Breaking Out of Convention - Impactful Science for Today’s Deep Issues
21st August 2020, 08:30-18:30 hrs
The Metro 2, 2 Science Park Drive, Ascent, Main lobby, Singapore 118222Map

If you are startups/academic researchers, please join us to share your info to solve the problems in Singapore and areas surrounding Southeast Asia. Japanese corporations, startups, and academic researchers will gather. A rare opportunities to meet up with above diversity.

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“Breaking Out of Convention – Impactful Science for Today’s Deep Issues”

Current critical issues

If you think about world issues today, climate change, lack of clean water, poverty, or healthcare might come up at the top of your head. Singapore and its neighboring countries in the Southeast Asia region has their own unique challenges and issues to solve with the world. Hyper Interdisciplinary Conference Singapore 2020 (HIC SG 2020) will bring together various stakeholders to discuss on the issues and possible solutions.


Turning research data into solutions

At HIC SG 2020, we envision to turn research data into usable solutions in order to solve deep issues, through the usage of new research developed or innovative methods instead of the conventional route. We would like to challenge this by bringing corporates, researchers, and startups together to discuss from the viewpoints of Healthier Living, Asian Skin, and Smarter City.


Open discussions and open collaborations

Unique to HIC SG 2020, we hope to build an ecosystem to foster active discussions and open collaborations that can bring about more awareness for the issues, research collaboration, and business idea creation.



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  • 21st August 2020

21st August 2020(Fri.)08:30 - 18:30

Time Program
08:30-09:30 Registration
09:30-09:40 Opening Remarks
09:40-10:00 Keynote Presentation
10:00-11:00 Corporate Partner Session



Technology Splash


Special Guest Presentations

12:00-13:00 Lunch + Poster Session
13:00-14:00 Speaker’s Presentation and Panel Discussion 1) Skin Health for Southeast Asians
14:00-15:00 Speaker’s Presentation and Panel Discussion 2) Nutraceutical Solution for Healthier Living
15:00-16:00 Poster Session
16:00-17:00 Speaker’s Presentation and Panel Discussion 3) Developing Smart Cities in Southeast Asia
17:00-17:30 Closing Ceremony 
17:30-18:30 Networking


09:40 hrs - 10:00 hrs
Keynote Presentation
AI and Mankind: Building an Equitable Future for Global Healthcare with MEDGIC
Dr. Reid Lim, Founder, MEDGIC

Dr. Reid Lim (MBBS) is a physician and the founder of MEDGIC - an AI company dedicated to transcending tomorrow’s healthcare by building the world’s largest neural network for skin pathology. Half of today’s population has no access to healthcare and many more are impoverished to pay for it. MEDGIC harnesses the transformative power of AI to forge a better and fairer future for global healthcare. It is a gift from machines, to all mankind on Earth.
11:00 hrs - 11:30 hrs
Technology Splash
Come prepared to listen to mind-blowing technologies from a wide area!

Dr. Tan Mei Hua, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, DeNova Sciences

Others TBC
11:30 hrs - 11:50 hrs
Special Guest Presentations
We are honoured to invite 2 special guests to give a speech in their respective fields!

Dr. Hooshmand Palany, Chairman, Healthcare Working Group ASEAN-Business Advisory Council

Dr. Yuko Ueno, President of Leave a Nest America Inc., Frontier Development Division in Leave a Nest. Co., Ltd.
13:00 hrs - 14:00 hrs
Skin Health for Southeast Asians
Going more than just skin deep, there are specific criteria to skin from Southeast Asia region which makes it uniquely different to the other skins. Therefore in the Hyper Interdisciplinary Conference in Singapore 2020, we will be discussing about skin health of Southeast Asians.

Dr. Maurice van Steensel, Professor of Dermatology and Skin Biology at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (NTU), Skin Director at Skin Research Institute of Singapore (A*STAR)

Dr. Ruenn Chai Lai, Research Scientist at Institute of Medical Biology (A*STAR), Consultant at Vesiderm

Dr. Reid Lim, Founder, MEDGIC

Ms. Hui Ling Chan, Assistant Manager in Research Development Division, Leave a Nest Singapore
14:00 hrs - 15:00 hrs
Nutraceutical Solution for Healthier Living
With demands from consumers to move towards healthier living, we will be discussing on what and how will our lives be like in 30 years time and how would nutraceuticals play a part in reaching it.

Prof. William Chen, Michael Fam Chair Professor and Director of Food Science & Technology (NTU)

Dr. Shabbir M Moochhala, Innovation Director, Fifth Sense


Mr. Shohei Michael Maekawa, Director, Leave a Nest Singapore
16:00 hrs - 17:00 hrs
Developing Smart Cities in Southeast Asia
As we move into an era of smarter cities, let us dive into the challenges preventing us from moving forward faster and the various solutions developed.

Mr. Ryan Jin Zhanhe, Lead (Smart Cities and Future Mobility), EcoLabs Centre of Innovation for Energy, Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ([email protected])

Dr. Norrapat Shih, Chief Executive Officer, ETBio

Mr. Lionel Sinai-Sinelnikoff, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ascent