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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong

Note: Contact information for the GRC site office will be included here when conferences are in session at this site.

About the Site

Inaugurated in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is dedicated to the advancement of learning and scholarship, with special emphasis on research, postgraduate education and close collaboration with business and industry. The university occupies an impressive 60-hectare site on the northern end of Clearwater Bay Peninsula at Tai Po Tsai. Situated on the slopes along the shore, the campus grounds are terraced to afford buildings on all levels unobstructed panoramic views of the sea. Here you will find the latest technology in all facilities and a unique environment for educational and research activities.

The HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) champions collaborative projects across disciplines and institutions. We will forge strong relationships with academic, business, community, and government leaders to make a difference in the academic and scientific world, and to transform Hong Kong and the Greater China region into a global source of creative and intellectual power.

Click here for a map of the campus (PDF format), which indicates the location of the IAS Lo Ka Chung Building (conference site), and the Conference Lodge (on-campus accommodation for registrants) for Gordon Research Conferences.

Arrival and Check-In

It is anticipated that attendees will arrive/check-in on Sunday afternoon between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Check-in will take place on the ground floor lobby of the HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) Lo Ka Chung Building. The GRC conference office is located on the 1st floor of the IAS Lo Ka Chung Building (Room 1028). It is recommended that those arriving by taxi print this campus map to indicate the proper drop off location to the driver.

On-site attendees arriving after the GRC office closes at 8:00 pm on Sunday should go to the registration desk in the lobby of IAS Lo Ka Chung Building and follow the instructions at the registration desk to the Conference Lodge for check-in. Both on-site and off-site attendees arriving beyond the GRC conference office hours should contact the GRC conference staff on the following day for registration.

The Meeting Room and Poster Area

Conference sessions are held in the Lecture Theater of the IAS Lo Ka Chung Building (on the ground floor lobby level).

Poster sessions are held in the lobby of the IAS Lo Ka Chung Building.

On-Site Housing and Facilities

Conferees are housed in air-conditioned rooms at the Conference Lodge on campus. Room assignment is subject to the availability of rooms on campus during the conference period.

The Conference Lodge has all the amenities of a hotel, with a lobby, check-in, restaurant, and hotel rooms with private baths. Visit the Conference Lodge website for more information!

Dining Area and Meals

Breakfast for on-site conferees will be served at the Conference Lodge. Lunch and dinner (except the Thursday banquet) will take place on the 1/F of the IAS Lo Ka Chung Building. The Thursday banquet venue will take place at a restaurant off campus (details will be announced at the Conference).

Kosher meals and Halal meals are not available. A Halal food counter is available on campus - conferees may purchase Halal meals at his/her own cost.

Internet, Phone and Computer Access

Wireless internet access is generally available throughout the campus. Conferees may check their e-mail accounts using Telnet at many Computer Express Stations located throughout the campus. Wireless internet service is also available at the accommodation site and conference area. Conferees who wish to use this service should have a laptop with a wireless card that is 802.11b or 802.11g compatible. The login ID and password will be provided to all conferees.

Local (land-line) calls are free and available at the Conference Office and at the Conference Lodge.

Mobile phone users: GSM 900, PCS 1800, CDMA and WCDMA networks are widely available in Hong Kong. Local SIM cards can be purchased at the Airport or in most convenience stores in town. No SIM card will be available for purchase at the conference site.

There is no regional code for Hong Kong. Please add +852 to a Hong Kong number when dialing from overseas.

Free Wireless Internet service provided by the Government of the HKSAR (SSID: "GovWiFi") at some public premises and designated tourist spots in town.

Handicapped Accessibility

All spaces used for the Gordon Research meeting are handicapped accessible.

Other Information

Time Zone

GMT + 8

Getting around Hong Kong

Visitors can get around Hong Kong by different modes of transportation including MTR (subway), bus, minibus, ferry, tram or taxi. See the Travel Info tab above for more information regarding transportation options.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board web site also offers helpful information.


The Hong Kong Observatory provides a useful 9-day weather forecast. Hong Kong enjoys a generally sub-tropical climate. June, July and August are hot and humid. Heavy rain storms are common throughout the day. Temperatures range from 26°C to 33°C (78°F to 91°F). Humidity can rise above 86% and can remain high in the evenings.

Summer is also typhoon season in Hong Kong. A severe tropical storm or approaching typhoon may cause heavy wind and rain. Please note that Hong Kong has a quality advance-warning system and should a severe weather or typhoon warning be put in place during the meeting, GRC staff will notify participants immediately. In case of a typhoon warning or severe weather, click here for more information regarding program scheduling.

Recommended clothing: Dress code for GRC and GRS events is casual. Short sleeves, cotton or linen clothes, rain jacket and umbrella are recommended. A light sweater or jacket for air-conditioned indoor venues will be very useful. A hat, a pair of sun glasses, and a pair of comfortable shoes for outdoor activities are also recommended.


The electrical outlet used in Hong Kong is the Type G UK and the voltage is 220 volts/50 Hz AC. Three-rectangular pin plugs are the norm. Foreign appliances may require an adapter/transformer.

HK electrical outlet


The legal tender in Hong Kong is Hong Kong dollars (HKD) which is directly linked to US dollars (USD) at a rate of USD 1 to approximately HKD 7.8. Foreign currencies can be exchanged to Hong Kong dollars at the airport, banks, hotels or money-changers locally.


Tap water in Hong Kong satisfies the United Nations World Health Organization standards. However, bottled or boiled water is recommended for drinking rather than tap water. Bottled water is widely available in supermarkets and convenience stores in town, and catering outlets at the conference site and the accommodation site.


Visitors are recommended to purchase appropriate travel insurance before coming to Hong Kong. GRC and HKUST are not responsible for any kind of personal accidents, sickness, theft, or property damage encountered by conferees during their stay in Hong Kong.

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