Re ECF Project: 2012-31

Project Title: Gordon Research Conference – Marine Molecular Ecology

Applicant: Prof Pei-Yuan QIAN of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Total Approved Grant: $252,120

Duration: 1/7/2013 to 31/12/2013

Project Status/Remarks: Completed

This conference project aims to organize an international forum to bring together world-leading scientists in various disciplines to interact and exchange insights in marine molecular ecology, which is a field of research that focuses on the interactions and evolution of marine organisms at the molecular level, and includes population genetics, dispersal and site recognition, prey-predator interactions, parasitism, symbiosis and other interactions among marine organisms.

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
Gordon Research conference-Marine Molecular Ecology was successfully held during 11-16 August 2013 at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. There were 167 delegates from 24 countries/regions participating in this conference. Participants ranged from postgraduate students, post-doctoral fellow to research scientists and professors, as well as government officials in the field of Marine Molecular Ecology. With the ECF funding support, 40 local students and post-doctoral fellow were able to attend this conference with their registration fees fully paid.

There were 10 technical sessions. Each session had 2-3 well-known scientists presenting their latest finding related diverse disciplines in marine ecology, followed by a 20 minute discussion session to promote interaction and feedback between attendees and speakers.

This conference gave local students and young scientists the opportunity to communicate and exchange ideas with others, particularly with world-leaders in the field of marine molecular ecology. The Fresh-off-the-bench session, poster session and the evening session provided a platform for young researchers to present their work, to communicate and exchange fantastic ideas with other students and professionals from various disciplines. These academic communication and discussions have broadened their horizon, improved their understanding of the field and allowed them to establish further collaboration.