There’s something science for everyone at the upcoming National Science and Technology Week to be held on July 10-14, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia. The five-day annual event is designed to offer something for everyone, young and old, laymen and science-minded, students and professors, entrepreneurs and inventors.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-led event has the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation: Working Together for Growth and Development.”
The celebration kicks off on July 10’s opening program with special messages to be delivered by the Guests of Honor, Secretaries Proceso Alcala (Department of Agriculture), Gregory Domingo (Department of Trade and Industry), Armin Luistro (Department of Education), and Enrique Ona (Department of Health).
Along with Science Secretary Mario Montejo, the Guests of Honor will open the NSTW exhibit that features the latest products and services on information and communications technology, agriculture, electronics, renewable energy, energy-saving devices and food processing among others. Exhibitors will include inventors, beneficiaries of DOST programs, government and academic institutions. A scientific convention will also take place simultaneously at the Manila Hotel.
An interactive activity by the DOST’s Philippine Science High School will open on the second day, July 11, to be followed by Technology and Industry, and Scientific Forums. Alongside is a forum entitled “The Science Behind Project NOAH” that will have University of the Philippines experts Dr. Carlos Primo David and Dr. Enrico Paringit talk about Rainfall Forecasting and LIDAR mapping, respectively.
Another highlight of the day is the awarding of outstanding researchers, inventors and young scientists to be conferred by National Academy of Science and Technology, DOST’s advisory council, to be held at the Manila Hotel.
On the third day on July 12, the forums on technology and invention, and technology and industry will run simultaneously. Among the technologies to be presented will be on disaster mitigation; health and food processing; information and communication technology for delivery of government and social services; nanotechnology; genomics; and biotechnology. These technologies will provide long term solutions to pressing national problems and contribute to socio-economic development.
Also slated during the day are the ON3 National Finals, the Science Education Institute-led “Talk and Play,” and the awarding of outstanding DOST scholars.
Other events lined up for the NSTW are the SETUP forum for businessmen, and role-playing sessions at the Science Explorer bus for elementary students. Capping the fully-packed week on July 14 is the National Invention Contest and Exhibits, and awarding of outstanding inventors and researchers from the finalists of last year’s regional invention contests.
The National Science and Technology Week is an annual celebration that highlights significant contributions of science and technology to national development. It has also served as venue to interface scientists and researchers with entrepreneurs and businessmen. NSTW takes its roots in the 1950s when it was still called the Philippine National Science Week, and instituted in 1982 as NSTW.
For more information please log on to http://nstw.dost.gov.ph/ or contact the secretariat c/o DOST Planning and Evaluation Service at 8372932 or 8373165. (Framelia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service)