Established in 1976, the SNAS endeavours to promote the advance of science and technology in Singapore. SNAS also represents the scientific opinions of its members. From the outset, SNAS was conceived of as an umbrella organization which would not only have its own series of programmes but would also oversee the activities of its constituent societies. Since 2011, SNAS has begun to elect her own fellows.
Science and innovation are ranked highly by both government and industry in Singapore. Science and Technology (S&T) has always been a key pillar of Singapore's national strategy for growth. It is a source of innovation and value creation to enable the progressive shift towards a knowledge-based society.
Science education in Singapore is designed to prepare our students to be sufficiently adept as effective citizens, be able to function in and contribute to an increasingly technologically-driven society. Central to the Science curriculum is the planned inculcation of the spirit of scientific inquiry.
For many years Singapore has been promoting and popularising science via various programmes. Science Centre Singapore (SCS) was opened in 1977 to promote informal science education and promotion. SCS works together with constituent societies of SNAS such as SAAS and STAS to promote and popularise science. In addition many education institutions also have their own programmes to promote Science.
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Scientists in Singapore
Many scientists in Singapore are employed by local tertiary institutions such as NUS and NTU, and research institutes. The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (Abbrev: A*STAR) is a statutory board established in 1991 to foster scientific research and talent for a knowledge-based Singapore. A large pool of scientists are found to be associated with A*STAR. (Website: http://www.a-star.edu.sg/)
COSMOS, the Journal of The Singapore National Academy of Science, highlights science research in Singapore and publishes invited review articles with the aim of promoting interdisciplinary research in Science and Mathematics. Each volume, published once or twice a year, focusses on a specific topic or field and should be accessible to researchers from other scientific disciplines.