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Day 1 (Monday, December 5, 2011)

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  • 09:00 – 11:20

Time Session Speaker/Panelist
09:00 – 09:15 Opening Ceremony
  • Welcome Remarks by Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Hong Kong
  • Opening Address by Professor Eng-kiong Yeoh, University Grants Committee member and Convenor of the "3+3+4" Group
  • Photo-taking Session
09:15 – 10:15 Developing a Mature Innovation Ecosystem in Hong Kong Chairperson:
  • Prof. Paul K.H. Tam
    Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research), The University of Hong Kong

Creation of a Favorable Ecological Environment for Facilitating Realisation of R&D Results


Creation of a Favourable Ecological Environment for Facilitating Realisation of R&D Results

Moving from an idea or discovery to a product, process, or service on the market is a complex process. Through its focused and yet multi-dimensional initiatives, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) has long supported applied research and development (R&D) activities that move an idea past the basic discovery stage towards the realisation/commercialisation stage. These initiatives include the provision of funding and infrastructural support, promotion of technology collaboration between Hong Kong and Mainland, and promotion of an innovation culture.

With the designation of innovation and technology as one of the six new economic areas of Hong Kong, Government has since enhanced the policy framework for promoting innovation and technology, with emphasis on fostering a closer collaboration among the government, industry, research and academic sectors (官產學研) to synergise valuable research effort.

In creating a favourable ecological environment, ITC has launched a number of new initiatives that leverage on its vast network of researchers, universities, industries and public sector organisations.  These include -

  • Enhancement of the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) to support projects with greater prospects of realisation/commercialisation;
  • Launching of the “Promotion of Use of Innovation and Technology in the Public Sector Programme” with a view to enhance the use of innovation and technology in government and increase the referencibility of research deliverables for subsequent commercialisation and marketing efforts;
  • Motivating the private sector to increase investment in R&D activities, etc.

With a dedicated chapter in the National 12th Five Year Plan that affirms the Central Government’s support on Hong Kong’s development of the six new economic areas – innovation and technology, medical services, environmental industries, testing and certification, education services, cultural and creative industries where Hong Kong enjoys clear advantages, and their expansion into the Mainland, the Government would make every effort to create a favourable ecological environment to dovetail the Plan and enable innovation and technology to flourish. 

  • Miss Janet Wong
    Commissioner for Innovation and Technology, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Bridging the Gap: What does it take for Academic Research to be Translated into Innovative Industries?


Bridging the Gap: What Does it Take for Academic Research to be Translated into Innovative Industries?

Has Hong Kong made the transition to a knowledge economy? From the point of view of many pundits, Hong Kong has not made the transition, judging from the general education level of Hong Kong's population, the percentage of young people attending universities, the expenditure on R&D as a percentage of GDP, the narrow structure of the economy and the small proportion of technology- or knowledge-intensive production as a component of GDP. Hong Kong remains heavily dependent on economic stimulus generated by pro-growth policies adopted by China. The abundant resources available at our universities, in the form of theoretical knowledge, do not appear to have been fully utilized to create new knowledge-based, innovative services or industries

Despite its dire fiscal situation the US Government provided US$45.8 billion for new drug research in 2009, and established a National Centre for Advancing Translational Sciences to promote commercialization of theoretical knowledge and bridge the divide between academia and industry. What does it take for academic research to be successfully translated into innovative industries? Is it possible to replicate the success of the Silicon Valley in Hong Kong, or Hong Kong in conjunction with the Pearl River Delta? What sort of intermediary organizations, market conditions and government support programs are necessary for Hong Kong's academia and technology entrepreneurs to succeed? These are some of the issues I wish to explore in my presentation.

  • Hon. Mrs. Regina Ip, GBS, JP
    Member of the Legislative Council, Hong Kong

Is it Possible for Hong Kong to Develop an Asian Apple Tree Ecosystem?
  • Ir. Dr. Hon. Samson Tam, JP
    Member of Legislative Council (Information Technology), Hong Kong
10:15 – 11:05 The Tried and Tested Roads of Knowledge Exchange Chairperson:
  • Prof. John Malpas
    Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Infrastructure), The University of Hong Kong

Knowledge Exchange: A Few Bumps on the Tried and Tested Roads


Knowledge Exchange: A Few Bumps on the Tried and Tested Roads

HKU defines knowledge exchange as engaging, for mutual benefit, with business, government or the public to generate, acquire, apply and make accessible the knowledge needed to enhance material, human, social, cultural and environmental well-being.

Insofar as it pertains to the part of university-industry relationship dealing with academic research, the term "knowledge exchange" is somewhat misleading. Neither party is really interested in exchanging knowledge. Companies want intellectual property rights that would provide them with a significant edge in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Universities, both administration and faculty, want financial support from the companies. While there are indeed "tried and tested' roads toward these ends, the relationship, never easy, is increasingly fraught for a variety of reasons.

Since the beginning of industrial revolution, science has been responsible for transforming human life in ways inconceivable in any earlier era. Universities have always been a major player in scientific advances through research, and their role is increasingly dominant. On the other hand, technologies that are rooted in scientific research have been a major source of competitive advantage for companies. That role is also more important than ever. In these circumstances, both parties have a strong incentive to align their interests to create a natural synergy. However, in practice, however, it is surprisingly difficult to realize such synergy.

From the perspective of industry, both startups and large companies, the marketplace is increasingly challenging and innovation is the principal component of any successful strategy in dealing with the challenges. While universities will continue to be a major source of innovation, companies are seeking more specific results in their relationship with universities. In this talk, I shall focus on the changing landscape of innovation from the perspective of large and small companies and what universities need to do in building successful KE relationships. The roads may be tried and tested, but they need repairs and upgrading.

  • Prof. Eugene Wong
    Professor Emeritus, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, United States

Seven Principles for Embedding the Knowledge Exchange Agenda


Seven Principles for Embedding the Knowledge Exchange Agenda

Making Knowledge Exchange an integral part of a large organisation means embedding it in the mission, the operating plans, the staff promotion and appraisal, and the organisation's programs, as well as taking a new approach to communication and interaction with partners and stakeholders in the outside world. At a time when knowledge exchange remains quite new, there are few models to follow. Drawing on the story of The University of Melbourne, Australia, where "Engagement" became a core part of the Mission five years ago, this session will trace the successes and failures of a large organisation's journey to becoming a truly engaged institution and a leader in knowledge exchange.

  • Prof. Warren Bebbington
    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (University Affairs), The University of Melbourne, Australia
11:05 – 11:20 Coffee Break
  • 11:20 – 14:30

Time Session Speaker/ Panelist
11:20 – 12:35 Making Technology Transfer Thrive Chairperson:
  • Prof. Paul Y.S. Cheung
    Director of Technology Transfer Office, The University of Hong Kong

Academic Technology Transfer Essentials
  • Dr. Alan Paau
    Vice Provost for Technology Transfer and Economic Development, Cornell University, United States

A Multi-pronged Approach to Successful Technology Transfer
  • Prof. Teck Seng Low
    Managing Director, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore

Making Technology Transfer Thrive and Serve the Public Interest
  • Dr. Stephen A. Merrill
    Executive Director, Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP), The National Academies, United States
12:35 – 13:00 Innovation as a Key Target in China's 12th Five-Year Plan Chairperson:
  • Mr. Andrew Young
    Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

  • Ms. Qiu Xuan
    Vice Director, Science, Industry, Trade and Information Technology Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, People's Republic of China
13:00 – 14:30 Networking Lunch for Speakers
  • 14:30 - 16:30

Time Session Speaker/ Panelist
14:30 – 16:15

Knowledge Partnerships

  Parallel Session 1A:
  • Building Successful Business/ Industry Partnerships
  • Prof. Allan S.C. Cheung
    Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong

From ebXML Gateway to the Challenge of Applied Research in Hong Kong
  • Prof. David W.L. Cheung
    Head and Professor, Department of Computer Science, and Director, Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development, The University of Hong Kong

Linguistics, Language Industry and Language in Industry
  • Dr. Alex Chengyu Fang
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong

The Development of Oral Arsenic Trioxide for Cancer Treatment: Academic Success, Economic Implications and Global Perspectives
  • Prof. Yok-Lam Kwong
    Chui Fook-Chuen Professor in Molecular Medicine, Chair of Haematology and Oncology, and Chief of the Division of Haematology, Medical Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation, Department of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong

Work Creatively: Facilitating Knowledge Transfer in Arts and Cultural Sector
  • Dr. Victor Ming Hoi Lai
    Associate Professor, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University

Boosting Industry-University Partnership by Academic Collaboration
  • Prof. Chiharu Nakamura
    Professor, Ph.D., Vice President, Kobe University; Director of Center for Collaborative and Technology Development (CREATE), Japan

Establishment of the PolyU Shenzhen Base as a Strategy to foster Industry-University Partnership in the Pearl River Delta
  • Prof. Angelina Yuen
    Vice President (Institutional Advancement and Partnership), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  Parallel Session 1B:
  • Building Successful Community Partnerships
  • Ir. Dr. Alfred Tan
    Head, Knowledge Transfer Office, Hong Kong Baptist University

Interactive Engagement with the Community: From Public Education to Academic Research
  • Prof. Louis Wing Hoi Cheung
    Research Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Knowledge Transfer: Commitment to Public and Partnering for Excellence
  • Prof. Vivian Wing Yan Lee
    Assistant Dean (student affairs), Faculty of Medicine & Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Community Arts Development -- Multiple Knowledge Transferring of Inter-School
  • Dr. Mee-ping Leung
    Assistant Professor, Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University

The Review of Hong Kong's Animal Welfare Laws
  • Prof. Amanda Whitfort
    Associate Professor, Department of Professional Legal Education, The University of Hong Kong

Knowledge transfer in Humanities and Social Sciences: What are they?
  • Prof. Daniel Fu Keung Wong
    Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong

A Public Health Approach for Suicide Prevention: from Research to Practice
  • Prof. Paul S.F. Yip
    Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, and Director, Hong Kong Jockey Club Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, The University of Hong Kong
  Parallel Session 1C:
  • Innovation-driven Partnerships in Hong Kong and Mainland China
  • Mr. Andrew Young
    Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation

Organic Light-emitting Diodes
  • Prof. Chi-Ming Che
    Dr. Hui Wai Haan Chair of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong

A Peptide Targeting Tumor Blood Vessels: From Experimental to Clinical Application
  • Prof. Chi Hin Cho
    Associate Director, Professor of Pharmacology (Research), School of Biomedical Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

GPU Computing in Mainland China's Industry
  • Dr. Xiaowen Chu
    Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Prof. Jiming Liu
    Head, Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University

Capturing Research Value with Application
  • Ir. Prof. Alex Wai
    Vice President (Research Development), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Roles of Hong Kong in the National Twelve Five Year Strategic Plan
  • Prof. William Kam Fai Wong
    Associate Dean (External Affairs), Faculty of Engineering; Professor, Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management; Associate Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship; Director, Centre for Innovation and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Building Mainland China Partnerships at HKUST
  • Dr. Claudia Xu
    Director of the Technology Transfer Center, Vice President of the HKUST R and D Corporation & General Manager of HKUST R and D Corporation (Guangzhou) Limited, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  Parallel Session 1D
  • Building Successful School Partnerships
  • Prof. Shuk Han Cheng
    Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, and Director, Office of Education Development and General Education, City University of Hong Kong

Project C.A.R.E.: Primary and Secondary Hong Kong Students' Aggression and Peer Victimization of Bullying
  • Dr. Annis Lai-chu Fung
    Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong

Extending the Boundary of School-University Partnerships
  • Prof. Tammy Y.L. Kwan
    Assistant Dean (School-University Partnerships) and Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

Building a Young Writer Community: A Knowledge Transfer Writing Project in Hong Kong
  • Prof. Barley Shuk Yin Mak Chan
    Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Director, Centre for Enhancing English Learning and Teaching, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Enhancing Teacher Professional Development through Professional Dialogue: An Investigation into a University-School Partnership Project on Enquiry Learning
  • Prof. Winnie Wing-mui So
    Head/ Associate Professor, Department of Science and Environmental Studies, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

The Jockey Club Sign Bilingualism and Co-enrolment in Deaf Education Programme: From Sign Linguistics to Inclusive Deaf Education
  • Prof. Gladys Wai Lan Tang Chairman, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages; Centre Director, Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Seeding Sustainable Leader Learning Communities
  • Prof. Allan Walker
    Head/ Chair Professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Poster Session

  Parallel Session 1E
  • Poster Presentations
Posters will be displayed at the Exhibition Room throughout the Conference. Project Co-ordinators or their representatives will be invited to meet with participants during this time-slot.
16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break
  • 16:30 - 17:30

Time Session Speaker/ Panelist
16:30 – 17:30

Panel Discussion

  • Arts for Everyone: The Case for Culture in Hong Kong
  • Prof. John Bacon-Shone
    Associate Director, Knowledge Exchange Office, and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

  • Prof. Daniel K.L. Chua
    Head, School of Humanities, The University of Hong Kong
  • Mr. Michael Lynch, CBE, AM
    Chief Executive Officer, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
17:30 End of Day One