President's Science and Technology Awards (PSTA)

PSTA 2020 Mast

The President's Science and Technology Awards (PSTA) are the highest honours bestowed on exceptional research scientists and engineers in Singapore for their excellent achievements in science and technology. These national awards are given annually to recognise and celebrate outstanding and invaluable contributions by individuals or teams to the research and development landscape in Singapore.

2009 marked the first year that the President's Science & Technology Awards were presented. The awards, formerly known as the National Science & Technology Awards since 1987, were elevated to the status of the President's awards to highlight and give due recognition to the important role research scientists and engineers play in Singapore. The prestige of the President's awards underpins Singapore's efforts to raise the level of excellence in research and strengthen the growing community of scientific talent in Singapore.

The President's Science & Technology Awards is made up of three different awards, namely, the President's Science & Technology Medal (PSTM), the President's Science Award (PSA) and the President's Technology Award (PTA). The winners of the respective awards have been carefully chosen through a rigorous process by a selection committee comprising key representatives from the government, industry, academia and public research institutes.

Below are the PSTA winners for 2020.

President’s Science & Technology Medal

Prof Ranga Rama Krishnan

Chairman, National Medical Research Council
Chief Executive Officer, Rush University System for Health

President’s Technology Award

Prof Dario Campana

Professor and Mrs Lee Kong Chian Chair in Advanced Cellular Therapy, Department of Paediatrics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS

President’s Science Award

Prof Liu Jianjun

Deputy Executive Director, Genome Institute of Singapore, A*STAR
Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS

President’s Science Award

Prof Nikolay I. Zheludev (centre)

Director, Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies, NTU

Co-Director, The Photonics Institute, NTU

President’s Chair in Physics, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences and School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, NTU

A/Prof Chong Yidong (right)

Division of Physics & Applied Physics, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences, NTU

Associate Chair (Students), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NTU

A/Prof Zhang Baile (left)

Associate Professor, Centre for Disruptive Photonic Technologies & School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, NTU

PSTA 2020 Ceremony Highlights

Three individuals and a team of three were conferred the President’s Science and Technology Awards (PSTA) by President Halimah Yacob at the awards ceremony held at the Istana on 18 December 2020.