The signing of the Arrangement on Enhancing Innovation & Technology Co-operation between the Mainland and Hong Kong were witnessed by Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Minister of Science & Technology Wang Zhigang on 20 September 2018. The Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST) and the Innovation & Technology Bureau also signed an agreement on commencing jointly funded projects. A plaque presentation ceremony followed to mark the renaming of the 16 Partner State Key Laboratories (PSKL) in Hong Kong into State Key Laboratories (SKL), giving more flexibility to collaborate with different research and development institutions. The arrangement and the agreement signed mark a new page of scientific and technological collaboration between the Mainland and Hong Kong. The presentation of plaques to SKLs is of great significance, as this would provide more flexibility for the collaboration between the SKLs of Hong Kong and the research institutes in the Mainland. It also means solid support and recognition to the State Key Laboratory of Advanced Displays and Optoelectronics Technologies (SKL of ADT).
Basic and applied research projects at the SKL of ADT will concentrate on five main areas: oxide thin film transistors (TFT) array technology; third generation organic LED (OLED) devices; liquid crystal display (LCD) devices; video signal processing; IC design; and frontier technologies. One major task for the SKL is to develop energy-saving green displays. This will include active matrix organic light emitting diodes (AMOLED) displays. The SKL will also provide training programs and short courses for Chinese enterprises, and hold seminars and international conferences with other institutions.