The Conference for Science & Technology for Sustainable Development hosted by the National University of Samoa (NUS) in partnership with the South Pacific Regional Environmental Program (SPREP) was held this week at NUS. The Conference began on 22 November for 3 days.

This auspicious conference aims to promote research in Science and Technology, and provide a platform to bring together scientists, researchers and experts in the Pacific to share and profile their research regarding sustainable development in their respective fields.

According to the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Dr Patila Amosa, the conference is not just about building networks with overseas and external participants, it is also about sharing of research findings and exchanging of ideas. Dr Amosa also added that within this forum, there would be postgraduate students from the NUS who would be presenting on their research. Dr Amosa said “I believe this is an important avenue for NUS students to learn from, particularly those planning to pursue further studies, as well as giving them confidence to present to a wider academic audience.”

Caption: Conference participants group photo during the opening day. (photo credit: NUS Media and Journalism)

The information shared within this forum, is not only for academic purpose, but also useful for the Samoan community at large for their awareness and understanding. “We have research presentations on projects carried out in Samoa such as the study along Vaiusu Bay which assessed impacts of human activities on the coastal resources. This information may help communities control the activities along those areas particularly to reduce pollution,” she said.

This was further echoed by Mr Roger Cornforth, Acting Director General for SPREP who said, “this Conference provides an important opportunity for people not just scientists and students to be able to understand some of the knowledge which drives our decision making around the things that are really important for us and for the future”. Mr Cornforth went on to say that the Conference touches upon a lot of environmental issues which are aligned with SPREP’s core focus, particularly in ensuring sustainable development and providing awareness.

The Conference will end on Friday November 24th 2017.
  

 
 
 
 

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