HKUST Hosts First UK-Hong Kong Frontiers of Science Symposium
HKUST is hosting Hong Kong’s first Frontiers of Science Symposium jointly sponsored by the Royal Society of Britain and the Croucher Foundation, covering key research areas such as stem cell research and infectious diseases.
The conference organizers invited 70 of the best and brightest young scientists from the UK and from local universities for three days (16-18 January) of scientific dialogue and discussions.
The Frontiers of Science is an important platform for bilateral sharing of major scientific ideas and techniques between countries, cities or regions. The US and the UK have each organized a series of such bilateral conferences with other countries or regions in recent years.
Many famous British universities are represented here, including scientists from Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Bristol Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Sheffield, St Andrews, Warwick, and Imperial College. They come from different disciplines, from nanoscience to neurobiology, from biomedical imaging to biochemical engineering.
Speaking at the symposium, Prof Roland Chin, Acting President of HKUST, expressed the hope that this will be the beginning of similar symposiums with scientists from Japan, India or other Asian and European countries. As Hong Kong transforms itself into a knowledge society, science should be a major item on its menu.
The opening ceremony was presided over by Prof Chin and Prof Lorna Casselton, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society of Britain. Founded in 1660, it is the oldest learned society for science in continuous existence in the world.
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