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BGCA 80th Anniversary Scientific Conference – Invest in our Young for a Brighter Tomorrow

7 October 2016 @ 8:30 am - 8 October 2016 @ 2:00 pm HKT


To celebrate its 80th anniversary, BGCA are honoured to have Social Work Department, The Chinese University of Hong Kong as a co-organiser to host a Scientific Conference with the title “Invest in our Young for a Brighter Tomorrow”.

Science tells us that early child development is critical and marks a child for life. The importance of early child development has been noted by economists, educators, social workers, neuroscientists and biologists. Renowned speakers and experts from local and overseas will illuminate the immediate and long-term benefits for investing in early childhood development and discuss about on assessing needs, measuring outcomes, exploring strategic entry points and establishing policy framework.

Programme Highlight

Date: 7/10/2016 (Friday)

Keynote Speech I: Invest in our Young for a Brighter Tomorrow
Speaker: Prof. James Heckman (The Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics (2000) )

Keynote Speech II: Thriving to Succeed: How the Science of Well-being can Help the Next Generation Flourish
Speaker: Dr. James Pawelski (Director of Education and Senior Scholar, Positive Psychology Centre, University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Plenary Session I: Early Childhood Development and Education and Supporting SEN Students

  1. Prof. Linda Siegel (Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Education, Department of Education and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, University of British Columbia, Canada)
  2. Prof. Frank Oberklaid (Foundation Director, Center for Community Child Health, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne)

Plenary Session 2: Building a Stronger Young Generation

  1. Prof. Lobo Louie (Associate Professor, Department of Physical Education, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong)
  2. Prof. Nicholas Holt (Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Canada)


Date: 8/10/2016 (Saturday)

Plenary Session 3: From School to Work

  1. Prof. Michael Ungar (Director, Resilience Research Centre, Dalhousie University, Canada)
  2. Mr. Malcolm Man-Chung Au (Ex-Managing Director (Campbell’s Business in the Far-East, HK))

Plenary Session 4: Youth Citizenship Engagement

  1. Prof. Steven Sek-Yum Ngai (Chairperson and Professor, Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
  2. Prof. Maurice Devlin (Jean Monnet Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, National University of Ireland (NUI) Maynooth )


7 October 2016 @ 8:30 am
8 October 2016 @ 2:00 pm
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Yasumoto International Academic Park, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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