Pacific Science Association

The Pacific Science Association (PSA) is a regional non-governmental, scholarly organization that advances science, technology, and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region by actively promoting interdisciplinary and international meetings, research, and collaboration.

Since the first Pacific Science Congress held in 1920 in Honolulu, PSA has convened Pacific Science Congresses and Inter-Congresses every two years in different venues throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The most recent Congress was in Taipei in June 2016, and the most recent Inter-Congress was in Fiji in July 2013. The 24th Pacific Science Congress will be held in 2020.

PSA is composed of both national member organizations (typically National Academies of Science) and individual member scientists. The PSA is governed by the Pacific Science Council and an elected Executive Board, and has a permanent Secretariat based at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii.

PSA facilitates science that focuses on key issues and problems in the region, in order to engage science in the service of human needs and improve both the environment and quality of life of the region’s peoples. We catalyze scientific and scholarly collaboration, help develop scientific capacity within the region, foster more effective communication between scientists, policy makers and the public, actively involve the Pacific Island states in regional and international scientific activities, and promote the “Science of the Pacific”.

The quarterly academic journal Pacific Science, published by the University of Hawaii Press, is the official publication of PSA. Pacific Science is an international, multidisciplinary journal publishing original research and synthetic review articles on the biological and physical sciences of the Pacific basin. Pacific Science is provided to individual members of the PSA, and is also available through BioOneProject MUSE, and the University of Hawaii - Manoa digital repository

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For more information, please contact:

Pacific Science Association
at the Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice Street
Honolulu, HI 96817

Telephone: 808-848-4124
Fax: 808-847-8252




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