Raffles Science Symposium 2021

The Raffles Science Symposium (RSS) is an annual event organised in Raffles Institution that features research projects, lectures and hands-on workshops from the fields of mental health science, natural science and sports science. Founded since 2010, RSS has since involved the participation of more than 6000 educators, students and professionals in the various science fields from more than 50 different secondary schools, Junior Colleges, Institutes of Higher Learning and professional organisations.

Raffles Science Symposium 2021 will be held on 24 February 2021 (Wed).  Do check out the following links for more information on the various strands. 

Below is the programme for all the 3 strands of sciences that will be presented at the Symposium.  All will be held virtually this year.  Across the 3 strands, you will find sharings by graduated students of RI.  Under the Mental Health Science Strand, there are also 2 tracks of presentations – one for students and another for professionals such as teachers, school personnel, and any persons working with students.

Publicity 2021 (Combined Programmes) updated 8 Feb
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Sports Science


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The annual RSS Sports Science Strand will take place on 24th February 2021 from 9am to 12pm virtually as a virtual science symposium.

What is the Raffles Science Symposium: Sports Science Strand?

The sports science enrichment programme started in 2009. As of 2020, the E W Barker Institute of Sports has produced more than 90 research projects, and over 300 students have benefitted from the programme. The annual symposium is an educational symposium specifically designed for student-athletes who are keen to improve their sports performance as well as learn about the latest in the field of youth sports.

Like the many batches before, the annual symposium is the final project for the students in the EWBIS Sports Science Enrichment Programme who had experienced the journey of exploration in the area of sports science.

Participants can look forward to:

  • Sharing by sports researchers
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Networking opportunities for shared interests

Who should attend?

We welcome all students who are interested and passionate in sports and sports science. Year 5 students who may be keen to enrol into the EWBIS Sports Science Enrichment Programme (Monday Enrichment Programme) should attend this.

How do I sign up?

To register for the event and for more details, please click here.

For queries, please contact us at [email protected]

Sports Science Research at RSS

Mental Health

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The annual RSS Mental Health Science Strand will take place on 24 February 2021 from 830am to 1300pm online as a virtual event. Registration starts at 815am.

What is the Raffles Science Symposium: Mental Health Science Strand?

RSS Mental Health Science strand is an annual platform where Raffles Guidance Centre (RGC) and the Peer Helpers Programme (PHP) showcase research in mental health, and invite speakers from different organisations to share on mental health topics to advocate for and increase awareness in mental health in Raffles Institution. This free event is organised as part of our preventative work in RI and to benefit the wider community. For the past three years, we have had an audience of over 200. 

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What is the theme for this year?

RSS Mental Health Science Strand 2021 will focus on Replenishing and Reinventing (R&R) ourselves.  Highlights include:

  • Dr Christopher Willard, Harvard psychologist specializing in mindfulness and published author of  Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016), Raising Resilience (2017), will be speaking on the benefits of mindfulness and how it helps with building resilience
  • Dr Liow Pei Hsiang, Psychiatrist and Senior Consultant from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) will share on identifying students with depression and anxiety symptoms, and how to manage and attend to them
  • Dr. John Phillip Louis, PhD in Clinical Psychology, registered counsellor and supervisor with the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC), Advanced Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor/Trainer with the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) will be doing a schema therapy workshop on knowing yourself, reigniting passion, avoiding burnout
  • Dr. Harry Lim, Head of Sport Psychology at the National Youth Sports Institute will share on improving personal performance using concepts from Sports Psychology
  • Kevin Wee, Raffles Institution alumnus and founder of Rebound with Resilience will be sharing about his personal mental health journey, and offer tips on building resilience and self care
  • Student sharings and project presentations from RI students and RI Peer Helpers
  • Virtual Exhibition of Peer Helpers Programme group projects on mental health from 2016 - 2020
Please find the Programme Booklet with more details here.

Who should attend?

We welcome all who are working with youths in an educational setting, mental health professionals, and students interested in mental health to attend. Year 5 students who would like to apply for the Peer Helpers Programme (Monday Enrichment Programme) should attend this. In previous years, participants have included trained peer helpers from RI, as well as Secondary and JC students from other schools who are involved in peer support. We also have school counsellors and teachers in charge of student development from other schools, and mental health professionals from various organisations in attendance.

How do I sign up?

Please register for this event at the following link:

Deadline for registration is 10 February 2021

While we would like to reach out to as many people as possible, we do have a limited capacity and sign-ups are on a first come first served basis.

How do I get more information?

For more updates, please visit the Peer Helpers Programme website at

For queries, please email [email protected] or [email protected] .

We hope to see you there!

Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences

The annual RSS Natural Sciences Strand will take place on 24th February 2021 from 8am to 3pm virtually as an virtual science symposium.

What is the Raffles Science Symposium: Natural Sciences Strand?

The Raffles Science Institute (RSI) is the hub for scientific research and enrichment activities based on the OpenLab concept in Raffles Institution. Through varied and diverse authentic learning experiences, a multitude of exciting enrichment opportunities are offered to our students. In-house scientists with PhD qualifications and teachers in RSI create customised courses, field trips, learning journeys, master classes and mentorship opportunities to nurture talents in science and technology. Past workshops include: 3D printing, forensic science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Food Science, Marine Biology, Immunology, Environmental Science and many more areas of science.  

Explaining the novelty of her Biomedical Device to allow for early clinical diagnosis at SSEF

RSS Natural Sciences strand is an annual platform where RSI showcases research and enrichment projects and in research areas for the sciences, such as Biology, Lifesciences, Chemistry, Physics, Materials, Computational Sciences and Engineering. Speakers from different organisations, as well as our Raffles student alumni will be presenting their scientific and research experiences at RSS Natural Sciences strand.

Theme: Interdisciplinary Research

RSS Natural Sciences Strand 2021 will focus on Interdisciplinary Research.  Highlights for incoming Year 5 students include:

Keynote Lecture – Journey into an Interdisciplinary Field: Nanoscience!

(“Live” conference call) by Prof Sow Chorng Haur, Vice Dean of NUS College of Humanities and Sciences

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About the speaker

Prof. Sow received a B.Sc. degree (1st Class Hon, 1991) and a MSc degree (1993) in Physics from NUS. He went on to The University of Chicago and completed his PhD degree in 1998. During the period in 1999-2000, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Bell Laboratory. He returned to NUS Department of Physics in year 2001. Currently he is serving as Vice Dean for NUS FoS in charge of Outreach and Admission and he is also the Head of Department of Physics NUS. He has authored and co-authored more than 260 papers in the field of nanoscience and nanomaterials. As the founding director of the FoS Science Demonstration Lab, SCH is very interested in developing effective pedagogy in Science Communication and the Minds-on Approach to STEM education. He has dedicated much of his effort to outreach with frequent popular public lectures, research opportunities for JC students in his lab, teachers workshop, contribution to MOE textbooks etc.

  • Super Senior’s Talk: Sharing by seniors and alumni about their research, conferences, competitions and olympiad experiences. (“Live” conference call)
  • Virtual sharing of science research projects by students undertaken over the past year. (IVY library)
  • Virtual Exhibition of science and engineering research projects done at various Institutes of Higher Learning and research organisations. (IVY Library)

Detailed Programme:



1300 – 1400

Keynote Lecture on Interdisciplinary Research by Prof. Sow, Vice Dean, NUS College of Humanities and Sciences.

“Live” via Zoom, for all students (project presenters, and Year 5 students)

1400 – 1500

Super Senior’s Talk

“Live” via Zoom, for Year 5 students

Super Seniors' Talk Line up:

Cylvin Sim Kiat

YRP @ NanoBio Lab, A*STAR

SSEF Gold  + Special Awards by Institute of Chemical Engineers and The Electrochemical Society, Singapore Chapter

 Ng Minyu Joanna


A*Star Research Attachment Programme

SSEF Gold 

Loi Zi Xian

Participated in virtual Global Youth Science & Technology Bowl (GYSTB 2020)


Pakhale Advay Dilip (20S06B)


Xavier Lien Tong Wei (20S03H)

RSI AI project under SRP

Participated at SSEF

Best Paper Award at International Researchers Club Conference on Science, Engineering and Technology (IRC-SET)

Liu Haohui



ISEF 2019
Microsoft Experience (2 weeks internship)

Muzammil Arif Din s/o Abdul Jabbar

IYPT 2016

SSEF 2017 Gold, ICYS 2017

Sharing research insights with ASTAR scientist at RSS

Who should attend?

We welcome year 5-6 students who are interested in pursuing science, engineering or technology-related research at Raffles Institution, as well as local and overseas Institutes of Higher Learning and research organisations.

How do I sign up?

For RI students, please check Stamford and IVY for the announcements and sign up link.

Deadline for registration is 17th February 2021

Sign-ups are on a first come first served basis.

How do I get more information?

For queries, please email [email protected] or [email protected] .