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Attending the Shaw Prize Award Presentation Ceremony 2015

Last night (September 24), I attended the Shaw Prize Award Presentation Ceremony 2015. Since the establishment of the Prize in 2002, I have attended its award presentation ceremony almost every year.

The Prize was established by the late Sir Run Run Shaw to honour individuals who have achieved significant breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on mankind. The Shaw Prize consists of three prizes: Astronomy, Life Science and Medicine, and Mathematical Sciences. The prizes have been awarded to scientists from all over the world, regardless of race, nationality and religious belief.

After more than a dozen years, the Shaw Prize is now highly regarded internationally.

The current-term Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region lays great emphasis on nurturing talent in science and technology. In the past couple of years, we have presented honours and awards to local scientists to recognise their achievements. Hopefully, this can also encourage our young people to pursue lifelong careers in scientific research.

In fact, there are quite a lot of young people in Hong Kong who are good at science and technology. Many of them have obtained good results and prestigious awards in international competitions. I hope that parents, schools and the whole community will work with the Government to offer our young people greater encouragement and nurture more local research scientists.

September 25, 2015