Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi joined students from secondary schools and HKU in a lunchtime dialogue
A group of 20 secondary school students, who come from Diocesan Girl's School, Queen's college, Sha Tin Government Secondary School and PLK Vicwood KT Chong Sixth Form Colleage, together with medical undergraduates from the University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine joined the "Lunch with a Nobel Laureate" activity and had a dialogue with Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, recipient of 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine, over an informal lunch today (November 23, 2010).
The lunch, which was held in the Vice-Chancellor's residence, the University Lodge, provided a rare opportunity for the young students to meet face-to-face with Nobel Laureate beyond lecture halls. In the two-hour dialogue, students and Professor Barré-Sinoussi discussed various issues including the AIDS epidemic and the latest advancement in AIDS treatment. Professor Barré-Sinoussi also shared her tips to success and views on meaning of life with the students.
In appreciation of Professor Barré-Sinoussi's generous sharing, students presented gifts with Hong Kong's features to her in this special occasion, such as a paper fan, notebooks and a pinwheel. They hoped Professor Barré-Sinoussi could have a good impression on Hong Kong and enjoy her visit in the city.
Knowledge Exchange has been an important element of the University's mission. A series of Centenary Distinguished Lectures will be held as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of HKU. Featuring Nobel Prize recipients and distinguished laureates from different disciplines, the Lecture series aims to bring some of the most brilliant minds of today to HKU. To further promote these knowledge exchange activities beyond the University, the "Lunch with a Nobel Laureate" activity is specially arranged for the visiting Nobel Laureates and secondary school students, with an aim to inspire more young students by the sharing of the sages.