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Commonwealth Science Conference 2017

I personally found it inspiring and made connections and relationships which I suspect will change my career. I am in no way exaggerating in saying that it was the best conference I have been to.

Delegate, 2014 conference

The multidisciplinary nature of the conference surprised me- I didn’t think it would be so amazing- but it was mind expanding, exciting, horizon broadening and fun.

Delegate, 2014 conference

Totally energizing experience! Such great plenaries that I felt a resurgence in my passion for science. It was also a hugely valuable opportunity to get some insight into what science looks like in developing nations of the commonwealth.

Delegate, 2014 conference


Commonwealth Science Conference

Following the success of the 2014 Commonwealth Science Conference, the Royal Society and National Research Foundation, Singapore, are working together to organise the next Commonwealth Science Conference in Singapore on 13-16 June 2017. 

The conference will bring together leading scientists to showcase the best science from across the commonwealth. The conference aims to celebrate excellence in science throughout the Commonwealth; provide opportunities for cooperation between researchers in different Commonwealth countries; inspire young scientists, students and pupils; build understanding about policy issues of common interest and encourage scientific capacity building in Commonwealth countries.

The conference will be attended by around 400 scientists from across the Commonwealth, at different stages in their career. 

Delegate applications to attend the conference are now closed.


Highlights include a keynote lecture from Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, plenary lectures from leading scientists across the Commonwealth, sessions on a range of topical issues affecting the Commonwealth. The conference is also a unique opportunity for those attending to meet scientists from around the Commonwealth to discuss common challenges and opportunities to work together. 

Conference themes

The conference programme will include sessions on the following themes:

  • New technologies
  • Social engagement with new technologies
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Sustainable cities
  • The future of the oceans
  • Towards low carbon energy

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

Professor Nam Hai Chua FRS, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, Singapore
Dr Bernie Fanaroff, Square Kilometre Array, South Africa
Professor Terrence Forrester, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Professor Jenny Graves, La Trobe University, Australia
Professor CNR Rao FRS, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, India 
Professor Janet Rossant FRS, University of Toronto, Canada

Read biographies of plenary speakers.