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UPCOMING SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS & CONFERENCES FOR THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

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November 2014

2014 IUCN World Parks Congress
Date: 12 - 19 November
Location:
Sydney, Australia
Venue:
Sydney Olympic Park
Organized by: IUCN
Organized by: Parks Australia, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Description: The IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 is a landmark global forum on protected areas. The Congress will share knowledge and innovation, setting the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade to come. Building on the theme "Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions", it will present, discuss and create original approaches for conservation and development, helping to address the gap in the conservation and sustainable development agenda.

December 2014

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change - COP-20
Date: 1 - 12 December 2014
Location:
Lima, Peru
Organized by: UN Framework Convention on Climate Change & Government of Peru
Description: The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will be held from 1 to 12 December. COP 20/CMP 10 will be hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru.

3rd Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conference on Synthetic Biology
Date: 1 - 5 December 2014
Location:
Suzhou, China
Venue:
Suzhou Industrial Park Conference Center
Organized by: Tsinghua University, Northwestern University, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and RIKEN Kobe Institute
Description: The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in synthetic biology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

21st Biennial PHA Conference 2014
"Lalan, Chalan, Tala, Ara (Path): Reconnecting Pacific-Asia Histories"

Date: 3 - 6 December 2014
Location:
Taiwan
Venues:
National Taiwan University (Taipei) and National Taitung University (Taitung)
Organized by: Pacific History Association
Description: The 21st biennial conference of the Pacific History Association (PHA) (http://pacifichistoryassociation.org) will take place in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, and Taitung in the Austronesian-speaking indigenous area of southeast Taiwan. We will convene at Taipei for the first part of the conference and then travel to Taitung to be more engaged with indigenous communities for the second part of the conference. Taitung is famous for its rich Austronesian cultures and the beautiful scenery between coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Tours to Austronesian villages, archaeological sites and the Prehistoric Museum will be arranged.

Global Landscapes Forum 2014
"Landscapes for a new climate and development agenda"

Date: 6 - 7 December 2014
Location:
Lima, Peru
Venue:
Westin Lima Hotel & Convention Center
Organized by: CIFOR
Description: The Global Landscapes Forum is an interactive platform to discuss the role of agriculture, forestry and other land uses in climate change and development. The "landscapes approach" provides a broad framework that can fully integrate agriculture and forests into a sustainable development agenda. It seeks to assess performance against broader development goals such as poverty eradication, green growth, food security and nutrition, mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, energy efficient cities and sustainable land use and farm practices. Forum organizers have secured the largest venue outside the COP20 itself: The Westin Hotel and Convention Center The Westin, Lima.

2015

January 2015

None yet listed. If you know of a science or social science conference or meeting either held in the Asia-Pacific, or directly related to the region, please contact us.

February 2015

None yet listed. If you know of a science or social science conference or meeting either held in the Asia-Pacific, or directly related to the region, please contact us.

March 2015

None yet listed. If you know of a science or social science conference or meeting either held in the Asia-Pacific, or directly related to the region, please contact us.

April 2015

None yet listed. If you know of a science or social science conference or meeting either held in the Asia-Pacific, or directly related to the region, please contact us.

May 2015

3rd PICES/ICES/IOC Symposium on “Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans
Date: 23-27 March 2015
Location: Santos City, Brazil

Venue: TBA

Organized by: The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), Institute of Oceanography at the University of São Paulo (IOUSP)
Description: Drastic ecosystem changes have been observed in recent decades in both open and coastal systems. These changes are believed to have occurred in response to climate change and increasing anthropogenic pressures. This meeting addresses the question “What is the future of the North Pacific given current and expected pressures?” Scientific sessions will include invited and contributed papers. Contributed papers will be selected for oral and poster presentation. Posters will be on display for the entire duration of the symposium.

June 2015

9th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific (EIPC 2015)
"Cultural and Environmental Dynamics"

Date: 21 - 26 June 2015
Location:
Berlin, Germany
Venue:
Ethnological Museum Dahlem
Organized by: German Archaeological Institute (DAI), the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, and the HafenCity University Hamburg
Description: The general theme of the conference concerns the resources, adaptations, and the cultural dynamics on Pacific Islands from pre-contact to our times. Overall emphasis will be put on the insular environments and resources that early colonists came across and the options the islanders had to adapt to and to form their ambience. The conference will investigate a wide spectrum of topics such as history, landscape archaeology, technology and innovation, subsistence strategies, arts, languages, social organization, religious beliefs, and the like. Speakers are also encouraged to present papers on history of research and on the most recent contributions of natural sciences to the questions concerned. Another focus will be the identification, classification, documentation, preservation, and management of cultural heritage sites. The Ethnological Museum Dahlem houses one of the best collections of Pacific ethnografica and especially boats, and so another focus will be on navigation and maritime mobility as well as their impact on the colonization of the different islands and inter-island trade.  To what extent did these factors determine the transmission of traditional concepts and material manifestations from one island to the next?

July 2015

14th International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia (14th ICHSEA)
Date: 6 - 10 July 2015
Location:
Paris, France
Venue:
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
Organized by: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), on behalf of the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine (ISHEASTM)
Description: The conference is the latest in a series of major international meetings that have taken place in Europe, East Asia and America since 1990. It will bring together researchers from all over the world to present and discuss their latest research relevant to the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia from antiquity up to the present day. Panels and plenary lectures will address the theme of the Conference, “Sources, locality and globalisation: science, technology and medicine in East Asia”.  But proposals for panels and individual presentations relating to the wider area covered by this series of conferences are also warmly encouraged.

Our Common Future Under Climate Change
Date: 7-10 July 2015
Location: Paris, France

Venue: UNESCO Headquarters

Organized by: ICSUFuture EarthUNESCO and major French research institutions, with the support of the French Government.
Description:
The International Scientific Conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” will take place at UNESCO (Paris) in July 2015. This four-day conference will be the largest forum for the scientific community to come together ahead of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be hosted by France in December 2015 (“Paris Climat 2015”). Building on the results of IPCC 5th Assessment Report (AR5), the Conference will address key issues concerning climate change in the broader context of global change. It will offer an opportunity to discuss solutions for both mitigation and adaptation issues. The Conference will also welcome Side Events organized by different stakeholders.

The conference is organized under the umbrella of ICSUFuture EarthUNESCO and major French research institutions, with the support of the French Government. The conference will be structured around four broad themes:

1. State of knowledge on Climate Change

2. Scenarios Exploring Our Common Future

3. Responding to Climate Change Challenges

4. Collective Action and Transformative Solutions

52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation (ATBC)
"Resilience of Island Systems in the Context of Climate Change:  Challenges for Biological and Cultural diversity and Conservation"

Date: 12-16 July 2015
Location:
Honolulu, USA
Venue:
Honolulu Convention Center
Organized by: ATBC & University of Hawaii
Key Dates:

1 September 2014: Call for Symposia
1 November 2014: Call for Abstracts
15 November 2014: Deadline for Symposia Submissions
15 February 2015: Deadline for Abstracts Submissions
1
April 2015: Registration opens

Description: Conservation of tropical biota is a pressing issue and one that is accentuated in island systems around the world.  Many current hypotheses and theories in mainstream ecology have been established in island systems and have been “translated” to other continental contexts.  Island systems are also particularly vulnerable to factors such as climate change, invasive species, and sea level rise.  Furthermore, human cultures in such environments are also vulnerable.  Thus, a theme (although not the exclusive focus) on islands is merited with particular emphasis on the relationship between conservation of both biological and cultural heritage.

This meeting provides delegates with the opportunity to collaborate with researchers and meet with key speakers and industry leaders—participation is encouraged for anyone with a passion for tropical biology and conservation, including students, NGOs, academics, and researchers.

August 2015

None yet listed. If you know of a science or social science conference or meeting either held in the Asia-Pacific, or directly related to the region, please contact us.

September 2015

None yet listed. If you know of a science or social science conference or meeting either held in the Asia-Pacific, or directly related to the region, please contact us.

October 2015

PISCES 2015 Annual Meeting
"Change and Sustainability of the North Pacific"
Date: 15 - 25 October 2015
Location:
Qingdao, China
Venue:
TBA
Organized by: North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PISCES)
Description: Since its establishment, PICES has provided leadership in developing a better understanding of the structure, function and changes of North Pacific marine ecosystems. The integrative scientific programs of PICES, and other special activities such as periodic Ecosystem Status Reports, have advanced our knowledge of coupled physical -biogeochemical-ecological processes of the North Pacific. The current scientific program on Forecasting and Understanding Trends, Uncertainty and Responses of North Pacific Marine Ecosystems (FUTURE) is focusing on developing a better understanding of the combined consequences of climate change and anthropogenic pressures on marine ecosystems, ecosystem services and marine dependent social systems. Climate change research remains important to ocean scientists and governments within PICES. However, the direct and indirect interactions of human activities on coastal and open ocean ecosystems and the services they provide to humans are also of great concern in the North Pacific area. A sustainable North Pacific ecosystem is the future desired by both the public and governments. This vision of the future seeks balance between resource protection and resource utilization, and balance between pressing needs at local/regional scales and climate-driven issues at basin/global ocean scales. The 2015 Annual Meeting theme allows to accommodate scientific sessions and topics, which may include climate change, ocean acidification, coastal eutrophication, aquaculture, fishing, pollution, coastal development and planning, sustainability, resilience, vulnerability, cumulative impacts of multiple stressors, and the tradeoffs/conflicts inherent in multiple-use ocean activities, and mechanisms to resolve these.

November 2015

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December 2015

None yet listed. If you know of a science or social science conference or meeting either held in the Asia-Pacific, or directly related to the region, please contact us.

2016

January 2016

Intercontintal Academia: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Study on Time
Date: January/February 2016 (TBD)
Location:
Nagoya, Japan
Venue:
TBD
Organized by: University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (UBIAS), Nagoya University, University of Sao Paulo
Description: A group of 15 young researchers from different countries and areas of knowledge will participate in an unusual collaborative project from November 2014. The goal is to develop interdisciplinary studies at the Intercontinental Academia, an initiative by University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study (Ubias), an international network of scientific cooperation that brings together 34 institutes of advanced studies from 19 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania. The IASs that will organize and host this first edition of the Intercontinental Academia in two immersion meetings are the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo (IEA-USP), Brazil, and the Institute for Advanced Research (IAR) of Nagoya University, Japan. Throughout the project, participants will have the guidance of three senior scientists from regional and international recognition.

Those interested in running for one of the 15 slots for researchers should be aged up to 40, hold a PhD or post-doctorate (completed or in progress) in any field of knowledge and be fluent in English. A letter of interest in English should be sent to one of the Ubias members from June 16, 2014. More information on the Intercontinental Academia can be requested on the program's website or contacting the hosts directly at ica_iea@usp.br.

February 2016

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March 2016

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April 2016

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May 2016

23rd Pacific Science Congress
"Science Towards Sustainability"

Date: 30 May - 3 June
Location:
Taipei, Taiwan
Venue:
Academia Sinica
Organized by: Academia Sinica and Pacific Science Association
Description: The 23rd Pacific Science Congress (PSC-23) will be held in Taipei from 30 May to 3 June 2016 at the campus of Academia Sinica, Taiwan's preeminent academic institution.

Planning for PSC-23 has begun and is proceeding smoothly. The official Congress website will be developed in early 2015; sub-themes, keynote speakers, agendas, and critical dates will be announced as they are established.

As always, PSA is strongly committed to ensuring that the Congress will be focused on 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.

June 2016

None yet listed. If you know of a science or social science conference or meeting either held in the Asia-Pacific, or directly related to the region, please contact us.

July 2016

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August 2016

None yet listed. If you know of a science or social science conference or meeting either held in the Asia-Pacific, or directly related to the region, please contact us.

September 2016

2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress
Date: 1 - 10 September 2016
Location:
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Venue:
Honolulu Convention Center
Organized by: IUCN, others TBD
Description: Held every four years, the World Conservation Congress brings together leaders from government, the public sector, non-governmental organizations, business, UN agencies and indigenous and grass-roots organizations to discuss and decide on solutions to the world’s most pressing environment and development challenges.

October 2016

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November 2016

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December 2016

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