Over 5,000 academics from nearly 100 countries and regions have convened in Beijing for the 33rd International Geographical Congress (IGC) which will end on Thursday.
The congress has convened every four years since it was first held in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1871. This is the first time it has been held in China.
Lu Dadao, a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said China is a leader in geography research, in terms of the scope of research interests, theoretical achievements, and practical problems solved.
The 33rd IGC, with the theme of "Shaping our Harmonious Worlds", was designed to advocate harmony between mankind and nature, and respect for cultural differences.
Topics for panel discussions include geographic science, climate change, urbanization and sustainable development, environmental health, as well as diversity in cultures. (Xinhua)