Pacific Science Association

The 23rd Pacific Science Congress

"Science, Technology, and Innovation: Building a Sustainable Future in Asia and the Pacific"
13 - 17 June 2016

Academia Sinica
Taipei, Taiwan

The Pacific Science Association and our partners, Academia Sinica, co-hosted a very successful 23rd Pacific Science Congress from 13 - 17 June 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan.

The theme of the 23rd Pacific Science Congress was “Science, Technology, and Innovation: Building a Sustainable Future in Asia and the Pacific”, and was organized around three major themes with eight sub-themes:

I. Understanding and Addressing Environmental Challenges

II. Tackling Human and Social Challenges

III. Connecting Science and Innovation for a Sustainable 21st Century

The Congress was held in the Humanities and Social Science Building on the Academia Sinica campus. Nearly five hundred attendees from twenty-five countries participated in the Congress, which contained excellent science and keynote presentations. We congratulate our hosts at Academia Sinica for organizing this successful meeting, and thank them for their hard work, generosity, and hospitality.

The 23rd Congress had a very strong slate of keynote speakers who set the tone for the science sessions that followed. The quality of the scientific presentations in the sessions was excellent, with cutting edge research results presented by world-renowned experts in their respective fields. Especially relevant to issues faced by societies globally and regionally were sessions on climate change, nanobiotechnology, nanotechnology, gender/women and science, human health, human diversity and inclusive development, building sustainable societies, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity and natural resources, robotics and other emerging technologies, natural resources management, food/water/energy, and food safety and environmental toxicology.

Keynote Speakers

The Keynote Plenary Speeches at the 23rd Congress were especially notable for their exceptional quality and relevance. Speakers included:

Sessions, Posters, and Side Events

Over the course of 4 active session days, the 23rd Congress contained a total of 62 sessions and 220 papers. By Sub-Theme, the sessions and papers presented were:

PSC-23 Sessions


Climate Change & Earth System Sciences

Biodiversity & Natural Resources




Human Health

Human Diversity & Inclusive Development

Disaster Risk Reduction

Science for Society

Emerging Technologies

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Particularly notable was the participation of many younger scientists and graduate students. Academia Sinica, presented cash awards to students with the top poster sessions at the Congress, in order to foster and recognize their enthusiasm and involvement.

Finally, we note that a “Becoming the Messenger” (BTM) science communication workshop was originally scheduled to be held before the Congress as a parallel event. This workshop had to be postponed because of an unforeseen and unavoidable schedule conflict, but PSA is in active discussions with the various stakeholders about rescheduling the event for 2017.

As always, PSA was strongly committed to ensuring that the Congress will be focused on core and emerging scientific topics, as well as to be 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 2016 date for PSC-23 marked a new chronology for PSA Congress and Inter-Congresses. Previously, these events took place in odd-numbered years, but the PSA Council decided at its meeting in Fiji in 2013 to shift to even-numbered years to allow the 24th Pacific Science Congress to be held in 2020, as it will mark the 100th anniversary of the Pacific Science Association.


Official Congress Website

The official Congress website has been launched, and will include additional materials and registration information as it is developed.

Important Dates

Session Proposal Submission Deadline:
October 31, 2015

Notification of Session Proposal Acceptance:
December 15, 2015

Deadline for Abstract Submissions:
April 7, 2016

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:
April 20, 2016

Close of Early Bird Registration:
April 30, 2016


About Academia Sinica

Academia Sinica, the preeminent academic institution in Taiwan is the official conference host. Academia Sinica's mission is to promote and undertake scholarly research in sciences and the humanities, and is composed of twenty-four research institutes and seven research centers. They have been a member of PSA since their founding in 1928.


Local Organizing Committee:

Dr. Chi-Huey Wong, President of Academia Sinica

Dr. Andrew H.-J. Wang, Academician of Academia Sinica
Dr. Fan-Sen Wang, VP of Academia Sinica
Dr. Yu Wang,  VP of VP of Academia Sinica
Dr. Chien-Jen Chen, VP of Academia Sinica / Chair of PSA ROC Committee
Dr. Pan-Chyr Yang, Chancellor of National Taiwan University

Dr. Jen-Leih Wu, Secretary-General of Administration Building, Academia Sinica

Deputy Secretary General
Dr. Te-Chang Lee, Executive Secretary of Central Academic Advisory Committee / Director, Academic Affairs Office, Academia Sinica
Dr. Sue Lin-Chao, Director, International Affairs Office, Academia Sinica

Vice-President of Pacific Science Association
Dr. Chang-Hung Chou, Academician of Academia Sinica

Executive Secretary of the Taiwan Committee for the Pacific Science Association
Dr. Shih-Chun (Candice) Lung, Research Fellow, Academia Sinica

International Program Committee:

Dr. Nancy Lewis, PSA President [and] East-West Center
Dr. Chang-Hung Chou, PSA Vice President
Dr. Makoto Tsuchiya, PSA Secretary-General
Mr. Burke Burnett, PSA Executive Secretary
Dr. Phil Cowan (Landcare Research; New Zealand)
Dr. Sang-Bok Han (National Academy of Science; Korea)
Dr. Kevin Johnson (University of Hawaii, Manoa; USA)
Dr. Yonglong Lu (Chinese Academy of Science; China-Beijing)
Dr. David Schindel (Consortium for the Barcode of Life, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; USA)