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pacific science association

The Pacific Science Association concentrates its efforts on promoting the contributions of science and technology to human progress in the Pacific. The PSA has task forces working on the regional aspects of such issues as global environmental change, population growth and resource management, biodiversity, globalization, and natural disaster reduction and mitigation. BISO encourages greater coordination with interagency and intergovernmental bodies on these initiatives, strengthening the leadership and platform of PSA in contributing to the intergovernmental forums, and strategic planning to build human and fiscal resources.


Book by PSA Science Communication Working Group: "Communicating Science to the Public: Opportunities and Challenges for the Asia-Pacific Region"
"Communicating Science to the Public: Opportunities and Challenges for the Asia-Pacific Region," authored by PSA Science Communication Working Group leaders Prof. Leo Tan and Prof. R. Subramaniam (Singapore National Academy of Sciences), explores effective approaches for communicating science to the public in developing countries. The book features 17 chapters representing the efforts of 23 authors from eight countries: Australia, Bangladesh, India, Ireland, New Zealand, USA, Singapore and South Africa.
The book highlights many of the challenges that science communicators, science policy makers, science teachers, and university academics in the sciences face in their attempts to boost science literacy levels in their countries. The book also shares some best practices from the developed world.  The book was supported by the Pacific Science Association, and contains a Foreword by PSA Past President Nancy Lewis.

23rd Pacific Science Congress
The 23rd Pacific Science Congress (PSC-23) was held at Academica Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. The theme of the Congress was “Science Towards Sustainability.  The National Academy of Sciences was represented by Kevin Johnson (University of Hawaii at Manoa), and Nancy Lewis Davis (East-West Center). 

Highlights from the Congress include:
- Gordon McBean, ICSU president, gave a keynote address.  He observed that PSA can serve as a model where the natural and social sciences work together to address scientific and societal problems.
-  Future Earth was prominently featured in several dedicated sessions.  PSA and its officers are strongly committed to engaging the organization and countries in the Pacific Rim/Oceania region in Future Earth’s activities and efforts.
-  Kevin Johnson was elected as the new PSA Secretary-General.  He had been nominated by BISO.
-  New Zealand rejoined PSA, and efforts are being made to reengage Canada and Australia.

PSA Congresses and Inter-Congresses
In general, PSA holds a Pacific Science Congress every four years. 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 scheduled 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

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1639931. 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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