Institute of Applied Science


About US

About IAS

Who We Are

Who We Are

The Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) of The University of the South Pacific (USP) interfaces the University's expertise and facilities to the independent island countries of the South Pacific Region. Established in 1977 under the name of Institute of Natural Resources at the Suva campus of USP, IAS has grown to have over 65 full time staff and its own accredited laboratories and scientific equipment located in the Marine Science Building at the "lower" Laucala Bay Campus by the sea.

The various units of IAS are the Laboratory Services unit, the Environment unit, the Pacific Biodiversity Research Centre (that houses the South Pacific Regional Herbarium), the Centre for Drug Discovery & Conservation, and the Quality, Marketing & Communications unit. With these five units and the large contingent of skilful and dedicated staff in diverse scientific capabilities, IAS makes these resources available to regional and international organisations, governments, businesses, and the people of the Pacific region.
IAS is the research and consulting arm of the Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment; it capitalises on its unique and recognised strengths to provide professional scientific services, research outputs and innovative approaches to meet the development needs and aspirations of the region. The Institute also works with other schools, institutes and individual departments at USP on interdisciplinary projects that require a wider range of skills than those usually found in individual departments or faculties. Another role of IAS is to organise short technical and scientific training courses that cannot be met through the normal teaching program of the University. In addition, there are often several visiting scientists, graduate students or exchange staff from various overseas universities and organisations using the Institute as a base for their research work at any one time.

IAS also sponsors many local postgraduate students to assist in its work and develop local capacity. The activities of the institute are carried out through research and development projects, consultancies and laboratory services. The service areas are not fixed and are designed to change as the needs of the region and staff interests change.

Mission, Vision & Values

Mission, Vision & Values


To be recognized as the regional leader for applying quality science.



We provide high quality applied scientific services through:

  • Providing internationally recognized laboratory testing services.
  • Working collaboratively with all stakeholders and networks at all levels to build resilient communities and improve livelihoods through sustainable management and development of natural resources based on quality research and innovation.
  • Developing a comprehensive scientifically-based collection and a data base of native and introduced plants and animals that are representative of the flora and fauna of both the Pacific Islands region and its individual countries and territories.
  • Studying plants, marine organisms and bacteria to discover new drugs.
  • Managing our resources to support the professional development of our staff and maximize the quality of our work.



  • Professionalism
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Good governance
  • Empowerment
  • Sharing knowledge



Contact Us

Contact Us

  • Location:

    The Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) is located at the Marine Studies Programme (MSP) Complex in Lower Campus, Laucala Bay).


    Postal Address:

    The Institute of Applied Sciences
    The University of the South Pacific
    Private Mail Bag
    Laucala Campus
    Suva, Fiji Islands

    Call Us:

    (679) 3232965


    (679) 3231534

    Email Us:


    Office Hours:

    Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


    Follow the map provided for the direction.

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Institute of Applied Science
Faculty of Science and Technology
Private Bag, Laucala Campus,
Suva, Fiji.
Tel: (+679) 323 2965
Fax: (+679) 323 1534