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Faculty welcomes freshmen for the new academic year

This is the first time we have had a separate Faculty of Science inauguration event. We had more staff and student present than we usually do at the institutional one. It was great to be able to talk to the new students from Hong Kong and around the world. Hong Kong may be going through…
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Dr Leung’s Memorial Service

Moving memorial service this morning for Dr Kam Tim Leung, a a mathematician who served many years at HKU. The first Chinese Dean of Science in the 1970s.

Lung Fu Shan BioBlitz

I spent Sunday morning helping with the annual Lung Fu Shan BioBlitz. Always a pleasure to see how enthusiastic people are about ecology, biodiversity and conservation. Although I was with the bird group this large golden orb spider was a highlight. The one in the picture is a female and about as large as my…
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Chemical biology & Photonics facilities presentations.

At short notice we were invited to go to Beijing to showcase two of our proposals for laboratory facilities in the Guangming Science City in Shenzhen. Managed to get there and back in a long day. We are keeping our fingers crossed the funding comes through for these major initiatives.

HKU International Conference on Undergraduate Research in Science

This was a bit of an experiment. A conference aimed at advanced undergraduates for them to network with us and each other, to present their work and to learn about postgraduate opportunities in Hong Kong. Students from all over the world – at least 12 countries attended.


On Friday we signed an agreement with TCL to establish a joint centre on AI, funded by a generous multi-million dollar donation from TCL. The picture shows Faculty members with TCL representatives including LI Dongsheng, the long-standing Chairman of TCL (on my left).

Long service awards

The annual HKU long service awards honours the service of some of our staff who have worked for the university for some time. This year the Faculty had many such loyal staff. One of the most prominent being Prof Chi-ming Che, a member of three scientific academies, PI of the State Key Lab, PI of…
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Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Oceanology

Actually from last week, I travelled with some of our marine scientists to Qingdao to discuss setting up a new joint CAS-HKU lab in marine biology. Hoping to have this concluded by the end of the year.

HKU Reunion at the Races

A uniquely HKU event occurs annually when the Hong Kong Jockey Club make their box at Sha Tin race track over to the university. We invite our many friends, donors and alumni to spend the afternoon with us.

Shanghai Institute Materia Medica

My first visit to Shanghai was with colleagues from the Department of Chemistry to sign a collaboration agreement with China’s premier drug discovery institute. An excellent opportunity to bring our combined strengths together for the benefit of the region.