Program overview

IMG_20151101_150316The Program for Field Studies in Tropical Asia (PFS-TropAsia) is a non-profit affiliation of researchers and educationalists from across the Asia-Pacific region. The program runs training activities, including workshops and fieldcourses aimed at strengthening education and research in tropical biology and conservation.

PFS-TropAsia was founded to provide leadership in education, research and the responsible use of natural resources in the tropical Asia-Pacific region. We believe that the capacity of countries to meet the challenges wrought by global change and manage their natural resources prudently will depend on having new cohorts of well-trained local scientists, in both academic and managerial positions, motivated to develop research projects, apply findings to environmental problems, and engage in environmental issues.

To address this mission, PFS-TropAsia conducts workshops and courses targeted at young scientists, with a strong emphasis on practical training. For the past seven years we have been running workshops on Experimental Design & Data Analysis and Scientific Paper Writing in association with meetings of the Asia-Pacific Chapter of the Association for Tropical Biology & Conservation. These courses are hosted by the ATBC Asia-Pacific chapter and local counter-parts have been supported by University of Canterbury, Royal Society SE Asia Rainforest Research Programme, King Mongutt’s University of Thronburi Thailand, Xishunagbanna Tropical Botanic Garden (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research.

We also run Field Courses. These provide participants with advance-level training in field-orientated studies with a strong emphasis on student-led research projects. The courses are taught by an international team of resource staff, all of whom are experts in their discipline, and participants are commonly drawn from ten or more countries. The courses thus also provide a valuable opportunity for young scientists to broaden their horizons and network with a diverse group colleagues from across the region. Previous courses, run by the Center for Tropical Forests Science – Arnold Arboretum Asia Program and hosted by local counter-parts, have been held in Pasoh, P. Malaysia (2001, 2003, 2008), Lambir Hills, Sarawak (2004), Khao Chong, Thailand (2005), Sinharaja, Sri Lanka (2006), and Xishuangbanna, China (2007). In 2009 the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden initiated a course (Afec-x) at Xisuangbanna, China (2009), which is being repeated in 2010. Several other courses have been run by other organisations affiliated with our program.

Institutions and sponsors interested in supporting our work, please contact us.

Prospective participants should refer the details under each course.