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Professor Paul LAM Kwan-sing is President of Hong Kong Metropolitan University and Chair Professor of Environmental Chemistry.

Professor LAM received a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of Hong Kong between 1979 and 1984. He was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship in 1984 to undertake doctorate studies at the University of Sheffield in the UK. He took up a Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at King's College, University of London, and in 1988, he returned to Hong Kong to take up a lecturing position at City Polytechnic of Hong Kong. He subsequently held positions in a number of universities, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1990–1992) and the Victoria University, in Australia (1992–1994). In 1994, he joined the Department of Chemistry (formerly the Department of Biology and Chemistry) at City University of Hong Kong.

Professor LAM is a front-runner in the higher education sector in Hong Kong and is well-versed with academic development and university administration. Prior to joining HKMU, he was the Executive Director of Special Projects, Jeanie Hu Professor of Science and Chair Professor of the Department of Chemistry at City University of Hong Kong. During his long service at City University of Hong Kong since 1994, he assumed other management positions as Acting Vice-President (Undergraduate Education), Vice-President (Student Affairs), Chief-of-Staff and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution.

Professor LAM is a renowned scholar and expert in environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, and environmental risk assessment. Among his many academic achievements, Professor LAM’s work in ecology and environmental analysis has raised environmental awareness and defined new sensitive analytical methodology for emerging chemicals of concern. He developed techniques for trace analyses of these chemicals in key environmental matrices, contributing to the international harmonization of analytical methods to address such concerns. By providing key evidence relating to the distribution and persistence of such chemicals, his research has influenced policy and legislation globally.

Professor LAM is the author or co-author of over 400 publications in international refereed journals. He has been responsible for over 35 major government consultancy projects in the environmental field, including the assessment of risks to Hong Kong cetaceans and water birds from toxic contaminants. He was awarded the Natural Science Award (Second Class) in 2011, 2012 and 2019 by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China.

Professor Lam actively participates in community service. He is currently Chairman of the Accreditation Advisory Board, Member of the Advisory Committee on the Northern Metropolis, Member of Lantau Development Advisory Committee, Member of Global STEM Professorship Scheme Assessment Panel under the Innovation and Technology Bureau, Member of the Land Sharing Pilot Scheme Panel of Advisors, and Member of the Standing Committee on Judicial Salaries and Conditions of Service. He was Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Environment from 2010 to 2016. He was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2008 and was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star in 2014 by the HKSAR Government.

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Research interests

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Measurement & Analysis
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Environmental Toxicology & Risk Assessment


BSc [HKU], MPhil [HKU], PhD [Sheffield], SBS, JP


2020-2021 Executive Director of Special Projects, Vice-President Level (Concurrent Appointment), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2020-2021 Jeanie Hu Professor of Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2005-2021 Chair Professor, Depratment of Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2013-2019 Chief-of-Staff (Vice-President) (Concurrent appointment), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2010-2020 Director, State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (Concurrent appointment), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2009-2013 Vice-President (Student Affairs) (Concurrent appointment), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2007-2008 Acting Vice-President (Undergraduate Education) (Concurrent appointment), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2006-2007 Acting Head of Department, Department of Biology and Chemistry (Concurrent appointment), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2004-2007 Associate Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering (Concurrent appointment), City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2001-2005 Professor (Reader), Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1996-2001 Associate Professor (Scale A), Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1994-1996 Associate Professor (Scale B), Department of Biology and Chemistry,  City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1992-1994 Lecturer, Department of Environmental Management, Victoria University of Technology, Australia

1990-1992 Lecturer, Department of Biology, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1988-1990 Lecturer, Department of Applied Science, City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


  • Editor-in-chief, Aquatic Toxicology
  • Subject Editor, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Sciences
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Environmental Science & Technology
  • Member, Editorial Board of Advances in Environmental Research (AER)
  • Member, Editorial Board of Environmental Chemistry (HUANJING HUAXUE)
  • Honorary Professor, Nanjing University, China
  • Honorary Professor, South China Normal University, China
  • Honorary Professor, University of Queensland, Australia
  • Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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