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U.S. National Committee for PSA

The National Academy of Sciences is the U.S. adhering body of the Pacific Science Association (PSA) and it maintains this relationship through the U.S. National Committee (USNC)/PSA. The PSA is a regional non-governmental, scholarly organization that advances science, technology, and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region by actively promoting interdisciplinary and international meetings, research, and collaboration.


23rd Pacific Science Congress: June 13–17, 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan
The USNC/PSA is pleased to share that the 23rd Pacific Science Congress (PSC-23) will be held in Taiwan in June 2016. Academia Sinica, the preeminent academic institution in Taiwan, whose mission is to promote and undertake scholarly research in sciences and the humanities, is the official conference host. The proposed theme of the Congress is “Science Towards Sustainability.” The Congress's sub-themes are currently under discussion. For more information, please consult the PSA website.


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

"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 on the Barcode of Life website.  

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.


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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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