The objective of the symposium was to bring Pan-American scientists and research leaders to the Falkland Islands in order to showcase research opportunities in the natural and physical sciences in the Islands and wider South Atlantic. The delegation included nine senior researchers (heads of institutes and heads of departments), that came from the US, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Falkland Islands and the wider South Atlantic have a great deal to offer in terms of potential environmental research. The objective of the visit was to give delegates an insight into the research potential of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, wider South Atlantic and, importantly, to enable them to forge partnerships and encourage collaboration in the environmental sciences with SAERI and other scientific groups working in the region. The Symposium comprised workshops and field trips to Falkland Islands environments and allowed for detailed discussions on potential scientific programmes that represented organisations could collaborate on.
A.A. Augé, M. Taylor, D. Blockley, M. Tierney & P. Brickle (2015). Proceedings of the Falkland Islands Science Symposium 2015. South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, Stanley, Falkland Islands.