13 Filipino Living National Scientists Celebrated Through Virtual and Digital Tech

The launching of the Salinlahi Science Centre honours and pays tribute to esteemed scientists of the Philippines, who are considered the super heroes of science.

This is achieved through futuristic exhibits on the careers and life stories of the scientists.

According to a recent press release, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines unveiled the Science Centre.

Celebrating the National Scientists

Doing so had revealed a new world of virtual and digital celebration of the works and valuable contributions of the 13 living National Scientists. NAST is one of the advisory bodies of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The interactive exhibits, managed by DOST-NAST Philippines, is housed at the Philippine Science Heritage Centre or Salinlahi at the DOST Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City. The 13 National Scientists featured in the centre come alive in avatar where visitors will discover their minds and their careers, which reflect their unquenchable curiosity and thirst for learning. The displayed avatars of said science super heroes will hopefully serve as inspiration to the next generation of scientists.

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The Salinlahi Science Centre

The upgrading of the Centre is a project that will be divided into three phases. It is envisioned to become the country’s hub of scientific pride, where the 13 National Scientists dedicated their work of science to make a better society and stronger country.

The Philippine Science Heritage Centre or Salinlahi, which means heirloom of a generation, was created under Republic Act 9107 or the Philippine Science Heritage Centre Act.

It was to be the repository of the achievements and outstanding accomplishments of the Filipino community in the areas of science and technology. More of the works of these 13 National Scientists and other experts will be featured in the upcoming celebration of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) from 17-21 July 2019 at the World Trade Centre, Pasay City.

National Science and Technology Week

As reported, the NSTW is celebrated every third week of July to highlight the significant contributions of science and technology (S&T) to national development.

Additionally, the celebration has become a platform for heralding S&T advocacy in the country.

This year’s theme, “Science for the People: Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Development,” underpins the event’s showcase on the latest innovations in technologies, products, and research that can help achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This annual event of the DOST will feature the latest technologies and innovations in the fields of agriculture, enterprise development, industry, emerging technologies, health and nutrition, information and communication technology, and disaster preparedness.

It is the perfect venue for the science community and science enthusiasts, particularly the technology developers and investors, including the S&T service providers and clients, to interact, exchange ideas, and pursue potential opportunities in technology commercialization and linkages.


Written by Teresa Umali in Open Gov. Read original article here.

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DOST opens door to public on S&T Week

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will open its doors to the public during the celebration of the 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), dubbed as “Juan Science, One Nation,” from July 25 to 29.

This year’s NSTW will be celebrated simultaneously in all DOST regional offices and in the four major science hubs in Bicutan, Taguig City; Quezon City; Manila; and Los Baños, Laguna.

Newly installed Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña will lead the annual NSTW activities at the DOST Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City, as the celebration kicks off on July 25. The event will be de la Peña’s first major science and technology (S&T) activity upon his assumption to office under the administration of President Duterte.

“This is the first time that the DOST will be doing a simultaneous celebration not only in Manila, but in the different regions of the country,” de la Peña explained. “We hope to sustain the enthusiasm on science and technology created by the past administration and work on what remains to be resolved for the benefit of even those who are on the outskirts of development.”

The 2016 NSTW will feature several technology open houses, symposia, scientific forums, technology fairs, film showings, scientific career talks and technology launches, among others.

“For those who are in Metro Manila,” de la Peña added, “you can choose to visit our exhibits on disaster preparedness, weather and education in Pagasa [Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration], Phivolcs [Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology] and Philippine Science High School in Quezon City; and in SM MOA [Mall of Asia], where the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development will feature health- and nutrition-related forums and other fun activities.”

On the other hand, DOST’s main office in Taguig has prepared numerous treats for those who will be visiting the NSTW celebration. Among the activities lined up are food tasting on DOST-assisted products called Future Flavors; technology forums on livelihood; career talks; product launches; science film showings; and many more.

The Los Baños Science Community will hold open houses on research and development facilities, and testing laboratories on forest products at the Forest Products Research and Development Institute.

Moreover, technologies on agri-aqua sector will be on display on the S&T exhibits of the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development.

For those in provinces, DOST regional offices have prepared various exciting activities that will surely entice everyone to join the celebration.

The NSTW is celebrated every third week of July as mandated by Proclamation 169 of 1993. It aims to recognize the contribution of S&T in the development of the country and garner support from public and private institutions for its sustainable development.

For more information, please visit www.nstw.dost.gov.ph and NSTW Facebook page at 2016NSTW or e-mail 2016nstw@gmail.com.

-Published in BusinessMirror.  See article link here.