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Gordon Research Conferences (GRC)

The Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) is a world renowned organisation that puts together meetings and seminars in the fields of biological, chemical and physical sciences, bringing together leading scientists from all over the world to engage in dialogue and discussion on unpublished research work. The meetings have been held since 1931 and have expanded to almost 200 meetings every year in a number of sites in the US, Italy, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

Since 2012, CUHK has been serving as the Hosting Site for GRC meetings and seminars in Hong Kong under the coordination of the Office of Academic Links (OAL). Scientists from around the world with common academic interests join together at CUHK for a full week of intense discussion and examination of the most advanced aspects of their field. Shorter meetings known as the Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are also held prior to GRC meetings for graduate students, post-docs and other scientists with comparable levels of experience. Over the past five years, 17 meetings and four seminars have taken place on CUHK campus. 

Upcoming Meetings


Conference Name



Cognitive Dysfunction in Brain Diseases

11-16 June 2017

  • Prof. Linda Chiu Wa Lam, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

  • Prof. Iris Sommer, Utrecht University

Germinal Stem Cell Biology

18-23 June 2017

  • Prof. Peter Koopman, The University of Queensland

Plasmonically-Powered Processes

25-30 June 2017

  • Prof. Martin Moskovits, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Prof. Hongxing Xu, Wuhan University

Quantum Sensing

2-7 July 2017

  • Prof. Renbao Liu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

  • Prof. Philip R. Hemmer, Texas A&M University

Funding Support for CUHK Participants

The Research Committee at CUHK provides funding to sponsor the registration fee of CUHK participants attending the GRC meetings. CUHK researchers in the relevant fields are welcome to join the meetings.

Registration should be made through the GRC website at by mid-April 2017. Please note that applications for funding support will be considered by the organiser and the actual amount of sponsorship will be subject to its decision. For details, please contact the Chairs of the GRC meetings. 

Past Meetings


Conference Name



Seminar on Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease 

4-5 June 2016

  • Dr. Abbie E. Fearon, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich)

  • Dr. Luigi Maddaluno, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich)

Fibroblast Growth Factors in Development & Disease

5-10 June 2016

  • Dr. Richard Grose, Queen Mary University of London

  • Prof. Anne-Karina Perl, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Ocean Biogeochemistry

12-17 June 2016

  • Prof. Jiao Nianzhi, Xiamen University

  • Prof. Eileen E. Hofmann, Old Dominion University

Three Dimensional Electron Microscopy

19-24 June 2016 

  • Prof. Cheng Yifan, University of California, San Francisco

Seminar on Single Molecule Approaches to Biology

2-3 July 2016

  • Dr. Kathy R. Chaurasiya, Imperial College London

Single Molecule Approaches to Biology

3-8 July 2016

  • Prof. David Rueda, Imperial College London

  • Prof. Toshio Yanagida, Osaka University 

Structural Nanomaterials

10-15 July 2016

  • Prof. Lu Jian, City University of Hong Kong

  • Prof. Christopher Schuh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Advanced Health Informatics

17-22 July 2016    


  • Prof. Benjamin Wah, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

  • Prof. Nitish Thakor, National Univeristy of Singapore

 For enquiries, please contact Ms. Rita Tse on 3943-4476 or at


Last updated on 16 February 2017 



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