the Environment such as climate science in sacred caves of Myanmar, earthquake preparedness in West Sumatra, as well as ancient models of sustainability in Bali. Her compelling photographs show why the Observatory’s work is so vital as our scientists address challenges for Southeast Asia. See more at joannepetrina.com