HKU Vice-President Peng Gong appointed as advisor for The Lancet

Professor Peng Gong, vice-president and pro-vice-chancellor for academic development of the University of Hong Kong, has been appointed as an advisor to The Lancet — a prestigious international medical journal.

Founded in 1823, The Lancet is an international weekly medical journal carrying published papers that have made a crucial contribution to science and human health. Gong will be joining 17 other advisors in the Lancet’s International Advisory Board to give their expertise and advice on editorial matters.

“It is a huge honor for me to have received the invitation to serve on The Lancet International Advisory Board. HKU researchers have published many important papers in the Lancet, which is one of the most prestigious journals in the world. I hope to enhance HKU’s strength by making more collaborative contributions in the environmental health area through bridging medical and environmental scientists,” Gong said.

Peng Gong also serves concurrently as chair professor of geography in the Faculty of Social Sciences and the chair professor of earth sciences in Faculty of Science at HKU.

He was professor and chair of the Department of Earth System Science, dean of School of Sciences, at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

He had taught in the Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary in Canada between 1991 and 1994, and had been on faculty in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley between 1994 and 2015.

In 2004, he served as the founding director of the State Key Laboratory of Remote Sensing Science in the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Beijing Normal University.

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