Institute of Applied Science


Institute of Applied Sciences: The Institute for the Real World

Professor Mark Hay giving his presentation on the Management of Marine Protected Areas at the Research Seminar held at the University of the South PacificBuloulevu Vakataumavi NCSMED flanked by Akisi Soqeta (left)and Losena Damudamu (right) after a recent Business Training held in Kadavu with the RESCCUE projectIAS Community Liaison Officer Joji Sivo with Kadavu villagersKey stakeholders of the GEF- Nagoya Protocol Access Benefit Sharing Project attend the National Consultation Workshop at the Pearl ResortKava Colourimeter Training facilitator Jeremaia Koroijiuta explains the procedure of kava colourimeter testing to participantsIAS Advisory Committee members:Back (l to r), Joseph Smith (Min of Agriculture), Mr Andrew Foran (Regional Programme Coordinator, IUCN), Dr Jan H. Steifen (Project Director, MACBIO), Mr Christopher Wagner (Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific) and Mr Sowane Puamau (Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Employment, Productivity & Industrial Relations). Front (l to r), Ms Mereoni Gonelevu (IAS), Dr Sereana Kubuabola (Senior Quality Assurance Coordinator, USP), Mr Robin Yarrow (Chairman), Dr Johann Poinapen (Director of IAS) and Ms Mere Senibulu (Acting Principal Environment Officer, Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment).IAS Advisory Committee meeting in sessionVillagers of Nabouwalu and Naqara, Kadavu with IAS staff and government stakeholders after the Free Prior Informed Consent awareness

The Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) of The University of the South Pacific (USP) interfaces the University's expertise and facilities to the independent island countries of the South Pacific Region. Established in 1977 under the name of Institute of Natural Resources at the Suva campus of USP, IAS has grown to have over 65 full time staff and its own accredited laboratories and scientific equipment located in the Marine Science Building at the "lower" Laucala Bay Campus by the sea.

The various units of IAS are the Laboratory Services unit, the Environment unit, the Pacific Biodiversity Research Centre (that houses the South Pacific Regional Herbarium), the Pacific Natural Products Research Centre, and the Quality, Marketing & Communication unit. With these five units and the large contingent of skilful and dedicated staff in diverse scientific capabilities, IAS makes these resources available to regional and international organisations, governments, businesses, and the people of the Pacific region.
IAS is the research and consulting arm of the Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment; it capitalises on its unique and recognised strengths to provide professional scientific services, research outputs and innovative approaches to meet the development needs and aspirations of the region. The Institute also works with other schools, institutes and individual departments at USP on interdisciplinary projects that require a wider range of skills than those usually found in individual departments or faculties. Another role of IAS is to organise short technical and scientific training courses that cannot be met through the normal teaching program of the University. In addition, there are often several visiting scientists, graduate students or exchange staff from various overseas universities and organisations using the Institute as a base for their research work at any one time.

IAS also sponsors many local postgraduate students to assist in its work and develop local capacity. The activities of the institute are carried out through research and development projects, consultancies and laboratory services. The service areas are not fixed and are designed to change as the needs of the region and staff interests change.

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Institute of Applied Science
Faculty of Science and Technology
Private Bag, Laucala Campus,
Suva, Fiji.
Tel: (+679) 323 2965
Fax: (+679) 323 1534