CUHK organises GBA Science Forum Distinguished Lectures

Three experts and young scientists share thoughts on innovation and technologies

To foster exchanges among technology talents in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), CUHK and the Greater Bay Area Science Forum Secretariat co-organised the Distinguished Lectures on 30 July 2022. Three experts – Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and nanotechnology chemist Bai Chunli, Foreign Member of the CAS and world-renowned mathematician Shing-Tung Yau, and Member of the CAS and computer scientist Andrew Chi Chih Yao – were invited to give online presentations and exchange knowledge with young scientists. The themes of their presentations were Energy Revolution under Vision of Carbon Neutrality, The 50-year Development of Fundamental Sciences in Hong Kong, and Interdisciplinary Technological Innovation respectively.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK Professor Rocky S. Tuan said, “The GBA Science Forum Distinguished Lectures is part of the ‘9+2’-GBA-cities-themed event series. Dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, we hope that the event will broaden participants’ academic horizons through communication with experts. Our goal is to advance scientific concepts and nurture innovative tech talents.” Bai Chunli and People’s Government of Guangdong Province Deputy Secretary-General Xu Dianhui also delivered opening remarks, highlighting the importance of developing innovation and technology in the GBA.

During the event, experts encouraged young scientists to explore new paths amid volatile international situation. They emphasised that as the central government has attached great importance to developing the GBA into an important research hub, young academics should step up exchanges on the basis of strengthen their fundamental knowledge of their respective disciplines and stay inquisitive.

The event was held in hybrid mode at Nansha Library and on the CUHK campus. About 300 participants, including young scientists, teachers and students from colleges and research institutions, attended the event face-to-face and online, and 4,000 people joined the livestream.

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