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Science Committee has been set up to take charge of organising the Symposium.



Dr. Lap-Chee TSUI

Dr. the Honourable Tsui Lap-Chee is the Founding President of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. He is also President of Victor and William Fung Foundation, Hong Kong, and Director of Qiushi Academy for Advanced Studies and Master of the Residential College of International Campus, Zhejiang University, China, and University of Toronto’s Emeritus University Professor. He is the 14th Vice Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong and, prior to which, he was Geneticist-in-Chief at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and University Professor at University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Tsui received his Bachelor and Master degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his PhD from University of Pittsburgh in 1979. He is world renowned for his research work in human genetics and genomics, notably the identification of the gene for Cystic Fibrosis in 1989 and, later, other human genetic diseases while conducting a comprehensive characterization of human chromosome 7. Dr. Tsui is the recipient of many national and international awards, including the 2019 Association of Chinese Geneticists in America Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics and the 2018 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Royal Society of London and Academia Sinica. He is also an International Member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), a Foreign Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences and a Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureate. His other awards include 16 honorary doctoral degrees from prestigious universities around the world, the Orders of Canada and Ontario and Knighthood of the Légion d'Honneur of France. Dr. Tsui was appointed Justice of the Peace in 2001 and awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star and the Grand Bauhinia Medal by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2011 and 2016, respectively.

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Dr. Harry SHUM

Dr. Harry SHUM

Dr. Shum is the rotating Chairman of the Council of the Future Forum. He is the Adjunct Professor of Tsinghua University and IAS Professor-at-Large of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Shum is a top expert on computer science and artificial intelligence. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. Dr. Shum is an IEEE Fellow and an ACM Fellow for his contributions to computer vision and computer graphics. He received his Ph.D in robotics from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Shum was the Executive Vice President of Microsoft Corporation, leading Microsoft’s AI product lines and global research institutes, responsible for driving the company’s overall AI strategy and forward-looking research and development efforts spanning infrastructure, services, apps and agents.



Professor Chi-Ming CHE

Professor Che is a founding member and Vice-President of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. He is the Zhou Guangzhao Professor in Natural Sciences, and Head of Department of Chemistry of the University of Hong Kong, Director of State Key Laboratory of Synthetic Chemistry, Director of HKU-CAS Joint Laboratory on New Materials, Director of Laboratory for synthetic Chemistry and Chemical Biology Limited, Academician, Chinese Academy of Sciences, International Member (Foreign Associate), National Academy of Sciences, USA, Fellow, The World Academy of Sciences (elected in 2007), Honorary Professor, State Key Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS. Professor Che has received many awards, for example, the Sixth National Natural Science Prize of China (1994), Croucher Senior Fellowship (1997), IUF Invited Professorship (France) 2000, National Outstanding Young Scholar Award, The National Science Foundation of China (2000- 2003), Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) Foundation Lectureship Award (2003), Visiting Scientist of National Research Council of Italy (2004), Fellow of Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (2005), 2006 TWAS Prize on Chemistry, Seaborg Lectureship at UC Berkeley (2007), 1st Class National Natural Science Award of China (2006), Leader of the Year (2007), Hong Kong SAR and Edward Clark Lee Lectureship at University of Chicago (2008), Nanqiang Lectureship at Xiamen University (2010), Fundan Advisory Professorship at Fundan University (2011), RSC Centenary Prize (2013), Davison Lectureship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2013), Ryoji Noyori ACES Award (2016), 中国化学会黄耀曾金属有机化学终身 成就奖 (2016), 深圳市自然科学一等奖 (2019), 高等学校科学研究优秀成果奖(科学技术) 自然科学二等奖 (2019).

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Professor Chuan HE

Professor He is the John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor of the University of Chicago. He is a chemical biologist well known for his discovery and deciphering of reversible RNA methylation in post-transcription gene expression regulation and enjoys an exceptionally high h-index of 136. Professor has won many awards, for example, the ACS Chemical Biology Lectureship 2019, Paul Marks Prize in Cancer Research 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow 2015, Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award 2015, Mr. and Mrs. Sun Chan Memorial Award in Organic Chemistry 2012, and the American Chemical Society Akron Section Award 2010.

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Professor Jianhua LIN

Professor Lin is the Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress and a member of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress. He was the president of Peking University (2015 to 2018), president of Zhejiang University (2013 to 2015) and president of Chongqing University (2010 to 2013). Professor is a chemist. He carried out post-doctoral research in inorganic solid chemistry and material chemistry at the Max-Planck Institute of Solid State Research in Germany, the Department of Chemistry at Iowa State University and the Ames National Laboratory, both in the United States of America. In 1993, Professor Lin returned to China to teach at Peking University. His research interests cover a wide range of areas in solid chemistry, with focus on new metal borates with novel structure type, and synthesis, structure and properties of transition metal oxides. Professor LIN has published over 140 journal articles. He also won the 1st Prize for State-level Teaching Excellence in 2009, the 2nd Prize for Science and Technology Excellence by the Ministry of Education in 1995 and the National Outstanding Youth Foundation award in 1997.


Professor Dennis LO

Professor Lo is a founding member and Director of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. He is the Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Medicine, Chairman, Department of Chemical Pathology, Li Ka Shing Professor of Medicine, Professor of Chemical Pathology, Director, Li Ka Shing Institute of Health Sciences, and Director, State Key Laboratory of Translational Oncology of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Lo is internationally renowned for his important contribution to the development of non-invasive prenatal testing. Professor Lo has received many awards and honour, including Doctor of Science honoris causa degree, University of Macau; Senior Fellow, PHG Foundation; Fellow of Royal Society; Foreign Associate, United States National Academy of Sciences; Fellow, The World Academy of Sciences; Laureate of Future Science Prize - Life Science, 2016; Laureate of King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, 2014; Honorary Fellow, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate – Chemistry; Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; State Natural Science Award, People’s Republic of China 2005.


Professor Henry WONG

Professor Wong is a founding member, director and the Honorary Secretary of the Hong Kong Academy of Sciences. He is concurrently the Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; the X.Q. Deng Presidential Chair Professor, School of Science and Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen); Chairman, Management Committee, Shanghai-Hong Kong Joint Laboratory in Chemical Synthesis, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences. and honorary and guest professor of many Chinese tertiary institutions. Professor Wong was awarded the 2nd Class National Natural Science Prize of China in 1997 for his achievements in the studies on highly strained molecules. Professor Wong was a Croucher Senior Research Fellow in 1999-2000 and was elected a Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries and a Member of The Hong Kong Academy of Sciences in 1999, 2004 and 2015, respectively.

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