The Hong Kong Prize – A Balance of Science and Culture

Gambling Blog Jan 19, 2024

The HK Prize is a unique award that seeks to find the perfect balance between science and art. It is open to scientists from around the world and rewards individuals who make significant contributions to scientific research as well as demonstrating an excellent record in application and transformation of research results for the benefit of society. The design of the prize reflects this philosophy, as is seen in both its logo and trophy which features two precious items – a pearl and jade amulet pierced by holes – to represent the prize’s vision of science and culture working together.

The Hong Kong Prize is a biennial award given by the Hong Kong Alliance of Technology and Innovation to recognise individuals or teams that are at the forefront of scientific exploration in Hong Kong, with the aim of encouraging more scientists to establish themselves in the city and serve the nation and the world. The prize is funded by Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited and a group of renowned scholars and experts from universities and innovative enterprises are invited to select the winners every year. The winning team or individual will receive a monetary award of up to HK$2 million, sponsored by BOCHK, in addition to the opportunity to attend seminars and internships in top global laboratories to exchange expertise with leading scientists from all over the world.

Established in 2016 by property tycoon Lui Che Woo, the HK Prize recognizes individuals who advance world civilisation and inspire people to build a harmonious world. The award has three categories: sustainability; welfare betterment; and positive energy or promotion of a more positive outlook in life. Winners of each category are awarded a monetary prize and a plaque. They may also take part in seminars or internships at Hong Kong universities and laboratories to meet with renowned scientists from all over the world, and gain a broader perspective on scientific advancements.

This year, the finalists include 23 works that address some of the most pressing issues in our special administrative region. They touch on themes such as the right to work as a refugee, mass rape, the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, and more. Walking through the exhibition at an industrial building in Wong Chuk Hang is an immersive experience that will leave you thinking long after leaving the venue.

Derek Tsang’s harrowing film about bullying in China, Better Days, won the top prize at the 2020 Hong Kong Film Awards. Actors Zhou Dongyu and Jackson Yee were both rewarded for their gritty performances, while director and co-writer Tsang won best screenplay for his work. This was the first time Tsang had won an award for a movie.