Dear PSC Participants and Friends,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, I would like to cordially invite you to attend the 23rd Pacific Science Congress (PSC-23), scheduled to take place from June 13 to 17, 2016, at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. This Congress is a joint effort of Academia Sinica and the Pacific Science Association (PSA). The principal theme of the Congress is “Science, Technology and Innovation: Building a Sustainable Future in Asia and the Pacific”.

PSC-23 provides an interdisciplinary platform of exchanging ideas for scientists focusing on issues particularly important to the Asia Pacific region. It is aimed at the merging of science, technology and innovation. The program was thus designed in such a way as to provide the maximal opportunities for scientists to present research findings, to assess and prioritize issues for further research, to bring together scientists from remote states, to catalyze international and cross disciplinary collaboration, and to announce and establish new research initiatives. The session formats of the 23rd Pacific Science Congress will consist of oral presentation, workshop, panel discussion and poster session. The issues for discussion range from Climate Change and Earth System Sciences, Biodiversity and Natural Resources, Food/Water/Energy, Human Health, Human Diversity and Inclusive Development, Disaster Risk Reduction, to Science for Building Green Society, and Emerging Technologies. I believe the Congress will be stimulating and rewarding for all participants through discussions, deliberations, and the sharing of knowledge and experience.

The Conference information including program-at-a-glance, visa information, registration and hotel reservation is available now. You are cordially invited to join us at the PSC-23 by registering through our on-line system.

Taipei is one of the most fascinating and dynamic cities in Asia. And the weather in June is agreeable and pleasant. We look forward to welcoming you in the warm sunshine of early summer in Taipei. Should you have any questions regarding the Congress, please do not hesitate to contact our Secretariat at : .

With best regards,

Chi-Huey Wong
Chi-Huey Wong, Ph.D.
Chair, Local Organizing Committee
Pacific Science Congress
President Emeritus
Academia Sinica

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 23rd Pacific Science Congress. I join my colleagues and our hosts from the Academia Sinica, Taipei in welcoming you to the Congress website and I hope many of you will join us June 13-17, 2016 for Science, Technology and Innovation: Building a Sustainable Future in Asia and the Pacific.  The 23rd Pacific Science Congress promises to be a very timely and exciting conference at a time when the Asia Pacific region is embracing the post-2015 development agenda, Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Global Action.  The Pacific Science Association was founded as an interdisciplinary organization 96 years ago to promote the study of natural, social and cultural phenomena in Asia and the Pacific. Over the course of that period humans’ impact on our global home has accelerated in ways that challenge its sustainability. At the same time, the Asia Pacific region has emerged as the most dynamic part of the world. The human community faces extraordinarily complicated challenges in terms of development, human security and environmental sustainability and we are facing them with the added threat of climate change.

The themes of this Congress were designed to consider key aspects of global sustainability:

  1. Understanding and Addressing Environmental Challenges 
    1. Climate Change and Earth System Science
    2. Biodiversity and Natural Resources
    3. Food/Water/Energy
  2. Tackling Human and Social Changes
    1. Human Health
    2. Human Diversity and Inclusive Development
    3. Disaster Risk Reduction
  3. Connecting Science for Society: Building Green Societies
    1. Science for Society: Building Sustainable Societies
    2. Emerging Technologies

These topics address the core issues of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. With the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defining our task, the scientific community must play a pivotal role in finding innovative, sustainable solutions to the complex issues that we face. It must not only provide rigorous analysis of the problems in their own right, but also help to measure our success in tackling them. As scientists, we must work with policy makers and other stakeholders to understand the issues and how they are inter-related, and thereby engaging the insights of not only natural science but also social science and the humanities to achieve sustainable development.  We must embrace an overarching principle of the SDGs – the commitment to tackle poverty by addressing issues of economic development in a way that is both socially just and environmentally sustainable.

The PSA and its Taskforce on Human Resources for the Future is committed to promoting the participation of women, youth and other underrepresented groups in Asia Pacific science. As I reviewed the 23rd Congress program I was very pleased to note that there are four sessions addressing gender, and two more that address diversity more generally. As we work towards achieving the new SDGs we cannot ignore the human resource potential of half our global population. There are strong equity and human rights arguments for enhancing women’s participation in STI, and from a pragmatic perspective we need women’s capabilities, life experiences, perspectives and numbers to face these global challenges.

As the Pacific Science Association approaches its 100th anniversary, PSA will continue to work towards women’s engagement in science. It will build upon the Association’s interdisciplinary roots, strive to become more transdisciplinary by engaging with a broader array of stakeholders, including policy makers, and embrace science for society to improve both the environment and the quality of life of the region’s people. I look forward to participating with you in the 23rd Pacific Science Congress and gaining greater insight on how we can further the newly adopted international development agenda, Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Global Action in the Asia Pacific region.

With warm regards,

Nancy D. Lewis


Nancy D. Lewis
Pacific Science Association

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