The Falkland Island Government announced the appointment of Dr Paul Brickle to the post of Director of the new South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI).
This newly created post will lead the development of the Research Institute which will initially involve building strong linkages with research groups and agencies currently operating in the Falkland Islands, and promoting the Institute internationally.
Dr Brickle joins SAERI after 10 years working as a Fisheries Biologist and Marine Ecologist in the FIG Fisheries Department.
On announcing the appointment, the His Excellency the Governor, Nigel Haywood said:
“Paul is an established environmental scientist with a strong international reputation, and an excellent record of scientific publication. He has a clear vision of how a research institute can be developed, and showed considerable drive and commitment to the project throughout the selection process. Paul will have the important role of raising the international profile of environmental research in the Falkland Islands and South Georgia, building on the already excellent scientific work that is being undertaken in the region”.
Likewise Dr Brickle said he was delighted by my appointment to the role.
“I have always been a great supporter of the Environmental Institute concept and I am really looking forward to getting started. The Falkland Islands and the wider South Atlantic are areas that are understudied by many environmental disciplines and therefore provide unique opportunities for research in the region. Establishing a well branded world class environmental research institute based in the Falkland Islands is very exciting and will present opportunities for many.”
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Are they finally going to drum up some funds for the University of the Falkands or Stanley University?? It's been about time, and you can throw this institute under it's remit while you're at it.Mar 06th, 2012 - 10:01 am 0
Now you just need some facilities and some students.
First step of many I hope.
I hope that Falkland is treading the road to full independence but I imagine it will take a century or two. In the meantime they will still need help with defence, at least with regard to personnel, hopefully money won't be a major issue in the near future.Mar 06th, 2012 - 10:37 am 0
As I understand it the population there 175 years ago was about 30. It has increased by x100 in the intervening years, so even discounting migration to the islands due to new opportunities as they arise, you might be looking at a population of 300,000 in 175 years time which could easily establish and maintain independence.
With a Swiss/Swedish style citizens defence force and reinforcement from the UK if required, they would do just fine I think. They just need time and opportunity to develop. If their neighbours can leave them in peace and stop bullying them it will be fascinating to watch them grow.
@2 You have to pay for defence, and you do that through industry and trade. This is a good step towards both because educational establishments bring in the brains needed for industry to thrive, and this brings in the trade.Mar 06th, 2012 - 01:30 pm 0
The problem with non-professional armed services is that history shows them to be quite useless. Better to keep a professional service i.e. the FIDF and just make sure they have enough equipment to keep the cost of war to a maximum.