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Celebrating Physics: A series of public lectures

Celebrating Physics aims to bring to the general public and young students in particular the excitements of some of the latest developments in physics, including astrophysics, cosmology, quantum physics, optical micromanipulation, and the physics of music, through a series of lectures conducted by scholars from local universities. Marking the Golden Jubilee of the Physical Society of Hong Kong, the lectures also serve to introduce recent works and research achievements of local physicists to the public. The first three lectures had been held at the Hong Kong Space Museum.

Title and Speaker Date Time
Lecture 4: The Wonder in Energy Focusing
Speaker: Dr. Ng Tsz Fai, Jack (Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, Hong Kong Baptist University)
Language: Cantonese
29-04-2017 (Sat) 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Lecture 5: An Introduction to Quantum Computing
Speaker: Dr. Wang Xin, Sunny (Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Materials Science, City University of Hong Kong)
Language: English
27-05-2017 (Sat) 2:30pm – 5:00pm
Lecture 6: The Physical World of Music
Speaker: Dr. Fung Kin Hung (Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Physics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Language: Cantonese
24-06-2017 (Sat) 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Curriculum Links: S1-S3 Science "Energy", S4-S6 Physics Compulsory Part "Wave Motion", Elective Part "Atomic World" and "Energy and Use of Energy"

Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum

Free admission on a first come, first served basis.
Jointly organised with the Physical Society of Hong Kong and physics-related departments of six local universities
Enquiries: 2732 3223 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, except public holidays)


 

Research Grants Council Lecture Series

The University Grants Committee and Research Grants Council have been supporting the Hong Kong higher education sector to undertake many exciting academic research projects over the years. To let the community know about the importance and values of the work of our researchers and their contribution to the society, the Research Grants Council has been organising regular public lectures to introduce to the public the achievements of our researchers.

Title and Speaker Date Time
Cyber Security Issues in Internet of Things
Speaker: Dr. Hui Chi Kwong, Lucas (Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong)
07-05-2017 (Sun) 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Beware of Your Location Privacy and Integrity in Social Networks
Speaker: Dr. Hu Haibo (Assistant Professor of the Department of Electronic and Information Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
07-05-2017 (Sun) 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Rare Diseases and Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Speaker: Prof. Lam Ching Wan (Professor of the Department of Pathology, The University of Hong Kong)
29-07-2017 (Sat) 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Non-invasive Prenatal Testing: from Dream to Reality
Speaker: Prof. Lo Yuk Ming, Dennis (The Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine , The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
29-07-2017 (Sat) 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Curriculum Links: S4-S6 Information and Communication Technology Compulsory Part "Social Implications" and Elective Part "Data Communications and Networking" and S4-S6 Biology Compulsory Part "Genetics and Evolution" and "Health and Diseases" Elective Part "Biotechnology"


Cyber Security Issues in Internet of Things
It is no doubt that in the near future, the society will have more and more Internet of Things (IoT) devices being used. Huge amount of data are being generated, stored and transmitted when using IoT equipment. Security breaches to those data could be a big problem. Dr. Hui will deliver the talk to raise public awareness on security problems related to using IoT systems. Examples will be used to illustrate the security problems related to using IoT systems and discuss potential solutions.

Beware of Your Location Privacy and Integrity in Social Networks
Location-based services (LBS) have a growing necessity against location cheating and location trustworthiness. Some online businesses and emergency services need to verify user's geographic location before authorising the access of using the services. These requirements generated a new problem named "spatio-temporal attestation". Dr. Hu will introduce novel solutions to spatio-temporal attestation while retaining location privacy in the talk.

Rare Diseases and Undiagnosed Diseases Program
Diagnostic Odyssey refers to an extraordinary delay of years between the disease onset and the final diagnosis was established. Diagnostic odyssey is mostly due to diagnostic challenges because of the rarity of the diseases. There are 7,000 rare diseases affecting 300 million people worldwide. It was estimated that about 10 million people in China have rare diseases. Prof. Lam will explain in the lecture, how genetic pathologists, using clinical whole genome sequencing (WGS) and whole exome sequencing (WES) approaches, can end diagnostic odyssey through identification of disease-causing genes in families with rare diseases.

Non-invasive Prenatal Testing: from Dream to Reality
Prenatal testing is an established part of modern healthcare. However, conventional invasive methods for prenatal testing are associated with risks to the fetus. For many years, scientists around the world have been dreaming about the possibility of noninvasive prenatal testing. Prof. Lo will share in the talk the journey of entering this field, as a medical student and how over a period of over two decades, moving this dream into reality. He would also discuss some of the ethical, social and legal issues associated with this revolutionary technology.


Venue: Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Science Museum
Language: Cantonese

Free admission on a first come, first served basis.
Jointly organised with the Research Grants Council
Enquiries: 2732 3223 (Mon to Fri: 9:00am - 1:00pm, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, except public holidays)

 

 

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