The HK Prize is a prestigious Award for Young Scientists With a Global Impact
HK Prize is an international research award presented annually to young scientists whose research is having an international impact. It celebrates Asian scientists for their achievements, encourages them to pursue careers in science, and contributes to Hong Kong’s growth and development. Winners receive both monetary prizes as well as the chance to conduct their studies here and present at an awards ceremony where their work can gain international exposure.
Aspiring candidates must submit their work online. Their submission must meet certain criteria, such as being a clinical study (including prospective or retrospective clinical trials), an observational or epidemiological study, or basic science research project; also included must be the winning scientist’s original first-authored work rather than reviews or letters to editors. It remains one of Asia’s most competitive scientific awards with hundreds of applicants per year competing.
HK Prize is open to students attending schools enrolled in Hong Kong. In order to be considered, students must first be nominated by their teacher and can submit their artwork online before the submission deadline. Once reviewed by a panel of judges, winners will be announced; winners will receive a Judges Prize award of HK$8,000 while their school receives an incentive grant of HK$20,000.
In addition to cash prizes, winners of the Ig Nobel Prize also receive a citation and certificate of achievement. Established in 1991 and inspired by absurd scientific discoveries that can be entertainingly funny, originally known as the International Genius Prize but renamed in 1997 to reflect changing scientific discovery trends; to date over 200 experiments have won this prestigious award during its 30-year existence.
This year’s winner is Professor of Psychology from the University of Hong Kong who conducted research on Psilocybin – an active ingredient found in some mushrooms that enhances memory – in his study aimed to discover whether it helps alleviate depression as well as any psychological side-effects, his findings were published in Nature Communications journal and prize will be awarded at an awards ceremony held on October 30 in Cambridge.
Hong Kong residents and tourists are expected to participate in this year’s lucky draw, offering prizes totaling HK$4 Million in value – from round-trip flights from Cathay Pacific, supermarket vouchers, iPhones, luxury hotel breaks and much more!
Joshua Wong, leader of an umbrella movement that paralyzed parts of Hong Kong in protest against China’s control last summer, was nominated for a Nobel peace prize by US politicians. Wong and other members of his pro-democracy movement have been nominated by US politicians for their peaceful struggle for democratic concessions from Beijing’s authoritarian rulers – US senator Marco Rubio among them; other nominators include media mogul Jimmy Lai, Tiananmen vigil organizer Chow Hang-tung and former journalist Gwyneth Ho.