World renowned oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle joins NTU’s Earth Observatory of Singapore on its scientific advisory board

World renowned oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle joins NTU’s Earth Observatory of Singapore on its scientific advisory board

  • Press Release
16 Aug 2019

Famous explorer, American oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle, will be delivering a keynote address at a special symposium held today, at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), titled Melting Ice & Plastic Seas.

After her address, Dr Earle will be appointed to NTU’s Earth Observatory of Singapore’s (EOS) Scientific Advisory Board, a position that will help guide the direction and growth of marine science research in Singapore and the region. 

Currently, NTU and EOS scientists and researchers have been conducting marine research offshore and along the coasts of Singapore. 

Dr Earl is in Singapore to launch the Singapore premiere of the Elysium Epic Trilogy– a specially curated exhibition featuring the best photos from three Elysium Epic expeditions to the Antarctica, Artic and Coral Triangle made over the last decade.

Dr Sylvia Earle was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and was by Time Magazine’s first Hero for the Planet. She is Elysium’s Chief Expedition Scientist and a National Geographic explorer-in-residence.

The exhibition premiere was held yesterday on the 15th Aug 2019, at Shaw Theatres LIDO, showcases the works of artists, photographers and scientists, who have investigated and documented how climate change and plastic pollution are affecting these extraordinary ecosystems.  

Among the photographers who presented at the exhibition will be National Geographic’s David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes, and Founder of Elysium Epic project and Ocean Geographic Michael Aw. 

These specially-curated and extraordinary photos will also be brought to the NTU Smart Campus in September as part of the exhibition tour.

While in Singapore, Dr Earle also talked about her next exploration project for the deep ocean, named Deep Hope, where they hope to explore the deepest part of the oceans, starting with the existing Hope Spots.

Hope Spots are ecologically unique areas of the ocean designated for protection under a global conservation campaign overseen by Mission Blue, a non-profit organisation founded by Dr Earle with her 2009 TED prize wish.

The Singapore premiere of Elysium Epic Trilogy, which features the work from 71 artists, photographers and scientists,is produced by Ocean Geographic in partnership with NTU’s Earth Observatory of Singapore, Rolex, and City Developments Limited (CDL). 

Symposium: Melting Ice & Plastic Seas 

Date: Friday, 16 Aug 2019 

Time: 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Venue: Nanyang Technological University, Lecture Theater LT19, N2-B2A-01 – See NTU Campus map here

Symposium Programme

3.00PM – Symposium registration

3.30PM – Keynote address by Dr Sylvia Earle

4.00PM – CDL E-Generation Challenge and Winner presentation

4.15PM – Panel Discussion on climate change and ocean pollution which includes NTU’s Asian School of The Environment Chair, Prof Benjamin Horton.

5.00PM – End of Event


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About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has been placed the world’s top young university for the past six years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects comprising more than 230 buildings, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s healthcare district.

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