Research Seminar Series

The Research Seminar Series is organised by the Research Office to highlight the range of research projects being undertaken at the University. This Seminar Series will stretch across all faculties and research areas and showcase the work being undertaken by each campus.

The Research Seminars are open to everyone: University staff, students, professionals, and visitors from other educational establishments. Attendance is free. 

Seminar 1 - Endangered Hammerhead Sharks Find Life and Sanctuary in Fiji 

Speaker: Professor Ciro Rico

Escaping the killing fields of international waters which see fishermen slaughtering 100 million sharks per year, the endangered hammerheads sharks are finding protection, solace and a second chance at life in the estuaries of Fiji. 

The University of the South Pacific has established a research-informed conservation program to respond to this human-driven unprecedented rate of loss of a marine life.

In 2016, the efforts of USP paid off, with the discovery of the Rewa River Delta and the Ba Estuary, in totality, as the largest and probably the most important nursery grounds for the species ever documented in the scientific world.

The research team, led by Professor Ciro Rico, has involved the Fiji Government in the research with the aim to declare these estuaries as marine protected areas.

In this fascinating presentation on a species at the edge of extinction, Professor Rico and his team, who are literally the saviour of hammerhead sharks, will relate their findings, experiences and hopes for the future.  They will also show a BBC documentary on their noteworthy efforts that deserve international support and recognition.



Date: 28 February 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 6pm – 8pm.
Venue: Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, USP

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Presentation press release – USP News

Seminar 2 - Sustainable Tourism Management: Lessons from Antarctica

Speaker: Associate Professor Thomas Bauer

To a South Pacific islander, it is like comparing the frigid Jupiter and the warm Earth! What is there to compare between the wind-whipped and icy barren landscape that is Antarctica, and the warm paradisiac South Pacific, with golden sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and lagoons filled with colorful reef fishes and turtles?
The Acting Head of the School of Tourism and Hospitality, Associate Professor Thomas Bauer, will provide a fascinating counter argument. That indeed, our tourism-dependent islands can learn from the BEST in the world in sustainable tourism management. Antarctica’s harshness, beauty, and rich wild life, and at the same time, acute vulnerability to human-induced activities, demand stringent actions from stakeholders to ensure sustainable tourism.
In this fascinating story of the wild, Associate Professor Bauer will share his first hand experiences he gained during his 27 years of Antarctica tourism involvement. He will tell the story of the highest, coldest, driest, windiest and remotest of continents and how the stakeholders have to work together to sustainably manage tourism so that the present and future generations of humankind can enjoy and as well to continue to protect this God-given gift to humankind.
For South Pacific island countries, learning from the best can only help solidify and continue their status as the most preferred and safest family-oriented destinations in the world.

Date: 21 March 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 6pm – 8pm.
Venue: Japan-Pacific ICT Multi-Purpose Lecture Theatre, USP

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Seminar 3 - World Energy Transformation - Celebrating the Pacific, Shaping the Future

Speaker: Dr. Gong Ping Yeh

Dr Yeh’s scientific work includes the discovery of an elementary particle called Top Quark, pioneering large scale super-computing using Linux, and creating new Particle Therapy centres for treating tumor patients in Illinois, Taiwan, and other places. 

He is invited annually to the Science and Technology in Society Forum, the World Science Forum, and other gatherings of leaders worldwide for solving the world’s biggest challenges including energy, water, food, health, environment, and education. He has been serving internationally as an advisor for sustainable energy in many countries. 

Date: 18 April 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 6pm – 8pm.
Venue: Japan-Pacific ICT Multi-Purpose Lecture Theatre, USP

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