Conference on ‘’Innovation and Technology to combat climate change’’ at PolyU (22/4/2016) [fr]


The France – HK PolyU Innovation & Tech Development Lecture Series is initiated by Innovation and Technology Development Office (ITDO), aiming to promote technology innovation and mutual collaboration in various areas.

The series will be officially launched by a signing of the Paris Agreement on the 22nd of April 2016, the same date as in New York, USA.

Jointly organized by ITDO and the Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development (RISUD), the experts from France and PolyU will share their latest innovation and technology development in Hong Kong on water, waste and energy management in the event.

Date : 22 April 2016 (Friday)
Time : 1pm-5pm
Venue : Y302, 3/F, Block Y, Lee Shau Kee Building, PolyU
Language: English

Registration & Enquiry:

If you are interested in attending the Lecture, please CLICK HERE to conduct the online registration by 21 April 2016 at 5:00pm. Confirmation emails will be sent at least one day before the lecture. If you have any queries, please contact Ir Steven Lam at (852) 3400 2864 or by e-mail at

 Free registration. Light refreshments will be provided to registered participants
 "Confirmation Note of Attendance" will be issued to research students of PolyU only if they make the request at least one day before the event and attend the whole Lecture
 The organizers reserve the right to amend the event without prior notice.

The welcome address will be given by Eric Berti, Consul General at the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao.
The speakers will be Prof. Albert Chan, Associate Director of PolyU Research Institute of Sustainable Urban Development; Mr Vincent Deleu, Project Manager of VW-VES (HK) Limited; Mr Thomas Schinko, PDG at Vasconi Architectures; Dr. Henry Lee, Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering ,PolyU.

>>> France Veolia Group |
Vincent Deleu, Project Manager of VW-VES (HK) Limited, is an engineer with a specialization in thermal engineering, he also possess a postgraduate degree in management. Vincent has been working in the environment industry since graduation, joined Veolia in 1995 and has been working since then in the field of waste-to-energy facilities.

Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 174 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. In 2015, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 63 million people with wastewater service, produced 63 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 42.9 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy.

>>> Vasconi Architectes
Thiomas Schinko is the CEO of Vasconi Architectes. After years of training at the School of Architecture Paris Tolbiac, Thomas Schinko got an architect-engineering degrees from both the Polytechnic University of Karlsruhe and the School of Belleville. Thomas Schinko was winner of numerous international competitions, the Green Building Award of Hong Kong and the Grand Prize of the architecture of the Midi-Pyrénées region.

VASCONI ARCHITECTES is an award-winning architecture studio headquartered in Paris with offices in Luxembourg and Hong Kong.

VASCONI ARCHITECTES is recognized for its evidence based design approach to building that meets the users’ needs for an efficient layout, while also constructing a sustainable environment by employing innovative green technologies, eco -friendly materials and an energy efficient design.
The studio applies this practice to the entirety of its projects, ranging from luxury office buildings, cutting-edge hospitality-retail design, high-end residences, and interior design to industrial buildings, infrastructural projects, waste-treatment facilities and healthcare facilities.
VASCONI ARCITECTES received several international awards including a Green Building Merit Award, FIABCI Prix d’ Excellence Award and a Grand Prix d’ Architecture Midi-Pyrenees Award.
In 2010, VASCONI ARCHITECTES also won an international design competition in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong to construct one of the biggest Sludge Treatment Facility in the world. The project was delivered in 2015

The firm also designed the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center (RICEC) in Saudi Arabia—a 189,000-square-meter state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facility. The building’s distinctive ‘wave-form’ roof is now one Riyadh City’s most celebrated architectural landmarks.
VASCONI ARCHITECTES recently took home first-prize for its Astana Expo 2017 venue design in Kazakhstan, an international exhibition that will focus on "Future Energy.” The venue grounds stretch over 25 hectares and will have the capacity to host three million expected visitors from 100 countries.
Closer to home, VASCONI ARCHITECTES won the competition to design the prestigious Hôtel MELIA Paris La Défense and delivered it in 2015 . The slender building is a glass prism characterized by volume and light. The iconic luxury hotel has 369 rooms and suites, a glass elevator and a VIP bar with panoramic city views.

VASCONI ARCHITECTS is a leading design firm that combines a history of excellence in architecture with a modern design approach that prizes innovation, sustainability and progress.

>>> Dr. Henry Lee
Prior to joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dr. Lee served as a full-time lecturer in the Dept. of Environmental Engineering at the Inha University, South Korea from 2010 to 2012. He obtained his PhD in the Dept. of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University, USA in 2010. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the National Ilan University, Taiwan and the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan in 2001 and 2003, respectively. His research emphasizes biochemical processes for mining resources from waste(water) using the computational thermodynamics and meta-omic approaches, especially in relation to fermentation, anaerobic digestion, and anaerobic ammonium oxidation (Anammox)-based processes.

>>> Paris Agreement |

At The UN 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris 2015, Parties to the UNFCCC reached a historic agreement (“Paris Agreement”) to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future. This agreement will take effect before the “Kyoto Protocol” expires. On 22nd April 2016 in New York, a high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place as a first step in implementing Paris Agreement.


publié le 13/04/2016

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