Professor Wong Woon Chung Jonathan has an exceptional record in research as an environmental scientist who is dedicated to fulfilling his mission of delivering “a greener environment for all” both locally and globally.
Evidence of Professor Wong’s achievements in his research field of bioconversion of biowaste into bio-fertilizer and bioenergy is reflected in his tremendous success in winning research funds and his rich publication record.
Over the years Professor Wong has received more than HK$170 million in research funding, most of it in the past five years, authored over 600 publications including more than 450 refereed journals and conference proceedings and abstracts, gained 12 patents, written more than 120 technical reports, edited 40 books and journals special issues and delivered over 30 keynote speeches.
Professor Wong has an H-index of 66 and a total citation of exceeded 13,440. His research excellence was reflected by his being elected as an Academician of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and Fellow of the International Bioprocess Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals.
Professor Wong is appointed the Chief Editor of Waste Disposal and Sustainable Energy, Regional Editor of Environmental Technology, Associate Editor of Detritus and a member on the editorial boards of Scientific Report and Biosource Technology.
Professor Wong has served as member of the international advisory board, scientific committee and in other capacities at international conferences. He organised and chaired the International Conference of Solid Waste with the University as the organising institute since 2011 which is now a major waste management conference in the Asian region.
Professor Wong’s research on composting has contributed significantly to the Hong Kong Government’s environmental facilities. Two of its composting facilities were designed and built by him. He was bestowed with the Medal of Honours by the Government due to his contribution to the environment of Hong Kong and has been appointed Justice of Peace since 2013.
With his extensive professional knowledge, Professor Wong has contributed to the formulation of local environmental policies as Chairman or member of 26 Government committees in the past 20 years.
In 2016 he received a grant of HK$37 million from the HSBC 150 Year Charity Fund to establish the Institute of Bioresource and Agriculture to provide research support to the local and regional farming sector and to engage the public in sustainable living.
Professor Wong has also been a pathfinder on waste source separation in Mainland China. His waste separation and management experience in Guangxi Province is the model driving policy and regulatory change in China.
Professor Wong established the Hong Kong Organic Resource Centre. It is the first local non-profit organisation under the Agricultural Development Fund to facilitate the development of organic agriculture by promoting organic farming and products to the agricultural sector and consumers.
Professor Wong’s lifelong passion for the environment and his tremendous pioneering work in this field is especially invaluable at a time when environmental protection and sustainable living are so high on the agendas of governments, academic institutes, industries and the public at large. Hence the Selection Committee is unreserved in recommending him for the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Scholarly Work.