Scheduled for 16-18 November 2021, "Masterminds, Masterclasses" is the second chapter of the prelude to the inaugural Hong Kong Laureate Forum (the Forum). It comprises (1) Hybrid Seminar with world-renowned scientists as speakers, including Shaw Laureates, recipients of Breakthrough Prize, CNRS Gold Medal, Fields Medal and Royal Medal, for extensive international audiences in three disciplines of science, namely Life Science and Medicine, Astronomy and Mathematical Sciences, as well as (2) Dialogue with Young Scientists, in which a small number of selected participants would have invaluable opportunity to converse directly with world-renowned scientists.

(1) Seminar

Each seminar includes presentations by world-renowned scientists, followed by a panel discussion. The presentations will cover not only research topics and their applications, but also the presenters’ research journeys and the experience that they gained during the process. As such, the presentations would definitely be thought-provoking and inspirational. They would appeal to a vast and diverse audience, in particular fellow scientists, young scientists and the younger generation who are interested in science.

While local scientists will be joining the seminars in-person, a couple of non-local speakers will be present at the event venue through holographic projection, which would definitely add to the thrill for the in-person participants.


Date: 16 November 2021 (Tue) – Life Science and Medicine
17 November 2021 (Wed) – Astronomy
18 November 2021 (Thu) – Mathematical Sciences
Time: (HKT) 5-7pm
Venue: (Applicable to in-person participants)
Auditorium, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Building, North Point (Exit C of Quarry Bay MTR Station)
Medium: English
Online platform: (For participants who cannot attend in-person)
Through ZOOM Webinar Platform (Information to be provided to enrolled participants)

Enrollment: Please register HERE

Life Science and Medicine (16 Nov • HKT 5-7pm)
  • Opening and Event Opening Speech
  • Welcome Remarks by Prof Lap-chee TSUI
  • Presentation (with Q&As) by Prof Dennis LO (Topic: Translating Scientific Discoveries into Clinical Impact)
  • Presentation (with Q&As) by Prof Ivan HUNG (Topic: From SARS-03 to H1N1-09 to COVID-19, what have we learnt?)
  • Presentation (with Q&As) by Prof Goncalo CASTELO-BRANCO (Topic: Oligodendrocytes in neural development and in disease)
  • Panel Discussion hosted by Prof Lap-chee TSUI
  • Round-up and Closing
Rundown and speakers are subject to change.

Astronomy (17 Nov • HKT 5-7pm)
^ Through holographic projection
Rundown and speakers are subject to change.

Mathematical Sciences (18 Nov • HKT 5-7pm)
  • Opening
  • Welcome Remarks by Prof Timothy W Tong
  • Presentation (with Q&As) by Prof Ngai-ming MOK (Topic: From transcendental numbers to functional transcendence)
  • Presentation by Prof Pierre-Louis LIONS (Topic: Some Perspectives in Applied Mathematics)
  • ^ Presentation (with Q&As) by Prof Jean-Michel BISMUT (Topic: 24 Hours in the Life of a Mathematician)
  • Panel Discussion hosted by Prof Yang WANG
  • Round-up and Closing
^ Through holographic projection
Rundown and speakers are subject to change.

Enrollment for the Seminar: Please register HERE

(2) Dialogue with Young Scientists (By invitation only)

It offers an exclusive invaluable opportunity for young scientists for boundless inspirational and intellectual exchange with world-renowned scientists in a small group setting. The sharing of research journey and personal experience by the world-renowned scientists would act as a catalyst to participants to sustain them on their research journey ahead, and that would also benefit their planning in the pursuit of science.

To cater for both local and non-local participants, two sessions (one in-person and one online) will be organised on the same day for the specific discipline.


Discipline Life Science and Medicine Astronomy Mathematical Sciences
Date 16 Nov 2021 17 Nov 2021 18 Nov 2021
Time HKT 3:00-4:30 pm (in-person session);
HKT 8:30-9:50 pm (online session)
Latest List of Speakers and Moderators* In-person session
  • Professor Dennis LO
    (2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences; 2021 Royal Medal in Biological Sciences)
Online session
  • Professor Franz-Ulrich HARTL
    (2021 Shaw Laureate in Life Science and Medicine)
Moderator
  • Dr Stephanie MA
    (Associate Professor of School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Hong Kong)
Online session
  • Professor Steven BALBUS
    (2013 Shaw Laureate in Astronomy)
Moderator
  • Professor Tjonnie LI
    (Associate Professor of Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
In-person session
  • Professor Ngai-ming MOK
    (Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences and the American Mathematical Society; Director of Institute of Mathematical Research, The University of Hong Kong)
Online session
  • Professor Michel TALAGRAND
    (2019 Shaw Laureate in Mathematical Sciences)
Moderator
  • Dr Sean HON
    (Assistant Professor of Department of Mathematics, Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Prof Martin LI
    (Associate Professor of Department of Mathematics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Medium English
Enrollment By invitation only
Discipline Life Science and Medicine
Date 16 Nov 2021
Time HKT 3:00-4:30 pm (in-person session);
HKT 8:30-9:50 pm (online session)
Latest List of Speakers and Moderators* In-person session
  • Professor Dennis LO
    (2021 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences; 2021 Royal Medal in Biological Sciences)
Online session
  • Professor Franz-Ulrich HARTL
    (2021 Shaw Laureate in Life Science and Medicine)
Moderator
  • Dr Stephanie MA
    (Associate Professor of School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Hong Kong)
Medium English
Enrollment By invitation only
Discipline Astronomy
Date 17 Nov 2021
Time HKT 3:00-4:30 pm (in-person session);
HKT 8:30-9:50 pm (online session)
Latest List of Speakers and Moderators* Online session
  • Professor Steven BALBUS
    (2013 Shaw Laureate in Astronomy)
Moderator
  • Professor Tjonnie LI
    (Associate Professor of Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Medium English
Enrollment By invitation only
Discipline Mathematical Sciences
Date 18 Nov 2021
Time HKT 3:00-4:30 pm (in-person session);
HKT 8:30-9:50 pm (online session)
Latest List of Speakers and Moderators* In-person session
  • Professor Ngai-ming MOK
    (Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences and the American Mathematical Society; Director of Institute of Mathematical Research, The University of Hong Kong)
Online session
  • Professor Michel TALAGRAND
    (2019 Shaw Laureate in Mathematical Sciences)
Moderator
  • Dr Sean HON
    (Assistant Professor of Department of Mathematics, Hong Kong Baptist University)
  • Prof Martin LI
    (Associate Professor of Department of Mathematics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Medium English
Enrollment By invitation only
Programme is subject to change.