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WUN Events and Activities


Researchers across WUN organise a variety of events and activities to promote research collaboration and graduate education, as well as to disseminate knowledge and exchange information. These take place in both the physical and the virtual environment. Please see below for a list of upcoming and past events/activities.


Conferences & Meetings Organised by WUN

The University of Western Australia played host to the WUN Conference and AGM 2018 during 23-25 May 2018 in Perth. Over 150 researchers and leaders from the 23 WUN member universities met and discussed the research agenda and strategic plan of the Network in the next few years. A Presidents Forum themed ‘International Policy Research in Higher Education’ was held on the last day where Prof. Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, spoke on the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative as a regional action plan. In addition, a number of academic workshops were organised in conjunction with the AGM during 30 April-22 May. Learn more

The inaugural WUN Global Africa Group workshop was held at the University of Ghana during 8-10 June 2017. It brought together over 60 researchers from 22 WUN and non-WUN universities, including Prof. Lawal M. Marafa of the Department of Geography and Resource Management at CUHK, to explore collaborations in five priority areas: environmental change and food security; public health; governance, inequality and social inclusion; higher education and research capacity; and natural resources for inclusive growth and sustainable development. Learn more

The WUN Conference and AGM 2017 was held in New York City during 3-5 May 2017 with a focus on reviewing the achievements of the Network and devise a set of strategies to strengthen its research capacity and profile. The event featured a series of business and research group meetings, as well as a Presidents Forum themed ‘Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals’. In addition, a number of academic workshops were organised in conjunction with the AGM during 30 April-2 May. Learn more

The WUN Conference and AGM 2016 was held at Maastricht University from 2 to 7 April 2016 which attracted close to 400 academics and university leaders from around the world. During the AGM, Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, took up the chairmanship of the Network, a role elected from among the presidents of member universities. Learn more

The WUN Conference and AGM was successfully hosted by CUHK during 25-30 April 2015, which attracted some 400 delegates to the campus to review the progress of the Network and plan development in future years. Besides, a number of academic meetings and conferences were held in conjunction with the AGM on the themes of digital cultures, migration, public health, healthy ageing, and China foreign direct investment. The event ended with a Presidents Forum held at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen where over 30 presidents and senior leadership from WUN and Chinese universities deliberated the reform agendas for higher education in China and the world. Learn more

Conferences & Meetings Organised at CUHK

Over 100 participants from six continents participated in the WUN Symposium cum Research Summit on Impacts of Grain Legume Research and Development in Developing Countries held at CUHK during 8-17 June 2017. The event was organised by Prof. Hon-ming Lam, Director of the Centre for Soybean Research, as part of his Research Development Fund (RDF) project. It comprised two parts: the first part being a Research Summit for early-career researchers with the aim of fostering a multi-perspective development and facilitating network building, and the second part being an International Symposium for high-level scientific exchange with the ultimate goal of formulating a blueprint for future development of legumes research. Learn more

A 2-day workshop setting out the current knowledge and state-of-the-art development of fire modeling, agricultural and crop modeling, and canopy exchange modeling was organised by Prof. Amos Tai of the Earth System Science Programme at CUHK during 19-20 June 2017 as part of his RDF project. Learn more

With the support of the WUN RDF, an International Conference on Migration Patterns in Asia was hosted by Prof. Yuying Tong of the Department of Sociology, CUHK during 20-21 June 2016. The conference involved scholars from Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, the UK, and USA. Learn more

CUHK’s Department of English hosted a colloquium on ‘Cultural Relations between China and the West in the Long Nineteenth Century (c. 1750–1914)’ on 8 and 9 December 2014. Scholars from Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, the UK, and the US took part in the event. It was the second colloquium arising from the WUN project ‘Romantic China’ , following the first held at The University of Sydney in November 2013.

Prof. Lawal M. Marafa of the Department of Geography and Resource Management at CUHK hosted the International Conference on Adopting REDD+ for Conservation, Sustainable Community Livelihood and Climate Change Mitigation during 13-15 December 2013 with support from the WUN RDF. The Conference explored the application of REDD+ on climate adaptation, conservation, and sustainable development. Learn more

CUHK hosted the Inaugural WUN Global China Conference on Family Transition, Ageing, and Social Security in China during 5-6 December 2013 as part of the celebratory events of the University’s 50th anniversary. The Conference brought together some 60 scholars and students, within and outside WUN, to examine key issues arising from population ageing in China, such as employment; intergenerational mobility; inequality in health and social security among the elderly; and migration and familial support. Learn more

Conferences & Meetings Organised by WUN Members

Experts from across WUN met at Zhejiang University in November 2016 to examine the role that grain legumes can play in meeting future food, fodder and environmental demands. Representing CUHK in this event was Prof. Hon-ming Lam, Director of the Centre for Soybean Research. The meeting produced a policy statement highlighting the importance of grain legumes and a coordinated approach towards their use in achieving an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable food and feed sector. For more information, please click here.

This workshop convened by Prof. Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, aimed to engage with members from across WUN in order to establish a network of Web Observatory nodes. Together, the participants agreed on four research areas (health/governance, disaster management, online learning, and young global citizens) and appointed a lead institution for each. They also discussed potential funding and future activities, such as summer schools and joint programmes. Representing CUHK in this project is Prof. Kelvin Tsoi, Research Associate Professor in Stanley Ho Big Data Decision Analytics Research Centre. For more information on the project, please refer to the project website.


WUN at CUHK Contact

To learn more about opportunities provided through the WUN for CUHK researchers, please visit WUN’s website or contact:

Ms. Shally Fan
Director of Academic Links
Tel:  +852 3943 7586
Email: shallyfan@cuhk.edu.hk

Ms. Yvonne Heung
Assistant Programme Manager
Tel: +852 3943 4371
Email: yvonneheung@cuhk.edu.hk