About The Hong Kong
Laureate Forum

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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Inaugural Forum


The inaugural Hong Kong Laureate Forum will take place on November 2022. 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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Shaw Laureates

The Shaw Prize is an international award to honour individuals who are currently active in their respective fields and who have recently achieved distinguished and significant advances, who have made outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or applications, or who in other domains have achieved excellence. 


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Great Conjunction

In Astronomy, conjunction refers to the observation that two astronomical objects are very close in the sky when observed from a specific object such as Earth. When a conjunction occurs, the locations of the two objects have either the same right ascension or the same ecliptic longitude as observed from Earth…

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Science in the Community

Hong Kong Meridian (II) - In Search of the Magic Stones

In the previous issue [1], we learned that to meet the needs of ocean navigation, the British invented the marine chronometer to help captains accurately ascertain the longitude of the ship to ensure safe navigation. In spite of the high accuracy of the marine chronometers, they needed to be calibrated regularly, and this came to depend on a time service provided by major ports...

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Aerogel – An Air-Based Material and Its Exciting Properties

In 1931, an American chemical engineer, Dr Samuel Stephens KISTLER bet his colleague, Dr Charles LEARNED, that they could replace the liquid inside a jelly with gas without shrinking it. Dubbing this concept “aerogel”, they managed to make the first aerogel with silica …

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Seeing the Inside World through Inverse Problems

In many problems in science and technology, we are able to collect measurements and are interested in inferring useful information about the system, say certain physical parameters that can cause the effect (the measurements). Such a problem is termed an inverse problem because it starts with the effects and then calculates the causes…

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