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IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC)

Advancing knowledge and cooperation for a healthy ocean and prosperous society

Voice from WESTPAC Scientists on the occasion of World Oceans Day 2014

8 June has been designated in 2008 by the United Nations as World Oceans Day. On June 8th, a number of celebrations have been held around the world to raise the public awareness on oceans, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it.

The 2014 theme is “Together we have the power to protect the ocean!

On this occasion, several women scientists and young scientists in the Western Pacific shared their insights on the importance of marine scientific research, and marine science cooperation in the protection of our oceans.

Voice from WESTPAC Women Scientists

Dr Dao Viet Ha, Vietnam
Principal Researcher and Head of Department of Biochemistry, Institute of Oceanography Institute of Oceanography, Vietnam
Research Field: Marine Toxin

On the occasion of “World Oceans Day 2014”, I wish I can further intensify my efforts in catalyzing regional cooperation and bridging the gap between marine scientific communities and 

Dr Suchana Chavanich, Thailand
Associate Professor, Department of Marine Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Research Field:
 Marine Ecology

“I would say that even though there are more marine scientists today than ever, our knowledge about our ocean still remains 

Voice from WESTPAC Young Scientists

Mr Ryota Nakajima
Postdoctoral Researcher, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Research Field:
 Marine Ecology

“To effectively protect our precious deep-sea ecosystems from human activities, it is essential to fully use scientific knowledge in identifying ecologically and biologically significant areas”. …

Ms Intan Suci Nurhati, IndonesiaPaleoceanographer, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology
Research Field:

“Our interconnected oceans whose dynamical processes do not follow national boundaries teach us an important lesson”. …

Mr Tan Toh Hii, Malaysia
PhD Student, Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation (IBEC)

Research Field:
 Marine Ecology

“I hope all scientific research does not end on journal papers but outspread to the public through … “

Mr Kazuya Takahashi, JapanPh.D. Student, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamagata University, Japan
Research Field:
 Marine Ecology

I noticed the importance of regional researcher’s cooperation for scientific studies, and … “