Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) hosted the third International Consortium of Universities for the Study of Biodiversity and the Environment (iCUBE) Governing Board Meeting on the 13th May 2016 at the Open Concourse at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa'adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health Sciences (PAPRSB IHS) in its capacity as Secretariat of the Consortium. The welcoming remarks delivered by Yang Mulia Datin Dr Hjh Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Abd Aziz, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Brunei Darussalam marked the start of the 3rd iCUBE Governing Board Meeting.
This biennial meeting brings together leaders from the member universities to discuss among others, the activities to address, for both research and education, issues and problems related to biodiversity, climate change, and the environment. Members of the iCUBE are King’s College of London (KCL), University of North Carolina (UNC), Korea University (KU), University of Auckland (UA), University of Bonn (UB), Monash University (MU), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
This year’s Governing Board Meeting will report on existing and future bilateral or multilateral cooperation under iCUBE in the areas of biodiversity, climate change, and the environment and in the social science and policy aspects. Among the main items on the agenda were the planning of an expedition to Bukit Teraja to study its diverse flora and fauna, joint workshops and energy projects in a biodiversity perspective. Highlighted agenda in the meeting are the presentation on the iCUBE milestones from 2011 to 2016 and the report on the 3rd iCUBE Scientific Committee Meeting by Associate Professor Dr Kushan Tennakoon, Director (Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Research); Gastropod Thermal Biology and Climate Change in Tropics Workshop (8-11 December 2014) by Associate Professor David Marshall; iCUBE Bukit Teraja Reconnaissance Trip (4-7 June 2014) by Dr Rahayu Sukmaria Hj Sukri, Dean (Faculty of Science) and UBD-Korea Social Science Workshop Collaboration by Professor Dato Hj Mohamed Hj Abdul Majid .
To date, iCUBE has held numerous activities including governing and scientific board meetings, workshops, conferences and expeditions to encourage dynamic discussion and education in areas of biodiversity and the environment.