Yau Yuen Yeung 楊友源

  • Studentship in 1983 at University of Hong Kong

Graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a BSc(First Class Honours) and a PhD degree, Professor Yeung is a multidisciplinary scholar in two distinct academic disciplines, namely science and education. The foci of his current research interest include smart city informatics, energy technology in luminescent materials (including optoelectronic materials such as the atomic structure and electronic/photonic properties of transition metal and rare earth elements), science/STEM education, technology-enhanced learning (including 3D visualisation, virtual reality, remote-controlled experiments) and social network analysis in education. Apart from holding an honorary professorship at EdUHK since 2022, he is a visiting professor at the Sichuan Normal University (Chengdu, China) and an adjunct professor at Xinjiang Normal University (Urumqi, China) and has been an adjunct professor in the East China Normal University (Shanghai, China) during 2008-2011. He was the Head/Acting Head in the Department of Science in 2001-2002 and was the associate head of the Department of Science and Environmental Studies during 2010-2015. He was the Coordinator for the Science Education and Education for Sustainability Specialisation (formerly Science Education) of the Doctor of Education Programme for a decade. Formerly, he was the Programme Leader of the Bachelor of Science Education (Science & Web Technology) Programme and the Chair for the Programme Development Committee of the new dual major Bachelor of Education in Science programme. He has been serving as the supervisor and external examiner for a number of PhD candidates over the last few years. He served as the Secretary and Council Member of the Asia-Pacific EPR/ESR Society during 1997-2004 and then was conferred with the Distinguished Service Award. He is a senior member of The Association for Computing Machinery (New York, USA) since 2007. Over the last 20 years, he has been leading or participating in around 80 funded projects in research, teaching development, knowledge transfer and consultancy work with more than 250 pieces of academic publications or output, including over 120 refereed journal papers, 80 plus presentations in local or international conferences and around 60 book/monograph chapters, professional articles/reports, or computer software etc. In addition to teaching and research, he has been extensively promoting public understanding of science, technology and environment to the young children, teenagers, adults, corporates and elderly through founding the open-access journal called “Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching” (ISSN 1609-4913) of which he was the founding Chief Editor during 2000-22 and actively serving in various government and NGO committees, functions (including being invited speaker for delivering talks, seminars, exhibitions and workshops) or competition activities (as advisor, judge, adjudicator and/or mentor). Besides, he has served as vice chair, chair or executive chairperson in organising a number of international conferences. One of his great adventure was to serve as the chair of the organising committee for the Hong Kong STEM Olympiad 2016. Recently, he won a Gold Medal Award and a Special Inventor Award in the 2017 International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada for the invention and innovation of a new educational device called Mobile Logger for effective learning and teaching of science and environmental studies. The invention was further converted into a STEM education kit which was conferred with a Silver Medal in the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2018. He also got the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Knowledge Transfer (Individual Award) from The Education University of Hong Kong in 2018. He was conferred with a Gold Medal and a Special Prize (from The Association of Thai Innovation and Invention Promotion) in the 2018 International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada for the invention of an innovative method for easy and rapid development of online experiments to facilitate effective STEM education. In 2020, he was also awarded a Gold Medal and a Special Award (Toronto International Society of Innovation & Advanced Skills) in the 2020 International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada for the invention of a Remote-controlled Digital Hydrometer as well as a Gold Medal and a Special Award (World Invention Intellectual Property Associations) in the Kaohsiung International Invention & Design Expo 2020 . Prof Yeung was named on Stanford University’s list of the world's top 2% most-cited scientists in 2020. Most recently, he served as Vice Chairman, Working Committee at Central and Southern Region, Steering Committee for Physics Teaching in Higher Education, Ministry of Education, PR China (2018-2022).