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Gordon Research Conferences 2018

For the sixth year running, IAS hosted the Gordon Research Conferences (GRCs) at the Institute’s Lo Ka Chung Building. Between June and August, more than 1,000 attendees, both local and overseas scholars, embarked on a journey of science and exploration.

Eight GRCs and four associated Gordon Research Seminars (GRSs) were held at the IAS covering topics such as Solar Energy Conversion, Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, Ocean Biogeochemistry, Genomic Instability, Personalized Medicine, Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure Development, and Structural Nanomaterials.

Unlike traditional conferences with back-to-back presentations, GRCs have a reputation for intense discussion of research at the frontier of science, which fosters the exchange of new ideas. Dr. Edward DE BONO, the father of lateral thinking, once said, “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” Both GRCs and GRSs provide a platform for established scientists and young scholars around the globe to build collaborative networks with like-minded peers and to discuss the latest research findings, some of which are unpublished.

Several sessions of the GRC Power Hour, an informal gathering open to all conference participants, were also held this year. Attendees of different genders, cultural backgrounds, and career stages were given the opportunity to exchange their perspectives on the challenges women face in science.