TRS Symposium 2020

Research Grants Council
Theme-based Research Scheme
Public Symposium

13 December 2020 (Sunday) | 9:00am - 5:15pm

Zoom Webinar


This online 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 event includes TWELVE collaborative projects under
THREE research themes:

The project teams will share the achievements, new discoveries and major impact of their wide-ranging, frontier research with the participants through webinar presentations.

Please seize this opportunity to interact with the researchers on the latest strategically important research areas related to the local, regional and international development.



Time Programme
09:00 - 09:15 Opening Speech by Chairman of the RGC
Prof. Joseph Hun-wei LEE
09:15 - 09:45 Plenary Session by Chairman of the Major Projects Steering Committee - Funding Mechanism of the TRS
Prof. Edward Sze-shing YEUNG
Business Theme
09:45 - 10:15 Delivering 21st Century Healthcare in Hong Kong - Building a Quality-and-Efficiency Driven System
Speaker: Prof. Frank Youhua CHEN (CityU)
10:15 - 10:45 Safety, Reliability, and Disruption Management of High Speed Rail and Metro Systems
Speaker: Prof. Kwok-leung TSUI (CityU)
10:45 - 11:00 Break
Environment Theme
11:00 - 11:30 Smart Solar Energy Harvesting, Storage, and Utilization
Speaker: Prof. Jianbin XU (CUHK)
11:30 - 12:00 Sustainable Power Delivery Structures for High Renewables
Speaker: Prof. Ron Shu-yuen HUI (HKU)
12:00 - 12:30 Smart Urban Water Supply Systems (Smart UWSS)
Speaker: Prof. Mohamed S GHIDAOUI (HKUST)
12:30 - 13:00 Understanding Debris Flow Mechanisms and Mitigating Risks for a Sustainable Hong Kong
Speaker: Prof. Charles Wang Wai NG (HKUST)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
Health Theme - Part 1
14:00 - 14:30 Viral, Host and Environmental Determinants of Influenza Virus Transmission and Pathogenesis
Speaker: Prof. Joseph Sriyal Malik PEIRIS (HKU)
14:30 - 15:00 Molecular Basis for Interspecies Transmission and Pathogenesis of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
Speaker: Prof. Dong-yan JIN (HKU)
15:00 - 15:30 Systematic Development of Molecular Targets for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma
Speaker: Prof. Kwok-wai LO (CUHK)
15:30 - 15:45 Break
Health Theme - Part 2
15:45 - 16:15 An Integrated Trans-omics Approach to Diabetic Cardio-renal Complications: From Novel Discoveries to Personalized Medicine
Speaker: Prof. Ronald Ching-wan MA (CUHK)
16:15 - 16:45 Genetics and Functional Genomics of Neural Crest Stem Cells and Associated Disease: Hirschsprung Disease
Speaker: Prof. Paul Kwong-hang TAM (HKU)
16:45 - 17:15 Centre for Research into Circulating Fetal Nucleic Acids
Speaker: Prof. Dennis Yuk-ming LO (CUHK)

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