23rd Pacific Science Congress
The 23rd Pacific Science Congress (PSC-23) was held at Academica Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan on June 13-17, 2016. 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).
While PSA had originally planned to have a 2-day “Becoming the Messenger” science communication workshop immediately prior to the Congress, this had to be postponed. PSA still plans to hold such the workshop in the future, but no date or place has been selected.
Highlights from the Congress include:
- Gordon McBean, ICSU president, gave a keynote address. He observed that as ICSU continues conversations with the International Social Science Council (ISSC) regarding a possible merger, PSA can serve as a model where the natural and social sciences are already working 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.
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 President Nancy Lewis.