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SCELSE Open House 2016
When: 24 August 2016 (12:30 - 5:00pm)
Where: Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE), SBS-01N-27, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Type: Others

The inaugural SCELSE Open House drew a high turnout of more than one hundred students, staff and public visitors, eager to learn more about biofilm research and life at SCELSE.

Visitors attended seminar sessions, played games to win prizes, interacted with hands-on exhibits, viewed poster displays and joined lab tours that provided an inside look of SCELSE’s research capacities and working environment.

More than 80% of the attendees were NTU students from various schools such as School of Biological Sciences (SBS), School of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE), and School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering (SCBE). 

The Open House attracted a large crowd of students because it was held in conjunction with SCELSE’s PhD student recruitment event. Also in attendance was a number of NTU staff, alumni and members of the public.







In the first seminar session, SCELSE Research Director of Environmental Engineering Prof. Stefan Wuertz welcomed visitors to SCELSE with a broad overview of the Centre, emphasising that SCELSE is a unique Research Centre of Excellence as it is supported by both NTU and NUS. 

He then invited Asst. Prof. Kimberly Kline, Asst. Prof. Yang Liang and Asst. Prof. Cao Bin to give talks on their respective research areas. In addition, PhD student Tay Wei Hong and FYP student Selina Setiadi talked about their research experiences and student life at SCELSE, while Ms Loh Ying Ting gave a talk about the PhD application process.

Attendees were then invited to a buffet lunch at the SCELSE B2 coffee lounge, where a wide selection of scientific displays and activities awaited, including a dart game designed by Dr Jamie Hinks detailing potential career paths in environmental life sciences engineering (ELSE).

The second seminar session started with a fun presentation about biofilm biology by Dr Thomas Seviour, which drew many chuckles of laughter from the audience due to the pop culture references sprinkled throughout his talk. He stressed that the “Lone Ranger” view of microbes is dead and replaced by the view of them as interactive communities.

Prof. Wuertz then discussed the importance of biofilm research to drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. 

The audience was highly engaged and asked many questions about drinking water quality and safety in Singapore.

Overall, the visitors found the Open House a fun and informative experience.

“I find it interesting and also disturbing that we are basically walking communities of microbes,” said Mr Peter Dunne, a visitor from the air-conditioning industry. He was interested in microbial biosensors and discussed this topic with SCELSE researchers during tea time.

A big thank you goes out to all SCELSE staff and students who helped to make this event a success.