DOST’s National Science and Technology Week 2012 is for all

National Science and Technology Week 2012 (July 10-14) @SMX
(PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA) SCIENCE is for everyone at 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 science chief Mario Montejo opened 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  include inventors, beneficiaries of DOST programs, government and academic institutions. A scientific convention will also take place simultaneously at the Manila Hotel.

DOST secretary Mario Montejo (third from left) in NSTW prescon
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) event has the theme “Science, Technology and Innovation: Working Together for Growth and Development.”

“If we cannot communicate science, it will not work and it will not be relevant so the NSTW exhibit aims to showcase how science works to help solve real-world problems,” said DOST secretary Mario Montejo with the media event.  He mentioned that media also propelled DOST to work more on monitoring flood and how to mitigate disasters. 

“There is a lot of synergy in collaboration so we have selected the departments of agriculture, education, health and industry as key partners in the development of solutions that can help the economy,” said DOST undersecretary Fortunato Dela Peña, chairman NSTW 2012 committee.

The celebration started yesterday with the opening program and special messages from the  different secretaries like Proceso Alcala (Department of Agriculture), Gregory Domingo (Department of Trade and Industry), Armin Luistro, FSC (Department of Education) and Enrique Ona (Department of Health).  

An interactive activity by the DOST’s Philippine Science High School will open today June 11, to be followed by Technology and Industry and scientific fora. 

“The Science Behind Project NOAH” will be one of the highlights that the University of the Philippines experts Dr. Carlos Primo David and Dr. Enrico Paringit will discuss with Rainfall Forecasting and LIDAR mapping respectively.

While the awarding of outstanding researchers, inventors and young scientists to be conferred by National Academy of Science and Technology, DOST’s advisory council which is to be held at the Manila Hotel.

On the third day, June 12, the 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. These technologies will provide long term solutions to pressing national problems and contribute to socio-economic development.
Plus more about 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 is the National Invention Contest and Exhibits, awarding of outstanding inventors and researchers from the finalists of last year’s Regional Invention contests. 

Green technology called solar thermal cooling that lowers electric consumption by utilizing sun’s heat to produce energy and run light and air conditioner.  Eco-friendly technologies were also showcased like electronic cars, LED lighting, and renewable energy products.

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.

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