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Palawan

After a short break over Christmas I returned just after New Year. My first significant activity this year was a four day trip to Palawan in the Philippines. With a small group of ecologists I visited a CERS site to determine whether we could make use of this location for teaching or research purposes. We…
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Faculty Retreat

I rather enjoy the annual Faculty Retreat. It is one of few opportunities for the faculty to get together en masse and to consider what it is trying to achieve together. This time we went to Sha Tin, and about two-thirds of the faculty turned up.

202nd Science Congregation

Rather sadly, due to concerns about the current unrest in Hong Kong we had to cancel our physical congregation this year, but today we held a virtual one to ensure that our 2018/19 graduands can graduate.

Protests come to campus

If you have been following the news from Hong Kong at all you will know that the protest movement has come to the university campuses. HKU was the site of some problems and some of us spent a long week trying to talk to protesting students and attempting to de-escalate the situation. In the end…
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Excellent Young Scientists

The Faculty had three of its young stars recognised as Excellent Young Scientists by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. ┬áThis is a major achievement for them and the Faculty. Dr Li Xiang David from the Department of Chemistry, Dr Wu Jin from the School of Biological Sciences and Dr Zhang Binzheng from the…
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Prize Presentation Ceremony

At the Science Faculty’s annual prize presentation ceremony I gave out prizes to 100 students who are on the Dean’s list for their academic performance and to staff for research, knowledge exhange and teaching excellences. Well done to all

Distinguished Professors

We are hosting Professor Ben Feringa this week. He is one of our Distinguished Visiting Scientists and one of the winners of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on molecular machines. More importantly he is a nice guy!

Excellent Young Scientist Awards

The Faculty won three of the 2019 NSFC Excellent Young Scientist Awards – this is out of seven in HKU and 25 in Hong Kong and Macao. This superb result is great news for our young colleagues. The successful individuals were David Li of Chemistry, Binzheng Zhang of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Jin Wu…
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ISEM 2019

Last week was an unusual one as I attended the International Society for Ecological Modelling’s conference in Salzburg. Good to remember one’s academic roots. I gave a talk on making the best of inadequate data in models.

Shaw Prize

The Faculty hosted Prof Edward Stone winner of the Shaw Prize in Astronomy this week. He gave a very well attended public lecture about his work on the Voyager mission.