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Volume 3, Issue 1 (March 2013)

Report on BSI Conference 2013

The BSI Conference 2013 on "Population Matters: Purpose, Priorities and Perceptions", held on 7th March at Orchard Hotel, was attended by 250 participants from academia and the public, private and people sectors. Summaries of the presentations and highlights of the conference are provided below.

Speakers at the Conference

President Arnoud De Meyer delivering the Welcome Address.

Professor David Chan speaking on contributions from Behavioural Sciences.

Assoc Prof Tan Ern Ser speaking on issues in social stratification.

Dr Mathew Mathews speaking on issues in social integration.

Ms Charlotte Beck speaking on the policy contexts of ageing in Singapore.

Assoc Prof John Elliott speaking on socio-psychological issues of ageing.

Assoc Prof Paulin Straughan speaking on issues in marriage and parenthood.

Mr Tan Kian Hoon moderating a panel discussion.

Dr Jeremy Lim moderating a panel discussion.

Asst Prof Serena Wee facilitating the proceedings as emcee of the conference.

Closing Panel Discussion

Panelists (from left: Mrs Mildred Tan, Mr Janadas Devan, Professor David Chan, Ms Debra Soon, Dr Jeremy Lim) addressing questions from the audience on issues pertaining to Singapore's population challenges.

Some shots of our conference participants…

Mr Kwek Leng Joo
Managing Director
City Developments Ltd

Professor Tommy Koh

Ms Yeoh Chee Yean
Permanent Secretary

Mr Wong Hong Kuan
Chief Executive 

Ms Lim Sau Hoong
Chief Executive
10AM Communications

... and more shots.

Summaries of Presentations at BSI Conference 2013

Summaries of the presentations delivered by each of the six speakers are attached below. Please click on the following links to view the respective summaries.

Population Matters: Contributions from Behavioural Sciences (Professor David Chan)

Issues in Social Stratification (Assoc Prof Tan Ern Ser)

Issues in Social Integration (Dr Mathew Mathews)

Ageing Population: The Singapore Context (Ms Charlotte Beck)

Ageing & Elderly Issues: Social and Psychological Perspectives (Assoc Prof John Elliott)

Marriage and Parenthood (Assoc Prof Paulin Straughan)


Highlights of Recent Seminars

22 January 2013
David Wagner, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources at SMU presented a seminar titled “Workplace Emotional Labour: More Than Meets The Eye”. He discussed the implications, benefits and costs of organisationally required emotional display rules at work.

2 February 2013 
Xi Zou, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School presented a seminar titled “The Grand Duality: Who Sees Competition Within Friendship, and How Do They Perform At Work?”. She discussed how both competition and friendship can co-exist in interpersonal relations at the workplace.

5 March 2013
Christopher Nye, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University presented a seminar titled “Selecting Better Employees in the 21st Century: Broadening the Range of Potential Predictors”. He discussed the relevance of assessing vocational interests in the personnel selection process.

Insights from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section of Insights from Behavioural Sciences, we feature a Channel NewsAsia programme (IT Figures) in which BSI Director Professor David Chan discussed the interpretations of country rankings in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Where-to-be-Born Index and the GALLUP World Poll.

Applications from Behavioural Sciences

In this regular section of Applications from Behavioural Sciences, we feature a Straits Times article titled "Population priorities and perceptions" contributed by BSI Director Professor David Chan. The article discussed the importance of well-being and quality of life in the debate on the Population White Paper.


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