International Conference on Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment in Asia 2021

& Seventh Annual Conference of the Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research 

Call for Papers


Drug problems, especially drug trafficking, drug use, and resulted public health and crime problems, are common concerns of nations in the world, including Asian countries. The recognition and understanding of past trends and future directions of substance abuse promote effective policies and practices to reduce drug problems and facilitate cross-regional, inter-organizational, and interagency cooperation. Through years of effort, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and scholars in Asia and across the world have developed many successful programs and policies to combat substance abuse. This knowledge and experiences contributed significantly to our understanding of substance abuse as a social problem and the strategies to deal with it. 


The main purpose of this conference is to bring together government officials and policymakers, leading scholars, and substance abuse treatment providers of diverse backgrounds from Asian countries to discuss opportunities, strategies, and challenges in substance abuse research, prevention, and treatment. While it focuses on Asia, the conference also aims at fostering collaboration between Asian and non-Asian countries. We can learn much from the insights and experiences of scholars and professionals who are involved in substance abuse research and practices elsewhere in the world and from scientific evidence accumulated through research and program evaluations. Therefore, we will also welcome participants from other parts of the world who will bring international or comparative perspectives on substance abuse prevention and treatment or who will share information and ideas about developing effective policy responses to the problem of substance abuse.


I. Themes


The conference will focus on the following themes:

1.     Types, distributions, and trends of substance abuse 

2.     Causes and consequences of substance abuse

3.     Prevention and treatment of substance abuse

4.     Adolescent substance abuse problems

5.     Prevention and control of drug-related crime (policing, preventing, controlling, and regulating drug-related crime)

6.     Anti-drugs law

7.     Substance abuse research and applications

8.     New advancement in drug abuse research, prevention, and treatment


II. Organizers and Sponsors


Organizer: Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research

Sponsor: University of Macau, Shenzhen Sciencare Medical Industries Co., Ltd.


III. Location:


   University of Macau, Taipa, Macao, China

   University of Macau Library, Auditorium, Zone A, G012


IV. Schedule:


December 13, 2021 (Monday)                                Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speech

December 14-15, 2021 (Tuesday-Wednesday)      Seminar

December 15, 2021 (Wednesday)                          Seminar 

V. Conference Languages


English and Chinese. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided during presentation sessions.


VI. Mixed Conference Participation Mode


Main events such as Keynote Speeches and Plenary Sessions will be held in Macao. The conference committee will arrange as many presentations as possible at the conference site. Considering the widespread impact of COVID-19, the conference may be held in a hybrid mode if necessary. Participants who can attend the conference in Macao would present in person, while those who cannot visit the venues in Macao due to travel restrictions would present online. AASAR will be taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all participants and minimize the risks posed by COVID-19.


VII. Abstract/Paper Submission


All abstracts or papers should be submitted by email to Submission for conference presentation must include a title and abstract of no more than 250 words, along with author information. The deadline for abstract/paper submission is November 10, 2021. 



VIII. Paper Submission and Publication 


Participants who submit a full paper will be given priority for the conference presentation. Author(s) whose abstract/paper is selected for presentation will receive an official notification within two weeks after submitting. Papers submitted to the conference will be selected for publication in the official journal of Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research.


IX. Best Paper Awards 


The meeting organizers will select 10 papers for Best Paper Awards. To be eligible for a Best Paper Award, the lead author must be 45 years old or younger. The Paper can be in either English or Chinese. Chinese papers should be no longer than 7,000 words while English papers should not exceed 30 pages (double-spaced). Papers submitted for the award must have not been published previously. 


X. Registration Fees and Procedure


In-person participants

Category                          Register before October 1(10% discount)     Register after October 1

AASAR member              CNY1100                                                            CNY1200


Student member             CNY360                                                              CNY400


Non-member                   CNY1350                                                            CNY1500


Non-member student      CNY450                                                              CNY500


Online participants


AASAR member              CNY250                                                            


Student member             CNY100                                                       


Non-member                   CNY300                                                            


Non-member student      CNY150                                                    

Online partcipants who pay the online registration fee will have full access all other presentation, in addition to a scheduled time slot for presentation. 

When registering, participants can remit the registration fee in CNY into the account in Macau or the one in Mainland China listed below.

Account in Macau:

Bank Name: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Macau), Hoi Wan Branch


Account Name: Asian Association of Substance Abuse Research 

Account Number: 0119000500002478457(MOP)



Account in Mainland China:

Bank Name: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Guizhou Province Guiyang City Dong Shan Branch

Account Name: Chen Yiyi

Account Number: 6222082402004893635 (CNY)


Conference participants should fill out the application form (Attachment 2) and send it to our conference committee email: 


XI. Contacts


Attendees from Mainland China:

               Guan Canghai: +(86)18241823667

               Shen Hui: +(853)68563655

Attendees from other regions:

               Chen Yiyi: +(853)68090226


Conference Committee Email:


For more information, please visit the website of AASAR:


Asian Association for Substance Abuse Research


University of Macau

Conference Application Form.doc