In the recent decades, many rapidly developing economic regions have experienced increasingly significant air pollution, arousing great public concern. A series of stringent air pollution control strategies has been promulgated in different countries, e.g. the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan issued by State Council of China in September 2013. Deterioration of air quality in China has been reversed, but new problems such as elevated ozone level emerge. Along with strengthened scientific understanding on the causes, formation processes and control mechanisms of air pollution in China, the supportive role of atmospheric research on air pollution control has been greatly improved. China has gradually explored a set of ‘refined understanding – efficient control – scientific regulation’ as the mainline of its air pollution prevention and control system to tackle the worldwide conundrum of air pollution prevention and control under the backdrop of rapid economic development.

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the International Symposium on Regional Air Quality Management in Rapidly Developing Economic Regions (RAQM Symposium). Upholding the tenet of ‘science-driven, policy-oriented’, the RAQM Symposium pursues the forefront of atmospheric environmental science while eyeing on national and local air pollution prevention and control demands. Anchored in the Pearl River Delta (PRD), one of the most rapidly developing economic regions in the world, the RAQM Symposium establishes a high-level interaction platform for scientists, policymakers, industrial entrepreneurs and environmental protection stakeholders from both domestic and overseas, promotes the combination of the latest scientific research outcomes with the local pollution situation in various rapidly economic development regions, boosts the in-depth science-to-policy transformation, and fosters scientific and refined air quality management. The RAQM Symposium contributes to the continuous improvement of air quality in China in recent years, in particular to the attainment of national ambient air quality standard in the PRD, and provides successful experiences on the air quality improvement in other rapidly developing economic regions alike.

Following the success of the previous four symposiums (2007 in Zhuhai, 2009 and 2011 in Guangzhou, and 2014 in Hong Kong), we are pleased to announce that the fifth RAQM Symposium will be held on 16-19 November 2017 in Guangzhou, China. Themed by ‘Air Quality in China: Past, Present and Future’, the Symposium aims to review the past experiences and lessons of air pollution prevention and control in China, summarize the current status of air pollution and difficulties and challenges in air pollution control, and propose pollution prevention and control strategies in the coming decades.

  • Date of meeting

    Meeting Date: November 16-19, 2017

  • Registration time

    Registration begins: August 15, 2017
    Early registration deadline: October 20, 2017
    Online registration deadline: November 10, 2017

  • Abstract submission deadline

    October 20, 2017

Contact us

Dr. Peter Louie,
Dr. Su Hang,
Dr. Zheng Junyu,
Dr. Yuan Zibing,