TRS Symposium 2019

Important Note
The TRS Symposium 2019 originally scheduled for 7 December 2019 has been postponed. Details of the postponement will be announced soon.


This symposium aims to share and communicate with the research community, policy makers, industrial partners and the general public the scientific discoveries as well as the economic and social impact of the research projects funded by the Research Grants Council’s Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS), a scheme that supports thematic research of strategic importance to the long-term development of Hong Kong.

The THREE research themes covered in this Symposium include:


Presentation and Poster/Model Display

3/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building

Time Programme
09:00 - 09:15 Opening Ceremony by the Chairman of the Research Grants Council and Chairman of the Major Projects Steering Committee
Joseph Lee Hall
09:15 - 09:45 Plenary Session—Funding Mechanism of the Theme-based Research Scheme
Joseph Lee Hall
Joseph Lee Hall Room 3508
09:45 - 10:25 Systematic Development of Molecular Targets for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma
Prof Kwok-wai LO (CUHK)
Smart Solar Energy Harvesting, Storage, and Utilization
Prof Jianbin XU (CUHK)
10:25 - 11:05 An Integrated Trans-omics Approach to Diabetic Cardio-renal Complications: From Novel Discoveries to Personalized Medicine
Prof Ronald Ching-wan MA (CUHK)
Sustainable Power Delivery Structures for High Renewables
Prof David John HILL (HKU)
11:05 - 11:20 Tea Break
11:20 - 12:00 Viral, Host and Environmental Determinants of Influenza Virus Transmission and Pathogenesis
Prof Joseph Sriyal Malik PEIRIS (HKU)
Delivering 21st Century Healthcare in Hong Kong — Building a Quality-and-Efficiency Driven System
Prof Frank Youhua CHEN (CityU)
12:00 - 12:40 Genetics and Functional Genomics of Neural Crest Stem Cells and Associated Disease: Hirschsprung Disease
Prof Paul Kwong-hang TAM (HKU)

Poster/Model Display

Atrium, G/F, Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building

9:45am - 12:40pm

Molecular Basis for Interspecies Transmission and Pathogenesis of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
Prof Patrick Chiu-yat WOO (HKU)
Centre for Research into Circulating Fetal Nucleic Acids
Prof Dennis Yuk-ming LO (CUHK)
Smart Urban Water Supply Systems (Smart UWSS)
Understanding Debris Flow Mechanisms and Mitigating Risks for a Sustainable Hong Kong
Prof Charles Wang Wai NG (HKUST)
Safety, Reliability, and Disruption Management of High Speed Rail and Metro Systems
Prof Kwok-leung TSUI (CityU)


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Collaborating Universities