University of Nottingham in Hong Kong 2019

In January 2019, External Relations led a major delegation of colleagues from across the institution for five days of intensive activity in Hong Kong, anchored around a major British Council Festival of Ideas – SPARK: The Science and Art of Creativity. Activity was combined and aligned from across the full-spectrum of global engagement in the UK, Malaysia, and China, building on the approach taken for the China and Malaysia Reputation Campaigns in 2018, and Nottingham in Parliament Day in 2017.

The aim was to make the most of the University’s presence and resources in Hong Kong and reinforce our global reputation as a convener of people, ideas and innovation across borders. The University delivered a suite of activity around the Festival including alumni and stakeholder engagement – including an event in collaboration with Paul Smith Ltd and the University’s fourth Global Dialogues – and school outreach work.

If you are University of Nottingham staff, you can read the full report on the variety of events that were organised and on the impact of this initiative here.

Nottingham was one of the most active and visible creative partners at SPARK. The University showcased three exceptional research projects from our academic community that embody the SPARK themes of science, art, and innovation and demonstrate Nottingham’s locally relevant and globally significant research capability.

Sam Tang

The Periodic Table of Videos: Live!

Dr Samantha Tang performed a series of live experiments before two engrossed audiences



Nottingham alumnus, artist and researcher Richard Ramchurn played his brain-controlled dystopian sci-fi thriller

Professor Eugene Ch’ng

Virtual Time Travel

Professor Eugene Ch’ng and his team of PhD students used virtual and augmented reality to place participants in the heart of Chinese heritage sites


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