The Singapore Prize and the President’s Science and Technology Awards

The Singapore Prize and the President’s Science and Technology Awards

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The Singapore Prize honors outstanding projects in interior design that have made a significant contribution to the city. The winner receives a trophy and cash prize. This year, the award also includes an opportunity to showcase their project at the 2023 WAFX international trade show. Past winners have included a post-earthquake reconstruction in Indonesia, a stacked apartment building by OMA and Ole Scheeren in China, and a public park by local architects Budi Prajot and Tito Supriatna.

The President’s Science and Technology Awards are Singapore’s highest honours for scientists and engineers. The awards were first conferred in 1987 and elevated to Presidential status in 2009. The prestigious awards celebrate individuals and organisations who are at the forefront of research and development, as well as contribute to Singapore’s vision of becoming a global leader in scientific innovation.

This year, there are seven categories with prizes worth more than S$300,000. The poetry category features the directors of the Singapore Writers Festival-one former and one current-vying for top honours, while the nonfiction category has a scholarly feel with works by historians and geographers competing against authors from other disciplines.

The winner of the history prize, Prof Miksic, is a professor at NUS’ Department of History. He was invited to Singapore in 1984 to conduct a test excavation at Fort Canning, and later moved to the country permanently. He has since participated in more than 1,000 archaeological excavations here, including at Empress Place and Old Parliament House. He was also involved in the discovery and interpretation of historical evidence such as Chinese trader Wang Dayuan’s mentions of places scholars identified as Singapore.

During the ceremony, Prince William praised all 15 finalists for their work in solving global environmental challenges, saying they showed that “hope does remain” amid the world’s climate change crisis. He added that he would visit Singapore next month to meet some of the winners through local activation programmes. He is also scheduled to attend a United for Wildlife global summit in Singapore featuring representatives of law enforcement agencies and businesses working together against the illegal wildlife trade.

Ahead of his visit, he tweeted: “Hello Singapore! Looking forward to meeting some of the Earthshot finalists and learning more about their amazing work.”

The inaugural LIV Golf event took place in Singapore this week. The no-cut, 54-hole tournament was played at the Sentosa Golf Club and featured a purse of $25 million. Talor Gooch won the individual competition, beating Sergio Garcia in a playoff for the victory. This was the second time Gooch won a title at the circuit, having previously won the 2021 event in South Korea. The full breakdown of payouts can be found here.