Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture: fostering sustainability

16 January 2020

Thanks to the donation funded by the HSBC 150th Anniversary Charity Programme, HKBU established the Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture (IBA), the first institute in Hong Kong to combine sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation, in 2018.

The Sustainability Gallery (S Gallery) is one of the IBA’s key initiatives. Furnished with immersive multimedia such as 4D, AR, VR and motion sensing, the 2,500-square-foot S Gallery is an innovative and interactive learning centre targeting students of primary and secondary schools. It aims to promote the concept of biological resources, organic agriculture and sustainable consumption, so as to raise the public’s concern about the consequences of squandering resources, and to encourage people to adopt an environmentally sustainable lifestyle. The S Gallery is open to public, schools and organisations. Admission is free and reservations are required. Please click here for more details.

Apart from promoting community engagement in sustainable living, the IBA serves as a platform for applied agricultural research into areas such as soil fertility, food waste utilisation and plant breeding. It also provides professional training in organic farming for farmers. In 2019, the IBA and HKBU’s Department of Biology jointly launched the four-year BSc (Hons) Bioresource and Agricultural Science degree programme, which is the first government-funded programme that integrates agriculture with bioresource management.

“We are deeply grateful to the HSBC 150th Anniversary Charity Programme’s unstinting support for the establishment of Hong Kong’s first Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture, fostering both sustainable agriculture and environmental conservation in its vision. Through academic research, professional training and public education, the Institute serves as a professional platform to revitalise the agricultural industry, and to encourage the public to adopt sustainable practices in the community. I am confident that its creation heralds the start of an exciting new chapter in Hong Kong's agricultural history. “

Professor Jonathan Wong, MH, JP
Director of the Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture, HKBU