Pacific academy of sciences

Pacific Island states and territories are particularly vulnerable to climate-related hazards, but their involvement in scientific research remains limited due to various historical and structural factors. The region lacks a scholarly institution of its own to support science and science practitioners and promote an evidence-based Pacific voice in international fora. The establishment of a Pacific academy of sciences could help address these issues.

Background 

Scholarly academies play a critical role in supporting scholarly activity, national development, and curating knowledge. As the world faces multiple challenges reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals and the SAMOA Pathway, the importance of science and actionable knowledge in addressing these challenges is increasingly recognized.  

The scholarly ecosystem is complex, involving knowledge generators (primarily universities and research institutes), knowledge synthesizers (primarily universities and academies) and knowledge brokers (academies and advisory mechanisms). In many countries, academies offer a vital interdisciplinary mechanism to provide evidence-based advice to publics and the policy community. The proposed Pacific academy could play this role for the region. 

Recognizing the need to assist science and scholarship in the Pacific and to support new academies of sciences in underserved regions, the ISC attracted initial funding and support to launch the process through a reginal consultation with Pacific scholars, funders and decision-makers. 

Following the success of the event and an overwhelming support for the Pacific academy, the ISC continued to facilitate the efforts to establish the Academy through the Regional Focal point for Asia and the Pacific.  

Activities and impact 

Pacific Academy Fact Sheet

Pacific Academy of Sciences Fact Sheet

Answers frequently asked questions about what a Pacific academy of aciences will look like and how it will be managed.

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