May 8: Disaster Recovery Management and Reconstruction Engineering Conference

JMSC Research Assistant Professor King-Wa Fu will address a public conference called Disaster Recovery Management and Reconstruction Engineering on Saturday, May 8 from 9 am – 1pm.

The half-day conference is organised by HKU’s Faculty of Engineering in light of the Sichuan earthquake of May 12, 2008.

Academics, legislators and engineers will discuss the reconstruction projects that have taken place since the earthquake, emergency management, the restoration of education in earthquake hit zones, the design of earthquake proof buildings and media reporting and communication during and after the Wenchuan earthquake.

King-Wa Fu

King-Wa Fu

King-Wa Fu is speaking about the latter.

“I aim at examining how an underprivileged group, referring to people with disabilities in this study, received information before, during and after the quake. Drawing on in-depth interviews with fifty five individuals with disabilities, I investigate their media use and risk communication requirements at the time of the earthquake.”

Fu’s research focuses on the media’s influence on mental health and suicide, health communication, research method, measurement, and statistics in journalism. He holds a PhD from the JMSC, an MA in Social Sciences and a MPhil in Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Engineering from HKU and was previously a journalist at the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

Other speakers:
Prof. W.C. Chew, Dean of Engineering, HKU
Dr Raymond Ho Chung Tai, Legislative Councillor
David Tong Sek Por, Principal Assistant Secretary, Development Bureau
Cui Jun Wei, Head of International Department, Sichuan Science and Technology Association
Professor Chen Hong, Professor, School of Management, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
K.P. Yim, Senior Vice-President, Association of Engineering Professions in Society
Wu Mao Mao, Leader, HKU Sichuan Reconstruction Project
Dr Wilton Fok, Project Director, HKU Sichuan Reconstruction Project, HKU Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2010
Time: 9 am – 1 pm
Venue: Chow Yei Ching Building Theatre A, The University of Hong Kong
Languages: Putonghua and Cantonese
Free of charge
Enquiries: Dr. Wilton Fok (wtfok@eee.hku.hk / 9367-6877)
Registration: www.eee.hku.hk/~sichuan/conf