State of the Faculty Address 2021

21 Professional Recognition and Honours/Awards (Teams) International ● The following research teams were awarded Medals at the 2021 Inventions Geneva Evaluation Days in March 2021: — The team led by Professor Chen Honglin, Dr Wang Pui, Professor Chen Zhiwei and Professor Yuen Kwok-yung (Microbiology ) was awarded the Gold Medal with Congratulations of the Jury for the project “Flu-based COVID-19 vaccine”. — The team led by Professor Zhang Tong, Dr Deng Yu, Miss Zheng Xiawan, Miss Xu Xiaoqing (Civil Engineering), Professor Leo Poon Lit-man, Dr Hein M Tun, Professor Gabriel Leung and Professor Malik Peiris (Public Health) was awarded the Gold Medal for their invention “Innovative sewage testing tool for SARS-CoV-2”. — The team comprising Professor Frankie Leung Ka-li, Dr Qi Weichen and Dr Feng Xiaoreng (Orthopaedics and Traumatology) was awarded the Silver Medal for “Universal fracture healing accelerator for external fixators”. ● The team jointly led by Dr Hu Yong (Orthopaedics and Traumatology) and Dr Wan Feng (Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Macau) received a total of eight awards in the 2020 World Robot Conference Contests (WRCC) – BCI Brain-Controlled Robot Contest, including one General Award, two First Prizes at the Final Technical Contest, four Champion Prizes at the Championship Contest, and one Significant Contribution Award. ● The team comprising Dr Jasper Chan Fuk-woo, Dr Kok Kin-hang, Dr Zhu Zheng, Dr Chu Hin, Dr Kelvin To Kai-wang, Dr Yuan Shuofeng and Professor Yuen Kwok-yung (Microbiology ) were conferred the 2020 Best Papers Award (First Place ) from the Emerging Microbes and Infections journal in February 2021 for the paper “Genomic characterization of the 2019 novel human-pathogenic coronavirus isolated from a patient with atypical pneumonia after visiting Wuhan”.