Prof. HO Kin Chung, BBS, JP
Honorable Chair Professor, School of Marine Ecology and Environmental Science, Shanghai Ocean University
Prof. HO Kin-chung was the former Dean of School of Science and Technology and, Ng Chun Man Professor in Environmental Science & Conservation of the Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK). After his retirement from OUHK, he has been appointed the Founding President of Hong Kong Academy of Environmental Science (HKAES) and Director of the Polar Research Institute of Hong Kong (PRIHK).
Graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with major in Biology and minor in Biochemistry, he obtained a MSc degree in Environmental Resources from Salford University of United Kingdom. He worked in the Environmental a Protection Department of the Hong Kong Government for 10 years, during which he also studied in the University of Hong Kong for PhD degree by part time. His doctorate thesis related to significance and formation mechanism in subtropical waters. In 1993, Prof. Ho changed his job to be Senior Lecturer in Environmental Studies of the OUHK (formerly known as Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong) in mid 1992. He was subsequently promoted to be Associate Professor, Professor and Dean of the School of Science and Technology. Before his appointment as Professor Emeritus of the OUHK after retirement, he was renowned to be Ng Chun Man Professor in Environmental Science and Conservation.
Prof. Ho has a wide spectrum of academic interests: included but not limited to Harmful Algal Blooms, Water Quality and Water Resources Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Planning and Policy, Environmental Management and Sustainability, Energy Management and Climate Changes, Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, Environmental Education and Public Governance. He has visited the Higher Arctic for 15 times and the Antarctica for 4 times for scientific research and expedition. So far, he has published more than 500 research articles in refereed journals and international conference proceedings. He also published and edited 42 books, 8 sets of distance-education study materials and more 20 technical reports for the Government and public corporations.
Besides academic contributions, Prof. Ho serves enthusiastically in professional bodies in Hong Kong and Mainland China. He is also active members of several public consultative committees and advisory councils of the Government. As the laureate of several significant awards locally and internationally, Prof. Ho was conferred a Badge of Bauhinia Star by the Government of HKSAR in 2004 and has been appointed to be Judge of the Peace (JP) since 2014.