To cultivate a supportive culture for academics of the Faculty of Construction and Environment (FCE) to engage in high impact and collaborative research, a Faculty Forum was held on 30 August 2018. About 80 of them gathered to learn about some critical issues of relevance for them. First, they heard from Prof. Guohua Chen, Associate Vice President (Research Support), who provided an analysis of FCE’s strengths, weaknesses, and the opportunities facing it. Prof. You-Lin Xu, Dean of FCE, then shared the Faculty’s strategic plans for 2018 to 2021. They were nothing short of visionary. Next, Prof. Jianping Gan from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology talked about his successful experience in writing a proposal for the Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC). His insight shed some light on what a winning proposal might be like.

Subsequently, Prof. Albert Chan, Head of the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) and member of the RGC engineering panel, shared his perspective as a panel member on applications for the Early Career Scheme (ECS) and General Research Fund (GRF) of the RGC. This was followed by presentations from Dr You Dong of CEE and Prof. Xiaoli Ding, Associate Dean (Partnership), who talked about their respective experiences in writing proposals for the ECS and GRF, before Prof. Asif Usmani, Head of the Department of Building Services Engineering (BSE), gave some tips on recruiting quality candidates for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme. The Forum facilitated dialogue between young researchers and more experienced scholars. Concluding with closing remarks from Prof. Xiangdong Li, Associate Dean (Research), it was an enlightening event for all who attended, particularly those just beginning their academic careers.

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Prof. Chen

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Prof. Xu

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Prof. Gan