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  • Association Affairs
  • Pacific Science Association


PSA Extraordinary Executive Board Meeting

The PSA convened an Extraordinary Executive Board Meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam on 11-13 May 2005. The purpose of the PSA meeting, which was held in conjunction with the Science Council of Asia (SCA) Annual Conference, was to: provide an update on PSA activities since the Bangkok Congress and to advise the Board of new and planned PSA initiatives; solicit the Board's input on a revised Strategic Plan for PSA and for the re-vitalization of PSA Task Forces and Committees; and discuss and plan for the upcoming 21st PSA Congress to be held in Okinawa, Japan in June 2007.

Present at the Board Meeting were PSA President Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Secretary General and Treasurer Dr. Nancy Lewis, Board Members Dr. Chang-Hung Chou and Dr. Hong Sung-Chick. Also in attendance were PSA Executive Secretary John Burke Burnett, and invited guests Dr. Keiichi Omoto (PSA Council Representative, Japan), Dr. Valentin Sergienko (PSA Council Representative and Chairman of the Russian Academy of Sciences-Far Eastern Branch [RAS-FEB]), Dr. Oleg Shcheka (RAS-FEB), and Dr. Makoto Tsuchiya (University of the Ryukyus, and designated organizer of 2007 Pacific Science Congress).

2007 Pacific Science Congress

The 21st Pacific Science Congress will be held 12-16 June 2007 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The Congress will be hosted by the University of the Ryukyus and co-sponsored by the Science Council of Japan. The PSA Secretariat is currently soliciting input from PSA Task Forces and committees on session themes and speakers. The first circulars announcing the 2007 Congress will be sent in mid-2005.

Science Council of Asia (SCA) Conference

PSA President Kiyoshi Kurokawa (also SCA Secretary General), PSA Secretary General Nancy Lewis and PSA Executive Secretary Burke Burnett represented the Pacific Science Association at the 5th Science Council of Asia Conference "Bioscience and biotechnology for sustainable development: the future of the Asian economy" held at the Hanoi Daewoo Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam, 11-13 May 2005. The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and co-organized by the Science Council of Japan. [End Page 615]

The conference consisted of Board meetings, the General Assembly of the Science Council of Asia and three scientific symposia that were open to the public. The first symposium, "Bioscience for Environment and Agriculture", was chaired by Dr. Le Tran Binh, Director of Biotechnology Institute, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, and Dr. Ryuichi Ishii, member of the Science Council of Japan and Professor, College of Bioresource Science at Nihon University. A keynote lecture on "Bioscience for Environment and Agriculture" was delivered by Dr. Tin Wee Tan, Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Biotechnology, Singapore and rotating Chairman of the ASEAN Committee on Science and Technology (COST). This was followed by three invited lectures, "Biotechnology Contributes to the Agriculture and Environment in Japan" by Professor Dr. Ichiro Kajiura, member of the Science Council of Japan and Director General of the National Institute of Fruit Tree Science; "The Scope of Biotechnology in Agriculture and Rural Development in Asia" by Professor Sudanrshan Iyengar, Director, Centre for Social Studies, Surat, India; and "The Chinese Eco-Agriculture: Development Strategies, Typical Models and Eco-Technologies" by Dr. Wu Wenliang, Director, Division of Teaching Affairs, China Agricultural University and Director, Agro-Ecology Institute of China.

The second symposium focused on "Bioscience for Health", chaired by Professor Hoang Thuy Long, Former Director, National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) and current Vice-Chairman of the Council of Science and Technology, Ministry of Health, Vietnam, and Dr. Sang Dai Park, member of the National Academy of Sciences, Korea and Chairman, Korea Research Council of Science and Technology. Professor Dr. Brandon Wainwright, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Australia, delivered the keynote address, "New Genetic Paradigms in the Post-Genomic Era", followed by two invited lectures, "Application of Biotechnology in Vaccine Production and Development in Vietnam" by Dr. Nguyen Thu Van, Director of Vaccine Production Company, Vietnam, and "Healthcare in the Era of Genomic Medicine" by Professor Dr. Yoichi Matsubara, member of the Science Council of Japan and Professor, Tohoku University.

The third symposia concerned SCA Joint Projects, chaired by Dr...


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