Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay arrives in Singapore with University of Birmingham

Professor Francis Pope with the High Tech Staff

As the Queen’s Baton heads for Singapore, experts from the University of Birmingham come together to explore solutions to the global challenges facing Singapore.

Experts from the University of Birmingham are leading a series of high profile events exploring how researchers can help solve global challenges affecting the people of Singapore.

The events celebrate the arrival in Singapore of the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay, of which the University is an official partner.

In Singapore, virtual events feature a range of top British and Singaporean experts and cover areas such as sports and Shakespeare. They include:

  • January 17 – Webinar on applied research to improve athletic performance. Led by sports scientists from Birmingham and co-hosted by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  • 18 January – The Business of Sport in a Digital Age – panel discussion at the Singapore Institute of Management examining the impact of digitalization on sport, fitness and wellbeing and how Singapore businesses are driving the global innovation.
  • January 18 – online screening of the documentary Shaking a Singapore Spear, followed by a discussion on Shakespeare’s place in Singaporean youth culture with filmmaker Hans Rall of Nanyang Technical University (see Notes to Editors for details participation).

Queen’s Baton Relay events are underpinned by Commonwealth-wide celebrations for staff, students and alumni and the #gamechangingbirmingham countryside.

Baton bearers will carry the baton at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM) – the University’s partner campus, which is currently closed to the public – on January 18. He will be hosted by Alex Bamford, Deputy Head of Mission at the British High Commission in Singapore, representatives from the University of Birmingham and some of the 600 students taking Birmingham’s business programs at SIM.

The University has selected five Batonbearers in Singapore:

  • Alvin Ho – alumnus and co-founder of digital sports organization Fitivate
  • Ting Ting Koh – Captain of the Singapore Women’s National Water Polo Team
  • Terry Tay – Captain of the Singapore National Gymnastics Team
  • Hazel Westwood – Director of International Education (Singapore), University of Birmingham
  • Bernard Tan – Alumnus, philanthropist and president (Singapore) of Sinar Mas

Speaking of the Baton’s arrival in Singapore, Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, said: “The University of Birmingham is a civic university with a global outlook. Our relationship with the Commonwealth is deep and extensive, particularly in Singapore, where we have engaged for many decades in education and research partnerships.

“Sport is a unifying force and, as part of our commitment to support the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022, we are organizing a series of university, student and partner events in Commonwealth countries to coincide with the visit of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

“I am delighted that we can organize these exciting events, focusing on how we work together with research and education partners in Singapore to address global challenges and help improve the quality of life for people in Singapore. “

Her Excellency Kara Owen, British High Commissioner to Singapore. commented: “More than just a journey through Commonwealth nations and territories, the Queen’s Baton Relay connects communities and creates opportunities to celebrate the power of collaboration, sport, ideas and innovation. The Baton’s arrival in Singapore not only highlights sporting excellence, but also the strength of the UK-Singapore partnership in education, trade, science and culture. We look forward to inspiring a future generation of leaders at the first ever carbon neutral Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

University environmental scientists helped create a high-tech ‘heart’ for the Queen’s Baton, which contains laser-powered atmospheric sensors that analyze environmental conditions anywhere in the world. Augmented Reality (AR) will be used to creatively visualize data captured throughout the journey to invite conversations about air quality across the Commonwealth.

The data collected during the Baton’s voyage will contribute to ongoing research projects being carried out around the world by a team led by atmospheric scientist Professor Francis Pope, who said: “Atmospheric data captured during the global voyage du Baton will be great for starting important conversations about air quality. across the Commonwealth.

Notes to Editors:

  • For more information, please contact Tony Moran, Head of International Communications, University of Birmingham on +44 (0)782 783 2312. For out of hours inquiries please call +44 (0) 7789 921 165.
  • The University of Birmingham is ranked among the top 100 institutions in the world. His work brings people from all over the world to Birmingham, including researchers, teachers and more than 9,000 international students from more than 150 countries.
  • The University has the most extensive educational partnership of any Commonwealth Games and will host athletes in its student accommodation, as well as a venue for hockey and squash.

Shakespeare events – login information

NTU presents Birmingham 2022 Queens Baton Relay showing “Shaking a Singapore Spear” (17 minutes) and Q&A
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. (Singapore time), 10:00 a.m. (UK time)

Zoom Details
Meeting ID: 919 9356 1351
Access code: 019776

NUS presents Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay Forum on Shakespeare in Singapore and Malaysia (45 minutes)
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Time: 8:00 p.m. (Singapore time), 12:00 p.m. (UK time)

Zoom Details
Meeting ID: 920 971 5263
Access code: 145638

About the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay

  • The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities across the Commonwealth in the build-up to the Games.
  • Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – an epic journey across the Commonwealth, with the Queen’s Baton visiting all 72 nations and territories, reaching Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania , the Caribbean and the Americas.
  • The relay began on October 7, 2021 at a special event at Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed her message to the Commonwealth in the baton.
  • The Baton will travel for 294 days, visiting all 72 nations and territories and connecting communities in every corner of the Commonwealth, embracing unique cultures and sharing stories.
  • This collective journey will spark hope, solidarity and collaboration for the next generation, these stories leaving us all inspired to tackle the challenges that matter most to us.

About the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

  • The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, to be held from July 28 to August 8, 2022, will be a major opportunity to showcase the city, region and its people on the world stage.
  • The Games are already proving to be a catalyst for transformation in the West Midlands, attracting new investment and funding, creating jobs and apprenticeships for locals and new opportunities for local businesses, as well as fast-tracking projects that will ensure that the region is ready to host a fantastic sporting and cultural festival.
  • Birmingham 2022 will be the Games for All, bringing together people from Birmingham and the region, to warmly welcome millions of visitors in the summer of 2022.

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