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Report on the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress

The 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress (PSIC-12) was held from 8–12 July 2013 at the Laucala campus of the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. The PSIC-12 was a very successful meeting with excellent science, and was the third most well-attended Inter-Congress in PSA's history, attracting 632 registered participants from 51 countries. We congratulate our hosts at the University of the South Pacific for carrying out this very successful meeting, and thank them for their hard work, generosity, and hospitality.

The theme of the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress was: “Science for Human Security & Sustainable Development in the Pacific Islands and Rim”. The PSIC-12 included physical, biological, and social sciences and encompassed terrestrial, marine, atmospheric, and social/ cultural subjects and approaches in the Pacific Islands and Rim region. Inter-Congress sessions were organized on the PSIC-12’s sub-themes of “Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services & Resilient Societies”, “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Sustainable Development”, “Food, Water, Energy & Health”, “Society, Culture & Gender”, “Gov er nance, Economic Development & Public Policy”, “Climate Change & Impacts”, and “Oceans”.

The 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress was opened by the President of Fiji, His Excel -lency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who addressed the participants in the Opening Ceremony. Following welcome remarks by USP Vice-Chancellor and President Prof. Rajesh Chandra and by PSA President Dr. Nancy Lewis were three Plenary Addresses. Prof. Kiyoshi Kuro -kawa from the National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies (Japan) gave a talk on “Global Change, Human Security, and Sustainable Development in the Asia-Pacific”. Dr. Nordin Hasan from the International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific introduced the new ten year international research initiative, “Future Earth”. His Excellency Anote Tong, President of the Republic of Kiribati, was unable to attend in person but gave a videotaped address on “Climate Change and Human Security in the Pacific Islands”.

Keynote Speakers at the PSIC-12 included addresses from the following distinguished scholars: Prof. Prof. Hurriyet Babacan from the University of New England, Mr. Walter Echo-Hawk from Crowe and Dunleavy, Ms. Judith Francis from Science and Technology Policy Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, Prof. Elisabeth Holland [End Page 629] from the University of the South Pacific, Prof. Abtar Kaur from the Open University of Malaysia, Prof. Richard Kenchington from the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security at the University of Wollongong, and Prof. Dr. Dieter Mueller-Dombois from the University of Hawaii - Manoa.

The 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress included 332 papers and presentations in the seven sub-theme sessions and twenty special events. Special events included special sessions, panels, special symposia, workshops, webinars, and side events on: “Future Earth: A New Inter na -tional Research Initiative on Global Change”, “Natural Solutions: Building Resilience For a Changing Pacific”, “National Violence Against Women in the Pacific: from Data to Action”, “Fragility versus Resilience in Pacific Ecosystems under Global Change: A PABITRA Per -spective”, “Australia and the Pacific Islands”, “Sustainable Aquaculture”, “Ciguatera Fish Poisoning in the Pacific”, “Education, Science, Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century”, “Natural Hazards and Vulnerability”, “Oceans and Nations: Failed States and the Envi ron -ment in the Pacific”, “Women, Science and Human Security”, “Introduction to ECOPAS & Its Focus on the Human Dimension of Climate Change in the Pacific”, “Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA) Network Tok Story”, “Connecting Biodiversity Collections in the Pacific: Digitization Through DNA Barcoding and Informatics”, “Sustainably Transforming Learning and Teaching through ICTs”, “Climate Change and Health in the Pacific”, “Risk Management and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Coastal Eco -systems”, “Ecological Climate Diagrams”, “Governance and Delivery of Primary Education in Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa and Solomon Islands: Initial Learnings from the Field”, and “Pacific Solution Exchange (PSE): 30-minute Information and Interactive Planning”.

The Pacific Science Association would like to thank the Government of Fiji for its support of the Inter-Congress, and to His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, President of Fiji. We send our deep thanks to the Plenary Speakers, Professor Kiyoshi Kurokawa from the National Graduate Research...


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