Science Faculty 60th Anniversary Banquet

It was destined to be a night to be remembered, when 400 invited guests, alumni, students, staff, and friends of the Faculty of Science gathered at Convention Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to celebrate the Faculty’s diamond jubilee on 16 September 2023. The Faculty was honoured to receive congratulatory remarks from Chairperson of University Council, CUHK, Professor John CHAI. Dean of Science and Wei Lun Professor of Chemistry Professor SONG Chunshan arranged a special segment dedicated to honouring former Deans of Science, and the Faculty was delighted that former Deans of Science – Professor Thomas MAK, Professor Kenneth YOUNG, Professor KWAN Hoi Shan, Professor Henry WONG and Professor XIE Zuowei (Interim Dean) (in chronological order of Deanship) – could join the Banquet in-person and make a toast together with Professor Song on the stage. It was especially meaningful to invite the former Deans and former Interim Dean to take a stand, as together, they represent more than half a century of history at the Faculty of Science.

Science Faculty 60th Anniversary Distinguished Science Lecture
Professor YAU Shing Tung: Tolo Homecoming - Reunion for CUHK's Diamond Jubilee

The Faculty was honoured to invite mathematics maestro, Professor YAU Shing Tung, back to CUHK as part of the Science Faculty 60th Anniversary Distinguished Science Lecture Series to give a talk entitled “Tolo Homecoming – Reunion for CUHK’s Diamond Jubilee”, on 24 April 2023. Around 300 scholars, staff, students and members of the public attended the lecture, with more than 600 online audience members joining live from Mainland China.

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Science Faculty 60th Anniversary Distinguished Science Lectures cum Research Day 2023

Prof. Randy SCHEKMAN (photo on left) and Prof. David DRUBIN (middle) from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, delivered Keynote Lectures at Distinguished Science Lectures cum Research Day and took group photos with the speakers of CUHK Science.

The Faculty was delighted to host the Science Faculty 60th Science Distinguished Lectures cum Research Day on 11 June 2023. Apart from the sharing on interdisciplinary research from our faculty members, the Faculty was honoured to have two world-renowned distinguished scholars, Professor Randy SCHEKMAN and Professor David DRUBIN, from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, to deliver Distinguished Science Lectures cum Research Day Keynote Lectures and share their latest discoveries in life sciences.

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The Transformation from an Ordinary College Student to a Transformative Researcher

As part of the Science Faculty 60th Anniversary Distinguished Science Lecture Series, the Faculty, Department of Mathematics and The Institute of Mathematical Sciences jointly presented a lecture by world-class applied and computational mathematician, Professor Thomas HOU, of the California Institute of Technology on 9 June 2023.

Professor Hou shared his personal story and inspired young students to go out of their comfort zone and transform themselves to become an original thinker and a transformative researcher in the future.

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Ranking Inferences Based on the Top Choice of Multiway Comparisons

On 10 July 2023, the Faculty and the Department of Statistics jointly presented another Science Faculty 60th Anniversary Distinguished Science Lecture by Professor FAN Jianqing, Frederick L. Moore '18 Professor of Finance, Professor of Statistics, and Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University. In the lecture, Professor Fan shared his research findings on the ranking inference problem based on multiway comparisons.

Science Faculty 60th Anniversary Alumni Open House

The Faculty’s first-ever Alumni Open House was held on 3 June 2023 where there was a series of activities to welcome alumni, along with their family and friends, back on campus. They engaged in different educational and fun activities and enjoyed themselves at tea gatherings to catch up with old classmates and former teachers. The meaningful occasion was graced by the presence of several Alumni Association leaders at the opening ceremony.

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Dean’s Cup – Badminton, Basketball, and Tennis

Following the Alumni Open House, the Faculty’s “60th Anniversary Dean’s Cup – Badminton, Basketball, and Tennis” event was held on 4 June 2023. A hundred energetic faculty members, alumni and students gathered for competitive sports tournaments in three sports. The event was a showcase of excellent sportsmanship and team spirit where the competing teams put in their best efforts.

The Faculty is grateful for the enthusiastic participation by the teams, and looks forward to reuniting with all Faculty alumni, students, staff, and friends at the upcoming celebrative activities for 60th anniversary.

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Triple Honours for CUHK Science at 48th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva

Great ideas should be able to withstand the test of global showcase and competition. This year, three projects from the Faculty of Science participated in the 48th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva, going head to head against nearly 1,000 inventions from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. It was the first time for the Faculty to send an official delegation to the Exhibition, and we are thrilled that three projects won awards:

Professor NGAI To (Department of Chemistry)

Novel Sustainable Inorganic Hollow UV Filters for Cosmetic Applications – Silver Medal

Novel Injectable Magnesium-based Scaffold for Treating Osteoporotic Bone Defects – Bronze Medal

Professor Phillip YAM (Department of Statistics)

Comonotone-Independence Bayes classifier (CIBer) - Silver Medal

Congratulations to Professor Ngai, Professor Yam and their project teams!

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Science Faculty All-Staff Meeting 2023

The Science Faculty All-Staff Meeting was held on 28 August 2023. Professor SONG Chunshan, Dean of Science, welcomed all staff members and gave an overview of recent developments in the Faculty. The Deanery also updated faculty members on each of the Faculty’s seven strategic areas.

The Dean expressed his sincere appreciation to all Faculty members for their support and contribution throughout the year and wishes the retiring staff all the best as they embark on their new journey.

Faculty Brochures

We are glad to announce that the following Faculty Brochures have been issued:

Please click HERE to view the full contents in PDF.

Honours & Awards

Dr. YAO Suli received the Excellent Dissertation Award 2023 from the Chinese Geophysical Society

Dr. YAO Suli from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Programme received the Excellent Dissertation Award 2023 from the Chinese Geophysical Society. This award was set to honor doctoral theses with breakthrough achievements and innovative applications in geophysical science. Dr. Yao is the first recipient of this prestigious award from Hong Kong.

Dr. Yao received her PhD degree in CUHK in 2022, supervised by Professor YANG Hongfeng. She has since continued her research at CUHK as a Postdoctoral Fellow, focusing on earthquake modeling and seismic hazard assessment.

Inauguration Ceremony for Undergraduates 2023

The Inauguration Ceremony for Undergraduates was successfully held on 4 September 2023. This year, the Faculty is pleased to welcome over 600 local students and around 100 non-local students who have passions in pursuing knowledge and inspiration in science.

Professor SONG Chunshan encouraged our freshmen to dream and think big, retain their curiosity, and to enrich their scientific knowledge and insights. Two senior-year students, Govini ELVITIGALA (Chemistry) and James CHAU (Mathematics) also shared their rewarding university life with our freshmen, which was followed by a series of interactive games helping the new comers to familiarise themselves with the university and the Faculty. Following the ceremony, students had a great time meeting their prospective teachers from their major programme over light refreshments.

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Two CUHK Science Students Receive Innovation and Technology Scholarship

The Faculty of Science is proud of two undergraduates who received the Innovation and Technology Scholarship 2023, one of the most prestigious academic awards for students in Hong Kong, in recognition of their tremendous innovation and technology (InnoTech) talent. The recipients from CUHK Science this year are LAI Lok Kan (Physics) and TSOI Lu Yi Lucky (Biochemistry).

LAI Lok Kan (Physics)

Lok Kan plans to undertake research at Professor GUO Xingmiao’s lab at the University of Waterloo in Canada this summer, as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Exchange Programme in the Department of Physics. He shared that thanks to the Scholarship’s strong support, “I may get in touch with international physics professionals and join frontier condensed matter physics projects. It is a great honour and a precious opportunity to be awarded the scholarship, and I will make good use of it to achieve my goals.”

TSOI Lu Yi Lucky (Biochemistry)

As for Lucky, she is applying for an exchange programme at the University of California, Berkeley and planning to take courses in molecular and cell biology, with a focus on virology, immunology, genetics, and related fields. She will utilise this scholarship to support the study during the programme.

Congratulations to both students!

CUHK Science Students Shine at CUHK Research Poster Exhibition 2023

Between 17 May to 30 June 2023, CUHK Library, the Graduate School and the Independent Learning Centre (ILC) jointly present Research Poster Exhibition 2023 for current postgraduates to showcase their research. Participants will present their research to an audience spanning various disciplines, cultivating cross-disciplinary understanding and giving postgraduates a great opportunity to improve their presentation and communication skills.

The Faculty of Science is excited to learn that among the 61 submissions this year, two students received awards. Alissa BASS (PhD student in Environmental Science) was crowned the Champion of the Best Poster Presentation Awards this year, presenting her work on the impact of marine heatwaves on species interactions. Meanwhile, Leo LEE (MPhil student in Physics) received Honourable Mention Award for his work on finding the source of ionization in passive galaxies.

Alissa BASS (PhD student in Environmental Science)

Leo LEE (MPhil student in Physics)

Job well done to both award recipients, and thank you to all students for their hard work.

Student Exchange Programme

YIP Cheuk Ling (Biology)

Studied at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in Term 2, 2022-23

During my exchange programme, I had the opportunity to study a variety of courses at the top college in Ireland, including genetics, zoology and immunology courses. These courses not only broadened my knowledge but also gave me a deeper understanding of biodiversity in Ireland and medical science. I was also able to participate in several experiments on the investigation of the parasite in sticklebacks and the morphological identification of various parasites, which allowed me to apply the theoretical knowledge I learned in class to scientific practice. Besides, I had the opportunity to participate in various sports activities such as fencing and horse racing. These experiences encouraged me to be brave to try new experiences and stepping out of my comfort zone.

Cheuk Ling (left) took a photo with her flatmate Haley in front of the Campanile, one of the most iconic landmarks of Trinity College Dublin

Kechen (3rd from left) joined the welcome party held by Zhiyuan College

LI Kechen (Risk Management Science)

Studied at Zhiyuan College, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in Term 2, 2022-23

Zhiyuan College holds various student activities regularly, including singing and sports contests, movie-watching, celebrity lectures, and cultural performances, just to name a few. However, the most impressive one was the night music festival held on a large grassland. Local and international students gathered together to admire music bands performance. Zhiyuan College also invites eminent professors in every scientific field to deliver an academic inspirational speech twice a month. I not only learnt from them some cutting-edge scientific knowledge, but also received opportunities to exchange ideas with professors and other students.

Alumni Sharing Session - The Becoming of A Forest Scientist in this Concrete Jungle: Curiosity, Compassion, and Commitment

On 19 September 2023, the Faculty of Science invited Dr. HUNG Tin Hang Henry (Biology alumnus), a Postdoctoral Researcher in Forest Science at the Department of Biology and a Retained Lecturer in Biology at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, to speak on the topic “The Becoming of A Forest Scientist in this Concrete Jungle: Curiosity, Compassion, and Commitment”. Dr. Hung shared with the participants how he finds his place as a young scholar in academia and briefly introduced his research areas on critically endangered rosewood trees.

Postgraduate Research Output Award 2022

Chemistry alumna Dr. XIE Yi has been selected for the Postgraduate Research Output Award 2022.

Dr. Xie shared her thoughts on receiving the Award, “It is my great honour to be awarded. It is a great recognition for my research. I am grateful to my supervisor, Professor WANG Ying, for her continuous encouragement and patient guidance. She guided me to enjoy the beauty of electrochemistry and understand the electrode process.” She also explained her passion for chemistry, “I focus on developing efficient electrochemical system to convert one of the major greenhouse gases, CO2, into valuable chemicals and feedstock. Recently, we have found promising Pd-Cu catalysts for selective C2+ production in acidic media for a high carbon utilisation efficiency. I hope to develop more efficient electrolysers and contribute to a greener future.”

CUHK Young Scholars Thesis Award 2022

Dr. LI Lejing, our Chemistry alumna, has been selected for the CUHK Young Scholars Thesis Award 2022 for her thesis “Electrocatalytic Synthesis of Hydrogen Peroxide from Water on Transition Metal Oxide Electrodes”.

“I am very grateful and honoured to have been awarded the Young Scholars Thesis Award 2022. It is a great recognition for my performance and pursuit of chemistry during my PhD period (2018-2022) at CUHK. A supportive mentor, coupled with an efficient platform, is the key to going far in one's scientific endeavors”, said Dr. Li.

Currently, Dr. Li has a broad interest in energy conversion and has been working on several diversified research topics including photocatalysis biomass conversion, green synthesis of highly value-added chemical products, electrocatalysis for energy conversion, and micro-and nanoelectrochemistry. Most of her research interests are driven by the pursuit of a greener energy future and personal curiosity in trying to understand the catalysis process.

Alumni Receives Lishanbang Excellent Paper Award from Seismological Society of China

Dr. ZHU Gaohua, our Earth and Atmospheric Sciences alumna, received the Lishanbang Excellent Paper Award from Seismological Society of China. She was invited to give a plenary presentation on the 18th Conference of the Seismological Society of China. Dr. Zhu received her PhD degree in CUHK in 2020, supervised by Professor YANG Hongfeng. Her dissertation focused on earthquakes in southern Mariana subduction zone, the deepest spot on Earth.

Alumni Publication Sci-by-side Issue 2

We are pleased to announce that the 2nd issue of Sci-by-side has been issued. To strengthen our alumni’s connection with the Faculty, each issue will feature a selection of alumni events and a column for our alumni to share their latest news and updates with fellow alumni.

Please click HERE to view the full content in PDF.

The 12th ICSA International Conference

The 12th ICSA International Conference was held by the Department of Statistics and International Chinese Statistical Association (ICSA) from 7 to 9 July 2023. More than 450 scholars and researchers from various countries participated in the conference, including three keynote speakers – Professor CHEN Song Xi from Peking University, Professor SHAO Qi Man from Southern University of Science and Technology, and Professor ZHU Ji from University of Michigan. The opening ceremony was officiated by Professor Alan CHAN, Provost of CUHK, Professor LI Gang, President of ICSA, Professor SUN Jianguo, Chair of Executive and Scientific Program Committees and Professor SONG Xinyuan, Chair of Local Organising Committee.

The International Conference on New Trends in Computational and Data Sciences

The International Conference on New Trends in Computational and Data Science, jointly organised by the Departments of Mathematics of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Honour of Professor Tony CHAN’s 70th Birthday, was successfully conducted from 26 to 27 August 2023.

The Conference attracted more than 110 participants and 15 invited talks were conducted on the two days. It was not only well-received but also brought leading researchers in areas of scientific computing, optimization, image processing, and data science together to exchange ideas and discuss their latest research developments, which would substantially strengthen the tie between institutions in Hong Kong and Mainland China. These meaningful exchanges would surely benefit in stimulating new ideas and interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as emphasis on the crucial and unique role of mathematical insights in advanced algorithm design and novel real-world applications.

The Second HKSIAM Biennial Meeting

Organised by the Department of Mathematics, the Second Hong Kong Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (HKSIAM) Biennial Meeting was successfully conducted at CUHK from 28 August to 1 September 2023. The Conference attracted a total of 270 participants.

During the five-day conference, a total of 11 plenary lectures and 19 mini-symposium were conducted. Through discussions from a wide array of perspectives, the Conference enabled the participants to exchange the most up-to-date developments in applied mathematics and industrial applications, stimulate new mathematical ideas, initiate and enhance existing collaborations between the researchers in different regions.

The Organising Committee of the Second HKSIAM Biennial Meeting is grateful for the support it received for this event and wishes to thank wholeheartedly all contributors, sponsors and participants of this event for making this 5-day conference informative, inspiring as well as enjoyable.

International Symposium on Agricultural Genomics for Food Security and Plant-Environment Interaction in a Changing Climate

Accredited as a CUHK 60th anniversary celebratory event, The International Symposium on Agricultural Genomics for Food Security and Plant-Environment Interaction in a Changing Climate, organised from 9 to 11 August 2023 jointly by the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology (CUHK), the RGC-AoE Center for Genomic Studies on Plant-Environment Interaction for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security and Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainability with Faculty of Science as one of the event sponsors, was a resounding success.

The three-day symposium, well received by over 150 attendees from six continents, has successfully nurtured the foundation of International Consortium for Research and Applications of Legumes on 11 August 2023. Jointly founded by Professor LAM Hon Ming (Choh-Ming Li Professor of Life Sciences), Professor Henry NGUYEN (University of Missouri) and Professor Rajeev VARSHNEY (Murdoch University), the newly formed consortium aimed for international cross-disciplinary and cross-boundary collaborations on legume research and applications for advancing science and agriculture. This international consortium is expected to drive the momentum of the symposium further through joint research addressing environmental sustainability.

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