In light of the 80th Oak Anniversary, a series of events will be hosted. It is an auspicious occasion for Science family to re-connect, reminisce the good old days, and also to reach out to the society. We cordially hope that year of 2019 would be a year of celebrations for all members in HKU Science family.
Stargazing activity by Physics Department
A starry sky could be a knowledge mine of astronomy; it is at the same time a space full of mystery and unknowns. Physics Department of HKU Science will host a stargazing activity in September 2019, bringing all participants to enjoy and explore the amazing starry night. Stay tuned for more details.
Anniversary Gala Dinner
- 7 pm – 9:30 pm (cocktail reception from around 6 pm)
- Convention Hall, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai
Oak Anniversary Gala Dinner will be the climax of the year-long celebrations. It is also an auspicious occasion to gather generations of alumni. Connect with your classmates now and form the table(s) of your class! Fees*: Regular: $1,500/head $18,000/table (12 persons per table) Early bird (extended to 31 July, 2019 23:59): $1,300/head $15,600/table (12 persons per table) Can save $2,400 per table! Registration with regular fee will be from 1 August 2019 to 15 September 2019. *We accept both credit cards and cheques. Cheques shall be made payable to "The University of Hong Kong", and sent to Faculty of Science, The Univesity of Hong Kong, G/F, Chong Yuet Ming Physics Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. Please state your full name, contact number and email address at the back of the cheque. **For current Science students, please approach Faculty Office for ticketing via firstname.lastname@example.org .
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East Africa Wildlife Eco-Tour
- East Africa
East Africa Wildlife Eco-Tour 東非野生考察團 (July 2019) Join this Eco-Tour to see the Great Migration 大遷徙 in the legendary Masai Mara in Kenya 肯尼亞, which is considered to be one of the most spectacular natural events ever, as well as the breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli and more. The Tour is curated and guided by Dr Billy Hau of HKU School of Biological Sciences, a terrestrial ecologist and a conservationist. Each tour participant will be paired up with a Student Eco-leader who will act as your personal guide throughout the Tour. Each tour participant is also invited to make a contribution to support the HKU Eco-Education Fund for Students. The Fund aims to enable students to take part in experiential field expeditions. In particular, your donation shall support Student Eco-leaders to participate in this East Africa Wildlife Eco-Tour. Tour leaflet Support the HKU Eco-Education Fund Enquiries: Beatrice Yip, HKU Foundation Secretariat email@example.com 3917 1724 *Registration deadline has been passed.
HKU Junior Science Institute (Summer Session)
- 9:30am - 5:30pm
- The University of Hong Kong
HKU Junior Science Institute (JSI) was introduced by the Faculty in 2009. It offers fun-filled science workshops and science-rich experiences to scientifically inclined senior secondary school students. We have designed a series of hands-on learning programmes for students to expose to different science disciplines. Through a variety of inspiring workshops, laboratory exercises, field trips, lectures and other interactive activities, participants are able to embark on a journey of science exploration. Please visit here for more information.
HKU International Conference of Undergraduate Research in Science 2019: Meeting of Young Intellectual Minds
- The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Bringing together outstanding science students from all over the world to have an academic exchange on research projects of diverse disciplines. Participants will: gain science communication experience inspire and get inspired by exchanging with fellow students and distinguished scientists learn more about Hong Kong and HKU Science explore the opportunity in pursuing research postgraduate study at HKU Science know more about the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Event Information Date: July 3 – 5, 2019 (Wed - Fri) Venue: The University of Hong Kong Programme Presentation sessions to showcase your research result or research plan and aspiration Specialist lectures by HKU distinguished professors Exchange activities with distinguished scientists and research postgraduate students in the Faculty of Science Campus tour and lab visits Target participants Undergraduate students in their penultimate year or students studying a Master degree from local, mainland and overseas universities who are currently conducting science research or interested in pursuing science research Application Free registration Applicants are required to submit applications online, along with a research abstract or research plan, a statement of interests, a supporting letter by supervisor and academic records Deadline: May 19, 2019 (Sun) Successful applicants will be informed via email by late May Sponsorship Meals and accommodation on-site will be arranged for successful participants Airfare will be provided to selected students with sound academic record ~ from outside Asia: 50% of the airfare and capped at HK$5,000 ~ from Asia (and outside Hong Kong): 50% of the airfare and capped at HK$2,000 Programme Rundown Event Poster Registration FAQ Additional Information Learn more about the science research at HKU Research@HKU Science – Our Departments Research postgraduate study at HKU Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org (852) 3917 2683 Faculty of Science The University of Hong Kong G/F, Chong Yuet Ming Physics Building Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Eco-tour @ Lung Fu Shan
- 10 am - 1:30 pm
- Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre (No. 50 Kotewell Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong)
Take a break amidst your hectic schedule. Come join the tour to learn more about local species and natural habitats in HK. Programme : Guided eco-tour DIY workshop (make your own seed bookmark) Quota: 30 (registration on first-come-first-serve basis; each registrant may reserve up to 3 places) Co-organisers: Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre Enquiries: Benjamin Miu (T: 3917 4948) Event poster: Registration is full. Thank you for your support.
Public Lecture Series: Earth and Beyond: Exploring the Past, Present and Future
- 10:00 am - 11:30 am
- Theatre CBA, Chow Yei Ching Building, Main Campus, HKU
Click here to view the poster About the Public Lecture Series HKU Department of Earth Sciences investigates the natue and evolution of Earth and other planets through three research themes: (1) the Solid Earth & Planetary Sciences (2) Earth's History and Global Change (3) Applied Geosciences This lecture gives a taster of the breadth of research we do across different time scales, including research relating to our warming world. The Talks Title: Exploring Mars in the Infrared: A Time Capsule of the Early Earth Speaker: Dr Joseph Michalski, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences & Deputy Director, HKU Laboratory for Space Research About the talk: The Earth and Mars had similar early histories, but on Earth, most of our ancient geological and biological record has been destroyed by erosion and plate tectonics. Mars, as less geologically active planet, has preserved much of its ancient history, providing a Rosetta Stone of sorts for us to understand how life might have originated on either planet. Title: The Atlantic Ocean Circulation: Past, Present and Future Speaker: Dr Benoit Thibodeau, Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Geochemistry & Oceanography Research Group, Department of Earth Sciences & Swire Institute of Marine Science About the talk: The circulation in the Atlantic Ocean is a key feature that regulates global climate. In this talk, the speaker will introduce what drives the Atlantic circulation, how it evolved through time and how it is affected by global warming. Title: Flying Dinosaurs: The Origin Story of Flight in Birds Speaker: Dr Michael Pittman, Research Assistant Professor, Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory, Department of Earth Sciences About the talk: Birds are dinosaurs with the gift of flight, but there were once other types of flying dinosaur. Find out what we know about how dinosaurs evolved the ability to fly and what questions we are currently trying to answer. ALL ARE WELCOME For enquiries, please contact Mr Benjamin Miu at 3917 2683.
Arts Exhibition and Book Launch: Portraits of Trees of Hong Kong and Southern China
- G/F Gallery, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Hong Kong possesses an impressively diverse tree flora with 390 native species. The exibition will display exquisitely detailed watercolour paintings of important species by Sally Grace Bunker, an acclaimed botanical artist. The illustrations are accompanied by text by Professor Richard Saunders from the School of Biological Sciences and Pang Chun-Chiu. Event poster (click to enlarge) Arts Exhibition Date: Apr 30,2019 (Tue) – May 15, 2019 (Wed) Venue: G/F Gallery, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU Book Launch Date: May 3 (Fri) Time: 5pm – 7 pm Venue: G/F Gallery, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU ALL ARE WELCOME!
Dialogue Session with Distinguished Alumnus - Dr Patrick S C Poon
- Wang Gangwu Theatre, Graduate House, HKU
細味人生 — 科學為我開的一扇窗 把握機遇 承先啟後 — 潘燊昌 潘燊昌博士在保險業擁有超過35年的經驗，致力支持香港精算科學人才的發展。在是次講座中，潘博士將分享他在保險行業的經驗、關於大學教育的價值觀和願景，以及他對母校的奉獻和支持。 活動亦歡迎觀眾提問並加入對話。我們希望通過分享和交流，觀眾都得了解到科學帶來的各種可能性和受到啟發。 Dr Poon has over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, and is devoted to support of the development of actuarial science talent in Hong Kong. In the dialogue session, Dr Poon will share and chit chat with facilitators about his career path in the insurance industry, his values and vision in university education, as well as his dedication and support to alma mater. Audience are also welcome to ask questions and join the dialogue. We hope that via sharing and exchange of insights, we all can be inspired by the possibilities brought by science. *The talks will be conducted in Cantonese. Please indicate on the registration form at least two weeks before the talk if you need simultaneous interpretation, student helpers will be arranged to assist. Request(s) indicated less than two weeks before the talk cannot be guaranteed.
Distinguished Alumni Award 2019
Walking through 80 years, HKU Science nurtures generations of alumni, who devote their time and effort for the betterment of society. We believe 80th Oak Anniversary is an opportune time for us to reconnect with our alumni and feature their achievements. In this auspicious occasion, Distinguished Alumni Award is launched to highlight the outstanding achievements of our alumni. When talking about achievements, there is no absolute definition. This Award aims to address achievements in different fields, and include alumni from different generations. We target to select up to 15 Distinguished Alumni; both established figures and rising star in society could be considered and selected. It is hoped that there would be succession of HKU Science spirit among generations. Award presentation to selected distinguished alumni will be in the year-end Oak Anniversary Gala Dinner (November 17, 2019) at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Nomination deadline: May 31, 2019 NominationSelection Panel and Selection CriteriaAward Announcement and PresentationPrevious Selected Distinguished Alumni in 2009 Nomination A valid nomination shall include a completed nomination form, dually signed by nominee and nominator*, with the provision of nominator’s biography and other supplementary documents if necessary. Nomination form can be downloaded HERE. All nomination forms must be submitted to Faculty of Science on or before May 31, 2019 (Friday). If the form is submitted by post, postmark must not be later than May 31, 2019 (Friday). Completed form will be submitted to Selection Panel for consideration. * For self-nomination, nominee needs to sign on both columns. Eligibility of Nominee The nominee must obtain a degree conferred by Faculty of Science, or degree(s) conferred by any Science departments in early years. Each nominee can either be proposed by a nominator or by self-nomination. Nominee shall not be previous awarded Distinguished Alumni or a member of the Selection Panel. Eligibility of Nominator A nominator must be - An alumnus or an alumna of HKU Science; or - A current/ former staff member of HKU Science Nomination Form can be submitted via following means: Email: email@example.com Postal Address: Faculty of Science Office, G/F, Chong Yuet Ming Physics Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong Fax: (852) 2858 4620 Selection Panel and Selection Criteria We are honoured to have members of HKU Science Oak Anniversary Steering Committee to be the Selection Panel. The Selection Panel will consider the suitability of the nomination based on one or more of the following criteria: Role in science education and/or scientific research (e.g. demonstrating teaching excellence, research breakthrough or promoting science literacy, etc.) Business/ professional achievements in a field of interest or scholastic achievements, with outstanding personal attributes (e.g. enjoying a leading position in a sector or contributing to a particular industry, etc.) Services and contributions to HKU Science and the University (e.g. proactive in advancing the University/ Faculty development and philanthropy, or augmenting learning opportunities for students, etc.) Community services and contributions to society and the world (e.g. demonstrating care and support to those underprivileged, or committed to raising awareness to social and environmental issues, etc.) Evaluation will be made based on the submitted information on the nomination form. Information may also be verified if necessary. Failure to provide complete and accurate information may result in disqualification of the nominee. All information in respect of the nominations will be kept confidential and for internal use of Selection Panel only. Award Announcement and Presentation Up to 15 Distinguished Alumni, including both established figures and rising stars in society, will be selected. The selection results will be publicly announced in September 2019. The announced result will be final and not subject to appeal. All award recipients will be invited to the Faculty of Science Oak Anniversary Gala Dinner on November 17, 2019 (Sunday) for award presentation. Previous Selected Distinguished Alumni 2009 43 Distinguished Alumni were selected on the occasion of Faculty's Platinum Jubilee in 2009. We would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to them and sincerely hope that the selection of Distinguished Alumni in this Oak Anniversary would be a succession of HKU Science spirit - to strive for excellence and create impact by science knowledge and skills. Distinguished Science Alumni selected in 70th Anniversary Professor CHAN Kwong-on Daniel, JP 陳鑛安教授 Dr CHAN LAM Lai-bing Alison 陳林麗冰博士 Mr CHAN Wing-luk 陳永陸先生 Professor CHE Chi-ming 支志明教授 Professor CHENG Kai-ming, SBS 程介明教授 Professor CHENG Yiu-chung Patrick 鄭耀宗教授 Dr CHEUNG Nim-kwan 張念坤博士 Mr CHU Yu-lun Stanley 朱裕倫先生 Mr CHUNG Shui-ming Timpson, GBS, JP 鍾瑞明先生 Dr CHUNG Wai-ling Margaret 鍾惠玲博士 Dr FAN HSU Lai-tai Rita, GBM, GBS, JP 范徐麗泰博士 Dr Stanley HO Hung-sun, GBS 何鴻燊博士 Mr HO Suen-wai Francis, JP 何宣威先生 Professor HO Ting-sum John 何庭森教授 Professor HO Wing-huen Frederick, SBS, OBE 何永煊教授 Dr HUANG Hsing-tsung ( H T Huang) 黃興宗博士 Professor HUANG Li-sung Rayson 黃麗松教授 Dr HUI Wai-haan 許慧嫻博士 Mr KWONG Ki-chi, GBS, JP 鄺其志先生 Mr LAM Chiu-ying, JP 林超英先生 Mr LAM Ko-yin Colin 林高演先生 Professor LAU Ka-ming William 劉家銘教授 Mrs LAW FAN Chiu-fun Fanny, GBS, JP 羅范椒芬女士 Dr LEUNG Wing-tai 梁永泰博士 Dr LIAO Sau-tung Sarah, GBS, MBE, JP 廖秀冬博士 Dr LUI Tat-yin Anthony 呂達賢博士 Professor Clifford MATTHEWS Professor Malcom PEAKER 裴克爾教授 Professor POON Chung-kwong, GBS, DSc, JP 潘宗光教授 Mr POON Sun-cheong Patrick 潘燊昌先生 Dr POON Tin-yau Peter 潘天佑博士 Dr SO Shu-fai Ambrose 蘇樹輝博士 The Hon SUEN Ming-yeung Michael, GBS, JP 孫明揚先生 Professor SUN Samuel Sai-ming 辛世文教授 Mr TAM Chung-ding, MBE, JP 譚宗定先生 Professor TAM Sheung-wai, GBS, JP 譚尚渭教授 Dr TANG Shuk-ming Winnie, JP 鄧淑明博士 Dr Carrie WILLIS, MBE, JP, SBS 邱霜梅博士 Dr WONG Chi-shing 黃志成博士 Mr WONG Kai-man, BBS, JP 黃啟民先生 Professor YAM Wing-wah Vivian 任詠華教授 The Hon Mr Justice YAM Yee-kwan David 任懿君法官 Professor YOUNG Chien-ming Enoch, BBS 楊健明教授
Junior Science Institute - 2nd semester
- 9:30am - 5:30pm
- The University of Hong Kong
Junior Science Institute (JSI) was introduced by the Faculty in 2009. It offers fun-filled science workshops and science-rich experiences to scientifically inclined senior secondary school students. We have designed a series of hands-on learning programmes for students to expose to different science disciplines. Through a variety of inspiring workshops, laboratory exercises, field trips, lectures and other interactive activities, participants are able to embark on a journey of science exploration. Please visit here for more information.
Opening Ceremony cum Home-Coming Day
- 3 pm – 6:30 pm (reception at 2:30pm)
- Loke Yew Hall, Main Campus, HKU
Laughter Filled the Air at the Launch of Oak Anniversary Celebrations From the left: Dean of Science Prof. Matthew EVANS, President Xiang ZHANG, Vice-President Prof. Andy HOR and Associate Dean of Science Prof. Billy CHOW The Faculty of Science is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2019, and its official launch at the Opening Ceremony cum Homecoming Day on March 9, 2019 marks the commencement of a host of year-long celebration activities. The event was attended by more than 200 alumni, friends and members of HKU Science family. Professor Xiang ZHANG, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKU, appreciated the continuous efforts of the Faculty in creating new frontiers in scientific research. ‘HKU Science has long been a forerunner in education and research, striving to inspire the next generation and benefit the mankind through pioneering research. This unfailing quest for knowledge of HKU Science community echoes with the anniversary motto “Science Founds Sapientia; Oak Sprouts Virtus”, derived from the symbolic meaning of oak, the chosen gift for 80th anniversary. I hope this Faculty oak grow lush, vibrant and strong and reaches far to the community.” Professor Matthew EVANS, Dean of Science, was delighted to see the solidarity and opportunities for meeting old friends that will be brought by the 80th anniversary. ‘This auspicious occasion allows the Faculty to highlight its notable contributions, to reconnect with our generations of alumni and feature their achievements. We hope this reunion brings memories of joy and laughter for all, and through fun-filled games, exhibits, campus tours and the chance to mingle with faculty members and students, our alumni can reminisce about their fond memories of university life and get to know about the latest developments of the Faculty. To add meaning to the oak anniversary, we also invite our guests to witness the planting of our anniversary oak today and its growth over the coming years.’ While reiterating the Faculty’s vision ‘being pre-eminent in Hong Kong, leading in Asia and highly competitive globally across research, teaching and knowledge exchange’ at its launch of anniversary celebration, Professor EVANS hoped that the establishment of the Faculty Oak Anniversary Fund could provide eye-opening learning experiences for students, facilitate the development of new innovative research, and furnish the central research facilities in the new science building and the expansion of Swire Institute of Marine Science. On its 80th birthday, the Faculty would also like to take the opportunity to promote science literacy. “We would like to further enhance the linkage of science to the community and reconnect our alumni and friends,” Professor EVANS said. “The Faculty endeavours to engage the public in a wide range of knowledge exchange activities, making scientific knowledge accessible to enhance human and environmental well-being,” he added. Oak Anniversary emphasises the “connect” message among generations of HKU Science family. In light of this, we are collecting 80 Science stories. We hold the belief that via sharing, Science family could reconnect and exchange. Our alumni may step into different industries after graduation and live diversely, but undoubtedly they share the same starting point — HKU Science; our teachers, students and staff may come from various backgrounds and have their own past, but undeniably their present and future attach to HKU Science. We wish these stories could arouse resonance among HKU Science community and together we grow the Oak tree. Video: https://youtu.be/gMEmsQHQ9nY Photo gallery: https://www.scifac.hku.hk/photo-gallery/openingcere Guests toasting at the happy occasion The HKU Science family President Xiang ZHANG and Dean of Science Matthew EVANS planting the oak tree for the Faculty of Science 80th Anniversary Distinguished alumni and guests witnessing the planting of the oak tree Current students celebrating the 80th birthday party of the Faculty Students demonstrating “HKU Cheers” to generations of alumni, recalling their fond memories of the good old days Programme Rundown Programme Highlights HKU Science is turning 80 in 2019! HKU Science family members were welcomed to their alma mater in spring 2019 at our Oak Anniversary Opening Ceremony cum Home-Coming Day to kick off the year-long anniversary celebrations. The Home-Coming was an excellent opportunity for us to gather the Science family on campus savoring fond memories, reviewing our milestones and envisaging our future. Programme highlights: Connecting with HKU Science family — Mingle with retired teachers, professoriate staff, students and generations of alumni Memento for HKUers — Relive your moments at HKU through fun-filled games Campus tour — Explore the new faces of HKU Oak tree planting Photo corner Event Rundown Please click to enlarge
Dialogue Session with Distinguished Alumnus- Mr Wing Luk CHAN
- Wang Gangwu Theatre, Graduate House, HKU
細味人生 — 科學為我開的一扇窗 和領袖對談 構建大思維 — 陳永陸 陳永陸先生是一位著名的財經評論員，一般人都會稱呼他為「陸叔」。在是次講座中，他將與我們分享他從科學走到金融的經歷，以及這些年來透過接觸多不勝數的商界領袖和公眾，所積累的經驗和智慧。 活動亦歡迎觀眾提問並加入對話。我們希望通過分享和交流，觀眾都得了解到科學帶來的各種可能性和受到啟發。 Mr Chan, you may probably know him by his another name "Uncle 6", is a renowned financial commentator. In the dialogue session, he will share and chit chat with our facilitators about his path to the field of finance, and also the inspiration and wisdom accumulated all these years from all the business leaders and general public. Audience are also welcome to ask questions and join the dialogue. We hope that via sharing and exchange of insights, we all can be inspired by the possibilities brought by science. *The talks will be conducted in Cantonese. Please indicate on the registration form at least two weeks before the talk if you need simultaneous interpretation, student helpers will be arranged to assist. Request(s) indicated less than two weeks before the talk cannot be guaranteed. View Gallery
Dialogue with Distinguished Alumnus - Mr Lam Chiu Ying
- Wang Gangwu Theatre, Graduate House, HKU
細味人生 — 科學為我開的一扇窗 生活之道：價值與能量 — 林超英 林超英先生最廣為人知的身份是前香港天文台台長。在是次的講座中，他將與觀眾分享他生活中的樂趣，以及在學術領域中和社會上所追求的願景、一直持守的理念和價值觀。主持人亦會透過對話，了解更多林超英先生對於好奇心、幸福、生命價值及未來社會發展的看法。 活動亦歡迎觀眾提問並加入對話。我們希望通過分享和交流，觀眾都得了解到科學帶來的各種可能性和受到啟發。 Mr Lam is mostly known as the former Director of Hong Kong Observatory. In the dialogue session, he will share his latest curiosity with audience, as well as his motto and values guiding through his pursuit in academic field and service in Hong Kong society. Our facilitators will lead the dialogue session to cover a wide range of issues, from curiosity and happiness to value of life, to visions of future societal development. Audience are also welcome to ask questions and join the dialogue. We hope that via sharing and exchange of insights, we all can be inspired by the possibilities brought by science. *The talks will be conducted in Cantonese. Please indicate on the registration form at least two weeks before the talk if you need simultaneous interpretation, student helpers will be arranged to assist. Request(s) indicated less than two weeks before the talk cannot be guaranteed. View Gallery
Official launch of Faculty new website
This website is built in celebration of the Faculty of Science Oak Anniversary in 2019. Having our stakeholders in mind, we are building this website in a more interactive way, allowing visitors to explore our teams, programmes and projects with a more user-friendly and streamlined interface. This new website provides a clear message of what we stand for and where our strengths and values lie when we strive to be highly competitive in the global arena. Adopting a clean, vibrant and professional design of website, we are showcasing our stories in magazine style for different stakeholders, be it HKU community, prospective students, collaborators, alumni or general public, etc. Going forward, we will continue to develop/ expand the website. Stay tuned!
Into the Lion’s Den: Ecological Education in the Wilderness
- 6:00 – 7:30pm
- HKU Foundation Chamber, Hung Hing Ying Building
Dr Billy Hau is a Principal Lecturer at the Division of Ecology and Biodiversity of the School of Biological Sciences, HKU. As a terrestrial ecologist and conservationist, he has made it his goal to cultivate new generations of dedicated, professional and pragmatic young conservationists for Hong Kong and the world. He believes the key is to nurture young students’ love of nature by providing them with immersive experiential learning opportunities in global biodiversity hotspots. Curated and led by Dr Billy Hau, the HKU Foundation and the Faculty of Science will co-present an East-Africa Wildlife Eco-tour in July 2019. At this fireside chat, he and his former students will share their ecological teaching and learning experiences, and will also give a preview of this trip which is open to Foundation members and alumni! View more photos