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ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE STAR* SESSION 2011

The 2011 STAR (SOPAC's Science, Technology and Resources Network) Conference will be held in Nadi, Fiji from October 16th to 22nd, preceding the First SOPAC/SPC Division Meeting chaired by the Government of the Cook Islands. The overall theme of the Conference will be “Adaption to Climate Change and Environmental Change in the Pacific Islands”. As part of the meeting, a one-day joint STAR-Circum Pacific Council session on Seabed Minerals will be held on Monday 17th.

As is usual, papers on any theme related to Pacific geoscience in the region are welcomed and will be included in the STAR Programme if possible. All delegates are invited to make STAR presentations and also to participate in the STAR Working Groups which allow discussion of specialist topics and issues important to the region. It is the responsibility of the STAR Chair to formally report to the SPC/SOPAC Division Meeting on the STAR presentations in so far as they indicate new science and technical directions or have implications for the work of the SOPAC Division.

Those delegates who wish to make a presentation should indicate their intention on the Registration Form. Details of STAR themes and guidelines and working groups for the submission of STAR abstracts are available as a separate circular from the Chair of STAR, John Collen ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Abstracts should be sent by email in Word format to John Collen no later than 12th September 2011.

Space will be provided for poster displays, maps and other material relevant to the SOPAC Division's Work Programme. Slide and overhead projection facilities will be available for STAR presentations. Daily sessions will be held during the hours 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 17:30. Time will be made available in the evenings for presentations that may be longer than can be fitted into the main programme, or are on topics not directly related to the SOPAC Division's Work Programme.

A STAR Abstracts volume will be provided to all delegates at the start of the meeting.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 October 2011 15:49  

Newsflash

Dr. Russell Howorth has been elected Chairman of the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA).

With the election of Dr. Howorth, the Pacific continues to play a prominent role at ISA; its President, Peter Thomson, is Fiji’s permanent representative to the United Nations, while ISA’s first Secretary General, Satya Nand, is a former Fiji Ambassador.  Dr. Howorth is the Director of SOPAC, a division of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).

ISA was established by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and currently has 162 member states. It is an autonomous international organization, to which state parties to the Convention are given the responsibility of organising, controlling and administering the resources of the international seabed beyond the limits of national jurisdiction.

In his capacity as chairman of the Legal and Technical Commission, Dr. Howorth presides over a 25-member council that is entrusted with functions relating to activities in the international seabed.

Included in these are the review of applications for plans of work, supervision of exploration or mining activities and the assessment of the environmental impact of such activities.

The Commission also provides advice to the International Seabed Authority’s Assembly and Council on all matters relating to exploration and exploitation of non-living marine resources (such as polymetallic [manganese] nodules, polymetallic (sulphides and cobalt crusts).

While Dr. Howorth’s term on the Legal and Technical Commission is for five years, his chairmanship is for the coming year.