Who We Are

Advances in Astrophysics, and Space and Planetary Science depends on research that is highly international and collaborative and inherently interdisciplinary. The HKU departments of Physics and Earth Science engage in space science research via access to world-leading ground-based and space-based facilities. We are becoming involved in cross-disciplinary research related to developments in space science and technology which together provded the rationale and motivation to establish our Laboratory for Space Research (LSR). Our strategic directions will depend on our success in grasping opportunities in HK, Mainland China and elsewhere.

The rationale for LSR is to further collaboration with China to take advantage of the strongly emerging Chinese space programs and associated ground-based big science initiatives. LSR members already have close relationships with a number of senior and emerging Chinese leaders in this area. This mission fits perfectly into the desire of new VC Prof. Zhang Xiang to place HKU-China collaboration at the centre of HKU’s plans.The LSR is a faculty unit and an interdisciplinary entity funded initially via a major HKU University Development Fund grant. This enabled the hiring of 3 faculty into the centre in the first instance.