Science Festival 2021 @ Hong Kong Baptist University

29-30 June 2021

The two-day virtual Science Festival will be scheduled for 29-30 June 2021. Science Festival is the annual flagship community programme organised by the Faculty of Science to arouse public interest in the world of wonders and discovery. We will hold an array of stimulating talks, workshops and lab demonstrations, to nurture students' interest and curiosity in science and technology. Let's Explore, Discover and Experience FUN in Science!

Events

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  • Workshops & Lab Demonstration
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  • Day 1
  • Day 2

Schedule

29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
10:00 - 11:00 Converting Food Waste to Renewable Energy
10:00 - 13:00 Mobile App that Can “See”
11:00 - 11:45 Admission Talk for Department of Biology
11:30 - 13:00 Smart IoT Weather Station
13:00 - 13:45 Bioresource Management and Sustainable Agriculture
13:00 - 14:00 Building a Smart City: From the Fusion of Technology and Big Data, to IoT, FinTech and Beyond
14:00 - 14:45 Math Romance
14:00 - 17:00 Building a smart Chatbot assistant
15:00 - 15:45 New Tricks to Control Sound
15:30 - 16:30 Chemistry in Life – Food, Biomedicine and Cosmetics


30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
10:00 - 13:00 Building a smart Chatbot assistant
10:30 - 11:15 Green Energy Innovation Towards a Sustainable Future
12:00 - 13:00 Chemistry Magic Show
13:00 - 15:00 Monte Carlo Method for Some Problems in Probability
13:15 - 14:00 Programme Briefing for BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Science Talk: Engaging Society in Science and Technology
14:00 - 15:30 Smart IoT Weather Station
14:00 - 17:00 Mobile App that Can “See”
15:00 - 16:30 Understanding GM Food: Exploring DNA technology in Food Safety


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Converting Food Waste to Renewable Energy


About one third of the world’s food, nearly 1.3 billion tons is wasted annually and mostly ending in landfills causing air and water pollution along with health hazards to human. In addition, continuous production of energy and chemical fertilizer is depleting natural resources. In fact this food waste can be used as nutrient resource to produce bioenergy (biogas) from anaerobic digestion and biofertilizer (compost) from composting technologies. These bio refinery approaches produce clean energy and organic fertilizer to combat the climate change effectively. Replacing food waste for energy production, resource recovery and carbon sequestration can be sustainable solution for future world.


Unit
Faculty of Science
Type
Opening & Talk
Language
Cantonese
Speaker
Professor Jonathan Wong
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
10:00 - 11:00

Remark
Target: Public

Mobile App that Can “See”


Similar to how humans see the world through our eyes, mobile phone can also "see" the world through its camera. It understands the environment, such as depth and lighting information, by detecting feature points in the captured images. With the help of existing APIs, we can build mobile app that can understand the world and interact with information, which is so called Augmented Reality (AR). For example, we can place a virtual kitten in the real world and watch it moving around. In this workshop, participants will develop a mobile app that can provide AR experiences.


Unit
Computer Science
Type
Workshop
Language
Cantonese, supplemented with English material
Speaker
Dr. Jacky Chan
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
10:00 - 13:00
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
14:00 - 17:00

Remark
Target: F.4 - F.6 Students
Quota: 30

Admission Talk for Department of Biology


The admission talk is an introduction to the two Major programmes, BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology and BSc (Hon) in Bioresource and Agricultural Science and the admission requirements.


Unit
Biology
Type
Talk
Language
Cantonese
Speakers
Dr. Patrick Yue and Dr. Anna Leung
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
11:00 - 11:45

Remark
Target: Public

Physics Lab Demonstration


Department of Physics will introduce Scanning Electronic Microscope, Fuel Cell and Solar Tracking System in the lab demonstrations.


Unit
Physics
Type
Lab Demonstration
Language
Cantonese
Speaker
Scientific Officer of Department of Physics
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
11:00 - 11:30
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
15:30 - 16:00

Smart IoT Weather Station


Hands-on workshop to develop a smart device that can detect and monitor temperature, humidity etc.


Unit
Physics
Type
Workshop
Language
Cantonese
Speaker
Dr. Mau Hing Chan
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
11:30 - 13:00
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
14:00 - 15:30

Remark
Target: F.4-F.6 Students (with basic C/C++ programming experience)

Quota: 15 (School-based)

Computer with Arduino IDE - Integrated Development Environment installed is required.

Bioresource Management and Sustainable Agriculture


Amid the outbreak of coronavirus and the adoption of quarantine measures by some countries, food security and the importance of sustainable agriculture is becoming more widely recognised at the global level. This thematic talk aims to raise students’ awareness of food and agriculture issues related to the sustainability of our daily life and to highlight the importance of bioresource management in safeguarding people from environmental risks.


Unit
Biology
Type
Talk
Language
English
Speaker
Dr. Anna Leung
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
13:00 - 13:45

Remark
Target: Public

Building a Smart City: From the Fusion of Technology and Big Data, to IoT, FinTech and Beyond


The speaker will introduce the hot issues on Fintech and IoTs. The talk will also include the programme briefing of Business Computing and Data Analytics, the public may have a better understanding on what students would learn and practice in the programme.


Unit
Computer Science
Type
Talk
Language
Cantonese and English
Speaker
Professor Joseph Ng
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
13:00 - 14:00

Remark
Target: Public

Math Romance


The Department of Mathematics has recently launched a campaign, called Math Romance, aimed at promoting young people’s awareness and interest in mathematics. The theme of the campaign is “mathematics and romantic love”, which is composed of a series of short films, educational videos, blog posts, and social media pages. The campaign includes a love comedy called The Love Formulas, which is about a nerdy math student striving for his love journey, and how he out-smarts his romantic rivals using knowledge in mathematics. In this talk, the speaker will briefly explain some of mathematical concepts featured in these short films.


Unit
Mathematics
Type
Talk
Language
Cantonese
Speaker
Dr. Mark Lau
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
14:00 - 14:45

Remark
Target: Public

Building a smart Chatbot assistant


In this workshop, participants will develop a chatbot that recommends a restaurant to the customers. Through the development, participants will gain a glimpse of knowledge on Machine Learning and particularly how it is being applied in Natural Language Processing (NLP), a current hot topic in artificial intelligence (AI).


Unit
Computer Science
Type
Workshop
Language
Cantonese
Speakers
Ms. Rosita Lee and Ms. Florence Fok
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
14:00 - 17:00
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
10:00 - 13:00

Remark
Target: F.4 - F.6 Students
Quota: 30

New Tricks to Control Sound


Cutting-edge technologies to control and manipulate sound


Unit
Physics
Type
Talk
Language
Cantonese
Speaker
Dr. Guancong Ma
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
15:00 - 15:45

Remark
Target: Public

Chemistry in Life – Food, Biomedicine and Cosmetics


Chemistry plays important roles in different areas of our daily lives, including food, biomedicine and cosmetics. In this talk, examples of food trivia in everyday life will be presented, in which students can understand the respective food chemistry knowledge behind. Students will have an overview on how chemists could foster the advancement of biomedicine research, such as drug and vaccine discoveries for cancers, infectious and neurodegeneration diseases in both academic and corporate industries. Moreover, small molecules used in skincare products, including the chemical formula of synthetic and natural ingredients, such as botanicals, retinoids, vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories will be presented.


Unit
Chemistry
Type
Talk
Language
Cantonese and English
Speakers
Dr. Gray Ho, Dr. Catherine Hor and Dr. Wang Jun
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
15:30 - 16:30

Remark
Target: Public

Building a smart Chatbot assistant


In this workshop, participants will develop a chatbot that recommends a restaurant to the customers. Through the development, participants will gain a glimpse of knowledge on Machine Learning and particularly how it is being applied in Natural Language Processing (NLP), a current hot topic in artificial intelligence (AI).


Unit
Computer Science
Type
Workshop
Language
Cantonese
Speakers
Ms. Rosita Lee and Ms. Florence Fok
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
14:00 - 17:00
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
10:00 - 13:00

Remark
Target: F.4 - F.6 Students
Quota: 30

Green Energy Innovation Towards a Sustainable Future


Overview of green technologies in renewable energy and improving energy efficiency


Unit
Physics
Type
Talk
Language
Cantonese
Speaker
Dr. Jade Shi
Date & Time
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
10:30 - 11:15

Remark
Target: Public

Admission Talk for Department of Physics


Introduction of BSc (Hons) in Physics and Green Energy


Unit
Physics
Type
Talk
Language
English
Speaker
Professor Changsong Zhou
Date & Time
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
11:30 - 12:15

Chemistry Magic Show


The chemistry magic show is one of the attracting events of the annual Science Festival of the Faculty of Science. Our demonstration team will select some interesting and amazing chemistry experiments, and share the fun of chemistry with audiences of different ages with simple techniques and simple explanations.


Unit
Chemistry
Type
Lab Demonstration
Language
Cantonese
Speaker
Mr. Hung Po Yeung
Date & Time
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
12:00 - 13:00

Remark
Target: Public

Monte Carlo Method for Some Problems in Probability


Some simple probability problems may be difficulty to solve by mathematical equations. By writing computer programs implementing Monte Carlo method, those problems can be easily solved. Monte Carlo method is a numerical approximation based on the simulations using random numbers. In this workshop, the implementation of Monte Carlo method by Python programming language will be introduced.


Unit
Mathematics
Type
Workshop
Language
Cantonese
Speaker
Dr. Liu Kwong Ip
Date & Time
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
13:00 - 15:00

Remark
Target: Public

Computer with Anaconda installed is required.

Programme Briefing for BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Science Talk: Engaging Society in Science and Technology


Through the programme briefing and alumni sharing, the public may have a better understanding of what students would learn and practice in CS programme. Participants may also perceive a stimulating experience when going through the showcase of student projects.


Unit
Computer Science
Type
Talk
Language
Cantonese and English
Speaker
Dr. Byron Choi
Date & Time
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
13:15 - 14:00

Remark
Target: Public

Smart IoT Weather Station


Hands-on workshop to develop a smart device that can detect and monitor temperature, humidity etc.


Unit
Physics
Type
Workshop
Language
Cantonese
Speaker
Dr. Mau Hing Chan
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
11:30 - 13:00
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
14:00 - 15:30

Remark
Target: F.4-F.6 Students (with basic C/C++ programming experience)

Quota: 15 (School-based)

Computer with Arduino IDE - Integrated Development Environment installed is required.

Mobile App that Can “See”


Similar to how humans see the world through our eyes, mobile phone can also "see" the world through its camera. It understands the environment, such as depth and lighting information, by detecting feature points in the captured images. With the help of existing APIs, we can build mobile app that can understand the world and interact with information, which is so called Augmented Reality (AR). For example, we can place a virtual kitten in the real world and watch it moving around. In this workshop, participants will develop a mobile app that can provide AR experiences.


Unit
Computer Science
Type
Workshop
Language
Cantonese supplemented with English
Speaker
Dr. Jacky Chan
Date & Time
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
10:00 - 13:00
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
14:00 - 17:00

Remark
Target: F.4 - F.6 Students
Quota: 30

Understanding GM Food: Exploring DNA technology in Food Safety


This workshop will focus on the application of biotechnology to food safety by demonstrating how to extract DNA from food products.


Unit
Biology
Type
Workshop
Language
Cantonese supplemented with English
Speaker
Dr. Patrick Yue
Date & Time
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
15:00 - 16:30

Remark
Target: Public

Physics Lab Demonstration


Department of Physics will introduce Scanning Electronic Microscope, Full Cell and Solar Tracking System in the lab demonstrations.


Unit
Physics
Type
Lab Demonstration
Language
Cantonese
Speaker
Scientific Officer of Department of Physics
Date & Time
30 Jun (Wed) [Day 2]
15:30 - 16:00
29 Jun (Tue) [Day 1]
11:00 - 11:30