Agri-aqua and forest product technologies are the highlights of the Los Baños Scientific Community's 2016 National Science amd Technology Week (NSTW) activities to be held on July 25-29 at the PCAARRD Complex in Los Baños, Laguna. The science hub's activities are part of this year's simultaneous NSTW celebration across all scientific communities of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The Los Baños Scientific Community will hold exhibits, fora, and open house to showcase innovations from the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI), DOST Region IV-A, and the Southern Tagalog Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (STARRDEC).
Two displays, Regional NSTW Exhibit and SyenSaya Wonderama Exhibit, will be opened to the public during the entire celebration. The Regional NSTW Exhibit is a collection of agri-aqua and forest product technologies from PCAARRD, FPRDI, DOST Region IV-A and STARRDEC. The exhibit can be viewed at the DOST PCAARRD Innovation and Technology Center. On the other hand, the SyenSaya Wonderama Exhibit will be held at the PCAARRD covered parking area. SyenSaya is the Los Baños Scientific Community Foundation, Incorporated's (LBSCFI) flagship event that features the "Wonders of Science", from discoveries and breakthroughs to commercial-ready technologies.
Concurrently, the FPRDI will host an open house to allow public viewing of their testing laboratories and facilities including the Bamboo Innovation Center. The institute is located inside the University of the Philippines Los Baños campus.
Aside from the week-long exhibits and open house, daily programs are also in store for NSTW attendees in Los Baños. Opening the series of daily programs is the LBSCI 32nd Anniversary Celebration at the E.O. Tan Auditorium on July 25.
Meanwhile, LBSCFI's Techno Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) will be held on the second day (July 26) at the E.O. Tan Auditorium. The forum aims to identify technologies that are appropriate to the DRRM needs of vulnerable barangays in Los Baños and enhance the local community's DRRM knowledge and awareness.
Aside from that, another forum hosted by FPRDI is scheduled on July 26 at W.D. Dar Room inside PCAARRD which will showcase FPRDI technologies that can be adopted by micro and small enterprises in Laguna.
Moreover, in time for PCAARRD's anniversary celebration, the institute will conduct the National Symposium on Agriculture and Aquatic Resources Research and Development (NSAARRD) on July 28 at the E.O. Tan Auditorium. NSAARRD is a search for the most outstanding agri-aqua research papers in the country.
To cap off the Los Baños Scientific Community's NSTW celebration, a closing and awarding ceremonies will be held on July 29 at the E.O. Tan Auditorium where top research and development projects from the field of agriculture and natural resources will be recognized.