The US National Science Foundation: Advancing Transformative Science and Engineering Research through International Engagement

22 January 2015, Thursday
5:45 pm – 6:30 pm
Theater T6, Meng Wah Complex, HKU

Dr. Nancy SUNG, Office Head, The US National Science Foundation Beijing Office

Q&A session: 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm. This invited talk is one of Winter Institute 2015 activities.


The US National Science Foundation (NSF) is the primary funder of fundamental research in science and engineering at universities in the U.S. (in non health-related areas), but scientific expertise and funding is increasingly globalized. This talk will discuss this changing environment and NSF’s priorities and strategies for addressing global challenges that require collaborative, transformative science. The talk will focus specifically on NSF’s collaborations in Hong Kong and China, and on what makes a successful partnership.

About the speaker

Nancy Sung has served as the Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Beijing office beginning in 2014. Dr. Sung joined NSF in 2011 as a Program Director covering China and Southeast Asia, focusing on activities that provide international research experiences for students, as well as working towards new, leveraged international partnerships. In 2013, she served as Acting Section Head for International Science and Engineering at NSF Headquarters. More information about the speaker can be found from

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