Professor Sun Kwok, Dean of Science and Chair Professor of Physics of the University of Hong Kong, was elected President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Commission on Astrobiology today during the General Assembly of the IAU in Honolulu. He will help the Union to organize world-wide research and education activities in astrobiology. The commissions of the IAU represent research domains at the frontier of astronomical science. The President serves a term of 3 years until the next election in 2018.
At the current General Assembly, Professor Kwok has organized a focus meeting on “search for water and life's building blocks in the universe”, held on August 3-5, 2015. Experts from all over the world gave presentations at this meeting on topics of how water and organics compounds in the Universe influenced the emergence of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere.
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