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Dean of Science

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.

China Exploration Society

HKU and CERS are developing a close relationship. The Deans of Arts, Social Science and Science visited the CERS headquarters in ShekO this week. An amazing archive as well as a range of physical sites around the region. Here with the founder of CERS Wong How Man in the archive and library.

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.