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I. Call for Session Proposals

The 22nd Pacific Science Congress Organizing Committee is announcing a call for sessions. Proposers should consider whether their session would best be organized as a symposium or a workshop.

If you would like to propose a session, please fill out the requested information below, and email to: Mr. Nasaruddin Rahman ( The deadline for submitting session proposals will be posted on the official Congress website ( and on the PSA website (

The Congress will be held 13–17 June 2011 in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is organized by the Malaysian Academy of Science (ASM), the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC), the ICSU Regional Office for Asia Pacific, and the Pacific Science Association. Supporting organizations include the University of Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, and Universiti Putra Malaysia. Details on session planning and a call for submissions will be announced in the First Circular, and on the PSA and official Congress websites ( in early 2010.

The overall theme of the PSC-22 is: “Asia Pacific Science in the 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change & Globalisation”. Subthemes of the Congress are:

  1. 1. Energy for Sustainable Development

  2. 2. Large Marine Ecosystems

  3. 3. Water Resources

  4. 4. Sustainable Development

  5. 5. Food Systems

  6. 6. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

  7. 7. Ecological Economics

  8. 8. Health Challenges: Globalization, Urbanization, and Emerging Diseases

  9. 9. Forces of Nature: Reducing Vulnerability to Natural Hazards

  10. 10. Social Change and Globalization

  11. 11. Science Education, Capacity, and Communication

  12. 12. Climate Change [End Page 353]

  13. 13. Marine Biotechnology

  14. 14. Ocean Acidification

  15. 15. Coral Reefs

Proposers should prepare a one-page summary of their proposed session that includes the following:

  1. a. Specify symposia or workshop topic.

  2. b. Provide a title of proposed session.

  3. c. Provide the objectives of the proposed session.

  4. d. Provide the names and contact information for committed conveners (symposia) or leaders (workshops). Note that it is highly recommended that at least 2 leaders (or a convener and co-convener) be committed for each symposia/workshop, and that they be from different countries. We also encourage cross-disciplinary session ideas, although this is not required.

  5. e. Provide a proposed list of session speakers and potential paper titles.

  6. f. A one paragraph justification and brief description of the symposia or workshop.

  7. g. Time requested. Specify the amount of time needed for the symposia or workshop.

  8. h. Name, affiliation, and tentative title for each invited speaker. Each presenting author must register and pay registration fees (by date in 2011 to be determined).

  9. i. Anticipated outcomes of the symposia or workshop. Please provide a short description of anticipated outcomes from the proposed symposia or workshop. Note that symposia are expected to produce publishable proceedings, and workshops to produce publishable summaries or recommendations.

Please note that the sessions should broadly match one of the above subthemes. Other suggested symposia and workshops are also welcome, and will be considered by the Organizing Committee. Depending on what is proposed you may be asked to combine with another related subtheme or session.

Please note the following:

  • • Symposia will be expected to produce publishable proceedings. Workshops will be asked to produce publishable summaries or recommendations.

  • • Even if you have already verbally notified the PSC-22 Organizing Committee that you would be willing to convene a session (i.e. symposia or workshop), you must fill out and send this information in order for it to be formally recognized.

  • • The PSC-22 Organizers will try to accommodate all appropriate session requests, but available time slots are limited.

  • • It is expected that conveners or leaders will:

    1. a

      Coordinate all aspects of the symposium or workshop that they propose, including:

      • • basic scheduling of presentations and discussion periods;

      • • review (and revision, as need be) of abstracts; and

      • • selection of and communication with invited speakers, including communicating with session participants to help ensure they are registered and paid before the announced deadlines (dates in 2011 to be determined).

    2. b For symposia that might result in publication(s), conveners should work with PSC...


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