All posts by Michael Riediker

Michael Riediker: Singapore has many fast and cheap connections to the rest of the world

One of the first things I realised after having settled in Singapore was that it is excellently connected to the rest of the world. In no time I was able to travel back home to Switzerland, or visit colleagues in Taipei, Tokyo and elsewhere without having to break the bank! There are direct flights to all continents except Antarctica. Return tickets are surprisingly cheap, for example tickets as low as… (prices checked on 19 May 2016, your mileage may vary)

· Zurich CHF 575 (=€ 520)
· Tokyo JPY 28,100
· Taipei TWD 6,300
· Sidney AUD 680
· Sao Paolo BRL 3,070
· San Francisco USD 750
· New York USD 775
· Johannesburg ZAR 8,200
· Beijing CNY 2,600
· Auckland NYZ 1,200

A380 Kentaro IEMOTO CC-BY-SA-2.0 Dreamliner-Kentaro-IEMOTO CC-BY-SA-2.0

Carriers use modern planes, such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing Dreamliner (pics by Kentaro Iemoto CC-BY-SA-2.0.

It is also worth spending some time at Singapore’s Changi airport, which features a butterfly garden, orchids, and even a swimming pool inside the terminals.

Changi Airport Butterfly Garden Andy-Mitchell-CC-BY-SA-2.0
Changi Airport Butterfly Garden (by Andy-Mitchell CC-BY-SA-2.0)

I look very much forward welcoming you all this September to Singapore for the 11th International Particle Toxicology Conference.

Michael Riediker, Conference Organiser



Ng Kee Woei: Embark on culinary adventures in Singapore

Singapore Crab by KWN
Singapore crab (© Ng Kee Woei)

As a Singaporean and member of the local organizing committee, I want to alert you to the fact that Singapore is also a wonderful haven to embark on exhilarating culinary adventures. Besides a comprehensive selection of international cuisine that will make you feel at home, we have a unique spread of local and fusion cuisine that mirrors our multicultural society. Whether it’s fine dining after a day of shopping or tucking into local-style seafood after hiking through a nature reserve, there is something to satisfy all taste buds. I look forward to welcoming you to our “little red dot”!

NG Kee Wei, Member of the Organizing Committee

Singapore rice by mattjlc
Nasi Lemak – coconut rice with egg, fried anchovies and sambal chili paste served on banana leaves (CC BY 2.0 Athena Lao)
Satay - grilled skewered meat with sauce
Satay – grilled skewered meat with spicy peanut sauce (CC BY 2.0: matjic)

Flemming Cassee: memories from my first visit to Singapore – all is perfectly organised!

Gardens by the Bay (© FC)

My memories to Singapore go back to probably the first international meeting on nanosafety organized by Nanyang Technological University: International Symposium for Nanosafety: Social, Environmental and Health Impacts, 17-18 November 2014. They demonstrated that Singapore is a very good venue for a scientific meeting with good connections to other countries and the organization was close to perfection. This should be promising for the IPTC 2016 meeting! IPTC is not only about nanotoxicology and it broadens the horizon to Particle and Fibre Toxicology. As editor of the eponymous journal I really encourage you to attend this prestigious meeting.

And… after fruitful scientific sessions is it a pleasure to stroll around Waterfront Promenade or visit some of the excellent museums.

Flemming R. Cassee, Member of the Scientific Committee

Marina Bay Sands at night (© FC)

Paul Borm: My path has brought me to Singapore many times for nanotechnology issues

In September 2016 the International Conference on Particle Toxicology (IPTC2016) will take place. It was in October 1999 when Ken Donaldson and me organized the 7th of this meeting series in Maastricht for 250 participants. My path has brought me to Singapore many times for nanotechnology issues, and I am looking forward to moderate the nanotech industry session at IPTC2016. Of course I will also take the opportunity to see the new architecture and roof top pools. This picture taken by me in June 2011 shows serious thought at a relaxed site: typical Singapore. Hope to see you there…

Paul Borm, Member of the Scientific Committee

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Relaxing view from roof top pool (© PB)

Günter Oberdörster: Explore the natural beauties of Singapore

“Singapore is worth a visit not only because of the scientific importance of the conference but also because of its natural wonders. During a recent Singapore visit, I was able to get close to huge water monitors and other creatures in one of the three national parks.”

Günter Oberdörster, Member of the Scientific Committee


Günter and a huge water monitor (© GO). The species of giant lizards living in Singapore are relatively harmless. Learn more on Singapore National Parks.