9th IOC/WESTPAC International Scientific Symposium

From April 22nd to 25th 2014, the Institute of Oceanography under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology coordinated with the Vietnam intergovernmental oceanographic committee and IOC/WESTPAC to organize the 9th IOC/WESTPAC International Scientific Symposium.

The event drew the participation of Prof. Wendy Watson-Wright, Management Secretary of the International Oceanographic Committee (IOC) and Vice General Director of UNESCO; Prof. Chau Van Minh, Party Central Committee member, President of VAST; Prof. Tran Son Hai, Vice Chairman of Khanh Hoa Provincial People’s Committee, among many others.

520 scientists, managers and activists in the field of marine research from 21 nations, including 13 countries and territories in the Western Pacific and other countries such as Great Britain, India, Bangladesh, Germany, Iran, US, France and Yemen, attended the symposium.

Prof. Chau Van Minh, VAST President addressed the symposium

ioc1Prof. Chau Van Minh, VAST President presented souvenirs to Prof. Wendy Watson-Wright Management Secretary of the International Oceanography Committee (IOC) and Vice General Director of UNESCO

Under the theme “A healthy ocean for prosperity in the western Pacific: Scientific challenges and possible solutions”, the symposium was held to mark the 25th founding anniversary of IOC/WESTPAC. The event aimed to examine achievements in marine sciences over the last 25 years, advance marine scientific knowledge, and catalyse multi- and cross-disciplinary collaboration towards the improvement in management practices and decision-making processes for sharing the wealth of the ocean to benefit all. It was also a bridge for scientists, particularly younger attendees, for cooperation in upcoming scientific research.

To encourage young scientists, the symposium organizing board sponsored participant expenditure for 50 domestic and foreign scientists. The symposium commenced with an opening ceremony. Further activities included; an overall meeting and formation of 14 sub committees with three main themes, including understanding Ocean Processes in the Indo- Pacific Region; Ensuring Marine Biodiversity, Food Safety and Security; Maintenance of Ocean Health; and several newly raised and inter-sector issues. Six key notes were presented at the opening ceremony and the overall meeting; 386 reports were presented during the symposium, including 210 by subcommittees and 176 by posters. There were nine topic seminars together with subcommittees and four other events such as workshops and training courses before and after the symposium.

At the symposium, the IOC/WESTPAC organization presented the “WESTPAC Outstanding Scientist Award 2014” to five scientists for great contribution to regional scientific development, including Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sc. Nguyen Tac An from Vietnam. Among the reports presented at the event, the Steering Committee for International Science and subcommittees selected five young scientists to receive the “WESTPAC Best Young Scientist Award 2014”, including one Vietnamese young scientist.

A particularly noteworthy action of the symposium was the formation of a forum of presidents. This first holding of the Presidential Forum directed academies, institutions, schools and agencies in the region to build and improve cooperation networking, exchange cooperation trends and challenges in science and technology, and to promote regional activities towards IOC objectives. All 20 academy presidents took part in the forum and signed a common declaration on the necessity of orientation towards the establishment of ocean services and observation networks in the Western Pacific.

The symposium said that this was the most significant seminar in IOC/WESTPAC history, breaking records in the number of participants, and that it was the most important event to mark the 25th founding anniversary of IOC/WESTPAC. The event organization, role, responsibility and capacity of Vietnam in the field of oceanography in the region and in the world is highly appreciated by international organizations and friends. The event’s success was also an important progression towards a better future of WESTPAC and IOC.

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Tranlated by Tuyet Nhung

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