Title: The Pacific Science Association: more than eight decades of science in and of the Pacific

Authors: R. Gerard Ward, Nancy Davis Lewis

Addresses: The Pacific Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200, Australia. ' Research Program, East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848, USA

Abstract: The Pacific Science Association (PSA), which is dedicated to the science of and in the Pacific, is the oldest Asia-Pacific regional inter-disciplinary science association. The PSA has been an influential organisation in the region over the course of its eight decade history. It has also served as a seedbed for other organisations and projects. The changing contexts of the late 20th century posed challenges for the PSA as they did for other scientific organisations. The complexity of current demographic, environmental and development concerns demands inter-disciplinary approaches to contemporary challenges. The PSA, an inter-disciplinary organisation from its inception, must review its mission, address its policy relevance, adopt new communication strategies and become a scientific resource for the future.

Keywords: Pacific Science Association; PSA; regional science organisations; changing conditions; scientific collaboration; science and public policy; scientific academies; Asia-Pacific region; inter-disciplinary science.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2009.022677

International Journal of Technology Management, 2009 Vol.46 No.1/2, pp.83 - 96

Published online: 25 Jan 2009 *

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