Our Units

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 Pacific Natural Products Research Centre, and the Quality, Marketing & Communication unit.

Laboratory Services

The analytical laboratory at IAS is an internationally accredited laboratory that offers a wide range of services in the analyses of foods, feeds and water to its customers.  There is also a biofuel section which is capable of carrying out various tests in bio-diesel as well as paraffin diesel at international standards.  The laboratory also carry out a limited scope of soil testing.  


Pacific Natural Products Research Centre

The Centre was established in 2001 under the guidance and leadership of Professor William Aalbersberg as a research branch for the Institute of Applied Sciences (IAS) involved in bioprospecting work on marine and terrestrial organisms and plants. The Centre has developed in strength and independence, establishing several partnerships over the years. In 2005, the Centre secured an ICBG grant through a consortium of Georgia Institute of Technology, Scripps Institute of Oceanography and IAS.


South Pacific Regional Herbarium and Biodiversity Centre

Established in 1933, the South Pacific Regional Herbarium is a repository that houses more than 50,000 plant specimens. The collection has expanded over the years and now also includes non-plant specimens in its Biodiversity Centre.



The Institute of Applied Science (IAS) Environment Unit conducts environmental impacts assessments and can monitor land and water biodiversity and water quality.  It also works with communities to assist them in the development and implementation of resource management plans.  


Quality, Marketing & Communication

We provide high quality applied scientific services through providing quality management services, monitoring, marketing and communication of IAS’s capabilities. The Quality, Marketing & Communication (QMC) Unit provides quality management services, markets and promotes the services of the Institute, monitors and reports on the IAS Strategic Plan and leads IAS’s communication, media and public relations exercises.


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Administration, Finance & Governance

The Administration, Finance and Governance (AFG)Unit promotes strategic and responsible stewardship of resources (both human and financial) to achieve operational excellence.