September 2018  
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HKSAR Government and Ministry of Science and Technology sign I&T
co-operation arrangement and research funding agreement
Mrs Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive, and Mr Wang Zhigang, the Minister of Science and Technology, witnessed the signing of the "Arrangement on Enhancing Innovation and Technology (I&T) Cooperation between the Mainland and Hong Kong" and the "Agreement on Commencing Jointly Funded Projects between the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the Innovation and Technology Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government" on September 20.

Mr Nicholas Yang, the Secretary for Innovation and Technology, and Mr Zhang Jianguo, the Vice Minister of Science and Technology, represented Hong Kong and the Mainland to sign the Arrangement, whereas Mr Cheuk Wing-hing, the Permanent Secretary for Innovation and Technology, and Mr Ye Dongbai, the Director-General of the Office of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs of MOST, represented the two places respectively to sign the Agreement.

This was followed by a plaque presentation ceremony by Mr Wang Zhigang, the Minister of Science and Technology. Since then, the 16 Partner State Key Laboratories (PSKLs) in Hong Kong has been renamed as State Key Laboratories (SKL). This allowed them more flexibility to collaborate with different research and development institutions.

At the ceremony, MOST announced that it would entrust SenseTime Group Limited to establish the "National Open Innovation Platform for Next Generation Artificial Intelligence on Intelligent Vision".

The Chief Executive expressed her heartfelt thanks to MOST for its support for I&T development in Hong Kong. She said the newly signed Arrangement and Agreement marked a new chapter in scientific and technological collaboration between the Mainland and Hong Kong. She added that the renaming of PSKLs would provide more flexibility for collaboration between SKLs in Hong Kong and research institutes in the Mainland, and that the recognition given to Sensetime Group meant solid support for our home-grown unicorns.”

Under the Arrangement, the two sides will enhance co-operation in six essential areas, namely scientific research, development of platforms, nurturing of talents, transfer of results and incubation of the I&T industry, integration into national development strategies, and cultivation of an I&T atmosphere.

With a view to encouraging scientific collaboration between Hong Kong and the Mainland, the Government has been exploring with MOST the feasibility of setting up the Mainland-Hong Kong Joint Funding Scheme to support such cooperation. The Agreement sets out the framework of the funding and the modus operandi of the Scheme, details of which will be announced in due course.

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The 51st Joint School Science Exhibition (JSSE) was successfully held from August 22 to 27, 2018. This annual exhibition aims at promoting public interest in science, fostering a healthy exchange of scientific knowledge, and encouraging experience-sharing among local secondary schools and international students.
The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), supported by the Innovation and Technology Commission, launched two facilities equipped with locally developed technologies on September 3.
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To attract and nurture more technology talent across Hong Kong, the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) launched the “Technology Talent Scheme” (TTS) on August 22 on a pilot basis for five years.
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Over the past few decades, performing complicated operations inside the human’s vascular system and other cavities has been a huge challenge for surgeons across the globe. That is why a surprising number of scientists have put much effort into creating practical medical nano-robots. With a great deal of experimentation and some trial and error, this goal has been achieved with honours in Hong Kong.
Upcoming I&T Events
  1. "InnoTech Month 2018" will be held from October 20 to December 7. A series of roadshows, exhibitions, workshops, guided tours, talks, conferences, seminars will be hosted for the public and industry players. The first stop of roadshows will be held on October 20 and 21 at Kai Tin Shopping Centre, Lam Tin. While the highlighted event “InnoCarnival 2018” will be held from November 3 to 11 at Hong Kong Science Park. More details will be available at the InnoTech Month website soon.
  2. LSCM Logistics Summit 2018 will be held on October 5 at Hong Kong Science Park. As a key event of the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM), the summit will bring together government officials, industry practitioners and representatives from related fields to explore and share inspiring insights, form collaboration opportunities and build business network. Please click here for more details.
  3. The Innovation and Technology Commission invites Hong Kong residents of Chinese nationality with significant achievements in science and technology to submit entries for the 2019 State Technological Invention Award (STIA) and the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (SSTPA). The STIA and SSTPA are two award categories under the State Science and Technology Awards administered by the State Council. Entries for the 2019 STIA and SSTPA in Hong Kong will close on October 15, 2018. Please click here for details.
Enquiries & Comments
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