"Masterminds, Masterclasses 2.0" (MM2.0), to be organised by the HKLF on 9-11 November 2022, is an upgraded version to the successful Masterminds, Masterclasses held in late 2021. MM2.0 is a platform for scientists and stakeholders with different expertise from the world to come together to exchange their brilliant and intellectual ideas as well as their experience with a variety of targeted audience. Through which, we hope to encourage more youngsters to follow the path less travelled in science. This event comprises FOUR elements – 1) grand launching ceremony, seminars, round-table dialogue and a trending topic session, 2) focus groups for young scientists of the Forum, 3) programmes for local secondary students and 4) an Exploration Corner for all.


Event Details
Date: 9 - 11 November 2022 (Wed - Fri)
Venue: 10/F or 25/F, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Building, 21 Pak Fuk Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Exit C of Quarry Bay MTR Station)
Medium: English
Enrollment: Please register here

The event will be kicked off by the grand launching ceremony. There will be three seminars and round-table dialogue sessions for three disciplines of science, namely Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences as well as one trending topic session. These sessions are going to be invigorating and thought-provoking and will no doubt inspire you with new perspective.

a. Grand Launching Ceremony (Hybrid)

Government officials and distinguished guests from academic, scientific, educational, and other sectors will kick-off the event at the ceremony followed by a panel discussion. Guests will share their views on the development of science and technology, resource allocation in education and research and the opportunity for the younger generation riding on Hong Kong’s position as an international science and technology hub, etc.

Date and Time: 9 Nov 2022 (Wed) 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Key Audience: Senior and young scientists, academics, experts and stakeholders in related scientific fields, school principals, teachers, university and senior secondary students
Guests*: Dr Sunny Chai Ngai Chiu, Chairman, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
Prof Chan Wai-yee, Vice-President (Strategic Developments), The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof Sun Dong, Secretary for Innovation, Technology and Industry
Prof Timothy Tong, Chairman of the Council of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum Limited
Mr Wan Ka Kit, Executive Committee Member, Hong Kong Association of Heads of Secondary Schools
Prof Wong Wing-tak, Deputy President and Provost & Chair Professor of Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
*Subject to change

b. Seminars and Round-table Dialogues#

Each seminar includes presentations by world-renowned scientists which covers not only research achievements and discoveries of the scientists but also the hot topic and future development in related scientific fields. Round-table dialogue sessions provide an opportunity for you and scientists to exchange views, research ideas, experience as well as the topics presented in the seminars.

Date and Time: Seminar (Hybird) Round-table Dialogue (In-person)
9 Nov 2022 (Wed)
Mathematical Sciences
4:30pm – 6:00pm 6:30pm – 7:30pm
10 Nov 2022 (Thu)
Astronomy
10:00am – 11:30am 12:00pm – 1:00pm
11 Nov 2022 (Fri)
Life Science and Medicine
10:00am – 11:30am 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Key Audience: Senior and young scientists, academics, experts and stakeholders in related scientific fields, university and senior secondary students
Speaker and Moderator*: Mathematical Sciences
Prof Tong Yang, Chair Professor of Mathematics, City University of Hong Kong
Prof Xiaoming Yuan, Head and Professor, Department of Mathematics, The University of Hong Kong
Dr Sean Hon, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Hong Kong Baptist University

Astronomy
Prof Roger Blandford, 2020 Shaw Laureate in Astronomy
Prof Ming-chung Chu, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Prof Luk Kam-biu, IAS Paul C W Chu Professor and Chair Professor of Physics, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Dr Jane Dai, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, The University of Hong Kong

Life Science and Medicine
Prof Gero Miesenböck, 2020 Shaw Laureate in Life Science and Medicine
Prof Alice Wong, Associate Vice-President (Research), Interim Director, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong
Prof Zhang Jianhua, Associate Vice-President (Global Research Collaboration), Chair Professor, Department of Biology, Hong Kong Baptist University
Dr Stephanie Ma, Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
Enrollment Please register here
*Subject to change
#Local secondary students joining these sessions will be eligible to collect respective points for the HKLF Science Explorer Award


c. Trending Topic – Climate Emergency (Hybrid)#

Focus of the trending topic session will be on Climate Emergency. World-renowned scientists and experts in the field will share their respective work and views with you followed by a panel discussion where you may also share your views and questions with the speakers.

Date and Time: 10 Nov 2022 (Thu) 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Key Audience: Senior and young scientists, academics, experts and stakeholders in related scientific fields, university and senior secondary students
Speaker and Moderator*: Dr Timothy Carlton Bonebrake, Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong
Prof Chris Budd, Professor of Applied Mathematics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, UK
Mr Shun Chi-ming, Former Director of the Hong Kong Observatory
Prof Amos Tai, Associate Professor & Director, Earth System Science Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Enrollment: Please register here
*Subject to change
#Local secondary students joining these sessions will be eligible to collect respective points for the HKLF Science Explorer Award

Focus group will be held in the evening which is exclusive dialogue session for invited young scientists hosted by world-renowned scientists. Focus group is set up as direct dialogue platform where young scientists get the chance to present their current research projects directly to the world-renowned scientists and receive feedback and advice from them. It is also a great opportunity for young scientists to get connected and have exchanges with their peers.

Date: 9 Nov 2022 (Wed) (Astronomy)
Time: 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Key Audience: Invited young scientists of the Hong Kong Laureate Forum only
Host* Prof Simon White, 2017 Shaw Laureate in Astronomy
Dr Otto A Hannuksela, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
*Subject to change

a. Sharing from Cross-generation Scientists (In-person)#

Cross-generation scientists will be the guest hosts of the sharing session to share their academic and research journey, experience and advice to invited local senior secondary students. It also includes discussion between scientists and students on important topics to propel them forward, such as innovative thinking, idea pitching, research flow, job opportunity and so on.

Date and Time: 11 Nov 2022 (Fri) 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Key Audience: Invited local senior secondary students only
Host*: Prof Dennis Lo, Director of the Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr Carmen Wong, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, The University of Hong Kong
Medium Cantonese
Enrollment: Please contact Mr Kelvin Chau at kelvinchau@hklaureateforum.org
*Subject to change
#Local secondary students joining these sessions will be eligible to collect respective points for the HKLF Science Explorer Award

b. Science Project Presentation to Shaw Laureate (online – while students have to gather at a designated location to meet with the Shaw Laureate online)#

It provides a unique opportunity for winning teams from local and non-local science-related competitions to present their projects to Shaw Laureate and receive feedback and advice from them.

Date and Time: 11 Nov 2022 (Fri) 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Key Audience: Invited local senior secondary students only
Host*: Prof Steven A Balbus
2013 Shaw Laureate in Astronomy
Enrollment: Please contact Mr Kelvin Chau at kelvinchau@hklaureateforum.org
*Subject to change
#Local secondary students joining these sessions will be eligible to collect respective points for the HKLF Science Explorer Award

Exploration Corner# is another element throughout the three-day programme. It comprises a newly launched moon-landing theme VR experience which takes you to "board" a spacecraft and have a feel of landing on the Moon, like an astronaut. Prime discoveries and research achievements of young and future scientists will also be showcased for you to appreciate their contribution to science advancement.

Date and Time: 9-10 Nov 2022 (Wed-Thu) 9:00am – 7:00pm
11 Nov 2022 (Fri) 9:00am – 3:30pm
Venue: 25/F, The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Building, 21 Pak Fuk Road, North Point, Hong Kong (Exit C of Quarry Bay MTR Station)
Key Audience: Open to public
#Local secondary students joining these sessions will be eligible to collect respective points for the HKLF Science Explorer Award