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Dr Sam Lau

Principal Lecturer
School of Continuing Education

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Dr Sam Lau’s research lies primarily in interdisciplinary research in the interactions between the environment and health, covering a range of topics such as linking nature connectedness to human health and well-being, environmental and wetland conservation, and nature-based education. He is also interested in research on teaching and learning, in particular active learning pedagogy, work-integrated learning and career readiness. Dr Lau is an Associate Editor of the journal Wetlands and has been awarded HK$14 million from various funding bodies, such as RGC, ECF, EDB and AFCD since 2016. Dr Lau believes that knowledge transfer plays a vital role in forging closer ties between academia and the community. Some examples of Dr Lau’s outreach to serve the society at large are:

 

Environmental and sustainability education for all – Dr Lau has organised/delivered workshops/ecotours/competition that reached more than 1,000 students, teachers and members of the public from 2017 to 2019. He also shared his expertise with NGOs as an advisor and the general public in the form of writing or being interviewed for online and printed news platforms such as RTHK TV, Now TV.com, HK01 and Whiz Kids Express Weekly.

 

Science communication to enthuse young people about science – Dr Lau was selected as one of 12 scientists to join a science outreach programme run by the Croucher Foundation which reached a total of 12,500 students from 60 schools in 2018 and 2019. He also conducted a science workshop for the public at the Hong Kong Science Museum during HK SciFest 2018.

 

Sharing of teaching and learning practices – Dr Lau has conducted workshops to share new pedagogical strategies with local and overseas teachers and educators to help in engaging and motivating students. Recent workshops were given at the Learning & Teaching Expo in 2018 and 2019

 

 

Achievements

  • Certificate of Taiwan’s Wetland Conservation Honorable Advisor (for the exemplary achievements in wetland fields), Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuen, Taiwan (2018)
  • Best Poster Presentation Award, 2018 International Conference on Active Living and Health, Hong Kong (2018)
  • Excellent Paper Award, 19th Cross-Strait Forum on Continuing Education - New Era, New Mission and New Ecology, Tianjin, China (2018)
  • Certificate of Commendation, Secretary for Home Affairs, HKSAR Government (2015) 
  • The runner up Best Poster Award, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference on Higher Education in a Globalized World, Hong Kong (2014)

 

Research Outputs

  • Lam YY, Lau SSS* & Wong JWC (2019) Removal of Cd(II) from aqueous solutions using plant-derived biochar: Kinetics, Isotherm and Characterization. Bioresource Technology Reports (*corresponding author)  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biteb.2019.100323  
  • Lau SSS (2019) Wetland wise use and compensation experience of Hong Kong, Invited Keynote Speech, 2019 Taiwan Wetland Research Camp – Symposium I: Wetland Conservation and Wise Use, Chinese Culture University, Taipei, 22 October 2019
  • Lau SSS (2019) Diversified Orientation and Challenges of Hong Kong Wetland Education, Conservation and Ecotourism, Invited Keynote Speech, 2019 Taiwan Wetland Research Camp – Symposium II: Potential of Wetland Economic Industry, National Chung Hsing University, Tai Chung, 24 October 2019
  • Wang X, Selvam A, Lau SSS & Wong JWC. (2018) Influence of lime and struvite on microbial community succession and odour emission during food waste composting. Bioresource Technology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biteb.2017.07.091  
  • Chiu RWT, Lam WYY, Yasuhara M, Cronin TM, Kitamura A, Fujita K & Lau SSS (2018) Holocene shell geochemical and paleoecological records of a submarine cave in Okinawa, Japan. AGU Fall Meeting, Washington DC, USA, 10-14 Dec 2018 https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/prelim.cgi/Paper/424589
  • Wu S, Duan YP, Lam CK & Lau SSS (2018) Relationships of Correlates, Risk of Falling and Health Outcomes among community-dwelling Hong Kong Elderly, 2018 International Conference on Active Living and Health, Hong Kong Baptist University, 24-25 Nov 2018

  • Lau SML, Duan YP, Wu S, Lam CK & Lau SSS (2018) The Association of Fruit and Vegetables (FVs) Consumption and Depression in Elderly in Hong Kong, 2018 International Conference on Active Living and Health, Hong Kong Baptist University, 24-25 Nov 2018
  • Mao M. & Lau SSS (2018) Dental Health and Active Living of Persons with Intellectual Disability (PID) in Hong Kong, 2018 International Conference on Active Living and Health, Hong Kong Baptist University, 24-25 Nov 2018
  • Lau SSS (2018) Management and Conservation of Hong Kong Wetlands: Understanding the Threat Landscape, 2018 International Wetland Convention, Taipei, 19-23 Nov 2018
  • Chiu RWT, Lau SSS, Cartwright SR, Owen RB & Wong JWC (2018) Evaluation of threats faced by benthic invertebrates in Hong Kong wetland using micropaleontological and neontological approach, 2018 International Wetland Convention, Taipei, 19-23 Nov 2018
  • Lau SSS (2018) Active Learning Strategies in Science Teaching, Conference Proceedings of the 19th Cross-Strait Forum on Continuing Education - New Era, New Mission and New Ecology, p.13-24, Nan Kai University, Tianjin, China, 23-26 Oct 2018
  • Lau SSS, Chiu RWT & JWC Wong (2018) Wetland Conservation in Hong Kong: Lessons of Invasive Species, The 9th Conference on Taiwan Wetland Ecosystems, Taiwan Wetland Society, 5 May 2018, Taipei