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Science Alive 2017: “This Pale Blue Dot”

posted 28 Feb 2017, 16:20 by Yun Kiu Wong   [ updated 1 Mar 2017, 17:24 ]

Science Alive is jointly organised by the British Council, the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Education Bureau and the Hong Kong Education City Limited, and sponsored by the Croucher Foundation. Every year for the past 24 years, Science Alive has invited leading UK academics and communicators in various fields of science to engage Hong Kong’s students, teachers and the public in activities that promote a wider understanding of science.

The birth of the global environmental movement, and with it environmental education, started with the publication of ‘Silent Spring’ by Rachel Carson in 1962. Eighteen years later, the world was given a unique glimpse of the Earth from space through a photo that was almost never taken. A photo that scientist Carl Sagan insisted be taken, one that would endure to be a symbol of the Earth’s fragility and vulnerability. This photo, or the anticipation of seeing it first-hand, may have been on the mind of UK astronaut Tim Peake as he ascended into space in 2015. Fast forward to present day: the Earth is still under threat, from its water to its forests, and from its air to its biodiversity. It is us humans, living and depending on the Earth, who are the reasons why it is under threat. This year, Science Alive will highlight the importance of appreciating, understanding and acting to preserve the beauty and complexity of the Earth, this ‘pale blue dot.’

2017.03.02 Updated:
British Council has invited UK academics to Hong Kong to deliver a range of talks. These lectures and Café Scientifique are part of the Science Alive 2017 programme. For full programme, please click here.
Date and time Topic Speaker
14 March 2017, 16.00 – 17.15 Science interactive lecture - The future of genetic testing Professor Joyce Harper
Institute for Women’s Health, University College London
14 March 2017, 19.00 – 20.00 Café Scientifique - The future of genetic testing
 (In the Café Scientifique, she will further develop on the topics from her interactive lectures at the Science Museum and allow more discussions with the audience.)
15 March 2017, 10.45 – 12.00 Science interactive lecture - Reproduction without sex – What does technology have to offer?
12 March 2017, 16.15 - 17.30
13 March 2017, 13.30 - 14.45
Science interactive lecture - How to rebuild our world from scratch Professor Lewis Dartnell
University of Westminster
08 March 2017, 16.00 - 17.15
10 March 2017, 14.00 - 15.15
Science interactive lecture – What exactly is climate change and why should we care? Mr David Saddington
Youth Climate Change activist and Enviropreneur
08 March 2017, 19.00 - 20.00 Café Scientifique - What exactly is climate change and why should we care?
(In the Café Scientifique, he will further develop on the topics from his interactive lectures at the Science Museum and allow more discussions with the audience.)

Registration for the interactive lecture: Click here 

Registration for the Café Scientifique:Click here