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GMAC Students Challenge 2014 Finals, Infographic Poster Exhibition



The GMAC Students Challenge 2014 is part of GMAC's ongoing efforts to enhance public awareness on matters relating to GM technology and GMOs. This year, secondary school students were invited to create an infographic poster based on the theme "ABCs of GM". 17 schools and 28 teams participated in this year's challenge. Out of the 28 teams, 10 teams were shortlisted for the finals.

You can visit our Facebook Page to view the finalists or find out the results of this year's competition.

The GMAC Students Challenge 2014 Infographic Exhibition Finals saw the 10 team finalists presenting their poster and answering grueling questions from the judges. There was also be a Q&A session with the expert panel to answer the public queries on the genetic modification technology.

Photos of the event can be found here.



PAST EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

GMAC seeks to objectively impart scientifically-sound information on GM technology and GMOs to the public. Since its establishment in 1999, GMAC has been making ongoing efforts to create and enhance public awareness on GM issues. Some of the public events and activities taken on by GMAC are as follows:

GMAC Public Forum with Mr Graham Brookes, 30 May 2014

Global Impact of Biotech Crops: Economic & Environmental Effects, 1996 – 2012

Mr Graham Brookes, an agricultural economist and consultant, delivered a keynote lecture on the global economic and environmental effects of biotech crops from 1996 to 2012. He addresses the benefits that genetically modified crops have delivered which include improved environmental effects, decreased dependance on pesticides and herbicides and increased yield. This lecture was based on two reports that are readily available at www.pgeconomics.co.uk. The lecture was followed by a question & answer session where members of the audience asked questions ranging from EU regulations on GM crops and herbicide resistant crops to food safety issues.

The following infograph summarizes the key points in the lecture;
Source: MABIC
Source: MABIC, www.bic.org.my


GMAC Student Challenge 2013

The GMAC Students Challenge is back once again! And with a bigger grand prize in 2013! Students from secondary schools were invited to submit an video clip on this year's theme of The Future: Possibilities and Limitations of GM Technology". Shortlisted entries were showcased on the GMAC Students Challenge Facebook page where your family and friends can view them! The shortlistees were also featured in a screening event in August 2013.


GMAC Student Challenge 2012

GMAC Students Challenge 2012
The GMAC Students Challenge opens this year once again to students from local secondary schools. This event is part of GMAC's latest initiative in enhancing public awareness of matters relating to GM technology and GMOs. Students are invited to create a short documentary clip depicting the role of agricultural biotechnology in mitigating climate change. Shortlisted entries were displayed on Facebook where members of the public can vote for their favourite shortlistees. The competition ended with a screening session in Biopolis. Photos of the event can be found here.


GMAC Student Challenge 2011

GMAC Students Challenge 2011
The GMAC Students Challenge opens this year once again to students from local secondary schools. This event is part of GMAC's latest initiative in enhancing public awareness of matters relating to GM technology and GMOs. Students are invited to create a short documentary clip depicting the rold of agricultural biotechnology in mitigating climate change. Shortlisted entries were displayed on Facebook where members of the public can vote for their favourite shortlistee. The competition ended with a screening session in Biopolis. Photos of the event can be found here.


Public Forum on Science Communication, 6 Apr 2011

Public Forum on Science Communication - Communicating Crop Biotechnology: Experiences from the Developing World At the invitation of The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), GMAC co-hosted with ISAAA the Public Forum on Science Communication alongside with the National Institute of Education (NIE). This is in conjunction with ISAAA’s annual meeting of Biotechnology Information Centre representatives in Singapore this year. The event also included a book release and a biotechnology-inspired fashion show. Audience attending the public forum hailed from a myriad of organisations from the scientific research community, industries, schools and tertiary institutions, statutory boards and ministries. The event was also covered by the local Mandarin newspapers, Lianhe ZaoBao.


Video Screening Session of the GMAC Student Reporters' Challenge 2009

Video Screening Session of the GMAC Student Reporters' Challenge 2009
130 students from 20 local secondary school interviewed Residents of the Singapore Heartlands for their perceptions towards genetically modified (GM) foods, and created video clips aimed at demystifying gene modification technology, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and GM foods, as they competed in the GMAC Student Reporters’ Challenge 2009. Shortlisted entries to the competition were screened on 5 Sep 2009 to an audience of about 200 people in Biopolis. Click here to find out more about the GMAC Student Reporters' Challenge 2009 and the Video Sceening Session! 24 July 2008

Discussion Forum on "Science, Politics and Activism in the Biotech Revolution"
Professor Lee Sing Kong (Co-Deputy Chairman, GMAC) chaired a discussion forum on "Science, Politics and Activism in the Biotech Revolution" at the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science. Associate Professor Peter Droge (Chairman, GMAC Subcommittee on the Release of Agriculture-Related GMOs) and Dr Henry Miller (Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University) were also present on the discussion panel to answer students' questions on GM-related issues.


The GMAC Student Reporters’ Challenge 2008

The GMAC Student Reporters’ Challenge 2008
The GMAC Student Reporters’ Challenge 2008 was a creative writing and design competition organized in conjunction with the launch of the revamped GMAC website. The competition attracted more than 250 participants from 26 primary schools and 29 secondary schools in Singapore. As "Student Reporters", the participants attended the GMAC Press Event - a mega "press conference" during which they were given opportunities to pose GM-related questions to an expert panel comprising scientists and regulators. The "Student Reporters" then created newsletters to present their findings. Click here to view selected articles from the Challenge. 15 February 2007 – 15 March 2007
Lectures at the Ministry of Health

On the invitation of the Ministry of Health, Associate Professor Raymond Lin and Dr Hong Yan of the GMAC Subcommittee on the Release of Agriculture-Related GMOs delivered a series of lectures on GM-related topics to healthcare professionals.


On “Consumer Watch” of 93.8 LIVE, 6 Feb 2007

On “Consumer Watch” of 938LIVE
Professor Lee Sing Kong (Co-Deputy Chairman, GMAC) and Mr Seah Seng Choon (CASE representative on GMAC) were interviewed in the 938LIVE radio programme, “Consumer Watch”.


Public Forum "Commercialization of biotech crops 1996-2006: future prospects", Jan 2007

Public Forum "Commercialization of biotech crops 1996-2006: future prospects"
Dr Clive James of the ISAAA delivered a keynote lecture on the future prospects of biotech crops, including their potential contribution to the Millennium Development goal of alleviating poverty and hunger by 50% by 2015 and their potential role in the production of biofuels. His lecture was followed by a Question-and-Answer session, where members of the public had their questions on biotech crops answered by GMAC representatives and guest speakers.


Interview in “The Living Room” of 93.8LIVE, 22 Jan 2007

Interview in “The Living Room” of 938LIVE
Professor Lee Sing Kong and Dr Hong Yan went on air in the 938LIVE radio programme, “The Living Room”.