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[HKU-Pasteur Research Pole X FIS]

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of HKU-Pasteur Research Pole, FIS is organising a series of events in partnership with HKU-Pasteur.
 
The first part of the event took place on Tuesday March 23 when 9 students from Terminale "Spécialité HGGSP" (history-geography, geopolitics and political science) had the pleasure and the honour to visit the Pasteur laboratories.
 
During this visit, the students were able to meet and interview 4 researchers on the research related to the Coronavirus:
 
- Prof. Leo Poon, one of the first to decode the first sequence of SARS coronavirus; 
- Prof. Ben Cowling, an active participant in the Hong Kong government's expert panel on epidemiology; 
- Dr Vijaykrishna Dhanasekaran, specialist in Molecular Phylogeny;  
- Dr Sophie Valkenburg, a vaccine specialist.
 
20 videos have been produced and will be published on this page throughout April.
 
Episode 1: How do you know where viruses and pathogens come from ?
Episode 2: How do viruses evolve ?
Episode 3: How do you see the future of Covid-19 ?
Episode 4: Can an infected person be reinfected ?
Episode 5: Will there be new epidemics in the future ?
Episode 6: How to assess the spread of a virus ?
Episode 7: How do the different types of vaccines work ?
Episode 8: How can we be sure of the efficiency and safety of a vaccine ?
Episode 9: How do the tests work ?
Episode 10: Are current tests and vaccines effective on variants ? 
Episode 11: What are the side effects of vaccines ?
Episode 12: Will the vaccine stop the spread of the epidemic ?
Episode 13: How do you explain the reluctance of part of the population to be vaccinated ?
Episode 14: How does scientific research advise public health policies ?
Episode 15: What are the objectives of public health policies in Hong Kong ?
Episode 16: Are masks effective ?
Episode 17: How does society react to health constraints ?
Episode 18: Different strategies against the epidemic: the case of Sweden, India and Hong Kong
Episode 19: How to ensure universal access to the vaccine ?
Episode 20: How is the international scientific research organised ?
 
On April 23 at BPR and on April 28 at TKO pre-prepared students of 3ème will have a discussion with Dr Vijaykrishna Dhanasekaran about Covid-19 related info/intox.
Watch the full video here.
Huge thanks to the teachers involved (Mrs Vollery, M. Carrier, M. Delettrez, M. Moulin, M. Simoncello).
 
Finally, on April 30, a round table was organised and filmed *live*: students from Seconde and Première "SVT" specialty led a discussion with Prof. Ben Cowling and Dr. Sophie Valkenburg.
You will learn all about vaccination and this covid-19 pandemic that has been affecting our lives for over a year. Huge thanks to the teachers involved (Mrs Guiard, Mrs Viguier, M. Charbonneau, M. Guarneri, M. Jaume).
 
To find out more about Louis Pasteur click here.
 
To finish, nothing of this would have been possible without the task force "Pasteur/LFIS" led by Laurence Muller, from the Health Department : Dr Martial Jaume - Biology & Geology Teacher / In-charge of pedagogical Sustainable Development plans, Dr Anaëlle Barthelon - Deputy Principal on BPR Campus, Iv Charbonneau - History and Geography teacher and Head of Social Sciences Department, Laurence Muller - Health Department, Mathilde Boisserin - Scientific and Innovation Coordinator at the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau and Simon Muller - Scientific Communication Officer at the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau. Special thanks to all of them.