Department of Geography co-organises Hong Kong Geography Day with Hong Kong Geographical Association
07 Dec 2020
The Department of Geography and the Hong Kong Geographical Association co-organised the Hong Kong Geography Day (HKGD) 2020 held on 21 November with the theme “Towards Smart Society: Hong Kong and Beyond” to promote geography education and academic exchange. More than 700 local and overseas scholars, research students and secondary school students and teachers participated in this first-ever online HKGD.
Two renowned speakers, Professor Michael Frank Goodchild, Emeritus Professor of Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, who is also known as the “Godfather of geographic information”, and Ms Winnie Shiu, Head of the Spatial Data Office of the Development Bureau of the Government of the HKSAR, were invited. Respectively they shared their insights on the movement and mobility of a smart city, and the development of common spatial data infrastructure in Hong Kong. The HKGD also featured four research seminar sessions on a wide range of issues about a smart society.
In addition, eminent speakers from a local university and several secondary schools, including Professor Lam Chi-chung, Mr Ip Kim-wai, Ms Ho Sau-hung, Mr Anthony Yeung and Mr Tony Leung, delivered talks to more than 300 secondary school students and teachers on techniques for taking geography exams.
This was the first occasion that the HKGD offered virtual field trips to enhance the teaching techniques of secondary school teachers. It also organised a virtual career fair for the students to introduce the job opportunities offered by government departments and organisations for geography degree graduates.