Exploring the ocean

Mirror Fung

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Experts discussed marine environmental science at the 2015 International Conference on Underwater Science, Technology and Education (ICUSTE) from 19 to 22 August at City University of Hong Kong (CityU).

The conference was themed “Tools for ocean research”. It was jointly organised by the Division of Earth Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China; the State Key Laboratory in Marine Pollution (SKLMP), CityU; the School of Veterinary Medicine, CityU; and 12 co-organisers.

Special guests attending the opening ceremony on 20 August included Dr Chai Yucheng, Deputy Director of Division of Earth Sciences of National Natural Science Foundation of China; Mr Wang Wenze, Vice-Director of Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan Affairs Office of National Natural Science Foundation of China; Mr Ji Jianjun, Vice-Minister, Department of Educational, Scientific and Technological Affairs, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR; Mr Kwok Ming-wa, Vice-President of The Beijing-Hong Kong Academic Exchange Centre; and Professor Paul Lam Kwan-sing, Chief-of-Staff and Director of SKLMP, CityU.

The aims of ICUSTE were to promote academic exchange and collaboration in marine environmental science, and enhance the awareness of marine environmental protection. Discussion highlights and conclusions from the conference will be used to prepare separate summaries for policy makers in Hong Kong, Shenzhen and the Central Government.

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