FAQs

Programme

Who are we?

The ISYF student organizing committee is made up of 39 friendly, fun and caring facilitators from the Science Student’s Research Council of Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore. We are guided by a team of dedicated teachers from Hwa Chong Institution, and together with our co-organizer, Nanyang Technological University Institute of Advanced Studies (NTU IAS), we’re excited to have you here for the 9th ISYF!

Will I have fun?

As your facilitators, we have planned an exciting array of activities including an Amazing Race and cultural hours. In fact, what you have seen in the Programmes Overview is just a slight preview of what you can experience here. It is our greatest hope that you’ll not just take away valuable scientific insights from the forum, but also long-lasting friendships with people all over the world.


What is a typical day like?

We believe the 5 days of ISYF will be an exciting and enriching experience for you. You can look forward to the cultural hour performances, learning and experiencing the vibrant and unique cultures of each and every participant from various countries. In a typical day, you can expect engaging dialogue sessions or lessons with eminent scientists in our Dialogue sessions and Masterclasses, or, an opportunity to visit Singapore’s own research institutes for further insight into the research culture in Singapore. Most importantly, a typical day is best described as the memories and joy you had with all your friends you have made during ISYF!

Accommodation

Where will I be staying?

All delegates and educators will be housed at the Hwa Chong Institution Boarding School. More information of the boarding school can be found here: http://www.hcibs.edu.sg

Will I be sharing rooms with other participants?

Yes you will. In fact, the rooms of the boarding school that you’ll be staying in are either 2 bedders or 4 bedders. Your roommates are likely to be delegates from other countries. We believe that this is an invaluable opportunity for you to form close friendships and create precious memories.

Is there any laundry service available?

There are self-launderette facilities (washing machines located on the ground floor of Halls B, E and G) available for usage in the boarding school. Each wash / dry takes approximately 30 minutes at a cost of 1 dollar per wash or per dry.

Is there a need to bring bath towels/bed sheets?

Bed sheets will be provided already upon check in to the boarding school. However, do note that you would have to bring your own bath towels and toiletries (soap, toothbrush etc.) sufficient for the course of ISYF as the Hwa Chong Institution Boarding School does not provide these.

What about the safety/ security?

The Hwa Chong Institution Boarding School is manned by security personnels throughout the day. All visitors are strictly screened before entering. The various halls of residence are also equipped with an access card system which only allows authorised entries into the halls.

When is the convenience store of the boarding school open until?

The Blue Tea Cafe located at Hall A is open daily from 13:00-22:00 (Monday-Friday) and 17:00-21:00 (Sunday) . It not only serves as a cafeteria but also provides printing and photocopying services.

What should I do if I lost my boarding school access card?

If you have lost your boarding school access card, please immediately inform your group leader or any ISYF facilitator. Do note that you will have to pay an administrative charge if your access card is lost.

Personal

How much money do I need to bring to the forum?

All food, programme and transportation costs are covered. You may wish to bring extra money to purchase additional items from the convenience store located in the boarding school or souvenirs and gift items.

Is there Internet available in the boarding school?

Yes, there is. There is wireless internet access available in the common areas.

What if I have dietary requirements?

You should have already submitted your dietary requirements to us through email. We have taken note of all your requests and will try our best to cater to them. Should you need to make any changes to your requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us as we wish to make your experience here as pleasant as possible.

Can I call for McDonald’s/ KFC/ Pizza Hut deliveries?

Most of your meals here will be catered from reputable catering companies according to your dietary requirements. For the rest of the meals, you will be brought to local eating centres. Hence, there will be no need for you to call for external food deliveries. Additionally, we will not be allowing this for safety considerations.

Any other unaddressed concerns?

Please feel free to contact us.