The HK Prize and the Umbrella Movement

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The HK Science and Technology Innovation Prize is open to research in any of the following fields: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Life and Health, New Materials and Energy, Advanced Manufacturing and FinTech. The prize is awarded to one individual or team per field, and no more than five prizes will be given per year. The winners will receive a cash prize and a trophy. They will also have the opportunity to attend seminars and research internships at universities and laboratories throughout Hong Kong, giving them access to cutting-edge research and potentially paving the way for future Nobel Prize winners.

Each of the three winning entries delved into the theme of ‘Our Changing World’, encouraging submissions to explore aspects of global evolution – socially, culturally, technologically and environmentally – and how these affect different people differently. Each piece highlighted the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion at home and abroad.

Shortlisted entries are now on display at the Goethe-Gallery and Black Box Studio, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, until 14 January 2024. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of thought-provoking panels, an award night, and a charity auction supporting Justice Centre Hong Kong’s work for displaced people.

Amid Beijing’s ongoing crackdown on freedom and civil society, nine lawmakers from across party lines have nominated the activists who led Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests for a Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination letter compares them to such past winners as Hitler critic Carl von Ossietzky, Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov and Polish politician Lech Walesa. The letter states that a prize for the Umbrella Movement would be “a global inspiration and underline the highest moral aspirations of humanity”.

The winners were announced on 18 April in a ceremony at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers. The awards are a flagship event of the ICAS Book Prize family, and this year’s entries showcased the breadth and depth of scholarship on Hong Kong studies. The books chosen exemplify the best of what ICAS stands for: original, innovative and interdisciplinary research; strong theoretical insights and applications; and excellent writing and presentation.

The HK Prize is supported by the Chancellor’s Fund of Hong Kong and administered by the Society for Hong Kong Studies. The prizes are designed to recognise excellence in Hong Kong research and to promote public interest in Hong Kong studies. They will be presented annually and consist of a certificate and cash award. In addition, the prize will be used to support an annual Hong Kong Studies conference. The prize is named after the late Dr Kenneth Kwong, a distinguished scholar of Hong Kong studies. Dr Kwong was a founding member of the Society for Hong Kong Studies and served as its first President from its inception until his death in 2011. He left a considerable legacy in the field of Hong Kong studies. His dedication to the promotion of the discipline was unwavering. The Society is grateful for his benevolence and generosity in this spirit.

By Beck-Web
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