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Mrs Monica YUEN Chief Executive and Secretary

COUNCIL NEWS - SEPTEMBER MEETING

Venue and voting centre(s) for the 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM)
For the 43rd AGM to be held in June 2018, the Council approved the proposal to use the HKIE Headquarters and the Jockey Club Auditorium at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as the voting centres with the latter also to be used as the venue for the 43rd AGM.

Secretariat support to Engineering Forum Limited (EFL)
On the recommendation of the Executive, the Council approved the continuing provision of secretarial services to the EFL by the HKIE Secretariat for another two years starting September 2017.


2017 Shanghai and Hong Kong Symposium on Science and Technology
President Ir Thomas K C Chan led a delegation to the 2017 Shanghai and Hong Kong Symposium on Science and Technology held on 14-15 September 2017 in Shanghai. The Symposium was jointly organised by the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology and the Institution. More than 160 delegates attended the Symposium; some 40 of whom were from Hong Kong. There was a good mix of speakers from industry, government and academia who covered a variety of topics, including clean energy, energy efficiency, intelligent transport systems, underground space development, smart cities and big data. Details of the event will be reported in the next issue of the Journal.

The HKIE Media Luncheon 2017
To strengthen our relationship with the media, the Institution hosted the HKIE Media Luncheon for around 30 local editors and reporters on 19 September 2017 at The Excelsior Hong Kong.

President Ir Thomas K C Chan highlighted the theme of the Session, "Engineering a New Horizon from 70 Years' Foundation", and introduced the new initiatives of his presidential year. Past HKIE Presidents, Executive Members, Officers, and the Chairmen of the Public Relations Committee and the Media Communication Unit also attended the luncheon to meet media friends and share their professional views on various engineering issues. Highlights of the event will be reported in the next issue of the Journal.

The HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/Researchers 2017
The HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/Researchers has been organised for 12 consecutive years with the aim of encouraging young engineers and researchers to publish their work and advance in their professional fields.

Three outstanding papers were selected for this year's Award and the prizes were presented during the HKIE Presidential Dinner on 8 September 2017. With the support of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), a Technical Seminar was also held on 7 September 2017 at the PolyU for the awardees to present their accomplishments to more than 40 members, practitioners and engineering students. Details and photos of the Prize Presentation Ceremony and the Technical Seminar are available on page 33.

We look forward to receiving more high-quality submissions for next year's Awards. Please stay tuned for further details on the HKIE website, http://www.hkie.org.hk.

The HKIE Best Transactions Paper Prize 2017
The HKIE Best Transactions Paper Prize was set up in 1999 to recognise exceptional papers published in HKIE Transactions. Two distinguished papers were awarded the Prize this year. The Prize Presentation Ceremony was held during the HKIE Presidential Dinner 2017 on 8 September 2017. Details and photos of the Ceremony are available on page 34.

Members are welcome to subscribe to HKIE Transactions and submit their manuscripts to HKIE Transactions. Please visit www.tandfonline.com/thie for further details. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Briefings to Scheme "A" companies on competence-based approach in assessment of experience and professional competence
Ahead of the implementation of the competence-based Professional Assessment and the revision of Training-by-Objectives in a competence-based format, Chairman of the Working Group on the Implementation of Competence-based Approach in Assessment of Experience and Professional Competence, Ir Gary Ko delivered two briefing sessions on 20 and 27 September 2017 at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to introduce the new approach to Scheme "A" companies. The response of Scheme "A" companies during the question-and-answer session was enthusiastic. Ir Prof George Tham, Chairman of the Training Committee, also attended the briefings to answer questions relating to Scheme "A" training.

The Working Group will keep members and Scheme "A" companies posted on the progress in the development of the new competence-based approach in Professional Assessment, which is targeted for launch in 2019.

The Conference on Greater Bay Area 粵港澳大灣區會議
Following the recent announcement of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area Development Plan, the Institution has initiated a conference with a theme of 粵港澳大灣區工程領域的機遇與挑戰. The aim of the Conference is to provide a platform to facilitate better understanding of the Development Plan and enable participants to explore relevant opportunities. The Conference, to be held on 24 November 2017 in Shenzhen, will be co-hosted by The Guangdong Provincial Association for Science and Technology and The Macau Institution of Engineers. Experts from Hong Kong, the Mainland and Macau will be invited to deliver presentations and share views. More details of the Conference as well as the registration arrangements are available on the Conference webpage at http://www.hkie.org.hk/bigbayarea.


Mrs Monica YUEN Chief Executive and Secretary

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