The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) and the Biodiversity Informatics Infrastructure: 14 November 2013, 7:00pm–8:00pm


The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research and the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature is proud to present the free public talk:

The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) and the Biodiversity Informatics Infrastructure

Date: 14 November 2013                                                                                                           Time: 7:00pm–8:00pm                                                                                                Venue: University Hall Auditorium, National University of Singapore,                 Lee Kong Chian Wing Level 2, Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077

About the Talk:


What rules govern the way animals are named?

Who makes and enforces these rules?

Why are these rules still relevant for science today?

One of the most important components of the biodiversity informatics infrastructure is the taxonomic backbone. All biological information is related to species concepts. As biologists use species names to communicate species concepts, a reliable framework for species names is instrumental for sharing knowledge in biology. The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature has provided a legal infrastructure since the early 20th century, and now endeavours to expand its services to the zoological community with a central registration system called ZooBank. The initiatives and challenges to build a robust digital infrastructure for biological information are discussed.

About the Speaker:

Dr. JAN VAN TOL specialises in in the Odonata (dragonflies), especially the family Platystictidae. His current research interests are the taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of the Odonata of Southeast Asia. He is based at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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“Forget not our Living Forest” – botanist Joseph Lai unveils an entourage of enthralling forest denizens! Thu 17 Oct 2013: 6.30pm @ NUS LT25


Raffles Museum Toddycats & Cicada Tree Eco-Place are pleased to present this free public talk:


“Forget Not Our Living Forest” by Joseph Lai, botanist

Thu 17 Oct 2013: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre 25, Faculty of Science, NUS (map)
All are welcome,
please register at:

About the talk

Timeless and priceless beyond imagination, our living forest lives and breathes for us, providing us with a green lung and enriching our lives with a vessel of flora and fauna that is so intricately diverse and rich. Forget Not Our Living Forest seeks to reconnect us with, and re-energise our appreciation for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, our natural heritage, set in the heart of our island.

Veteran botanist Joseph Lai will unravel the priceless denizens of the forest, carefully and painstakingly assembled from years of appreciative observations. Never before have you seen such an enthralling ensemble of forest denizens and feel the life of a living forest, uniquely near our doorstep in Singapore!


Pangolin head5

Cyathea trichodesma

Heritiera elata1

Draco blkbeardedwings



Thanks to Joseph Lai for use of the images.

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The three stars of Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum are in Singapore!



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Love MacRitchie Walks for NUS – three 2-hour Saturday morning walks from 19 Oct 2013

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The Love MacRitchie walks for NUS are two-hour Saturday morning walks conducted by Raffles Museum Toddycats for the NUS community. Enthusiastic guides will share with you stories about a variety of amazing plants and animals living in our precious forest heritage.

Register at:

  • Dates: Saturdays 19 Oct | 26 Oct | 02 Nov 2013
  • Time: 8.30am – 11.30 am
  • Meeting Point: Venus Drive Carpark
    • (off Upper Thomson Road; map)
  • Route: Venus Loop Forest Trail
  • Maximum number of people per walk: 25
  • Attire: Covered walking shoes, preferably long pants
  • Bring: Water, insect repellent, cap/hat to protect you from the sun, poncho/umbrella in case of rain.
  • DO NOT CARRY PLASTIC BAGS to avoid attracting monkeys.
Love MacRitchie Walks for NUS

See also Thu 17 Oct 2013: 6.30pm @ NUS LT25 – “Forget not our Living Forest” – botanist Joseph Lai unveils an entourage of enthralling forest denizens!

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Making the Past Present

The museum was recently featured in ALUMNUS, the almuni magazine of the National University of Singapore.

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Your support will go a long way in curating and maintaining our exhibits and specimens!

Thank you for your support!.

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100 Common Vascular Plants of the Nee Soon Swamp Forest

A new Raffles Museum book by S. Y. Tan, C. Y. Koh, H. J. M. Siow, T. Li, H. F. Wong, A. Heyzer & H. T. W. Tan on the 100 Common Vascular Plants of the Nee Soon Swamp Forest is out. The book is available for free download at the website.

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Toddycats Engage! for MacRitchie at Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium 2013

NUS Toddycats!

The organisers of Singapore Futures Sustainability Symposium 2013 graciously allowed the RMBR Toddycats a platform to speak up for MacRitchie last Saturday. Several Toddycats enthusiastically answered the call for volunteers by Chloe, especially after the inspirational HOWL session with Subaraj and Tony!

Come talk to us! We won’t bite!  ~ Yi yong, David and Sean giving me their best friendly faces and Ambert gets down to business getting sign ups for the public talk by Joseph Lai and guided walks.

Infographics  from Love MacRitchie were blown up and printed in A3. We’ll be using them again and again in a series of outreach activities!

Chloe’s computer with the petition letter so people could sign it on the spot. Vilma passed us more decals and photos so we could show people the awesome biodiversity in our forests.

We spotted Kwek Yan before the symposium and opportunistically roped him in to…

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