24th Pacific Science Congress

Articulating Visions of Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific


30 November – 4 December 2020

Shantou, China

Hosts: Shantou University, China Association of Science and Technology, Pacific Science Association

Official Website: www.psc2020.net

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Subthemes:

  • Climate and Earth Systems
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Food/Water/Energy
  • Human Health and Well-Being
  • Science and Technology Future
  • Science for Society
  • Ocean Health

Keynote Speakers:

  • Prof. Michael T. Clegg
    University of California, Irvine; Former VP, International Science Council; Former Foreign Secretary U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • Prof. Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa
    Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and Science Advisor to the Cabinet of Japan; Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo; Senior Scientist of the Earth Institute, Columbia University; Chairman of Health Policy Institute, Japan; former President of Science Council of Japan (2003-06) and Pacific Science Association (2003-07). Chairperson, Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation (NIIAC)
  • Prof. Nils C. Stenseth
    University of Oslo, Norway; Former President, Norwegian Academy of Sciences
  • Prof. Richard M. Zare
    Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science; Stanford University Former Chair, Committee on Science, Engineering and Public Health, US National Academies
  • Other Keynote Speakers TBA

Key Dates: TBA

Abstract Submission Deadline: TBA

Early Bird Registration Deadline: TBA

Registration Fees: TBA

PSA is pleased to announce that the 24th Pacific Science Congress (PSC-24) will be held on 30 November – 4 December 2020 at the campus of Shantou University in Shantou (Guangdong Province), China. The Congress will be held in partnership between the China Association of Science and Technology (CAST), Shantou University, and the Pacific Science Association.

The theme of the Congress is “Articulating Visions of Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific”. The Local Organizing Committee and PSA International Program Committee are working together to formulate the Congress themes, agenda, and keynote speakers. PSA Executive Secretary Burke Burnett will meet with CAST and Shantou University officials to review important milestones.

The PSC-24 will mark the 100th Anniversary of the Pacific Science Association, and will also be the occasion for the next meeting of the PSA Council and Executive Board.

As always, PSA is strongly committed to ensuring that the Congress will be focused on both core and emerging scientific topics, as well as being maximally inclusive both in terms of the participation of all nations in the Asia-Pacific region, and for the full national and generational range of participating scientists.

The official Congress site is available now, with more information being added as the program is developed.

We are now accepting proposals for sessions, symposiums & workshops. If you would like to propose one of these activities at the Congress, please submit your proposal to [email protected]. Further information on the information needed for these proposals is available here.

About Shantou University and Chaoshan Metropolitan Area
Shantou University (STU) was founded in 1981 and is the only institution of higher learning in the Chaoshan metropolitan region (encompassing Shantou and its nearby neighbor cities of Jieyang and Chaozhou). STU was named a top 250 school in the most recent Times Higher Education Young University rankings, and receives support from the Ministry of Education, the Guangdong Provincial Government and the Li Ka Shing Foundation. Currently, STU has a staff of 1,533 and over 10,000 students, and consists of 10 colleges and schools that offer a number of Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral Programs. The University also has both National Key Laboratory and Provincial Key Laboratories, and National Pilot Sites for Innovative Talents Training. STU has also partnered with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology to establish Guangdong Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT), an institution of higher learning in Shantou.

More information on Shantou University is available on their website.

Shantou is a coastal city of about 5.5m people in Guangdong Province (southeast China), located about 400km due east of Guangzhou. Chaoshan Metropolitan Area has a combined population of over 14m people. Shantou has an international airport with connections to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore (as well as nonstop connections to major Chinese cities). Chaoshan is also known as the ancestral homeland of many Thais, Cambodians, Singaporeans, Malaysians, and Indonesians of Chinese descent.

UPDATE CONCERNING COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS
The 24th Pacific Science Congress was originally scheduled for 13-17 July 2020, but because of rapidly escalating health concerns relating to the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) disease, the meeting has been postponed to 30 November – 4 December 2020. The host venue will remain at the Shantou University campus in Shantou, China.