NATION

USP to Lead Regional Dialogue in October

A bi-regional dialogue, led by the University of the South Pacific together with the Institute of Research and Development, will be held on December 9 and 10 in Auckland. This
03 Oct 2014 10:11
USP to Lead Regional Dialogue in October

A bi-regional dialogue, led by the University of the South Pacific together with the Institute of Research and Development, will be held on December 9 and 10 in Auckland.

This is after successful discussions took place during the Bremen Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (PACE-Net) Plus Conference held earlier this month.

Seven representatives from the USP and experts from around the world participated in the discussions.

The experts identified priority areas for future joint research co-operation between the South Pacific and the European region to address global challenges, funding options and potential partners.

Associate Professor Bibhya Sharma said the priority areas were then discussed in three think-tanks which were focused on the following:

– Tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs): Lifestyle options for improved nutrition and well-being;

– Exploring the convergence of science and traditional knowledge in aqua and agriculture for sustainable, healthy living in the 21st century; and

-Enhancing community resilience: managing environment, water and wastes under a changing climate.

PACE-Net Plus supports the European Union (EU)-Pacific policy dialogue and co-operation for addressing a number of major societal challenges: health, food and nutrition security, climate change and the environment.

“It seeks to promote the implementation of joint activities, to support innovation, and strengthen Pacific-EU research and co-operation partnerships,” Professor Sharma said.

He said 15 innovative projects and interesting leads were proposed at the conference.

“USP has proposed to co-ordinate a number of these projects, work with potential partners on some exciting leads and also be a collaborating partner as a representative from the Pacific in almost all of other projects.”

Feedback: farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fijisun E-edition
Total Excellium
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper