Venue & General Info

Venue

META'14 will take place in the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). NTU is a research-intensive university with globally acknowledged strengths in science and engineering. The university has roots that go back to 1955 when Nanyang University was set up. Today, NTU has four colleges with 12 schools, and four autonomous entities, the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering. NTU provides a high-quality global education to more than 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond. Hailing from more than 66 countries, the university's 3,600-strong teaching and research staff bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.

Getting to Conference Venue 

1) From Official Conference Hotels:

Chartered buses will be available to participants staying at one of the Official Conference Hotels* to and from the conference venue. Please meet in your hotel lobby at the scheduled time for boarding. Participants staying at the other hotels may wish to hire a taxi or commute via train (MRT) and bus.

Official Conference Hotels:
• Bayview Hotel Singapore, 30 Bencoolen Street, 189621, Singapore ;
• Ibis Singapore on Bencoolen, 170 Bencoolen Street, 189657, Singapore ;
• Traders Hotel, 1A Cuscaden Road, 249716, Singapore ;
• Grand Park City Hall, 10 Coleman St, 179809, Singapore ;
• Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road, 258350 Singapore.


2) By Taxi
There are eight taxi companies operating in Singapore. Dial a Cab at 6342 5222. Taxi ride from Downtown Sin- gapore to the conference venue will take approximately between 30 to 40 minutes, subject to traffic conditions. Estimated taxi fare from Central Singapore to NTU are S$20-S$30 off-peak hours and S$30-S$40 during peak hours. Most taxi drivers are conversant in English and would be able to get you to the conference venue if you you simply quote them the following address:

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS) 21 Nanyang Link
637371 Singapore

3) By Metro (MRT) and Bus
The nearest train stations to NTU are Boon Lay (EW27) and Pioneer (EW28) on the East West Line (Green).

  • From Boon Lay Station : make your way to the adjacent bus interchange. Service 179 will take you in to NTU. Alight at Innovation Centre stop.
  • From Pioneer Station : exit from Exit B and hop on the Service 179 in front of block 651A. Alight at Innovation Centre stop.

Bus service ply from 06 :00 - 24 :00 on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 06:30 - 00:20 on Sundays and Public Holidays.

NTU Campus Shuttle Bus:
The NTU shuttle bus services help you move around NTU’s sprawling garden campus. Just hop onto the bus, there is no need for any tickets or payment on board.
The Campus Loop (Blue and Red Lines) takes you around the campus in both directions.

Please refer to the section "Getting to Conference Venue" in the conference program for further details.

 

About Singapore

Singapore, founded as a British trading colony in 1819, declared its independence in 1965. Over the next four decades, Singapore worked hard to overcome numerous hurdles, attaining an average growth rate of 7.5% per annum.

Located right in the heart of Asia, Singapore thrives as a financial and trading hub for the region and beyond. Through global trade linkages and establishments of Free Trade Areas, ties with China, India and the rest of Asia are continually strengthened. Language fluency, coupled with excellent technological and management expertise gives Singapore an edge in accessing this growing region.

Even as Singapore has transformed into a cosmopolitan city state, it has not lost its Asian charms, reflected in its strong multi-cultural society. This is evident in its hospitality, cuisine, arts, and architecture as Singapore continues to evolve, successfully blending the East and West.

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Climate

Singapore is known for its warm tropical weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31ºC (88ºF), dropping to around 24ºC (75ºF) in the evenings. During the monsoon seasons from December to March and June to September, Singapore receives an abundant rainfall. In between, the weather is characterized by rain ranging from light showers to thunderstorms and humidity levels hover around the 75% mark.

Language

English is the language of administration and is widely spoken throughout Singapore. It unites people of different races and different tongues, and is used in all shops and places of business.

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Singapore's network of public transportation of bus services, taxis and mass rapid transit systems ensure that visitors move around the city quickly and inexpensively. Additionally, train stations are fitted with tactile pavements and lifts, and buses have wheelchair facilities installed to enhance the travelling experience for the disabled. The long operating hours also make travelling easy and safe throughout the day.

Airport

Singapore is a major air hub in the Asia Pacific region and is served by more than 60 airlines flying to more than 150 cities in over 50 countries. The Singapore Changi Airport is located at the eastern tip of Singapore, about 20 kilometres (and 20 minutes drive) from the city centre. The airport is served by an efficient public transportation network. You will be spoilt for choice on how you can get to your hotel or to the city centre.

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