CAE Academician Tan Shusen Gives Lecture at CUHK
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) organized the 10th Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) Academicians' Visit Programme cum Lecture Series. This year, Prof. Tan Shusen from the Division of Civil, Hydraulic Engineering and Architecture and Water Conservancy of CAE was invited to visit CUHK on 5 – 8 December 2017.
Prof. Tan was introduced to the latest development and research plans of the University during the meetings with CUHK members including Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; Prof. Wong Ching-ping, Faculty Dean of Engineering; and Prof. Lin Hui, Director of Institute of Space and Earth Information Science. Prof. Tan also paid visits to the Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, where he exchanged views and research ideas with Prof. Lin Hui. On 6 December, Academician Tan delivered a talk on Development of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System in China for the Academicians' Lecture Series, sharing his recent research insights with members of CUHK and of the general public.
The University launched the CAE Academicians Visit Programme in 2008, which aims to promote academic exchange and research collaboration with CAE, to enhance the University's research competitiveness via active liaison with CAE academicians in various fields. Details of the visit programme this year can be found here.
CUHK Joins Hands with NSFC in Conference on Cardiovascular Calcium Signaling Pathway
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) organized a Conference on Cardiovascular Calcium Signaling Pathway: Role in Health and Disease on 6 – 9 December 2017 at Hong Kong Science Park. The Conference, jointly sponsored by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the Research Grant Council (RGC), Office of Academic Links (China) of CUHK, was co-organized by the School of Life Sciences, School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Institute of Vascular Medicine of CUHK, in collaboration with Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School (PKUSZ).
Officiating guests at the opening ceremony included Prof. Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK; Prof. Benjamin Wah, Chairman of RGC and Provost of CUHK; Mr. Wang Wenze, Deputy Director of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Office of NSFC and Prof. Tu Huan, Associate Dean of PKUSZ. The event brought together over 130 researchers and clinician scientists in the field of calcium signaling and cardiovascular health and disease from mainland China and Hong Kong, during which a total of 30 scholars gave presentations to share their research findings and insights with conference guests and participants. It contributed to the enhancement of understanding of the underlying mechanisms of Ca2+ signaling in cardiovascular health and diseases, and facilitated the establishment of new or longer-term research collaboration between Hong Kong and mainland scholars.
CUHK and NSFC have been in a close collaborative relationship. Apart from providing grants to support research projects, the Foundation has been co-organizing annual academic symposia of different themes with CUHK since 2007, providing platforms for intellectual exchange between scientists and scholars in mainland China and Hong Kong, while exploring collaboration opportunities. The symposium in 2017 was held in September, with the theme of "Theory and Application of Smart City Research". NSFC has organized three conferences on the mainland with RGC to promote academic exchange among mainland and local young scholars since 2016. This conference is the first of its kind held in Hong Kong.
CUHK Institute of Space and Earth Information Science Provides Timely Information on Iran-Iraq Earthquake to the Ministry of Science and Technology
A powerful earthquake shook the borders between Iran and Iraq in November 2017, causing heavy casualties. The State Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) called for an urgent collection of remote sensing data in major earthquake zones for further analysis and processing at the National Comprehensive Earth Observation Data Sharing Platform. The Institute of Space and Earth Information Science (ISEIS, the Hong Kog base of the National Remote Sensing Centre of China) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) provided FTP mirror-imaging servers and prompt Internet services to the Platform, which assisted to ensure the timely dissemination of emergency data to Iran, the United States and the European Union.
MOST thanked ISEIS for their great support and assistance during the emergency. Prof. Lin Hui, Director of ISEIS was pleased that the University's Satellite Remote Sensing Receiving Station played an active role in international cooperation for the nation. He expressed that ISEIS will seek HKSAR's support to establish a national high-resolution remote sensing satellite information centre in Hong Kong in order to support the use of satellite remote sensing resources by the international community, taking advantage of Hong Kong's strengths.