China Guangzhou Technology Expansion
Lam Tsan-yuk, an associate professor at the University of Hong Kong, is now able to investigate the origins, transmission, and evolution of crucial pathogens using China’s powerful Tianhe-2 supercomputer and advanced computational algorithms. This scientific breakthrough has been made possible by a dedicated high-speed network line connecting Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong Province in southern China, to Hong Kong’s scientific innovation hub.
Gao Min, the dean of the HKUST Fok Ying Tung Research Institute, mentioned that over the past five years, more than 200 professors from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) have utilized the Guangzhou supercomputer effortlessly, as if it were part of their local network. This seamless collaboration has been instrumental in advancing scientific research and innovation.
As a result, the flow of data, funds, talents, and other resources has become more fluid, driving the acceleration of scientific advancements.
A notable example of recent scientific collaboration within the GBA is the establishment of the Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory. This laboratory has its headquarters in Guangzhou’s Nansha District, with branches in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
The Greater Bay Area Science Forum, which recently concluded, highlighted the consensus among top experts regarding the GBA’s potential as a scientific collaboration hub encompassing Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macao. Nancy Yuk-Yu Ip, the president of HKUST, emphasized the need to leverage the GBA’s strength as an innovation and economic powerhouse to prepare for the challenges posed by an aging population.
Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, stressed the significance of continuous basic research. She expressed her hope that Hong Kong and Macao could swiftly integrate into national basic science research programs and facilitate technology transfer across multiple cities within the GBA.