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Marking Hong Kong Branch’s 25th anniversary in style

Alongside IHEEM’s 80th anniversary, the Hong Kong Branch marked 25 years with a symposium in the city. Representing IHEEM from the UK were President, Alison Ryan, and Past-President, Paul Fenton.

In the year IHEEM celebrated its 80th anniversary, the Institute’s Hong Kong Branch marked its own 25th anniversary with a symposium in the city last November. Expert international speakers discussed pressing issues including sustainability and Net Zero, climate change, ‘alternative’ and ‘greener’ energy, the resilience, running costs, and carbon footprint of high-rise hospital buildings, and the fast-developing Chinese healthcare market. Representing IHEEM in the UK were President, Alison Ryan, who gave a keynote speech, and Past-President, Paul Fenton MBE. HEJ editor, Jonathan Baillie, reports.

The one-day symposium, themed ‘Hospital Engineering Design in the New Era of Environmental and Technological Development’, took place on 3 November at the Hotel ICON in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Over 200 delegates attended for a mix of interesting conference sessions, to network and learn more about healthcare provision and healthcare engineering in the region, and to mark the Hong Kong Branch’s quarter century – including at a 25th Anniversary Dinner. Alison Ryan, Paul Fenton, and former IHEEM CEO, Julian Amey, were among the UK guests. Alison Ryan presented as part of the symposium, and spoke during the dinner the same day. During her dinner speech, she explained that it had been on 4 March 1998 that a number of IHEEM members living in Hong Kong first met to discuss forming a Hong Kong Branch; they voted unanimously to seek Council’s approval, and that summer, the Branch was formed.

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