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HKUST LAPP Distinguished Lecture Series - Why Population Matters

HKUST Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education

Friday, 23 June 2017 from 15:30 to 17:00 (HKT)

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Distinguished lecture series produly organized by HKUST Leadership and Public Policy Executive Education (LAPP) 

Why Population Matters

DATE:    23 June 2017, Friday
TIME:    15:30 - 17:00
VENUE: 15/F The Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Hong Kong


In this lecture, by the Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, Professor Sarah Harper, Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, explores the rapidly changing population structures of different regions of the world, and the key global challenges this is producing. Arguing that it is at the intersection of science and society where scientific advances have the potential to transform daily life, that the greatest challenges lie, Professor Harper considers key questions of public and policy interest around the wider implications of population change.

The Royal Institution of Great Britain was established in 1799 to engage the wider public with science and research.

About the Speaker:

Professor Sarah HARPER
Director of the Royal Institution
Professor of Gerontology, University of Oxford

Sarah is Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford. She serves as the co-Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing which she founded in 1997 with funding from the US National Institutes of Health. Sarah was appointed in 2014 to the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister on the scientific evidence for strategic policies and frameworks. She chaired the UK government’s Foresight Review on Ageing Populations, and the European Ageing Index Panel for the UNECE Population Unit. She is a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute. Sarah was the first holder of the International Chair in Old Age Financial Security, at the University of Malaya (2009/10) and her research was recognized by the 2011 Royal Society for Public Health: Arts and Health Research Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropology Institute and of the Royal Society of Arts.

Sarah has a background in anthropology and population studies and her early research focused on migration and the social implications of demographic change. Her current research on demographic change addresses the global and regional impact of falling fertility and increasing longevity, with a particular interest in Asia and Africa. Recent research has focused on women’s education and empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa, and the impact of this on falling fertility rates. Sarah has just completed a monograph How Population Change will Transform our World Oxford University Press (2016), and is working on her next book for Cambridge University Press on the challenges raised by the intersection of population, environmental and technological change.

Following her doctoral work in population studies at Oxford, Sarah trained with the BBC as a News and Current Affairs Reporter and Producer, working in both TV and Radio for BBC News and BBC News Night. After leaving the BBC she took up a lectureship at the University of London, and subsequently moved to the USA where she was professor in public policy at the University of Chicago.

Throughout her academic career, Sarah has combined academic research with external professional commitments. She was Chair of HSBC’s Global Ageing Forum and is a former Trustee of Third Age Employment Network. She worked with the Office of the Prime Minister and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) on the Government Ageing Strategy, and with the Department of Children, Schools and Families, developing their Horizons Programme, and the UK Government Office of Science Advisory Boards for the Demography Review. Sarah serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Natural England and the Advisory Board, English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)

Internationally, Sarah represents the UK on the European Science Academies’ Demographic Change in Europe Panel, serves on the Council of Advisors of Population Europe and on the Advisory Board of the World Demographic Association. Sarah is an International Advisor on the University of Tokyo Global Leadership Initiative and represents Oxford on the Ageing and Demography Collaboration of the International Association of Research Universities.

Sarah served as Advisor to the Malaysian Government, Advisor to the Singapore Government’s Third Age Council and as a Specialist Advisor for the European Commission Demographic Change Programme. She served as an International Advisor to the Swedish Academy, European Advisor to the MacArthur Foundation, Advisor on Ageing Issues to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon and was Global Advisor on Ageing Issues for HSBC plc. She served on the Royal Society’s Working Group on Population, the Wellcome Trust Health Consequences of Population Change Panel and on the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Ageing Societies.

Alongside keynotes at academic conferences, Sarah has spoken at World Economic Forums in China and Australia, presented various TED and TED linked talks. In May 2017, Sarah was appointed Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the first social scientist to hold this role in the Institution’s over 200 year history.

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HKUST Business Central, 15/F, Hong Kong Club Building, 3A Chater Road, Central

Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong SAR China

Friday, 23 June 2017 from 15:30 to 17:00 (HKT)

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The HKUST Leadership and Public Policy Program (LAPP) is designed for senior executives and those who aspire to become the next generation of leaders to better serve society. Our executive education programs consist of thematic series of small seminars to enable deep and candid discussions in an intimate setting, and are based on the combined strengths of HKUST, Oxford, and expertise in the region and around the world. We emphasize critical thinking, analytical frameworks, comparative and international perspectives, and evidence-based approaches to policy issues. Areas we cover range from local and global economies to social development, governance, science and technology, and leadership. We also host open forums that encourage members of the public to join in the debate. 


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