The Science, Technology and Resources (STAR) Network was founded in 1984 as a joint initiative between SOPAC1 and the IOC/UNESCO2. The STAR Network met annually for nearly three decades in conjunction with SOPAC, which provided secretariat support. SOPAC is now the Geoscience Division of the Pacific Community (SPC), so the secretariat responsibility has transferred to SPC. In April 2015 at a Regional Geoscience Steering Group Meeting an agenda item considered the future of STAR.
At that regional geoscience meeting Pacific Island delegates decided:
- to strongly support the re-invigoration of STAR because of its value in refreshing and animating scientific alliances and showcasing useful work, techniques and instrumentation that may be adapted to address development issues of the Pacific;