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PSA Congresses and Inter-Congresses

Every four years the PSA holds a Pacific Science Congress. Themes for Congresses tend to be broadly based, touching on all regions of the Pacific and many facets of science and technology. View a complete list of PSA Congresses and Inter-Congresses.

Past Pacific Science Congresses:

  • 23rd Pacific Science Congress, Taipei, Taiwan, 2016
    Theme: Science Towards Sustainability
  • 22nd Pacific Science Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2011
    Theme: Asia-Pacific Science in the 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change and Globalization        
  • 21st Pacific Science Congress, Okinawa, Japan, 2007
    Theme: Diversity and Change: Challenges and Opportunities for Managing Natural and Social Systems in the Asia-Pacific Download the U.S. Delegation report on the 2007 Congress (48 KB PDF)
  • 20th Pacific Science Congress, Bangkok, Thailand, 2003
    Theme: Science and Technology for Healthy Environments

Pacific Science Inter-Congresses are held between congresses. They are generally schedule in the middle year between Congresses, but there have been exceptions. Compared to the Congresses, Inter-Congresses tend to have a more narrow theme and may be sub-regional in focus. View a complete list of PSA Congresses and Inter-Congresses.

Past Pacific Science Inter-Congresses:

  • 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress, Suva, Fiji, 2013
    Theme: Science for Human Security and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
  • 11th Pacific Science Inter-Congress,Tahiti, French Polynesia, 2009
    Theme: Pacific Countries and their Ocean: Facing Local and Global Changes
  • 10th Pacific Science Inter-Congress, Mangilao, Guam, USA, 2001
    Theme: The Integration of Natural and Social Sciences in the New Pacific Millennium
12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress
The 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress was held in July 2013 at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. The theme, Human Security in the Pacific, 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.

"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 C
ollection Digitization, chaired by Beth Mantle, CSIRO, and DNA Barcoding, chaired by David Schindel, CBOL, Smithsonian Institution.
Information on the symposium/workshop can be found on the Barcode of Life website.  

22nd Pacific Science Congress
22nd PSA Congress

At the 2011 Pacific Science Association’s (PSA) Council meeting, Nancy Davis Lewis, East-West Center, University of Hawaii, was elected PSA President. The council met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during the 22nd PSA Congress.
The June 2011 Congress, which had the theme “Meeting the Challenges of Global Change,” 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.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number IIA-1332689. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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