About The Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Laureate Forum aspires to be a world-class academic exchange event to connect the current and next generations of leaders in scientific pursuit, and to promote understanding and interests of the young generation in Hong Kong and around the world in various disciplines in science and technology.
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The inaugural Hong Kong Laureate Forum will take place in 13-18 November 2023. Shaw Laureates and distinguished scientists will spend a week in Hong Kong interacting with about 200 young scientists from around the world, sharing their views, experience and aspirations in various scientific fields. The week of programme will consist of world-class intellectual seminars, discussion groups, workshops, poster sessions and visits to the latest Hong Kong scientific development projects, universities and institutes as well as cross-cultural social activities.
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Call of Climate
22 Apr is "Earth Day", one of the world's largest environmental protection events, with nearly 200 countries responded so far, aiming to protect the environment and create a better planet. This year, to discuss the impact of climate change, we have prepared 10 climate-related videos coined as "Call of Climate" supplemented with science knowledge, having Mr LEUNG Wing Mo, Former Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory and Ms Natalie CHUNG, Co-Founder of V'air Hong Kong, an environmental education organization to promote low-carbon tourism, as the hosts. Episodes will be published on our website and social media platforms. Stay tuned!
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Science in the Community
Evidence for a new Type of Memory with Implications for Understanding Consciousness and Perception
Consciousness is at the heart of our every experience but still poorly understood scientifically. New research offers insights into how weak and ambiguous stimuli can be consciously perceived through repetition and offers evidence for a new type of memory—a subliminal sensory buffer store (SSBS)—which has been predicted by one of the leading theories of consciousness. Experimental data also shows that visual masking, a widely used technique in psychology and neuroscience, does not erase or overwrite information as was previously thought but merely limits conscious access to it. These findings have a profound impact on consciousness studies and cognitive science in general...
The Mutual Benefits of Cohabitation of Solar Panel System and Horticulture
The increasing occurrence of extreme weather events over the past few years has underscored the impact of climate change is having on our planet. As a developed city that has set itself a target of carbon neutrality by the year 2050, Hong Kong must do everything within its power to reduce its carbon emissions in order to contain the global temperature rise to below 1.5°C. Despite Hong Kong's potential to expand the use of renewable energy, the scarcity of the territory's land resources means that on top of fierce competition on the usage of every piece of land, owners are already maximising the utility of every square inch on their plot.
Ringdown: the music by oscillating black holes
If you pluck a violin string, the string vibrates, driving the air particles around the string to oscillate too, setting up sound waves that propagate in the air. That is why you will hear a note. However, the note will not last long. Through generating sound, the string loses its vibrational energy in the air. The vibrations of the violin string decay. So does the note. Interestingly, a similar phenomenon occurs in perturbed black holes...