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  • Association Affairs

News and Updates

1. Future Earth

“Future Earth” is a new 10-year international research initiative coordinated by the International Council for Science (ICSU), and comprised of ICSU, the International Social Sciences Council (ISSC), Belmont Forum, UNESCO, UNEP, United Nations University (UNU), and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) that seeks to mobilize scientists and other stake-holders to develop knowledge, options, and solutions to effectively respond to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and for supporting transformation towards global sustainability. PSA is actively contributing to regional discussions of Future Earth, and PSA President Nancy Lewis will represent the organization at the ICSU-ROAP Future Earth Regional Workshop for Asia and the Pacific in Kuala Lumpur, from 21–23 November 2012.

2. Call for Symposium and Abstracts for the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress

Researchers and students are invited to submit symposia proposals and/or abstracts for the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress (PSIC-12). Please see News item #2 below for a list of sub-themes. Also note that other themes may be developed based on submission of relevant abstracts, and that side meetings either before or after the Inter-Congress are encouraged.

  • Symposia proposals are now being accepted via an online form at the official website (

  • Abstracts for oral or poster presentations are now being accepted on the official Inter-Congress website (

  • Both session proposals and abstracts should be submitted by 31 January 2013 via the official Inter-Congress website using the provided template.

  • Side meetings by relevant institutions are also encouraged. Please contact the Local Organizing Committee for more details.

Registration for the PSIC-12 is now open. Please visit to register. Note that the registration rates are all in Fiji Dollars but their USD $ equivalents are listed in the chart below. Note that because of additional sources of external funding we have been able to offer lower rates than those published in the last issue of Pacific Science. [End Page 135]

PSA Members Non-PSA Members Students/Science Teachers
$310 $380 $365 $435 $100 $125

Other rates, including Accompanying Person and Onsite Registration Fees, are listed on the official Inter-Congress website (

3. Themes and Details for the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress

The main theme and subthemes of the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress have been finalized. The focus of the 12th Inter-Congress includes physical, biological, and social sciences and encompasses terrestrial, marine, atmospheric, and social/cultural subjects and approaches in the Pacific Islands and Rim region.

PSIC-12 will be held at the campus of the meeting’s hosts, University of the South Pacific (USP), in Suva, Fiji from 8–12 July 2013. The over-arching theme of “Science for Human Security & Sustainable Development in the Pacific Islands and Rim”. The subthemes of the meeting are:

  • Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Resilient Societies

    • ~ Biodiversity

    • ~ Landscape Ecology

    • ~ Ecosystem Services & Coupled Human-Natural Systems

    • ~ Applied Biotechnology & Biomimetics

    • ~ Bioinformatics & Genomics

    • ~ Museums & Data for Natural Resource Management</list>

  • Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development

    • ~ Distance Learning

    • ~ Tele-Medicine

    • ~ Online Science: How Web 2.0 Will Change Publishing, Collaboration, Communication, and Funding

    • ~ Science Communication & Data Visualization

      ~ Bridging Science and Society

  • Food, Water, Energy, and Health

    • ~ Food Security in Island States

    • ~ Water Resource Management

    • ~ Access to Green Energy in Island States

    • ~ Improving Health Care in Remote and Less Developed Areas

    • ~ Emerging & Infectious Diseases

  • Society, Culture, and Gender

    • ~ Capacity Building for Development and Human Security

    • ~ Performing Arts and Maintaining Cultural Traditions and Resources

    • ~ Gender and Human Security

    • ~ Women and Science [End Page 136]

  • Governance, Economic Development and Public Policy

    • ~ Policy for Human Security

    • ~ Growing Sustainable Economies

    • ~ Regional Economic Integration

    • ~ Building More Effective Governance Structures

    • ~ Microfinance

    • ~ Natural Hazards and Disaster Management

  • Climate Change and Impacts

    • ~ The State of Climate Research

    • ~ Climate Change Adaptation

    • ~ Coastal Zone Management

  • Oceans

    • ~ Coral Reefs

    • ~ Fisheries

    • ~ Deep Sea Mineral Utilization

    • ~ Disaster Management

    • ~ Natural Hazards

Critical dates for the Fiji Inter-Congress are:

31 January 2013

  • • Deadline for Abstract Submission

  • • Early Bird Registration closes

31 March...


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