RAQM-5 Hong Kong Forum: Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area – Regional Collaboration & Exposure Management Breakthrough
9:30am – 11:30am
HKUST Business School Central, 15/F Hong Kong Club Building
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2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the International Symposium on Regional Air Quality Management in Rapidly Developing Economic Regions (RAQM-5), the 5th event in its series. Upholding the tenet of being ‘science-driven, policy-oriented’, the RAQM Symposium pursues the forefront of atmospheric environmental science while keeping its sight on national and local air pollution prevention and control demands.

Following the success of the previous four symposiums (2007 in Zhuhai; 2009 and 2011 in Guangzhou; and 2014 in Hong Kong), RAQM-5 will be held on 16-19 November 2017 in Guangzhou, China. As one of the co-organizers, HKUST will hold a special forum on 20 November 2017 in Hong Kong to extend the meaningful dialogue and actionable insights drawn from RAQM-5 to Hong Kong.


Heavyweight speakers from the USEPA, Jinan University and North Carolina State University are invited to address the following key issues at the Hong Kong event:

  • Significance of good air on public health protection
  • Regional improvements and the way forward in the Greater Bay Area development road-map
  • Improvements in Hong Kong and the way forward
  • Importance of exposure characterization and exposure risk management - an international perspective
  • Importance and challenges in new sensor technology for exposure assessment


Media Coverage:

  1. 21 Nov 2017 – The Standard:
    Call for more coverage over air quality
  2. 21 Nov 2017 – RTHK Radio 3 Hong Kong Today:
    Call for air quality monitoring to become part of Smart HK
  3. 21 Nov 2017 – Hong Kong Commercial Daily:
    空氣質量改善國際學術研討會昨舉行 學者倡增空氣監測站
  4. 21 Nov 2017 – MASTVNET:
    空氣質量改善國際學術研討會昨舉行 學者倡增空氣監測站
  5. 21 Nov 2017 – Oriental Daily News:
  6. 21 Nov 2017 – Sky Post:
    科大新App測污染 尋空氣清新路徑
  7. 20 Nov 2017 – MASTVNET:
    粵港澳大灣區建設成為國家發展重要戰略 而環境質量備受關注
  8. 20 Nov 2017 – South China Morning Post:
    Coordinate Greater Bay Area’s environmental standards as the economies integrate, experts urge
  9. 20 Nov 2017 – RTHK Radio 3 News:
    Govt urged to cover city with air quality sensors
  10. 20 Nov 2017 – On.cc (Oriental Daily News Online):
  11. 20 Nov 2017 – HK01:
    批本港空氣監測站不足 學者倡增監測站、提供實時資訊
  12. 20 Nov 2017 – Hong Kong Economic Times:
    學者冀增空氣監測站 未來可藉手機預知附近空氣質素







Opening remarks






Air Pollution & Lung Health

Efforts to Tackle Air Pollution in China

Air Quality in Hong Kong Past, Present and Future

Exposure to Air Pollution and Health Implications

USEPA Perspective and Emerging Air Sensor Technology


Dr. Roland Leung

Prof. Zibing Yuan

Prof. Alexis Lau

Prof. Chris Frey

Dr. Gayle Hagler















Panel discussion and Q&A session

Moderator: Prof. Jimmy Fung




Meeting ends





Prof. Christopher Frey is a Futrell Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering at the North Carolina State University. His research interests focus on areas such as measurement and modelling of real-world fuel use and emissions of on-road and non-road vehicles; and exposure and risk analysis. Prof. Frey currently serves on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’ (USEPA’s) Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). He is also a member of World Health Organization working group on exposure assessment.


Dr. Gayle Hagler is an Assistant Laboratory Director for air, climate and energy for the National Risk Management Research Laboratory at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Knowing air pollution and its health risk, her research develops sensors to study ambient air quality, quantifying source emissions and measure air pollution all over the US and other countries. Dr. Hagler was awarded as the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientist and Engineers under the Obama Administration for her pursuit of innovative research and scientific leadership.


Prof. Alexis Lau is the Associate Director of Institute for the Environment and Director of the Atmospheric Research Center. He specializes in regional and urban air quality, weather and climate. His research has been regularly used by local and regional governments, including the 2010 Asian Games air quality study and 2013 Hong Kong Clean Air Plan. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Group of the World Health Organization Panel on the development of a Global Platform on Air Quality and Health, and an expert member of the Environmental Sustainable Transport Program of the United Nations (UN) Center for Regional Development.


Dr. Roland Leung is a Specialist in Respiratory Medicine, an Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, PWH, CUHK; an Honorary Consultant of Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital and Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, and a Council Member of the Institute of Allergy. His medical and surgical services include skin allergy test, lung function test and bronchoscopy, where air quality concerns his profession on public health protection.


Prof. Zibing Yuan is a professor for School of Environment and Energy at the South China University of Technology. He obtained his doctoral degree at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, his research interest continues to focus in areas such as sources quantification and verification of atmospheric reactive organic compound, and study on nonlinear control of ozone in photochemical active zone. Prof. Yuan is the academic committee member for RAQM-5.

9:30am – 11:30am
HKUST Business School Central, 15/F Hong Kong Club Building
Organized by HKUST Institute for the Environment
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