PhilAAST discusses food security, governance, entrepreneurship in 71st Annual Convention

After celebrating its platinum anniversary last year, the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST), through its President and Assistant DOST Secretary Diana L. Ignacio, led the Philippines’ supergroup of researchers in conducting the hybrid Annual meeting on September 9, 2022.

Ignacio said the 71st Annual Convention, delivered by newly sworn Minister of Science Renato U. Solidum Jr. as keynote speaker, will provide a “platform for discussion and interaction on food security, governance and entrepreneurship as its three core sustainable development programs for the next.” few years.”

She added: “It serves as a venue as well as for presenting the latest knowledge and developments related to the impact of the changing environment on topical issues such as energy sustainability.”

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PhilAAST aims to encourage and strengthen scientific and technological collaboration between its members and non-members, currently 114,900.

The 71st Congress brought together great minds from science and industry.

Of particular note are the moderators of the entrepreneurship program, who are also authors of the book “Science for Success”. Speakers and authors included former Science Secretary Prof. Fortunato T. de La Peña; Robina Y. Gokongwei-Pe, President and CEO of Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc.; and Maria Ester Follosco-Bautista, President and Treasurer of the CL Follosco Group of Companies.

The book is the second of three books on entrepreneurship published by DOST as part of the Science for the People Series, which also includes the books Science for Scale and Science for Social Change.

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The books highlight the successes of small and medium-sized businesses that have been achieved through technological innovation and creative thinking.

In the synthesis of the webinars that are part of the Congress, PhilAAST Secretary and DOST-ITDI Director Annabelle V. Briones presented the essence of the Energy Series webinar which she said: “The Philippines have been asked to transform the energy transition through a system of systems to accelerate an approach that takes into account technology, politics, society and market systems.”

During the celebration, the winners of various awards were announced, namely: the Dr. Gregorio Y. Zara Basic Research Awards; dr Gregorio Y. Zara Awards for Applied Research; dr Paulo C. Campos Health Research Award; David M. Consunji Prize for Technical Research; LEADS Agri Award for Agricultural Research; dr Ceferino L. Follosco Award for Product and Process Innovation; dr Michael R. Purvis Award for Sustainability Research; and dr Lourdes E. Campos Public Health Award.

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Founded in 1951, PhilAAST, formerly PhilAAST, is an association of scientists and technologists in the country that aims to promote the value of science in the community.

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