The InnoHK Summit 2023 was held at the Science Park today, attracting over 800 world-class academics, scientists, representatives of renowned institutes and industry leaders from Hong Kong and around the world.
Organised by the Innovation & Technology Commission and the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, the summit themed “From Collaborative Research to Real World Impact” aims to showcase the latest innovation and technology (I&T) developments and breakthroughs of InnoHK, Hong Kong's leading role as a global research collaboration hub, and its strengths in commercialisation and talent development.
In his welcome video, Chief Executive John Lee said the InnoHK initiative strives to build a global network of mutual learning and advancement, and the summit is testimony to the importance attached by the Government to international collaboration for knowledge advancement, addressing global issues and transforming scientific findings into innovations that benefit humankind.
He encouraged the summit's participants to draw on the spirit of collaboration, and make lasting connections that would lead to more scientific breakthroughs and innovations in Hong Kong.
Speaking at the forum, Secretary for Innovation, Technology & Industry Prof Sun Dong said that Hong Kong has always been an open cosmopolitan city with a diverse community, and remains the only place in the world where global connectivity and the China advantage come together.
With staunch support from the motherland's National 14th Five-Year Plan, and the opportunities brought by the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, Hong Kong is well positioned for I&T development, he added.
Prof Sun highlighted that the Chief Executive had announced the establishment of a new InnoHK research centre focusing on generative artificial intelligence (AI) in his newly released Policy Address and the preparation for the establishment of the third InnoHK research cluster focusing on advanced manufacturing, materials, energy and sustainable development would commence next year.
The summit invited representatives from 28 research laboratories of two InnoHK clusters - Health@InnoHK, focusing on healthcare technologies, and AIR@InnoHK, focusing on AI and robotics technologies - to present their latest breakthroughs resulting from their collaborative research.
There were also three panel discussions covering life sciences' research and development (R&D), AI and commercialisation of R&D outcomes.
InnoHK is a major I&T initiative of the Government to develop the city as a hub for global research collaboration. Two research clusters, Health@InnoHK and AIR@InnoHK, have been set up at the Science Park.
InnoHK involves seven local universities and research institutions as well as over 30 top-notch institutions from 11 economies, pooling together about 2,500 researchers locally and from all over the world.
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