Science in Public Service (SIPS) forum to be held from July to October 2018

The “Science in the Public Service” (SIPS) is a joint campaign organised by government bureaux and departments. The forum and lecture series will be hosting various other organisations and high-level leaders and experts in the extensive fields of Science and Technology. The campaign consists of a series of public forums and talks on the theme “Science for Smart City”. The forums will be conducted in Cantonese and attendance is free of charge. However, seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Organisers urge citizens to attend the forums to gain awareness of and knowledge about the latest developments and discoveries in the fields of science and technology, among others. Science in Public Service (SIPS) 2018 aims to better understand the scientific work of Hong Kong’s numerous government departments and provide a platform for relevant organizations as well as leading experts and researchers network with partners.

The campaign, which commenced on 7 July 2018, began with the first topic of discussion being the Smart City Blueprint for Hong Kong. The plenary speakers were Mr Anthony Chan, Systems Manager, Office of the Government Chief Information Office and Ms Janice Tang, Assistant Systems Manager, Office of the Government Chief Information Officer. Next, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Ubiquitous Network Society were examined and showcased by Mr Sidney Tsan, Principal Regulatory Affairs Manager, Office of the Communications Authority. The first day of the campaign ended with Miss Tong Chui Shan, Sandy, Senior Landscape Architect, Highways Department and Mr Wong Cheuk Him, Jason, Landscape Architect, Highways Department speaking about the Proactive Rejuvenation of Senescent Acacia Slopes along Highways in Hong Kong.    

The next forum event on the docket is scheduled to be held on 28 July 2018, wherein the Application of Remote Sensing Technology in Geotechnical and Geological Studies will be reported on by Mr Leung Wai Kin, Geotechnical Engineer, Civil Engineering, and Development Department. Later in the day, a forum on the impact of climate change on Hong Kong will be chaired by Mr Sham Fu Cheung, Chief Experimental Officer, Hong Kong Observatory. Finally, Mr Wong Wai Kin, Senior Scientific Officer, Hong Kong Observatory and Mr Lau Po Wing, Stephen, Scientific Officer, Hong Kong Observatory will deliver a talk on Micro-climate Observations to Urban Weather Forecasting.    

The Science in Public Service (SIPS) 2018 is scheduled to end on 14 October 2018. It will consist of six other forum dates. These are 12 August, 18 August, 15 September, 22 September, 13 October and, as mentioned earlier, the last date, 14 October.

The last day of SIPS 2018 will include a forum entitled ‘Food Safety in a Smart City in the Face of Climate Change’ and will be presented by Dr Tang Shiu Ping, Anna, Scientific Officer, Centre for Food Safety, Food and Environmental Hygiene Department.

The government of Hong Kong organises the SIPS forum to engage the public audience of Hong Kong and spread awareness about on-going scientific studies. Additionally, the aim of SIPS is to share and celebrate the various ground-breaking and exciting discoveries made by the numerous Hong Kong government departments.

The Science in Public Service campaign works in collaboration with almost all the main departments and bureaux of Hong Kong’s government including the Development Bureau, Communications Authority, Education Bureau and the Innovation and Technology Commission among numerous others.

Two of the fourteen collaborating organisations are The British Council and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Other than the forum and lecture series, Science in Public Service will be organising Hands-on Workshops in October and December, as well as Site Visits from September to December.

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