Announcement of 2018 Winners


Winners of World Cultural Council awards announced – awards ceremony to be held in Hong Kong for first time

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) will host the 35th Annual World Cultural Council (WCC) Award Ceremony on 8 November 2018. This is the first time that this international award has been hosted in Hong Kong. This year Professor Jean-Pierre Changeux, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the Institut Pasteur and Collège de France, where he was Chair of Cellular Communications from 1976 to 2006, and at the International Faculty, Kavli Institute for Brain & Mind, University of California (San Diego), has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Albert Einstein World Award of Science. Professor Malik Mâaza of the University of South Africa (UNISA) and at iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, South Africa, and holder of the UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, UNESCO, will be awarded the 2018 José Vasconcelos World Award of Education.


Professor Changeux has been recognised for his exceptional scientific achievements and leadership in the field of neuroscience… Read More.


The award acknowledges Professor Mâaza’s work in promoting education for societal development and sustainability… Read More.

“Every year the WCC Awards honour those who have outstanding achievements in science, arts and education, and significant positive impact on the cultural legacy of humanity,” said Professor Sir Colin Blakemore, President of WCC, at a joint press conference today. We hope that by granting the awards, we can promote culture, values and goodwill throughout the world.”

He added that CityU, as an innovative university, was an ideal environment for recognising the outstanding achievements of the WCC awardees and celebrating the inspiration that they generate as role models for future generations.

Professor Way Kuo, President of CityU, said that the awards were especially meaningful for CityU because science and education were such core areas of interest.

“CityU is making a difference globally for the benefit of humanity by pursuing excellence, promoting innovation and creativity, as well as nurturing young generations, like the two awardees,” he said.

The WCC Award Ceremony will be held on 8 November (Thursday) 2018 at CityU. On this occasion, the WCC will grant special acknowledgements to young researchers and scholars from Hong Kong who have performed outstandingly in the fields of science, education or arts.

The nine promising young research leaders are from CityU: Dr Ray Cheung Chak-chung, Associate Professor, Department of Electronic Engineering; Dr Johnny Ho Chung-yin, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Dr Lam Miu-ling, Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media; Dr Patrick Lee Kwan-hon, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, School of Energy and Environment; Dr Eddie Ma Chi-him, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences; Dr Shi Peng, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering; Dr Wang Zuankai, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering; Dr Zhang Xiaoling, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy; and Dr Zheng Bo, Assistant Professor, School of Creative Media. They will be recognised with a commemorative diploma during the ceremony.

As part of the programme, laureate lectures organised by the WCC in cooperation with CityU will create an opportunity for interaction between the community and the winners. For further information please visit:

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