About Singapore



Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city of high-rise buildings, landscaped gardens and heritage-rich precincts that embody aspects of both the East and West in many interesting ways.

Registrants are encouraged to read through the Visitor's Guide to Singapore in order to fully explore this wonderful city.

Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest in the region. However, despite its humble geographic size, Singapore is a bustling multicultural city that offers a world-class living environment where one discovers modern lifestyles effortlessly alongside traditional art and architecture. One interesting facet you’ll discover about Singapore is a ubiquitous collage of cultures, where people of different ethnicities and beliefs coexist.

To find out more about Singapore and all its wonderful possibilities, visit the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau here.

Things to Know Before You Plan Your Trip to Singapore

Global Controls in Stem Cells will be held in the international research and development center, the Biopolis. The Biopolis will host the scientific talks, exhibits and poster sessions.

CONFERENCE CENTER:  Biopolis
LOCATION: 30 Biopolis Street, Singapore 138671
VENUE: Biopolis, Matrix building, The Auditorium, Level 2

Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau Mobile App

Make your visit to Singapore even easier by downloading the FREE Visitor Bureau’s YourSingapore mobile app. The app is available in the Apple Store and the Android Market.

To learn more about the YourSingapore app and how to download it click here.

Language

English is the language primarily spoken in Singapore. Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and other local dialects are used as well.

Weather

Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31ºC (88ºF), dropping to around 24ºC (75ºF) in the evenings. The monsoon season can bear down pretty heavily on our tropical weather from November onwards, so be prepared for rain on a daily basis during this period.

Cell Phone Usage

Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65).

Tipping

Tipping is not widely practiced in Singapore as most hotels and restaurants apply a default 10% service charge.

Smoking

Smoking is considered an offence in all air-conditioned or public areas such as: shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment outlets and cinemas, on the SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit system), public buses, taxis and in lifts. Recently, the smoking ban has also been imposed on public eateries and within a five-meter radius from most building entrances, except for allocated smoking areas that are clearly marked with bright yellow paint.

Taxis

All Singapore taxis operate under a meter system with starting fares ranging from S$3.00 to S$3.40. City and peak hour surcharges apply.

Pre-booking of taxis can be done via the official taxi hotline: +65 6-DIALCAB (+65 6-342 5222).

Currency Exchange

Singapore’s currency is the Singapore dollar (S$ or SGD).

Money changing services can be found at Singapore Changi Airport, shopping centers and hotels around the island. There are also an abundance of automated teller machines (ATMs) which accept most major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

GST Refunds

To enjoy a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on your purchases, you need to make at least S$100 worth of purchases from participating outlets which display a “Tax Refund” logo or a Global Blue “Tax Free Shopping” logo. Request for a refund voucher upon purchase, which you should present with your purchases, receipts and passport at the Tax Refund Counter of the airport before you fly off.

IMPORTANT DATES

ADVANCE REGISTRATION ENDS:
21 October 2014

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION CLOSED


CONFERENCE RATE HOUSING DEADLINE:
3 October 2014

MEETING DATES:
5-7 November 2014

CONFERENCE VENUE

Biopolis
Matrix building, Level 2
30 Biopolis Street
Singapore 138671