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STAR 2011

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

Kia Orana and Salutations:

Delegates representing Members of the SPC
Director General of the SPC, Dr Jimmie Rodgers
Director of the SOPAC Division, Dr Russell Howorth
Members of the STAR scientific and technical network
Representatives of partner and donor organisations
SPC Staff
Friends

I must say from the outset that Noumea occupies a special place in my heart and it’s a great pleasure to return to be among friends from around the region, and to be a guest of Director General Dr. Jimmie Rodgers.  

The only down-side is that this visit has to be a very brief one as I must return home to Parliamentary duties.  But it’s great to be back and to be included in this week’s organised gatherings of esteemed representatives from around the Pacific and beyond.

Following the STAR Network Meeting address yesterday, my pleasure doubles this morning in providing a few welcome remarks and a short Outgoing Chair's Address for this opening plenary session of the Second Meeting of the SPC Applied Geoscience and Technology Division – more commonly referred to – as SOPAC.

It is pleasing to welcome delegates representing most of the SPC Members here today. I also extend a welcome to all those delegates representing partners and donors that provide the support, including financial resources for the Division to carry out its extensive work programme.  In particular, I recognise the Chair of STAR, Professor John Collen and his colleagues from the Science, Technology and Resources (STAR) Network.  

Thank you for the privilege of addressing the STAR Meeting last evening.  I’ve noted that some 40 scientific and technical papers were presented over the course of the 2-day meeting.  

Likewise Professor Gary Greene, Chair of the Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Group (PMEG), who are drawn from the STAR Network to provide for Members the invaluable independent annual ongoing overview of the Division and its work.

I am aware you have been carrying out your monitoring and evaluation over the past week with staff at the Division Offices in Suva and here in Noumea amongst the Members.  On behalf of the Members, I extend to your team our sincere appreciation.