Discovery Festival

Our strengths in discovery and innovation will be showcased at this year’s Discovery Festival where we will champion the remarkable work of our teachers and students, their individual journeys and their accomplishments within our pioneering Discovery-enriched Curriculum. The various events will take place from 13 to 16 March. For details, please visit here.

Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Distinguished Lectures

Renowned writer Professor Pai Hsien-yung will give a talk titled “The Emotion and Beauty of Kunqu” on 9 March. Professor Pai is Emeritus Professor of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the first Senior Fellow of Humanities at IAS. During the lecture, there will be a live performance by artists from the Suzhou Kunqu Opera Theatre of Jiangsu. For more information, please visit here.

Freight transportation is of utmost importance for society. Road transport accounts for about 26% of all energy consumption and 18% of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union. Despite this influence, road transportation is mainly carried out by individual long-haul trucks with no real-time coordination or global optimisation. Professor Karl H. Johansson of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden will discuss these issues at a talk titled “Cooperative Road Freight Transport: Opportunities and Challenges in Networked Control” on 12 March. For more information, please visit here.

Major (unipolar) depression disorder is a devastating disease afflicting some 10% of the population, with more women than men affected. The etiology is still unclear, but stress may represent an important factor. Professor Tomas Hökfelt of the Department of Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Senior Fellow at IAS, will explore this area of neuroscience in a talk titled “Derangement of the Neuropeptide Galanin System in Major Depression Disorder: New Treatment Opportunities?” on 21 March. For more information, please visit here.

CityU Distinguished Lectures

Professor Lucas Bretschger will present an overview of recent developments in climate economics and draw some key policy conclusions at his talk titled “Efficiency and Equity Requirements of International Climate Policy” on 7 March. Professor Bretschger is Full Professor of Economics/Resource Economics at ETH Zurich and Past President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. His main research interests are the theory and policy of natural resources and the environment as well as growth, trade, climate, and public economics. For more information, please visit here.

Green Living @ CityU

An array of activities including exhibitions, workshops, food tasting and talks aimed at nurturing a culture for greener living will be held from 16 to 22 March. “Green Living @ CityU” has been organised by the Facilities Management Office (FMO). Following a kick-off ceremony on 19 March at Wong’s International Terrace, there will be workshops on making chocolate balls, puddings, beverage, smoothies and salads from organic vegetables. For more information, please call the FMO Help Desk at 3442 8833.

Sports news

The CityU sports teams produced outstanding performances in the intercollegiate sports competitions organised by the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong, China at the end of February. The women’s soccer team took the first runners-up position; the men’s team won the table tennis and the women’s team secured the second-runners-up spot; and the women’s taekwondo team won the championship while the men’s team got the first runners-up slot.


Li Wenjuan, a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science (CS), together with Dr Meng Weizhi, a 2013 PhD graduate from CS, and Dr Kwok Lam-for, Associate Professor in CS, received the HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/ Researchers 2017 for their co-authored paper “Towards Effective and Robust List-based Packet Filter for Signature-based Network Intrusion Detection: an Engineering Approach”. The paper was published in a special issue of HKIE Transactions in December 2017. Organised by the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), the award is an international competition open to young engineers and researchers worldwide aged 35 or below with an aim to encourage young engineers and researchers to publish their works and advance in their professional fields. In 2017, a total of three papers were awarded.