Monday, March 02, 2009

Life as a Sanctioned Professional Killer by Prof Peter Ng

Have you ever wonder why scientists need to collect and preserve animal specimens?

Do you feel that dredging the seabed to sample the marine life is destructive to the ecosystem?

Are you one of those conservationists who feel that a photo speaks a thousand words and its not necessary to bring specimens back to the lab?

Do you feel that killing in the name of science is cruel and unjustified?

Why is there a need to kill?

Get your questions answered at the talk by Professor Peter Ng, Director of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and an international taxonomic expert on crabs.

Date: 7 March 2009, Saturday
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Venue: LT 31 NUS Faculty of Science (next to Science Canteen)

All are welcome!

Admission is free but registration required. Please register here.

How to get there:

  • Take SBS Bus 95 from Buona Vista MRT station.
  • Drop off at the second stop after the bus turns in to NUH/NUS.
  • See map:

Prof Peter KL Ng, Director of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, has in recent years become deeply involved in environmental and conservation biology. In the field of biodiversity science, the killing and preservation of animal specimens for research is an integral part of the discipline. If a biologist's desire is to conserve - how should this need to kill be rationalized? In a wide ranging talk, these seemingly conflicting aspects will be discussed and hopefully parsimonised.

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