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Jockey Club STEM Labs Inauguration Ceremony

Updated: Apr 30

10APR2024


The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has recently been awarded a remarkable donation of HKD 48.51 million from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. This funding will be used to establish a series of five Jockey Club (JC) STEM Labs, supporting the University's strategic goal of nurturing future STEM leaders and promoting interdisciplinary research and collaboration.


A special inauguration ceremony took place on April 10 to express the University’s gratitude and appreciation to the Trust for their generous contribution. The distinguished guests at the event include Professor Peng Gong, Vice-President (Academic Development) of HKU, and Ms Ada Chu, Head of Charities (Talent and Sector Development; Institute of Philanthropy) of The Hong Kong Jockey Club.


The JC STEM Lab of Quantitative Remote Sensing is one of the five newly established JC STEM Labs and is led by Professor Shunlin Liang from the Department of Geography. This new JC STEM Lab, located on the 8th floor of the Jockey Club Tower, is dedicated to exploring the intricate interactions between land and social systems. It aims to develop advanced methodologies for estimating various variables of the Earth system from satellite data, with the ultimate goal of addressing pressing global environmental and social-economical issues and promoting sustainable development.


In the coming years, the lab's focus will revolve around three core areas. Firstly, it aims to produce advanced inversion methodology and high-level satellite products that contribute to the advancement of the field. Secondly, it will actively engage in research projects that tackle social and environmental challenges, leveraging the power of remote sensing data. Lastly, the lab envisions establishing a social and environmental data center at HKU, serving as a hub for the dissemination of remote sensing data, information, and knowledge.

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