The PACE-Net Plus bi-regional platform was hosted by The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) with the theme “Moving towards a high-level policy dialogue in Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) pathways to innovation in the Pacific region.”
The event was held on 30th June-1st July 2016, in Nadi, Fiji. The purpose was to deliver the main outcomes of the project activities (state of the art, thematic think tanks, survey on innovation, selected seed-funding projects) to the European Commission. The participants discussed the policy recommendations that have been elaborated in the framework of the project, to promote the bi-regional cooperation in STI between Europe and the Pacific.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga, Honourable Siaosi Sovaleni, officiated as the Chief Guest the opening of the PACE-Net Plus bi-regional platform on 30th June at the Tanoa International Hotel. This event gathered approximately 100 delegates from the Pacific (Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand and Samoa) and Europe (France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden and United Kingdom), including EU and EC representatives, senior scientists and academics, representatives of funding organizations and from the public sector. SPI presented “Case Studies on Successful Industrial Innovation in the Pacific Islands” and a short presentation on “Societal Challenge – Health demographic change and wellbeing”, for the seed-funding project “Monitoring non-communicable disease mortality in Pacific Island States”, administered by SPI.
The PACE-Net Plus - Pacific-Europe Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (http://pacenet.eu) project, in which SPI is a partner, is funded by the European Commission and aims to further develop bi-regional Science, Technology & Innovation cooperation between the Pacific Region and the EU.