Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity (APRI) Network Meeting 2017
20 – 22 February 2016, University of Hong Kong
The second APRI Network Meeting 2017 is co-hosted by the University of Hong Kong and the University of California, San Diego and will be held in Hong Kong from the 20 - 22 February.
Research by scientists, engineers, and other scholars is essential to the future of our communities, but the integrity of research is increasingly challenged by misconduct, misinformation, and inadequate training and mentoring. To meet these challenges, leaders from many nations have created the Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity (APRI) Network.
This year’s Multi-Hazards Summer School was titled: “Handing down disaster experience and lessons-learnt to the next generation”. Download the report to find out how the 2016 summer school met its core objectives.
On 25 November 2016, Dr Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General, and the Director, Mr Keith Wong, met with Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, Founding President of The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong and former Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Hong Kong. They discussed ways APRU could aid with promoting the development and advancement of science and technology in Hong Kong, raising the city’s profile as a centre of scientific excellence and a regional higher education hub. Dr Tremewan described the meeting with Professor Tsui as an excellent dialouge on future collaboration between APRU and the Academy.
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Expert colleagues from the University of Oregon, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, University of Indonesia and Australian National University attended and contributed to the APEC Quality Assurance Education Workshop. The workshop was held in Bali from 1-3 November 2016 and hosted by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.
Higher education quality is a priority area for policy makers, accreditation agencies, regulators and higher education institutions of the region. The workshop provided an important forum to develop a shared understanding of the opportunities and challenges of online higher education delivery and to gain a better understanding of the different approaches to its quality assurance across the APEC region.
New forms of technology are increasingly being used by institutions both for domestic and cross border delivery, creating teaching and learning opportunities with significant benefits for diverse groups of students. Other benefits include meeting new labour force requirements, facilitating the formation of global partnerships between education institutions and increasing student mobility.
Bringing together experts from academia, government and agencies from across the Asia-Pacific region provided a platform to feed their experience and expertise into the development of a draft toolkit for quality assurance of online education. The intention is to work with APEC economies and experts to refine and finalise the tool kit before seeking its endorsement by the APEC Education Network.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences invited APRU to present in Beijing at the first International Science Forum of National Science Organisations on the Belt and Road Initiative.
350 scientists and delegates from 40 countries came together at a two-day forum organised from 7-8 November 2016. The forum was organised against the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative which aims to jointly promote common and shared development worldwide through cooperation and partnership across a wide range of areas of interest.
Bai Chunli, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, addressed delegates at the meeting calling on scientific organisations, scientists and experts from diverse backgrounds to enhance their efforts and cooperation in developing communities of common interests, responsibility and goals, and in providing a strong scientific basis for construction of the Belt and Road Initiative.
The forum provided the opportunity for invited organisations and experts to explore various scientific means and opportunities for collaboration and work towards common goals and benefits.
Christina Schönleber, Deputy Director (International Secretariat), presented at the session on Adaptable and Green Technologies. The talk introduced key APRU initiatives and APRU members’ research in the area of green technology and sustainability. Ms Schönleber also highlighted how collaborations with the APRU network can benefit and advance scientific and economic development.
In conclusion to the event, 20 national scientific and research organisations from countries and regions along the Belt and Road Initiative issued a declaration on November 8, establishing an alliance of international scientists to promote cross-border cooperation.
According to Tan Tieniu, Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the declaration represents the scientists’ and research organisations’ willingness to strengthen international cooperation among countries and regions along the Belt and Road Initiative, and includes mechanisms to enhance cooperation by holding the forum every two years; offer multilateral personnel exchange and student training programs, and facilitate joint scientific research projects.
More information about the Forum: http://english.cas.cn/Special_Reports/CAS_in_the_Belt_and_Road_Initiative/
A snapshot of global research in support of the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
By Taylor Stang
From heat waves to droughts and record rainfall to flooding, natural disasters affect every part of our planet. In 2015, three major international agreements addressing these threats were adopted: the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement, adopted at the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21), and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk and Reduction (SFDRR). Along with these agreements, research into disaster science not only advances our understanding of these often catastrophic events, it can illuminate paths towards better preparedness, recovery and even prevention.
This week, the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (@amcdrr2016) is underway in New Delhi, India. In support of the conference, we developed a snapshot of global research on disaster science. With Scopus data from 2011-15, we used SciVal to examine levels of scholarly output, research impact, trending topics and more both globally and within Asia (as defined by the UN Statistics Division), home to 60 percent of the world’s global population (4.4 billion) and many of the most active institutions investigating disaster science.
The infographic was developed by Elsevier's Research Intelligence team in consultation with Prof. Takako Izumi of Tohoku University’s International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS). It also available on Elsevier’s Research Intelligence website.
We invite you to check back later this month for an in-depth article on research into disaster science, a summary of the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, and an interview with Dr. Izumi.
Click here to download the Infographic
- Elsevier Connect