HomeActivities: SCA Conference Seventh Conference

Seventh Conference
June 14-16, 2007, Okinawa, Japan

Theme : Energy and Environment
Organized by : Science Council of Japan(SCJ)
*The SCA/PSA Joint Symposium was operated by the Science Council of Asia(SCA), the Pacific Science Association(PSA) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST) on 16 June, 2007

Seventh ConferenceThe conference was attended by nine member countries. As observers, representatives from five international, regional or national organizations participated in the conference. About 550 participants including the participants of the SCA/PSA Joint Symposium were attended the Conference.

At General Assembly I on June 14, three new SCA Joint Projects were proposed and authorized: "Genomics-based Comparative Analyses of Gene Expression of Wild Asian Honeybees for Improving European Domestic Honeybees" proposed by Dr. Kiyoshi Kimura, "Space and Lithosphere Environment Changes in Indonesia" proposed by Prof. Kiyofumi Yumoto and "Institutional Design of Global Information Commons for Asia" proposed by Prof. Shuichi Iwata. Prof. Mazlin Bin Mokhtar from the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Malaysia, gave a presentation at General Assembly I on "Sustainability Science for Sustainability Governance: A Study on Science-Governance Symbioses," a SCA Joint Project which is currently in progress.

After the deliberation including the discussion at the Informal Meetings, the 7th SCA Conference Joint Statements on "Energy and Environment" and "the Future of the SCA" were unanimously adopted.

The themes of the Parallel Session of SCA Joint Project Workshop held on June 15 are "Gender,"Aquatic Environment," "Natural Disasters" and "Ocean Security." The summary of each session was reported at the General Assembl II on the same day.

At the SCA / PSA Joint Symposium on June 16, after the opening remarks by Prof. Ichiro Kanazawa, President of the SCA / SCJ and Dr. Nancy Lewis, Secretary-General of the PSA, the congratulatory address by Mr. Hirokazu Nakaima, Governor of Okinawa Prefecture, and the introduction of the message from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino delivered a special address . This was followed by two keynote speeches by Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(IPCC), and by Prof. Leo Tan, President of the Singapore National Academy of Science

The themes of Panel Discussion Sessions are "Energy and Environment," "Education and Environment" and "Water Resources." The students of Okinawa Prefectural Miyako Agriculture and Forestry High School made a presentation entitled "Protecting the Life-sustaining Groundwater of Miyako Island: The Development of an Environmentally Friendly Organic Fertilizer utilizing Phosphorus Accumulated in the Soil" in the session on "Water Resources." The Symposium concluded with closing remarks by Prof. Ichiro Kanazawa, President of the SCA / SCJ.


 Chairperson’s Summary

Observers  (in alphabetical order)

  • International Council for Science(ICSU) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  • Pacific Science Association(PSA)
  • Qingdao Association for Science and Technology
  • UNESCO Office, Jakarta
  • United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies(UNU-IAS)
  • Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology(VAST)