The 5th Pacific Islands Universities research network conference

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The 5th Pacific Islands Universities Reseach Network (PIURN) conference was hosted by the University of the South Pacific and Te Puna Vai Mārama in Rarotonga, 4-6th July. The theme for the 2023 conference 'exploring this sea of islands' engaged with the work of one of the Pacific's most revered academics, Epeli Hau'ofa. In his work We are the Ocean, Hau'ofa wrote of Oceania:

'Just as the sea is an open and ever flowing reality, so should our oceanic identity transcend all forms of insularity, to become one that is openly searching, inventive and welcoming.'

The conference was attended by over 250 researchers from countries across the Pacific, and offered delegates 3 enriching days of knowledge sharing, stimulating discussion and relationship building. With 36 sessions covering topics such as Politics, Linguistics, Adaptation & Conservation, Health, The Status of Women, Communities, Cultural Identities & Practices, Earth & Climate Science and Oceanic Economies to name only a few, it truly stood as an interdisciplinary event.

Please enjoy viewing some of the highlights below. Full event gallery can be accessed here: Pacific Islands Universities Research Network Conference (
Photos by Manine Lynch @madebymanine

The PIURN network is made up of 15 universities from across the Pacific, working to achieve its objectives in areas of research and training. For more information on the network, please visit their website:PIURN - Pacific Islands Universities Research Network