The Department of Science and Technology kicks off the celebration of the National Science and Technology Week with the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation: Working Together for Growth and Development” at the SMX Convention Center in SM Mall of Asia on 10 July 2012 and will last up to July 14.
The five-day event held annually features the latest products and services on information and communications technology, agriculture, electronics, renewable energy, energy-saving devices and food processing among others.
The celebration opens with messages by Secretaries Proceso Alcala of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Gregory Domingo from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Armin Luistro, FSC of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Enrique Ona from the Department of Health (DOH).
Along with Science Secretary Mario Montejo, they will open the NSTW exhibit. Exhibitors will include inventors, beneficiaries of DOST programs and government and academic institutions. A scientific convention will also be held simultaneously at the Manila Hotel.
An interactive activity by DOST’s Philippine Science High School will open on July 11, to be followed by technology and industry and scientific forums. A forum entitled “The Science Behind Project NOAH” will be held where experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) Dr. Carlos Primo David and Dr. Enrico Paringit will talk about rainfall forecasting and Light Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) mapping respectively.
Outstanding researchers, inventors and young scientists will be awarded at the Manila Hotel to be conferred by National Academy of Science and Technology, DOST’s advisory council.
On July 12, a technology and invention forum and the technology and industry forum will run simultaneously. Among the technologies to be presented are on disaster mitigation, health and food processing, information and communication technology for delivery of government and social services, nanotechnology, genomics and biotechnology.
Also slated on July 12 are the ON3 National Finals, the Science Education Institute-led “Talk and Play,” and the awarding of outstanding DOST scholars.
There will also be a SETUP forum for businessmen and role-playing sessions at the science explorer bus for elementary students. Capping week off is the National Invention Contest and Exhibits and the awarding of outstanding inventors and researchers from the finalists of last year’s regional invention contests.
NSTW highlights significant contributions of science and technology to national development. It also serves as a venue for scientists; researchers, entrepreneurs and businessmen. NSTW takes its roots in the 1950s when it was still called the Philippine National Science Week, and was instituted in 1982 as NSTW.
Watch NSTW live via livestream HERE
For more information about NSTW, please visit http://nstw.dost.gov.ph/ or contact the secretariat c/o DOST Planning and Evaluation Service at 8372932 or 8373165. (Frameia V. Anonas, S&T Media Service, DOST)