March for Science started in the United States of America as a response to the moves of the newly elected Trump administration aimed to restrict scientific knowledge especially regarding climate change for the benefit of corporations which will be the most affected by the cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. At its beginnings, it was a broad call for the people to stand for science against Trump’s repression of scientific knowledge and information blackout on climate change.
As the impacts of Trump’s policies which blatantly deny climate change will directly affect not only the United States, the biggest historical carbon emitter, but the entire world as well, March for Science soon grew into a global movement of people to defend science as an indispensable tool for society building and policy making.
In the Philippines, scientists, environmentalists, and grassroots organizations from various sectors will march on Earth Day 2017 to express solidarity for the global movement as well as advocate for local issues and call for a science and technology sector that will genuinely serve the interests of the majority.
The March for Science, Environment, and the People is a nationwide campaign that seeks to showcase how the struggle for the development of science and technology is intertwined with that of the environment and of the people: how science and technology can provide concrete solutions for the real issues faced by the Filipino people.
March for Science!
Science and technology (S&T) has a vital role as a catalyst for national progress and development especially in a developing country where innovations in S&T can both provide immediate relief to the people as well as create long term solutions that address their issues at its roots. To enable S&T to contribute to genuine national progress, it needs to be developed under a comprehensive plan that is geared towards addressing domestic needs.
In the Philippines, science and technology was historically undertaken not as an instrument for national development but as a means to answer foreign demands. Content with basic science that is able to follow instructions to use technology developed by other countries, Philippine S&T has been stunted by neglect and non-prioritization as reflected in many programs and policies that restrict and actively obstruct its development. This lead our local S&T to be underdeveloped and backward in the face of global scientific advancement.
The backward and stunted state of S&T in the Philippines is a manifestation of the lack of industries in the country, a situation which does not encourage the development of S&T. Unable to process our own products for domestic use, we are bound to the export of raw materials and import of finished products to meet our demands.
The little technology and modernization we do have is confined to city centers, leaving it unavailable to a large number of people especially farmers in the rural areas who can use technology for agricultural modernization.
Our country lacks a comprehensive plan for the science and technology sector that includes research and development (R&D) as one of its primary thrusts. Without R&D, we are incapable of developing new technologies or improving on existing ones, and we are limited to our ability to imitate emerging technology from other countries.
This lack of support for S&T is one of the reasons why more and more scientists choose to work abroad where they are secured of their jobs and welfare. The few who stay are riddled with problems such as contractualization, no tenurial security, absence of welfare and benefits, and others.
Science is a powerful tool that can cut both ways; while scientific and technological advance can be used for national development, it can also be used to repress it. There is need to identify who stands to benefit from the science we are marching for.
We are marching for the development of a science and technology sector geared towards national industrialization that will address domestic needs and will benefit the majority of the Filipino people. Contrary to serving merely as a ‘technological fix’, the development of this type of S&T will aid in finding solutions to issues of the environment and of the people.
March for the Environment!
The issue of the environment is an issue of science and technology. We fail to maximize our country’s vast natural resources such as water, minerals and ores, varied energy sources, and others, because we do not have the means to utilize them. For example, mineral production in the Philippines remains bound to the extraction phase as we lack industries to process minerals to end products.
The plunder of the biggest corporations and countries on global natural resources and the environment adds to the vulnerability we already face as a small developing country. Despite the presence of international agreements that seek to minimize the effects of climate change, we are witness to business as usual levels of fossil fuel consumption. In the Philippines, the increased use of pollutive energy sources such as coal and the proposed use of the unstable and potentially harmful Bataan Nuclear Power Plant are examples of the biggest environmental issues we face.
Our primitive science and technology also aggravates our inability to adapt to climate change. With the continuing plunder of natural resources and without the capacity to create or use technologies that increase our adaptability and resiliency in the face of major disasters, we are held even more vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.
March for the People!
The Filipino people are burdened by many issues that are manifestations of the lack of industries coupled with the backward and stunted state of S&T. A developed S&T can serve as a backbone towards the solution of the people’s issues. National industrialization will create industries for domestic needs, in turn producing jobs and products which the people need.
A science and technology sector that is developed under a comprehensive plan geared towards national industrialization will help address the long standing issues faced by the people. More than developing on S&T for its own sake, this type of science and technology can genuinely serve in the interests of the people.
Unite the broadest range of scientists, environmentalists, workers, farmers, students, and other sectors, to call for environmental justice and greater support to a science and technology that will genuinely serve the interests of the people!
March with us!
This event is part of the March for Science international movement.
European Biotech Week: Celebrating Innovation
The European Biotech Week celebrates biotechnology, an innovative and vibrant sector launched by the discovery of the DNA molecule back in 1953. The first European Biotech Week that took place in 2013 marked the 60th anniversary of this pivotal moment in history.
This momentous occasion opened the door to a better understanding of the world we live in both for scientists and for society.
To provide you with an example, DNA triggered crucial discoveries and deeper knowledge on genes, proteins, viruses, bacteria and stem cells.
Biotech entrepreneurs were able to translate this knowledge into applications for many sectors such as healthcare, agriculture, food, energy, water sanitation and biochemical processing, all of which have changed the world for the better.
Biotech associations are key in helping to maximize the potential of biotechnology. In Europe, the National Associations Council, hosted by EuropaBio, represents 17 national biotech associations that together represent over 1,800 small- and medium-sized biotech companies and organisations.
In 2017, the week takes place between 25 September and 1 October.
SEARCA Agriculture & Development Seminar Series (ADSS)
SEARCA, through its Biotechnology Information Center (BIC), is pleased to invite you and your colleagues to the following seminar at the SEARCA headquarters, UPLB Campus, Los Baños, Laguna:
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Biotechnology
by Atty. Rowanie A. Nakan
Cruz, Marcelo and Tenefrancia
25 January 2018 (Tuesday) | SEARCA Drilon Hall | 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Organized in partnership with the Philippine Genome Center-Agriculture
The SEARCA Agriculture & Development Seminar Series (ADSS) and its special seminars are open to the public.
The ADSS is meant to encourage the presentation and discussion of development and research issues, as well as their implications for agricultural and rural development. Through the ADSS, SEARCA proactively contributes to having a vibrant scientific exchange within, and even beyond, the Los Baños Science Community.
Past ADSS speakers include *Senator Cynthia Villar* (Philippine Senator) *Dr. Segfredo R. Serrano* (Undersecretary for Policy and Planning, Department of Agriculture); *Dr. Serafin D. Talisayon* (Professor, UP Diliman); *Mr. David Wolf* (Acting Agricultural Counselor, US Embassy in Manila); *Atty. Marvic M. V. F. Leonen* (Dean, College of Law, UP Diliman and now Supreme Court Associate Justice); *Engr. Elma T. Karunungan* (Chief, Alternative Fuels and Energy Technology Division, Department of Energy); *Dr. Shinji Kaneko* (Associate Professor, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan); *Dr. Thomas Elhaut,* (Director for Asia and the Pacific Division, International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD], Rome, Italy); *Prof. Yujiro Hayami*, (Advisor to the Graduate Faculty of the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development [FASID] and Visiting Professor of the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (GRIPS) in Japan; *Dr. Dennis P. Garrity* (Director General, World Agroforestry Center); *Dr. Cielito F. Habito* (former Director-General of the Philippines’ National Economic and Development Authority [NEDA], Professor of Economics in the Ateneo de Manila University, and Director of the Ateneo Center for Economic Research and Development [ACERD]); *Dr. Prahbu Pingali* (UN FAO); *Dr. Mahar Mangahas* (Social Weather Stations); *Dr. Rafaello Tarroni *(Representative, United Nations Industrial Development Organization); *Prof. Randolf David* (UP Diliman); *Dr. George Norton* (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University); *Dr. Donato Antiporta* (UN FAO-Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific); *Dr. Steven Rood* (Asia Foundation); *Dr. Stephan Haggard* (University of California San Diego); *Dr. Olivia Castillo* (Asia Pacific Roundtable for Cleaner Production); *Mr. Daan Boom* (Asian Development Bank); *Ms. Lisa Antonio* (Philippine Business for the Environment), *Mr. Florencio Abad* (Former Secretary, Department of Education); *Secretary Romulo Neri *(Secretary, Department of Budget and Management and Former NEDA Director General); *Mr.Cesar E.A. Virata *(Former Philippine Prime Minister); *Dr. Gerardo Sicat* (Former NEDA Director-General and Professor Emeritus, UP Diliman), *Mr. Senen Bacani *(Former Secretary, Philippine Department of Agriculture), *Dr. Benjamin Diokno *(Former Secretary, Philippine Department of Budget and Management and Professor, UP Diliman), *Dr. Amelia Ancog* (Former Undersecretary, Philippine Department of Science and Technology), *Dr. Ben S. Malayang III *(Former Undersecretary, Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources), and *Ms. Deborah Landey* (Former Representative, United Nations Development Programme).
For further inquiries, please contact Ms. Rosario B. Bantayan, Program Specialist, Knowledge Management Department through email (email@example.com) or telephone (049 554 9330 to 36, local 3502).
World Biotechnology Conference
June 25 – 27, 2018
World Biotechnology Conference (Biotech Stockholm) is organized jointly by Thinkershub and Conferencesnest. The event is scheduled between 2018 June 25 to 27 at Stockholm, Sweden. Thinkershub promotes publishing journals, skill development programs, creating research awareness in underdeveloped nations and organizing international conferences. The world biotechnology conference is organized in stockholm to build a collaborative relationship and work toward shared objective of creating sustainable world. Stockholm is a global, diverse and vibrant venue with great places to have fun. Biotech Stockholm aims to be the common platform where international scientists, Industrials and Investors from over 20 countries, from diverse disciplines come together to discuss and share ideas and recent developments in biotechnology research and industries. Biotech Stockholm is designed to offer latest applied research and development trends, therefore an exciting content is to be anticipated.
Type of sessions
- Keynote Presentations
- Oral Presentations
- Poster sessions
Aim of the conference:
- To discuss the advancing knowledge and latest techniques in fields of biomedicine, crop improvement, renewable chemicals, polymer biotechnology, synthetic biology, novel enzymes, food ingredients, biofuels, environmental protection/remediation, biopharmaceuticals and biopesticide production.
- Sharing of scientific knowledge and experience in all areas of biotechnology and related scientific fields.
- Strengthening and expanding the human network of all involved in this field in Europe, USA, Asia, UK, Sweden and globally.
- Providing opportunities for young researchers for their professional development.
- Identify knowledge gaps that need to be filled, providing a forum for scientific exchanges on recent advances in biotech research.
- Global voice – To bring solidarity and cooperation across the profession in collaboration with other stakeholders.
We believe these objectives can be achieved through disseminating workshops, symposiums and open discussion forums happening at our Biotechnology Conference 2018.
Biotechnology has emerged through strategic interactions between science and engineering. Biotechnology involves manipulation and engineering, which leads to useful products that can be used in medicine, agriculture, industry, or environmental control.
Biotechnology applications market is divided into biopharmacy, bioservices, bioagriculture and bioindustrial. Biotechnology Technology market has been segmented into fermentation, tissue regeneration, PCR technology, nanobiotechnology, chromatography, DNA sequencing, cell based assay and others. Total Global Biotechnology market will reach a value worth of USD 414.5 billion by the end of 2017.
The Challenges and Benefits of Biotechnology
The world’s population is expected increase from its current 6.7 billion to over 9 billion by 2050., which leads to more demand for food, clothes, homes, medical facilities and energy. Biotechnology will provide solutions to disease, hunger, pollution and global warming.
Biotechnology helps people and our planet by developing medical treatments for diseases, creating new renewable fuels that reduce the fossil fuels use and producing innovative technologies that protect our global environment.
Increasing Food Security
We need to more than double our current agricultural production levels in order to feed a population of that size. In order to sustainably feed the world, we need to develop farming methods that are environmentally kind and can survive with climate change while increasing the wellbeing of farmers. Agricultural technologies have a number of benefits, including reduced insecticide use, reduced erosion, increased tolerance to environmental disasters such as droughts and floods, and improved nutritional composition that can supplement diets of farmers around the world.
Energy demand is projected to grow by 50% by 2025. Majority of energy is currently derived from fossils fuels, a limited, non-renewable and polluting resource. Switching to biofuels for transportation needs would reduce energy dependency on oil imports and could boost rural development, providing farmers with an additional source of income.
Biotechnology will help in developing specific high-yielding energy crops, the impact, efficiency and sustainability of biorefinery facilities which also decrease the cost of biofuels. Biofuels can replace 30% of current transportation energy needs in an environmentally responsible way without affecting global food production with new technology developments
Biotechnologies, and other biomedical innovations, are likely to lead to the production of new and improved vaccines, diagnostics as well as treatments with which to tackle disease. Biotechnology will help improve the understanding of disease, disease pathology, epidemiology, and vector control.
Biotechnology has opened the door to the discovery and development of new types of human therapeutics. Biotechnology medicines already treat or help prevent heart attacks, stroke, multiple sclerosis, leukemia, hepatitis, congestive heart failure, lymphoma, kidney cancer, cystic fibrosis, and other diseases.
Sustainability is vital as we progress into the future. Biotechnology will help in building a Sustainable World.
Stockholm: European Green Capital, knowledge-intensive and innovative region in the world as our Conference Venue
Stockholm is internationally recognized as one of the most knowledge-intensive and innovative regions in the world and as a leading supplier of solutions and products in key sectors such as Life Science, ICT and Cleantech. Stockholm is the first ever winner of the European Green Capital award and has adopted a unique approach to sustainability where every aspect of environmental, economic and social impact is part of the equation. Or in other words: just about everything that happens in Stockholm does so with sustainability in mind.
Why you should attend conference/lectures
- To sharpen your skills
- Meet Experts & Influencers Face to Face
- Networking Opportunities
- Learning In a New Space
- Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
- New Tips & Tactics
- The Energy of Like-Minded Individuals
- The Serendipity of the Random Workshop
- Invest In Yourself
- Have Fun
In this digital age, conferences and face-to-face meeting are increasingly being substituted by webinars, video conferences and other forms of digital communication. There are some clear advantages with digital communication such as convenience, cost and time savings. Despite these advantages, the impact of communicating in person is much higher and is backed by scientific evidence. According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, during face-to-face communication, synchronization of brain activity between partners occur leading to successful exchange of information. Besides, frequent eye-contact during face-to-face communication helps build trust between individuals and produce better outcomes such as increased creativity and productivity. Hence, conferences and meetings are necessary even in a world dominated by digital communication channels.
It brings together farmers and other stakeholders from Asia to learn about plant biotechnology through first-hand experience by visiting plant biotech commercial farms and R&D biotech facilities; and interacting with farmers, scientists, media and policymakers.
The FX Program has been held annually since 2007. The 9th FX Program was held Mar 2-7 in the Philippines. The CropLife Asia, CropLife Philippines and the Biotechnology Coalition of the Philippines have organized the nine editions of the FX program.