The PolyU Academy for Interdisciplinary Research (PAIR) and the China Resources Research Institute of Science and Technology (CRRIST) jointly organised the PAIR SALON (“the Salon”) at Hong Kong Science Park on 31 August 2023.
The Salon, themed on “Interdisciplinary Dialogue”, aims to encourage PAIR researchers and industry to collaborate in the forthcoming Research, Academic and Industry Sectors One-plus Scheme (RAISe+ Scheme), a HK$10 billion initiative by the HKSAR government to provide matching funding to at least 100 university research teams with good potential to become start-ups, with an aim of promoting the transfer and commercialisation of R&D outcomes by university research teams. The RAISe+ Scheme will be launched in fall this year, and local designated universities including PolyU will be eligible for application.
The Salon started with welcome speeches by Prof. CHEN Qingyan, Director of PAIR, and Mr LI Nan, Vice Dean of China Resource Research Institute of Science and Technology. Next, Mr Kelvin WONG, Director of Knowledge Transfer and Entrepreneurship Office of PolyU introduced the RAISe+ Scheme. It was then followed by presentations by 22 PAIR members, sharing PAIR’s research progress and outcomes in various fields, including textile technology, energy technology, optical communication, civil infrastructure engineering, urban informatics, traditional Chinese medicine, logistics, mental health and medical imaging, etc. Attendees coming from different sectors also exchanged views and ideas with fruitful outcomes. The Salon was concluded with a closing remark by Prof. LI Li, Associate Director of PAIR.
Launched in February 2023, the PAIR SALON is an initiative to provide a platform for closer exchange between academia and industry, with a view to encouraging university-industry research collaboration and facilitating knowledge transfer.
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