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- Starting at 10 Volunteer Hours -

Meet Lisa Nip, Hilke Schlichting, Yoon Ha Lee & Becky Chambers of Melon HK

This auction has ended. It collected 41 volunteer hours.
Dinner with Space Scientists & Sci-Fi Writers (17 Mar)

In collaboration with Melon Conference (, dinner will be held at the Hive Wan Chai at 7:45pm on 17 March.

How can we survive in space? When will we find another earth? From UCLA Planetary scientist to award-winning writers, Melon HK brings together the brightest minds in science to share and inspire


[In collaboration with Melon Conference (, the annual science fiction conference that brings together award-winning and emerging science fiction writers, filmmakers and industry professionals from both China and the West, as well as the Sci-Fi community to share, brainstorm and be inspired.]

Lisa Nip (

Lisa Nip is a Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Media Lab's Molecular Machines group. She uses her training in biochemistry and biotechnology to translate synthetic biology into real-world applications. She spends much of her time concocting biological solutions to long-duration space travel and works to make them a reality.

Nip was trained as a biochemist at Boston University, and previously did research in the Douglas Lab at UCSF and the Church Lab in the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Medical School.

Hilke Schlichting (

I am an Associate Professor in Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences and in Physics and Astronomy at UCLA. In addition, I hold a visiting faculty appointment at MIT in EAPS and Physics.

My research interests lie at the intersection of astrophysics and planetary sciences. In my work I combine exoplanet-research with the study of our Solar System and take advantage of this powerful synergy to develop a comprehensive understanding of planet formation. My group focuses on pioneering new theoretical models, which are motivated and guided by cutting-edge observations and geochemical measurements, with the goal of explaining the origin and diversity of exoplanets and placing the formation of our own Solar System into context. Ultimately, I would like to answer where we come from and why life evolved in the Universe where it did.

Becky Chambers (

Becky Chambers is the author of the science fiction novels The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, A Closed and Common Orbit, and the upcoming Record of a Spaceborn Few (July 2018). Her books have been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction, among others. She also writes essays and short stories, which can be found here and there around the internet.

In addition to writing, Becky has a background in performing arts, and grew up in a family heavily involved in space science. She spends her free time playing video and tabletop games, keeping bees, and stomping around the woods. Having lived in Scotland and Iceland, she is currently back in her home state of California.

Yoon Ha Lee (

A Korean-American sf/f writer who received a B.A. in math from Cornell University and an M.A. in math education from Stanford University, Yoon finds it a source of continual delight that math can be mined for story ideas. Yoon’s fiction has appeared in publications such as F&SF,, and Clarkesworld Magazine, as well as several year’s best anthologies.

Lisa nip hilke schlichting yoon ha lee becky chambers melon profilephoto


All volunteer hours must be completed from 10 October 2017 to 10 March 2018.

Dinner will be held at the Hive Wan Chai at 7:45pm on 17 March 2018.

The cost will be HK$250 per person to cover the running cost of the program.

Venue Sponsor:
The Hive Wan Chai ( is a members’ coworking space located in the dynamic Wan Chai district on Hong Kong Island. We’re home to a creative community with a lively vibe that’s perfect for freelancers, entrepreneurs and young companies to meet other like minded people.

Our Wan Chai space offers a fabulous, welcoming and friendly coworking space that has been carefully laid out to encourage new connections and creative energy across five floors and a beautiful outdoor sun terrace that’s perfect for lunch, informal meetings and is where we hold many of our community events.

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Dinner with Space Scientists & Sci-Fi Writers (17 Mar)

In collaboration with Melon Conference (, dinner will be held at the Hive Wan Chai at 7:45pm on 17 March.

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