12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress
The 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress was held at the campus of the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji from 8 - 12 July 2013. The theme of the Fiji Inter-Congress was "Human Security in the Pacific". The theme reflected the UNDP 1994 Human Development Report's support for an expansion of the definition of human security to include threats in seven areas: economic security, food security, health security, environmental security, personal security, community security, and political security. For more information, please visit the Congress website. Information copied from pacificscience.org.
"Connecting Biodiversity Collections in the Pacific: Digitization through DNA Barcoding and Informatics"
At the 12th Pacific Science Association Inter-Congress, the Consortium for the Barcode of Life (CBOL) at the Smithsonian Institution and CSIRO in Canberra, Australia co-organizers a full-day symposium/workshop on "Connecting Biodiversity Collections in the Pacific: Digitization through DNA Barcoding and Informatics".
The sessions were:
- Collection digitization, chaired by Beth Mantle, CSIRO
- DNA barcoding, chaired by David Schindel, CBOL, Smithsonian Institution
Information on the symposium/workshop can be found at http://connect.barcodeoflife.net/events/psa12.
22nd Pacific Science Congress
The Pacific Science Association’s (PSA) Council met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the 22nd PSA Congress. Nancy Davis Lewis, from the East-West Center, was elected President at the meeting.
The theme of the Congress, held June 14-17 2011, was “Meeting the Challenges of Global Change.” The meeting featured programs of the PSA, the ICSU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and the Academy of Sciences of Malaysia. These included global climate change, hazard reduction, and health and wellbeing. Several prominent Malaysian government representatives participated in the meeting. For more information, please visit the Congress website.
U.S. delegates to the Congress included David Schindel, Smithsonian Institution; Curtis Daehler, University of Hawaii at Manoa; and Barbara Thiers, New York Botanical Garden. Karumuna Kaijage and Kathie Bailey Mathae attended representing the National Academy of Sciences. Burke Burnett from the Bishop Museum serves as PSA Executive Secretary.
The USNC for the Pacific Science Association provided travel grants to three graduate students. Congratulations go to Michelle Gaither, Iria Fernandez-Silva, and Derek Skillings.