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Date & Time: 2022/10/09 (Sunday) 03:30 p.m. - 05:30 p.m.
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F)
Speaker: Dr. HOU Wai-Kai (Director of Centre for Psychosocial Health; Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, The Education University of Hong Kong)
Dr. TO Kai-Wang, Kelvin (Department Chairperson and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong)
Organiser: Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Public Libraries and Research Grants Council of University Grants Committee
Remarks: Topic 1: Useful Knowledge on Resilience and Psychological Health under the Pandemic
Topic 2: Tackling COVID-19 Pandemic

Conducted in Cantonese.
Free admission. First come, first served.

Interested parties can watch the live broadcast of the lecture through the Multimedia Information System of the Hong Kong Public Libraries via the internet (

If online participants would like to raise questions to the speakers, they can send email with the heading of “Questions for speakers” to during the live broadcast of the lecture (9 October 2022 3:30pm to 5:15pm). The questions will be passed to the speakers for feedback during Q&A session.
Enquiry Telephone Number: 2921 0222


Topics (1):Useful Knowledge on Resilience and Psychological Health under the Pandemic

From school closures for primary and secondary school students, to alternative work arrangements and adverse circumstances such as work from home, leave, and even unemployment, COVID-19 has seemingly wreaked havoc in the daily lives of people from different backgrounds. The Department of Psychology of The Education University of Hong Kong has conducted a series of population-representative studies to show that disruption to daily routines is an important factor that causes psychological distress and is often associated with the development of anxiety and depression. Based on the evidence, the research team makes some recommendations for all walks of life to help enhance their mental health and well-being.

Topics (2):Tackling COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been estimated to cause over 15 million deaths worldwide, and has led to severe socioeconomic disruptions. Vaccines and antivirals substantially reduce morbidity and mortality. However, there is a continuous threat from novel variants. Research on the characteristics of emerging variants and the development of innovative therapeutics and vaccination are pivotal in minimizing the impact of COVID-19. The Department of Microbiology at the University of Hong Kong has conducted research on this and will discuss the way forward.