The 9th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference

The Department of Chemistry hosted the biennial 9th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (AsBIC-9) at the Stephan Riady Centre, NUS UTown from 9-14 Dec 2018. The event was jointly organized with Chemistry and Biological Chemistry division, NTU and chaired by Assoc Prof Ang Wee Han (NUS) and co-chaired by Assoc Prof Xing Bengang (NTU). The conference brought together 345 participants from 27 countries around the world delivering 167 lectures in 33 scientific sessions. This included 7 plenary lectures and 22 keynote lectures which showcased latest research development in research themes namely Bioinspired Catalysis and Coordination Chemistry; Bioorganometallics; Computational Bioinorganic Chemistry; Molecular Sensing and Elemental Imaging; Metal Homeostasis, Toxicity and Metallomics; Metalloproteins and Metalloenzymes; Metals and Nucleic Acids; Bioinorganic systems in Environment; Metals in Medicine; and Bioinorganic Materials and Nanotechnology. More than 150 posters presenters shared their work in 2 separate poster sessions.

Prof Barry Halliwell, Chairman of Biomedical Research Council, A*STAR and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor, NUS, officiated the opening of the conference and noted that the conference provided an excellent platform for bioinorganic chemists around the world to share new ideas and discoveries in their research as well as to foster strong research collaborations and friendship. The conference inaugurated a new achievement award aimed at recognizing mid-career bioinorganic researchers in the Asia-Pacific region. The event also introduced for the very first time a YouTube video competition to encourage young researchers to communicate and showcase their research ideas through new media platforms. In addition to the hectic programme schedule and intense scientific exchanges, the participants were also introduced to Singapore’s multicultural heritage and unique culinary spread. The conference photo montage and gallery can be found here at the AsBIC-9 conference website.

Professor Ang Wee Han presented the token appreciation to Professor Susan J. Berners-Price, the President of the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry.

The Lion Dance performance in the opening ceremony of AsBIC-9 Conference

Professor Tang Ruikang was delivering his plenary lecture on Modification of Organisms by Inorganic Materials.

Participants interaction during one of the poster sessions

Participants enjoyed various tropical fruits during the fruit fest session.

Bhangra Dance performance during the Conference Banquet Dinner at the Jewel Box

The AsBIC-9 Conference group photo