Biomedical engineering is a multidisciplinary field in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology and medicine. The Biomedical Engineering Society (BES) Scientific Meeting is an annual symposium organized to provide a platform for students from junior colleges, polytechnics, undergraduate and graduate levels to interact, facilitating the sharing of biomedical engineering knowledge between individuals who share similar interests.

Besides allowing interaction among students, the event shall also provide opportunities for students to learn from academics and professionals in the biomedical engineering industry. This year, the BES 14th Scientific Meeting (BES14SM) in conjunction with IES Innovation Challenge for the Community will be hosted by Nanyang Polytechnic via Zoom.

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  • Abstract Submission Deadline: May 5th, 2021 
  • Deadline for IES Innovation Challenge: May 5th, 2021
  • May 15th, 2021: BES14SM conference


Mr Johann Annuar
  • Served as Logistician for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) (2007-2012)
  • He also served as a Board member for the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) (2012-2016)
  • Humanity Assist (Co Founder & Trainer) (2013 – Present)
  • Member of the board of Directors of Engineering Good (2014 – 2016)
  • Chairman of the Board of Engineering Good (2016 – 2018)
  • Executive Director of Engineering Good (2014 – Present)
Mr Alvin Tan
  • Head of Technology Catalyst at SG Enable (2015 – Present)
  • Consultant (Strategic Foresight) at Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (2009 – 2015)
  • Research Engineer at Data Storage Institute (2005 – 2007)


Date: 15th May 2021
Time: 8:00am -5:00pm
Click this Zoom link to join the conference

Participation Categories

Presentations at BES14SM will be divided in the following categories
  • Junior College / Polytechnic (Research Presentation)
  • Undergraduate Podium (Research Presentation)
  • Postgraduate Podium (Research Presentation)
  • Junior College / Polytechnic (BES Design Challenge)
  • University (IES Design Challenge)

Call for abstracts

BES14SM calls for abstract in ALL biomedical science/engineering related topics, including, but not limited to
  • Medical Devices
  • Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biomechanics
  • Regenerative Medicine
All participants at the BES Scientific Meeting are required to complete the registration process. The participation fees are specified in the table below.

Type Amount (SGD) Notes
BES Member (online registration) Free Please use your email address that you provided when becoming a member (this is the one where you receive BES emails)
Non-BES Member (online registration with complimentary 1 year BES student membership) 10 If you choose this category, you will receive a complimentary BES student membership for 1 year
Non-BES Member (online registration only) 10

Secure payment options through Pay-Pal are available. Major credit/debit cards accepted.

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Programme Overview

Time Event Venue
8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration Zoom
9:00 am – 9:15 am Opening Address
by A/Prof Yeow Chen Hua Chair, BES Student Chapter Advisory Board
9:15 am – 9:45 am Keynote Lecture 1
9:45 am – 10:00 am Participants & Judges Briefing
10:00 am – 10:25 am Break
10:25 am – 12:00 pm Oral presentations (respective breakout rooms)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch break
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Oral presentations 2 (if applicable)
2:30 pm – 3:05 pm Keynote Lecture 2
3:05 pm – 3:40 pm Award presentation, Closure

IES Innovation Challenge for the Community (2021)

In 2001, the Community Service Committee (CSC) of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) mooted the idea of organizing a competition for engineering students to design and build devices and systems to help the elderly and the handicapped. Through this success, the IES Design Awards Competition became an annual event.

In 2015, the IES Design Awards Competition was renamed as IES Innovation Challenge for the Community (IES ICC), and was opened to all Institutes of Higher Learning for all projects that will be of benefits to the community. In 2021, the CSC of IES has agreed to hold the IES Innovation Challenge for the Community in conjunction with the 14th Biomedical Engineering Society (Singapore) Scientific Meeting which will be held via zoom on 15th May 2021.

The objective of this competition is to cultivate the spirit of community service in our youth by engaging them to make use of their engineering knowledge and creativity to design and build devices to help elderly, the handicapped, the injured and the community at large.

Rules and Regulations
  1. The competition is open to all Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)
  2. The competition accepts all projects that are of benefits to the community at large including but NOT limited to assistive, rehabilitative and therapeutic devices, engineering solutions and software systems that can address specific issues and problems of various communities.

Judging Criteria
The Panel of Judges will judge the entries based on the following judging criteria:
  1. Creativity/Novelty. Degree of creative/novel elements in the design (20%)
  2. Workmanship. Degree of safety and suitability of its structural or design (20%)
  3. Ergonomics. Degree of convenience & comfort for its intended use (20%)
  4. “Help” value. Degree of usefulness and assistance to its intended users (20%)
  5. Marketability. Likelihood that the product be produced and sold at an affordable price to reach many by its intended user (20%)

Awards and Certificates will be presented to the Winning Teams as follows:
  1. 1st Prize - $1,600
  2. 2nd Prize - $1,200
  3. 3rd Prize - $800
  4. 3 x Merit Prizes - $400 each
  1. The Merit Awardees will be presented with the certificates and prize money

Submission Process
You will need to submit:
  1. an abstract (300 words)
  2. a direct link to an online storage space (e.g. google drive, Dropbox, etc) containing the project document. The document must be in pdf format with a maximum of 3,000 words and no more than 10 illustrations or figures where you describe your technology. Indicate, on the front page, the full names of the team members.
  3. Optional. A direct link to a video file of duration not exceeding 5 minutes. It can be a link to a youtube video or an actual video file on google drive, drop box and etc.

All presenters and supporters must registerfor BES14SM.

Theme of the competition
Design of a biomedical innovation that resolves a clinical pain point. (e.g. medical devices, apps and processes)

The following are the eligibility criteria for the design competition:
  • All team members, Junior College/Poly students, as of 1st January 2021
  • Academic staff can only have an advisory role on the project
  • Number of members per team can be up to 4
  • The projects must have been carried out in the students’ institutions

Competition Format
All valid submissions will be reviewed by a judging committee. Six (6) submissions will be shortlisted as finalists for the “BES Design Challenge 2021”. All shortlisted submissions for the “BES Design Challenge 2021” are required to:
  • Have all team members registered as BES student members (
  • Select one team representative to present the design in front of the judging panel during the BES Scientific Meeting
Failure to comply with any of the above will result in the disqualification of the team from the competition. The judging panel will select, among the 6 finalists, the winner of the competition. All members of the winning team will receive the BES Gold Design Challenge Award Certificate. Members of the runner-up team and second runner-up team will receive the BES Silver and Bronze Design Challenge Award Certificates respectively. The remaining finalists will receive a Merit Certificate. The following cash prizes will be distributed to the finalist teams:
  • Winning team: $300
  • 1st runner-up: $200
  • 2nd runner-up: $100
All submissions that have not been shortlisted but were judged to be of good quality nonetheless will be allowed to present at the BES Scientific Meeting in one of the normal sessions.

Submission Process
Each submission should consist of:
  • (mandatory) An abstract to be submitted via the Abstract Submission tab on this website (powered by GoogleForm). Make sure to select the "Design Competition" option.
  • (mandatory) A pdf document with a full description of your design, with a maximum of 3,000 words and no more than 10 illustrations or figures. Indicate, on the front page, the full names of the team members. Email your pdf file to . The subject of your email should be: “SUBMISSION TO BES DESIGN COMPETITION 2021.”
  • (optional) A video file of duration not exceeding 5 minutes. Please attach the video to the same email mentioned above or make available a link for download.

Judging criteria
The participating designs will be judged following these criteria:
  • Novelty and originality
  • Potential impact on clinical unmet needs
  • Viability of the design and potential to reach the market
  • (for shortlisted finalists) Quality of the presentation by the student
Instructions for the types of presentation at BES14SM

Oral (10-12 min presentation; 3-5 min Q&A; Total 15 min)

Other Notes
  • Outstanding oral presentations will be awarded with distinction and merit certificates along with cash prizes.
  • All presenters who wish to participate in any category are also to submit their abstracts for review (see "Abstract Submission")
  • All participants (including presenters and audiences) who wish to attend the symposium are required to register (see “Registration”)


Staff organizing committee

Du Tiehua (chair) (NYP)

Lee Chuen Kum (co-chair) (NYP)

Student organizing committee


Fernando Chia Long Cai (NYP)

Vice Chairperson

Suveetha (NYP)

Ruby Kok (NYP)


Lanzaeron (NYP)

Slides/Prize Committee

Claire Sia (NYP)

Nate Lim Shu Yee (NYP)

Alen Sarreal (NYP)

Ashwin Suresh (NP)

Wong Zheng Hui (NP)

Danish Aqil Bin Zulkifli (NP)

Chan Jun Lin (NP)

Technical & Logistic Committee

Wu Qing Jun (NYP)

Genieve (NYP)

Wan Qing (SP)

Ee Jin (SP)

Chen Hui (NUS)

Farhana (NUS)

Xuan Hui (NUS)

Breakout Committee

Garry Lee (NYP)

Marcelo Emanuel (NYP)

Lim Zong Yang Bryan (NYP)

Luke Seah (HCI)

Jiyun Wang (NP)

Wen Jun Chua (NP)

Yi Jie Collin Tay (NP)

Lee Rui Xuan (SP)

Lim Ying Liang Jordan (SP)

Liu Yu Chen (SP)

Sherlyn Phua (SP)

Media Committee

Lee Kai Yan (NYP)

Wang Ling Heng (NYP)

Phoebe Ong (NYP)

Heng Rong (NYP)

Mansur (NYP)

Tan I-Xan (HCI)

Tay Rui Qi (NP)

Shannon (NP)

Trinit Jeffrey (NP)

Judges Committee

Ruby Kok (NYP)

Shaun (HCI)

Fazil (NP)

Nuheen (NP)

Sathya (NP)

Mohamed Bilal (SP)

Rynlouise (SP)

Scorer Team

Fong Jing Xiang (NYP)

Tenny (NYP)

Aloysius (NYP)

Flint (NYP)

Haziq (NYP)

Arjuna (NP)

Jolene (NP)

Xavier (NP)

Wei Bin (NP)

Advisory Board

Yeow Chen Hua Raye (chair) (NUS)

Lim Jit Ning (co-chair) (HCI)

Mark Chong (NUS)

Ooi Chui Ping (SUSS)

Adison Wong (SIT)

Alberto Corrias (NUS)

Khoo-Tan Peck Ha (NP)

Ngoh Shwu Lan (SP)

Du Tiehua (NYP)

Raja Rangaswamy (TP)

Low Kay Siang (HCI)

Scientific Committee

Professor SUBBURAJ Karupppasamy

Professor DANG Thuy Tram

Dr. Mrinal Kanti MUSIB

Mr Chung Kwong Yuew

Dr Slaven GARAJ

Dr. John S HO

Dr Dave Ow Siak-Wei

Dr Abdiel Foo Jong Yong

Professor Frank Alexis

Mr Ong Wai Sing

Mr Soon Hock Wei

Dr Leo Hwa Liang

Dr Jennifer Young

Mr Amit Kumar Singh

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