Category Archives: talks

A diversity of nature and environment talks online, as groups take to Zoom during Circuit Breaker and beyond!

For nature and environment folk, the offerings are numerous and diverse. To find events, check the NUS Toddycats Facebook page and search online. There is much more going on than the few over the next week which we highlight here! 

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In early June, for example, catch these talks on reporting science, wild otters, wild cats and the experiences of our marine youth: 

Thu 04 Jun 2020: 8.00pm SGT (UTC+8) by Kannan & Marcus

  • #SGSTEM Talk & Trivia: Mr Mark Cheong & Ms Audrey Tan from The Straits Times, discuss “how to report a #science story”
  • Register at https://tinyurl.com/sgstem20200604

In celebration of World Environment Day
Fri 05 Jun 2020: 1.00pm SGT (UTC+8) by the Otter Working Group Singapore

  • “The Otter Side of The Singapore Botanic Gardens,” 
  • by Anusha Shivram (Department of Biological Sciences, NUS) – about the use of SBG as a nursery site by the Zouk family of smooth-coated otters, and their ongoing post-natal movement to acquire territory.
  • Register at http://tinyurl.com/owg-wedtalk

Sat 06 Jun 2020: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM SGT (UTC+8) by Singapore WIldCat Action Group

  • Wildcat Lecture #5: Global Small Wildcat Conservation Efforts: Reducing Threats to Wildcats, Improving Lives of Rural People 
  • By Dr Jim Sanderson, IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group
  • Register at: https://wildcatsoftheworld-5.peatix.com

In celebration of World Oceans Day
Mon 08 Jun 2020: 8.00pm SGT (UTC+8) by NParks/SYC

  • “Youth Action for Marine Conservation” – Singapore youth Crystal Wee, Jonathan Tan, Ng Lee Kiang & Nathaniel Soon share their experiences of marine conservation on World Oceans Day, moderated by Cheo Pei Rong
  • Sign up at https://go.gov.sg/wod8june

Fri 27 Apr 2018: 7.00pm, Lepak SG presents a panel on “Treasures of our shores”

Lepak in SG presents their April Workshop, “Treasures of our shores”.

Treasures of our Shores

“Treasures of our shores” @ Singapore Sustainable Academy, City Square Mall
Friday 27 April 2018: 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Register to attend here.

What treasures lie within our shores? Join us for a night of insight as we hold a panel discussion with experts on how our shores benefit us!

We’ve invited speakers of diverse backgrounds to show us as many sides of our shores as possible, bringing them together with the theme of Treasures Of Our Shores. Our esteemed panelists are:

  • Mr Azri Alwi: As an artist, Mr Alwi uncovers the intrinsic value of our shores. He will bringing us on a journey to discover the inner beauty of the ocean, and the inspiration they may bring to our lives.
  • Ms Liow Shen Yan: Everyone loves food! Especially seafood – Ms Liow from the Marine Stewardship Council will explain how seafood can be sustainable so we can make the choice to be responsible consumers.
  • Dr Serena Teo: a marine biologist, Dr Teo will discuss the World Harbours Project to explain how our shores are special, being a major port and harbour, and the unique challenges we face.
  • Mr Sivasothi: Fondly known as Otterman, Mr Sivasothi will share secrets of our local mangroves and shores, and the roles they play on a local and international stage.

Wed 22 Nov 2017: 7.30pm @ LKCNHM – Reuben Clements on “RIMBA: Using science to deliver conservation solutions for Peninsular Malaysia”

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What does it mean to be a conservation scientist?

Join us for a night of insight by Dr Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, co-founder of RIMBA, a Malaysian non-governmental organisation, as he shares about translating scientific research into tangible outputs for the greater good of threatened species.

Wed 22 Nov 2017: 7:30 pm @ LKCNHM Learning Lab
2 Conservatory Drive, S(117377) [map]
National University of Singapore

Register for this talk at this link.

See you there!

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“Singapore’s Masked Fruit Bandits – the common palm civet” – three talks by civetgirl Xu Weiting this year!

In the first quarter of 2017, civetgirl Xu Weiting conducted three talks for students of Catholic High School and Yishun Junior College, and staff of Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES).

Most civet talks have addressed large groups, typically a school assembly in order to reach out to large numbers of students as part of civet research and education goals. This year, Weiting had a change of pace with three talks to small groups of less than 20 people. These talks in an intimate setting are enjoyable in a different way as the audience is comfortable to ask many more questions about the common palm civet than they usually would!

During these lively sessions, the audience leant about and discussed the biology of the civets, threats that they face and how all of us can ensure that civets continue to be part of Singapore’s landscape.

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16 Feb 2017 – Catholic High students figuring the identity of civet poop


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13 March 2017 – It is always wonderful to talk to ACRES staff, some of whom have been active in the rescue of civets. Thanks to Anbu for the photo.

We thank the teachers of Catholic High School and Yishun Junior College for inviting Xu Weiting over to share the research that civet team does. Also, a big thank you to Kalai from ACRES for organizing this, and thanks to the ACRES team for all the great work they do in helping our local wildlife.

We have a few more talks lined up for the second quarter of 2017. If you are interested to have us conduct a talk on common palm civets or local wildlife, do contact us here. We would be happy to discuss outreach programmes.

Inaugural nature talk at Ridge View Residential College by Dr Amanda Tan, on the tool-using long-tail macaques of Thailand

“10 years to tool use with the sea monkeys of Thailand”: talk and discussion by Dr Amanda Tan,

Dr Amanda Tan is a psychology graduate from NUS’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who joined primate researcher Michael Gumert at at NTU for her PhD in primate behaviour. She had sat in on my LSM1303 Animal Behaviour class many years ago and some of my guest lectures at Gumert’s Conservation Psychology class at NTU. So I was very glad last week to be able to proudly introduce her to my class and listen to her speak to them.

It was an excellent session for the students, and she had put it together the night before the lecture as she had just returned from her field site in Thailand. Realising she would be leaving very soon for her post-doctorate in the US, I scrambled to set up this session and was very glad I did – 13 people from the community turned up through storms and floods in Singapore for a very engaging session!

Amanda delivered an informative, delightful and thoroughly inspiring talk about the tool-using long-tailed macaques of Thailand. Covering highlights of the scientific work by Michael Gumert, herself and their collaborators over a decade, she knew to make the research results very accessible and footage of the fascinating behaviours of the macaques did the rest!

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A lengthy Q&A session followed in the cosy environment of the RVRC Active Learning Seminar Room during which we realised there were still many aspects of behaviours of not only the sea monkeys, but also of our own forest macaques are far from known. Certainly a motivating talk to be repeated!

Toddycats commented,

“It was so good to hear such research work and appreciation of animals in their habitat! Amanda will be such an inspiration to young ecolologists and girls who aspire to do science or psychology” – Adrian Loo
“A very interesting topic plus well polished talk by Amanda. Really enjoyed listening to stories of stone tools in long tailed macaques. Really can’t imagine the amount of detailed work put in to talk about a decade worth of research.” – Xu Weiting
“Yeah the talk was very engaging and easy to follow! :)” – Joys Tan

And Amanda later said,

“Think I answered more questions at the Q&A after my talk than at my thesis defense! Thanks @sivasothi for inviting me, and everyone who showed such keen interest in the monkeys and the work. I was dreading public speaking, but it turned out to be the most encouraging part of my day.”

Thanks @thelongtails – we hope to hear more from you soon!