The International Science Council (ISC) is partnering with the National University of Samoa, the Sasawaka Peace Foundation, and the Richard Lounsberry Foundation to bring together local scholars for a discussion and codesign of a possible science academy for the Pacific.
The Pacific island states constitute a region that lacks a formal academy of scholars and well-established connections to the worldwide scientific community, which limits the engagement and participation of local scholars in global scientific endeavours. At the same time, the Global South stands to be most impacted in the rapidly changing environment. Specifically, the Pacific Island states and territories, along with other Small Island Development States (SIDS), are particularly susceptible to climate-related hazards.
The ISC recognizes the need to assist science and scholarship in the Pacific and to support new academies of sciences in underserved regions. This meeting aims to facilitate these needed discussions to move forward with the idea of a regional academy for the Pacific.