Pacific Science Association

The 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress

"Science for Human Security & Sustainable Development in the Pacific Islands & Rim"
8 - 12 July, 2013

University of the South Pacific
Laucala Campus
Suva, Fiji

The 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress (PSIC-12) was held from 8–12 July 2013 at the Laucala campus of the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. The PSIC-12 was a highly successful meeting with excellent science, and was the third most well-attended Inter-Congress in PSA's history, attracting 632 registered participants from 51 countries. We congratulate our hosts at the University of the South Pacific for organizing this very successful meeting, and thank them for their hard work, generosity, and hospitality.

The theme of the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress was: “Science for Human Security & Sustainable Development in the Pacific Islands and Rim”. The PSIC-12 included physical, biological, and social sciences and encompassed terrestrial, marine, atmospheric, and social/cultural subjects and approaches in the Pacific Islands and Rim region. Inter-Congress sessions were organized on the PSIC-12’s seven sub-themes:

The Official Resolutions of the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress can be found here (or PDF). The Official 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress website run by the University of the South Pacific is here.

The full PSIC-12 Programme is here.

Summary Report on the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress

The 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress was opened on 8 July 2013 by the President of Fiji, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who addressed the participants during the Opening Ceremony. Following welcome remarks by USP Vice-Chancellor and President Prof. Rajesh Chandra and by PSA President Dr. Nancy Lewis were three Plenary Addresses. Prof. Kiyoshi Kurokawa from the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (Japan) gave a talk on “Global Change, Human Security, and Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific”. Dr. Nordin Hasan from the International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific introduced Future Earth, the new ten year international research initiative. His Excellency Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati, was unable to attend in person but gave a videotaped address on “Climate Change and Human Security in the Pacific Islands”.

Keynote Speakers at the PSIC-12 included addresses from the following distinguished scholars: Prof. Prof. Hurriyet Babacan from the University of New England, Mr. Walter Echo-Hawk from Crowe and Dunleavy and member of the Pawnee Nation, Ms. Judith Francis from Science and Technology Policy Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Prof. Elisabeth Holland from the University of the South Pacific, Prof. Abtar Kaur from the Open University of Malaysia, Prof. Richard Kenchington from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong, and Prof. Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois from the University of Hawaii - Manoa.

The 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress included 332 papers and presentations in the seven sub-theme sessions and twenty special events. Special events included special sessions, panels, special symposia, workshops, webinars, and side events on: 

Thank you to the hosts, organizers, speakers, and participants of the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress

The Pacific Science Association would like to extend thanks to the Government of Fiji for its support of the Inter-Congress, and to His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of Fiji. We send our deep thanks to the Plenary Speakers, Professor Kiyoshi Kurokawa from the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (Japan), Dr. Nordin Hassan, Executive Director of ICSU’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and His Excellency Anote Tong, President of Kiribati.

PSA extends our deep gratitude to our hosts from the University of the South Pacific in making the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress such a successful and exciting meeting. Special thanks to Professor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the South Pacific, and to Professor Esther Williams, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Regional Campuses. Without their support the Inter-Congress would not have been the success that it was.

Special thanks also go to Professor John Bythell, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research & International, and to the entire Local Organizing Committee, including Professor Bill Aalbersberg, Director of the Institute of Applied Science and chair of the Local Scientific Organizing Committee, and Professor Jito Vanualailai, Director of Research. We also thank the Session Keynote Speakers Prof. Hurriyet Babacan, Mr. Walter Echo-Hawk, Ms. Judith Francis, Prof. Elisabeth Holland, Prof. Abtar Kaur, Prof. Richard Kenchington, and Prof. Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois.

We thank the USP Research Theme Leaders Elisabeth Holland, Biman Prasad, Vijay Naidu and Joeli Veitayaki and all the members of the Local Scientific Organizing Committee, and the Special Session Convenors. Special thanks go to Raijiele Bulatale, Anitelu (Mata) St. John, Amerita Ravuvu, Rachel Nunn, Sheraaz Buksh and all their colleagues in the USP Research Office were instrumental in the “nuts and bolts” that shaped this meeting and they tirelessly worked to make this Inter-Congress a success. For the Pacific Science Council meetings held during the Fiji Inter-Congress, we enjoyed the special help of student interns Ms. Luisa Tuilau and Mr. Ravinesh Chand, and we thank them for their excellent and gracious support. And last but certainly not least, thanks are also due to the entire cadre of energetic and professional student volunteers who contributed to the outstanding success of the Fiji Inter-Congress.

 

For an archived version of the pre-Inter-Congress page, including information on registration fees, critical dates, and other information, please click here.

Local Organizing Committee:

Dr. John Bythell, Professor [and] Pro Vice Chancellor (Research & International), USP [and] Director of the 12th Inter-Congress
Dr. William Aalbersberg, Professor [and] Chair of Local Scientific Committee, USP
Ms. Raijieli Bulatale, Chair of Local Secretariat, USP
Dr. Jito Vanualailai, USP representative on the PSA Executive Board
Mr. Anitelu St John Mata, Conference Planner, USP
Ms. Amerita Ravuvu, Special Projects Officer, USP

International Program Committee:

Dr. Nancy D. Lewis, PSA President [and] Director of Research, East-West Center
Dr. Chang-Hung Chou, PSA Vice President [and]
Dr. Makoto Tsuchiya, PSA Secretary-General and Treasurer [and] Professor, University of the Ryukyus
Mr. Burke Burnett, Executive Secretary, Pacific Science Association
Dr. Marie-Lise Chanin, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique /Institut Pierre Simon Laplace 
Dr. Soottiporn Chittmittrapap, National Research Council of Thailand
Dr. Valentin Sergienko, Russian Academy of Sciences - Far Eastern Branch
Dr. Jito Vanualailai, University of the South Pacific
Mr. Eric Clua, Chargé de Mission à la Recherche et la Technologie (DRRT) Polynésie française