‘Reduction of Illegal Global Wildlife Trade through Novel Conservation Forensics Research’
The team from the School of Biological Sciences, Dr Caroline Dingle, Dr David Baker, Dr Timothy Bonebrake and Professor David Dudgeon, has adopted conservation forensics to provide authorities investigating illegal wildlife trafficking with accurate scientific data to use against traffickers. The team received the University’s Knowledge Exchange Excellence Award 2020 for this project.
Professor Chuyang Tang from the Department of Civil Engineering wins the HKU Innovator Award
The new HKU Innovator Award is a university-level award established to recognise outstanding faculty members whose innovations demonstrate exceptionally high potential impact (legacy or projected legacy) with transformative results to foster development. Professor Chuyang Tang of the Department of Civil Engineering received the inaugural HKU Innovator Award.
Dr Ka Wai Kwok from the Department of Mechanical Engineering wins the HKU Young Innovator Award
The new HKU Young Innovator Award is a university-level award established to recognise young faculty members whose innovations demonstrate exceptionally high potential impact (legacy or projected legacy) with transformative results to foster development. Dr Ka Wai Kwok of the Department of Mechanical Engineering received the inaugural HKU Young Innovator Award.
‘Knowledge Exchange on HIV/AIDS to Promote HIV Prevention and Care’
Professor Zhiwei Chen and his team has promoted Treatment as Prevention for HIV since 2009 and made contributions to the strategic plan and HIV manual of the Government of HKSAR. Professor Chen received the University’s Knowledge Exchange Excellence Award 2019 for this project.
Unheard Voices: Older Tongzhi in Hong Kong
Older tongzhi constitute one of the forgotten groups of people in Hong Kong. Their needs and voices are often neglected, and hence go unnoticed, both within the LGBT+ community and by society at large. This video provides an introduction to the problems and challenges that older LGBT people are facing, particularly with respect to access to social and medical services, and suggests ways to fulfil their unmet social needs.
Sustainable Solutions for Hong Kong’s Villages
Hong Kong is one of the world’s greatest cities. Less well-known is that there are also 600 villages in Hong Kong, mostly in the New Territories and outlying islands. Over the decades many have been abandoned or become rundown as villagers moved overseas and young people left to seek better jobs. One of the more established ones is Lai Chi Wo, a Hakka village in a remote valley in north-eastern New Territories, has still suffered from years of neglect after many villagers gave up farming and migrated to the UK in the 1950s. As part of an ongoing project through the Policy for Sustainability Lab under the Centre for Civil Society and Governance at the University of Hong Kong since 2013, a programme supported by HSBC, villagers are being encouraged to return to Lai Chi Wo to revitalise the village so that it will survive for future generations.
Remote Sensing: A Tool for Earth and Space Exploration
Remote sensing is the discipline of acquiring and interpreting aerial images of the earth or other planets using sensor-based technology. Those images, covering subjects like the earth’s surface, the atmosphere, oceans, objects and phenomenon, are then analysed to provide precise data that would not be possible to obtain easily by other means. Dr Joseph Michalski, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hong Kong, is a geologist and planetary scientist who uses remote sensing to study the mineralogy and geology of planets at HKU’s Planetary Mineralogy and Spectroscopy Laboratory.
‘Introducing the Special Needs Trust to Hong Kong’
Professor Lusina Kam Shuen Ho and Associate Professor Rebecca Wing Chi Lee’s research has directly led to the setting up of a special needs trust (SNT) in Hong Kong. They proposed an SNT model that saves costs by pooling the funds contributed by parents for investment. The team received the University’s Knowledge Exchange Excellence Award 2018 for their ‘Introducing the Special Needs Trust to Hong Kong’.
Animal Assisted Intervention for Hong Kong’s ‘Hikikomori’
The therapeutic value of animals to relieve stress in the young, elderly and sick has been documented by academics and medical professionals around the world. But what has not been known until relatively recently is how therapy animals can also help people who have difficulties dealing with modern society and lock themselves away in their rooms. Dr Paul Wong, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, is working with a non-profit-making social service organisation to study how therapy animals, mainly trained dogs, are helping Hong Kong’s hidden youth to regain their self-belief.