Conservation Forensics Helping to Fight Illegal Wildlife Trafficking
Illegal wildlife trafficking is the fourth most lucrative criminal trade in the world and is estimated to generate up to US$20 billion in illicit revenue a year. Millions of animals and plants are traded every year threatening the survival of many endangered species. With more species on the brink of extinction, illegal profits surging and with no sign that the trade is slowing down, HKU School of Biological Sciences has adopted conservation forensics to provide authorities investigating illegal wildlife trafficking with accurate scientific data to use against traffickers.
Waging War Against Tobacco
It’s never-ending work but we advocate for a ‘tobacco endgame 2027’ towards a smokefree Hong Kong in about 10 years.
Transparent Success Heralds New Era for Displays
Every display supplier has been surprised by our product. The feedback we are getting is that our product is the best out there to replace indium tin oxide.
Disasters of the Past as Powerful Lessons for Today
I thought to myself, there is a real need for contemporary policy-makers to engage with what has happened before.
Speaking Up for Women and Ethnic Minorities
People talk about gender-based discrimination or violence, or racial discrimination, but what my work highlights is that people are more than just a single identity holder. I want to raise awareness that we inhabit multiple identities and when you locate and recognise the multifaceted identities all together in one person, that creates distinct vulnerability and disadvantage, which needs to be understood.
Citizen Scientists Aid Global Forestry Research Effort
Such wide engagement of community stakeholders and the general public in scientific forest and climate change research has been an effective way to nurture their environmental stewardship.
Making the Pen Mightier
Researchers in the Faculty of Education have come up with recommendation to help children experiencing difficulty with Chinese writing. Their work received the Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award 2017 of the Faculty of Education.
Disarming the Golden Invaders
Microbiologist Dr Richard Kao Yi-tsun and his team have developed a novel approach to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that keeps the bugs alive but makes them vulnerable to attack by the human immune system. Their research findings have attracted interest from pharmaceutical companies, which want to explore how to take this laboratory-based discovery to the next stages of testing and turn it into a drug.