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Webinar on Conserving Biodiversity through Eco-friendly Infrastructure Design and Operation

Technical Seminar:
Conserving Biodiversity through Eco-friendly Infrastructure Design and Operation


Date, time & venue

13 December 2023 (Wednesday), 17:00-18:00, Seminar via Zoom Meeting

Organized by

HKIE Civil Division and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Programme Highlight

Biodiversity offers rich ecological services to humans. It not only provides food, construction materials, medicine, etc. but also helps regulate the climate and make human society more resilient. For instance, recent years witness a sudden drop in pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Without them, food supply will be greatly affected. Therefore, the international communities are calling for effective and urgent actions to halt biodiversity loss.

One of the factors that affect biodiversity is the construction activities or large civil infrastructures, particularly linear transport infrastructures such as highways and railways. Such infrastructures not just occupy wildlife habitats. More importantly, they divide wildlife habitats into small parcels. This presentation will be focusing on potential techniques and methods to conserve biodiversity through eco-friendly infrastructure design and operation.






Free of Charge.

Dr. Yuhong Wang is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai, China with a bachelor's degree in construction management engineering and a master’s degree in construction project management. He obtained another master’s degree and Ph.D. degree from University of Kentucky, both in civil engineering. He successively worked at the Kentucky Transportation Research Center as a research engineer, Lawrence Tech. University as a tenure-track assistant professor, and East Carolina University as a tenure-track assistant professor. He started his employment at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an assistant professor in 2010.  

Dr. Wang received his academic and professional trainings in both construction management and road pavement engineering. Therefore, his teaching and research experiences have covered a variety of topics in these two broad disciplines. He has led and participated in more than 80 scientific research projects in the United States, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. He has published more than 100 papers and books. He also holds leadership positions in various academic and professional bodies and serves as the editor of several internationally renowned journals. He is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) and a registered professional engineer in the United States. 

Currently, Dr. Wang’s main research projects and interests are future urban green and intelligent infrastructures, aiming to make our cities cleaner, smarter, more resilient, and more environmentally friendly. He is leading two major research projects in these areas. One is the "Urban Nature Laboratory (UNaLab)" research project jointly funded by European Commission and Hong Kong. The other is “New prefabricated composite pavement systems for sustainable and smart-city development,” funded by Research Impact Fund in Hong Kong. 


Registration & Enquiries

Please complete the on-line registration at The number of participants is limited to 500 on a first-come-first served basis. Priority will be given to members of the Civil Division.

Email registration will not be accepted. Successful applicants will be informed by email and provided a link to the Zoom Meeting at the designated time slot. Participants need to sign in using the membership no. and name entered at the time of registration. A CPD certificate will be issued 3 weeks after the seminar based on this membership no. and name.

For enquiries, please contact Mr. Alan Yan via email: