[GE Salon] The Story of Soybean


11 Apr 2024


7 p.m. – 9 p.m.


LT2 (G/F), Esther Lee Building, CUHK


Professor Hon-Ming Lam

Biography of Speaker:

Professor Hon-Ming Lam is a native Hong Kong scholar. He obtained his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in biology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University. He then served as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University before returning to his Alma Mater in 1997. Professor Lam is currently the Choh-Ming Professor of Life Sciences, Director of the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology, Director of the UGC Area of Excellence-Genomic Research Center for Plant-Environment Interaction, and Director of the Institute of Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development at CUHK. In addition to publishing more than 200 academic papers, through collaboration with Gansu breeders, Prof. Lam developed drought-tolerant and salt-tolerant soybeans, which have been disseminated to farmers in NW China at no cost, hoping to use knowledge to improve farmers’ livelihood. In recent years, he collaborated with scientists in Pakistan and South Africa to promote soybean and agricultural development in remote villages. Using this experience of university research, Prof. Lam organized a series of STEAM education activities to broaden the vision of high school students in Hong Kong.

Event Details:

The grand historian Sima Qian once said that he wished to examine into all that concerns heaven and man, to penetrate the changes of the past and present. The theme title of this year’s GE Salon is “In Between Heaven and Human”. We have invited a number of experts and scholars to explore their insightful perspectives in various dimensions of nature and humanity from the facets of astronomy, biology, history, philosophy, culture, language, environment, and gender.

Synopsis of Lecture:

Soybean is an ancient crop that originated from China and has been deeply integrated into the food culture of East Asia. Modern soybean is an important economic crop in the world, providing 70% of global plant protein and 28% of vegetable oil for human and animal consumption. Soybean can reduce the use of chemical nitrogen fertilizers through symbiotic nitrogen fixation with rhizobia and hence is an integral component of sustainable agriculture. In China, more than 80% of the soybean need is dependent on imports, creating the “Soybean Crisis”. Through innovative science and technology, we can research, utilize, and generate soybean seed resources more effectively. In this lecture, we will discuss the topic of soybean from a scientific perspective.


In Cantonese (with sign language interpreting)

Free admission, all are welcome.

Organized by Office of University General Education, CUHK
Sponsored by General Education Foundation Development Fund