Assessment Process

The Scientific Committee of Hang Lung Mathematics Awards comprises a panel of internationally renowned mathematicians. The committee is the highest authority on the assessment of the research reports and upholds the academic standard and integrity of the competition.

There are two stages of the assessment: research report review and oral defense.


  1. Each submitted research report will first be screened by the Screening Panel to determine whether or not it has fulfilled the basic academic standards.
  2. Each report that passes the initial screening will be sent to at least two referees for further review. If there is a disagreement in the reviews or comments of the two referees, an opinion from a third referee will be sought.
  3. These research reports will be submitted to the Scientific Committee. Each member of the Scientific Committee may append his/her views on these reports, or request the reviews or comments of the referees on these reports. The Scientific Committee also has access to those research reports that did not pass the initial screening.
  4. The Scientific Committee will determine which teams will be invited to participate in the oral defense.

Remarks: During the Research Report Review, some teams may be invited to attend an interview. The objective of this interview is to understand the process of research conducted by the team, so as to provide more information to the Scientific Committee. This interview does not form part of the selection process.



  1. Members of the Scientific Committee will adjudicate the oral defense. Each team invited to participate in the oral defense will make a brief public presentation of their research, followed by a closed-door inquiry before the members of the Scientific Committee.
  2. The Scientific Committee will take into consideration the Research Report, as well as the team’s performance in the oral defense session when deciding on the winners of the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards.

Remarks: As the teams would encounter members of the Executive Committee throughout the competition, the Executive Committee will only play a liaison role in the assessment process and will not participate in the adjudication process.