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Earthquake Detector Design Competition

The Earthquake Detector Design Competition is organized by Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), and Hong Kong Meteorological Society (HKMetSoc), and is supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund. It aims to enrich students knowledge in both engineering and meteorology. All primary and secondary school students of Hong Kong are welcome to take part in the competition.

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Earthquake Detector Design Competition

The Earthquake Detector Design Competition is organized by Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), and Hong Kong Meteorological Society (HKMetSoc), and is supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund. It aims to enrich students knowledge in both engineering and meteorology. All primary and secondary school students of Hong Kong are welcome to take part in the competition.

For further information, please visit:

The Invention for Schools Contest is organized by Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), and is supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund. It aims to enrich students knowledge in engineering. All primary and secondary school students of Hong Kong are welcome to take part in the competition.

For further information, please visit:

School and Home Energy Saving Scheme 2015 – Energy Savings Got Talent

CLP Power is launching a brand new challenge titled School and Home Energy Saving Scheme 2015 – Energy Savings Got Talent and is inviting all secondary school students to participate. The project allows students to convey messages about energy saving through creative channels such as singing, short films and dance performances.

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Popular Science Talk Series For Teens — Typhoon and Other Severe Weather in Hong Kong

Date and Time: 2014/11/01 (Saturday) 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F.)

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Sea Level Measurement Device Design Competition

The Sea Level Measurement Device Design Competition is organized by Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), and Hong Kong Meteorological Society (HKMetSoc), and is supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund. It aims to enrich students knowledge in both engineering and meteorology. All primary and secondary school students of Hong Kong are welcome to take part in the competition.

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Science in the Public Service Public Talks

Under the Science in the Public Service Campaign, a series of talks on popular science are organized from July to September 2014. The talks will be conducted in Cantonese. Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis. For details of the talks, please visit

Hong Kong Observatory – Under the Same Sky 130 Years Exhibition

To celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Hong Kong Observatory, the Observatory will stage a Hong Kong Observatory – Under the Same Sky 130 Years exhibition jointly with the Hong Kong Museum of History from 10 July to 2 September 2013. Members of the public are welcomed to the exhibition, which will be free of charge.

The joint exhibition aims at reviewing the developments of the weather monitoring since the opening of Hong Kong as a free trade port in 1841, in particular the wide-ranging services of the Hong Kong Observatory to cater to the ever-changing demands of the society after its establishment in 1883. It will highlight the natural disasters brought about by extreme weather such as typhoons, rainstorms, severe droughts and extreme temperatures, with the objective to enhance the public preparedness against such disastrous weather events under the trend of climate change. Historical materials will be shown in the exhibition, such as photographs, historical documents and books, early hand-drawn weather charts, videos as well as artifacts like typhoon signals and models like miniature of the time ball used in the past. In addition to the history of the Observatory, there will be exhibits showing the evolution of the Observatorys services and the commitment and dedication of its staff, and looking into the future. Interactive multi-media areas will also be set up to arouse the interest of the public.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Observatory will also invite experts to deliver public talks during the period. Details are as follows:

Lectures for Hong Kong Observatory – Under the Same Sky 130 Years Exhibition

Venue: Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History

Enrolment: 139 seats; first come, first served (Audience will be admitted 15 minutes before each lecture starts)

Topic: Prepare for a Rainy Day: A Historical Review of Severe Weather Contingency Measures in Hong Kong and its Revelations

Speaker: Professor Ho Pui Yin (Vice Chair, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Topic: Climate Change and Non-sustainable Development

Speaker: Mr Lam Chiu Ying (Former Director of Hong Kong Observatory

Topic: When the Observatorys Director Meets Historians

Speaker: Mr Shun Chi Ming (Director of Hong Kong Observatory)

Topic: The HKO and Major Natural Disasters in Hong Kong

Speaker: Dr Joseph Ting (Museum Expert Adviser of Hong Kong Museum of History)

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A Day with Harvards Professor – Eric Mazur

Open Science Lecture – Stopping Time

Time has long been the subject of philosophic, scientific, and mathematical research. In this stimulating talk for a general audience, Professor Eric Mazur will lead a discussion of the topic of time, then review historical attemptes to stop time, i.e. to capture events of very short duration and then present an overview of current research into ultrafast processes using short laser pulses.

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Observatory launches a new mobile application iCWeatherOS to enrich public interest in weather observation

The new mobile application, named iCWeatherOS, provides a one-stop platform for users to take weather photos as well as report and upload weather observations to their Facebook or Weibo personal pages. It also allows users to view the weather observations made by others. At present, the application groups weather observations under four different themes, viz. Visibility, Cloud, Weather and Tropical Cyclone.

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Experts from typhoon warning authorities meet in Hong Kong

The Typhoon Committee Community Weather Information Network Project was officially launched in the opening ceremony of the Session of the Typhoon Committee . The Project is conducted under the lead of the HKO, in cooperation with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), with the aim to raise community awareness towards weather and climate through hands-on educational activities in running weather stations in participating Members of the Typhoon Committee. Community weather stations have recently been installed at schools in the Philippines and Guam, the USA. The weather observation data from these stations are available on the internet (

For further information, please visit:

Lightning Detector Design Competition

The Lightning Detector Design Competition is organized by Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), and Hong Kong Meteorological Society (HKMetSoc), and is supported by the HKU Knowledge Exchange Fund. It aims to enrich students knowledge in both engineering and meteorology. All primary and secondary school students of Hong Kong are welcome to take part in the competition.

For further information, please visit:

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Applied Physics of PolyU has been funded by the Hong Kong Education Bureau to perfrom a Quality Education Fund (QEF) project entitled Development of Experiments on Radiation and Radioactivity and Sharing of Education Materials Through a Wiki-Style Electronic Platform. The project is under the support of:

Lingnan Hang Yee Memorial Secondary School

The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Ho Dao College (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen)

We also express our deepest appreciation to Mr Lo Cheuk Wai, Mr. Chow Kam Ming, Mr. Cheng Tak Chi, Mr. Tong Man Chung, Ms. Yiu Kam Lin, Mr. Tam Kwong Hung (HKO) and Dr. Wallace Chan (HKO) for their help to make the application successful. For this project, AP has developed a dry-ice-free cloud chamber, which is easily used for showing radioactive phenomenon in classroom. It is ready to be lent for education and demonstration purposes.

Visibility Measurement Method Design Competition

The competition is organised by the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO). It aims to enrich students knowledge in both engineering and meteorology. All primary and secondary school students of Hong Kong are welcome to take part in the competition.The competition is organised by the Faculty of Engineering, The University of Hong Kong (HKU) and the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO). It aims to enrich students knowledge in both engineering and meteorology. All primary and secondary school students of Hong Kong are welcome to take part in the competition.

For further information, please visit:

The Community Weather Information Network (Co-WIN) has been awarded the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Presidents Award for Excellent Performance / Achievement 2011. The award ceremony was reported in the following newspapers:

We are pleased to let you know that our Loveideas proposal entitled Nuclear Radiation & You has been funded. Mr. Matthew Wong and Dr. C.W. Ong of AP are invited to Harbour Grand Hotel on 6/8 to receive a $200k crossed check. The fund will be injected into a PolyU account for employing an assistant for 1 year to work on the . Please accept our cordial appreciation to your support!

The Department of Applied Physics of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Observatory have been given the prestigious 2010 Vaisala Award for Weather Observing and Instrumentation by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) for the Community Weather Information Network (Co-WIN). The press release can be found atthis link.

Community Weather Information Network won the Certificate of Merit of the Best Collaboration (Service) category in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) awards of Hong Kong to recognise the excellent achievements and contribution in provision of weather information services through outstanding collaboration. The award was supported by Office of the Government Chief Information Officer. It fully relies on your active participation and support.

Application form for the Visit to the Hong Kong Observatory Earthquake Station (Mar 12, 2011) is now available for download. Please clickherefor application form and visit detail.

Pleaseclick hereto view the YouTube about Community Weather Information Network (Part 3).

Pleaseclick hereto view the YouTube about Community Weather Information Network (Part 2).

Pleaseclick hereto view the YouTube about Community Weather Information Network (Part 1).

All are welcome to participate inScience in the Public Serviceactivities.

Theparticipant listanddetailsfor the visit to Tai Mo Shan Radar Station and Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre on 20 November 2010 is announced.

Co-WIN is going to celebrate the 3rd Anniversary and hold a warm-up Contest on13 November 2010 (Saturday). All members are welcome. A detailedprogramme rundownfor the day is attached for your reference. Please fill up the attachedreply slipand return to us by email or by fax to 23119448.

Community Weather Information Network Activity Summary

Visit to the Hong Kong Observatory Tai Mo Shan Radar Station and Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre on November 20, 2010. Please clickherefor further information regarding the visit and application procedure, and clickhereto download the reply form.

Hong Kong Observatory has launched the second online quiz on aeronautical meteorology. Pleaseclick herefor details.

Visit to the Hong Kong Observatory Headquarters and Kings Park Meteorological Station:

Participant listfor September 25, 2010.

Participant listfor October 9, 2010.

Visit to the Hong Kong Observatory Headquarters and Kings Park Meteorological Station on September 25 and October 9, 2010. Pleaseclick herefor further information regarding the visit and application procedure, andclick hereto download the reply form.

The Hong Kong Observatory has produced an educational video (in Chinese only) on the lightning formation process and how the Observatory detects lightning using its lightning location system.

The video is highly recommended for teachers and students. Please enjoy the video on theObservatorys YouTube site

A new section entitled Weather Diary has been created in the photo gallery. Members are encouraged to post their weather observations (better to include photos) with short descriptions (preferably with date and time) on the weather events. Please visit the weather photos posted recently by Elegentia College:Radiation fog observed in Sheung Shui

Participant listfor the visit to Tai Mo Shan Radar Station and Ho Koon Nature Education and Astronomical Centre on December 5, 2009.

Community Weather Information Network celebrates second anniversary (November 21, 2009).

Co-WIN Activity – Visit to the Hong Kong Observatory Tai Mo Shan Radar Station and Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre on December 5, 2009.  Pleaseclick herefor further information regarding the visit and application procedure, andclick hereto download the reply form.

There will be a public lecture by Prof. Ravis Silva on Nanotechnology for Green Energy. Please see theRoyal Society Kan Tong Po Visiting Professorship Public Lecture Abstractand the poster below for further information about the public lecture and the speaker.

Title: Nanotechnology for Green Energy

Venue: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Room TU201

We are seeking two summer student helpers who are interested in meteorological/environment studies and who are currently studying in a secondary school with HKCo-WIN membership (please check theMember List pageto ascertain whether your school has joined HKCo-WIN membership or not). Successful applicants will assist in data analysis and in development of measurement instruments. Priority will be given to those who have participated actively in previous HKCo-WIN activities. The employment will be on a part-time basis for a period of around 1.5 months, with commencement date around the end of May. Interested students are invited to email their resume to Mr. Eugene Ng (email:u.edu.hk). The application deadline is June 1, 2009.

Photos of the 2008 Visit to Tai Mo Shan Radar Station and Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre are now available onHKCo-WIN Photo Gallery.

Under the Hong Kong Community Weather Information Network (HK Co-WIN), the weather station atElegantia College(in Sheung Shui district) captured a minimum temperature of 7C around dawn on 29 Nov. 2008. The cold snap at the time necessitated the first cold warning by the Observatory, as temperatures plummeted and many places in Hong Kong reported temperatures below 10C. Please visit the followingHKO Side Lights webpageto see a short article on HK Co-WIN capturing the recent cold snap on 29 November 2008.

Participant listof 2008 Visit to Tai Mo Shan Radar Station and Ho Koon Nature Education and Astronomical Centre (on Nov. 22, 2008).

HK Co-WIN Activity – Visit to the Tai Mo Shan Radar Station and Ho Koon Nature Education and Astronomical Centre on November 22, 2008. Please clickherefor further information regarding the visit and application procedure, and clickhereto download the reply form.

Hong Kong Community Weather Information Network celebrates first anniversary (November 5, 2008).

Hong Kong Community Weather Information Network

will be held on 5 November 2008 (Wednesday)

(Venue: The Hong Kong Observatory Conference Hall

134A Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon)

TheNatures Calendar – Hong Kong Award Schemeco-organised by the Hong Kong Observatory and the Education Bureaus Science Education Section.

Newly added: Photo Gallery of HK Co-WIN Activity at Various Schools and Organizations now available onPhoto Gallerypage.

Newly added: Weather data download is now available atData Downloadpage for HKCOWIN members. Please contact the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Department of Applied Physics atu.edu.hkfor access to the page.

HK Co-WIN Activity – Visit to the Tai Mo Shan Radar Station and the Kings Park Met Station of the Hong Kong Observatory on December 7, 2007 (Friday). Please clickherefor details and clickhereto download the reply form.

Basic Meteorological Knowledgenow on sale.

HKOs educational package on climate changeavailable online.

Hong Kong Observatory and Education Bureau join hands to promote awareness of climate change.

Check out ourphoto galleryof the Hong Kong Community Weather Information Network Opening Ceremony on August 24, 2007.

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