Other Public Engagement Activities
In addition to communicating with stakeholders on specific construction projects, DSD has also emphasised over the years on interacting with the general public, through a range of channels from topical exhibitions, job shadowing schemes, educational outreach to hosting group visits.
Science in the Public Service
DSD is a long-time supporter of the Science in the Public Service (SIPS), an annual campaign jointly organised by government bureaux and departments. Under the theme of “Science and Environment” in SIPS 2015, Senior Engineer Mr. LEUNG Wah-ming, gave a public talk titled “Hong Kong's Flood Protection Strategies – Resistance and Resilience” at the Hong Kong Science Museum on 1 August 2015, illustrating the impact of climate change on drainage systems and our strategic responses, as well as new approaches for optimising drainage systems.
In association with the Kwun Tong Happy Teens Club of the Hong Kong Christian Service, we organised a one-day “DSD Job Shadowing” on 30 December 2015, giving youths a glimpse of real-life working environments as they prepare themselves for future careers. 35 Secondary students from Kwun Tong district were “on secondment” to various DSD divisions under the guidance of 24 workplace mentors, such as sitting in meetings with resident engineers and assisting in laboratory work. The students were eager to ask questions throughout the affair and attended to the “duties” assigned by their mentors with enthusiasm.
We conduct educational outreach programmes regularly, visiting schools and introducing the Department’s work and projects to students and teachers. During the year, we visited eight schools and gave them an overview on DSD's work in flood prevention and sewage treatment.
Every year, DSD promotes our departmental work by hosting visits for multiple community groups and schools at its facilities. During the year, we received over 6,000 visitors from primary and secondary schools and Mainland and overseas organizations.