The Science, Technology and Resources (STAR) Network1 of the Pacific announced its 31st Meeting to be convened in Nadi, from 6-8 June 2016. The meeting will be hosted by the Mineral Resources Department, Fiji, and convened in conjunction with the Circum-Pacific Council (formerly the Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Minerals) and the SPC's Geoscience Division, formerly the Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC).

The theme of the meeting is "Geosciences, Geo-engineering and the Ocean in the Pacific Islands Region".

Papers on science and technology related to the theme are encouraged but as always at STAR meetings, papers of a broader nature are also welcome. 

The meeting is open to all stakeholders and in addition to the plenary science and technology programme of papers, poster sessions are encouraged. It is anticipated that specialist groups will organise events. A one-of-a-kind day field trip is being planned, details of which are currently being worked out. 

With the network now embarking on a more independent model, the 2015 STAR Session will be charging a Conference Fee. More details on this will be announced later. The conference fee will initially be at a greatly reduced rate for Pacific island nationals undertaking full-time study and/or presenting a paper/poster.

The Science, Technology and Resources (STAR) Network of the Pacific will be hosting its STAR 2021 virtual conference on 25-26 November 2021 in conjunction with the Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council Pacific Islands GIS&RS User Conference 2021, which will be conducted on 22-23 November 2021. STAR 2021 will be conducted mainly virtually via ZOOM.  


Malakai Finau

Director of Mineral Development/Director of Mines (Fiji)



23 October 2015


1The current Chair of STAR and of the meeting Organising Committee is Malakai Finau, the Director of Mineral Development of Fiji. The STAR last convened in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, in October 2013.


from 6-8 June 2016


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Star Chairman


Malakai Finau

Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources - Fiji

Steering Committee Members


Akuila Tawake

Goescience Energy & Maritime Division, Pacific Community

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Raijeli Taga

Raijeli Taga

Director of Mineral Devolpment, Lands and Mineral Resource -Fiji


Robert Smith

Senior Adviser Marine Geophysics