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SCIENCE COMMUNICATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM 

DOST-PCIEERD, in partnership with UPLB College of Development Communication, calls on its project personnel to join the Science Communication Fellowship Program: Popularizing Research for the People. This program aims to train the participants in popularizing research results through a mentorship program. 

The following topics will be covered in a four-month long mentorship:  

  1. Science communication in the context of nation building through research and innovation 
  2. Writing in different platforms for dissemination of research results 
  3. Engaging with the media and local stakeholders 
  4. Data visualization 

The program will employ a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions for at least eight (8) hours a month. The Fellowship Program will run from mid-September 2021 to January 2022.

To qualify, you must be a:  

  • Part of a PCIEERD-supported program/project with remaining duration/contract of at least six (6) months 
  • Personnel from completed projects may opt to join provided that the project is still being sustained in their organization 
  • A Technical Officer and Information Officer for the program/project 

Read the full Guidelines

Apply now! Go to bit.ly/PCIEERDxCDCSciComm

 

Towns and cities majorly affected by the continued restiveness of Taal Volcano would soon receive a helping hand as researchers from the University of the Philippines Diliman are set to deploy air quality monitors in their area.

Robust Optical Aerosol Monitor (ROAM) Air Quality Monitor units from Project ROAM is set to be deployed to the communities of Agoncillo in the Province of Batangas and Tagaytay and Alfonso in the Province of Cavite.

ROAM Air Quality Monitor, the first Filipino-made air quality monitor, was created to measure particulate matter in the air using mass concentration measurement. Through the leadership of Dr. Len Herald V. Lim, the group was able to develop high-quality PM 2.5 monitors that are low-cost compared to its commercial counterparts. 

It was designed specifically to look for ways to reduce the effects of air pollution in communities and workplaces and was developed in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD). 

ROAM which was initially developed to provide information for policy creation and programs for environmental protection, can now aid residents from the three Local Government Units (LGUs). 

According to Levi Guillermo L. Geganzo of Project ROAM, they are currently discussing the plan to deploy the units with the three LGUs. The researchers are also in talks with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) to help them with their regular monitoring.

Geganzo also said that while there are already many interested organizations to adopt their technology, the team is still working on their commercialization strategy.

DOST PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit lauded the move of the group and encouraged other local government units to partner with ROAM in putting up air quality monitors in their area.  

“We thank the Project ROAM team for heeding the call of the times and making innovations work for the people.  As a leader and partner in enabling innovations in the Philippines, we enjoin our local government units to collaborate with our researchers in finding solutions in making our air cleaner through technologies brought about by research and development,” he said.

 

Urgent cooperation between countries under the new normal has been called on by the Japan Science and Technology Agency during the 11th anniversary of the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development on Tuesday (June 29).

During a webinar with the theme: "From Labs to Lives: Building R & D Capacities and Opportunities for Sustainable Recovery", leading researchers, scientists, engineers (RSEs) to share their experiences, insights, opportunities, and importance of human resource development to foster S & T innovations towards sustainable recovery.  

Osamu Kobayashi, Director for International Affairs of JST, stressed in his message during DOST-PCIEERD's anniversary that the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  will not be the last disaster of a global scale and while "common challenges" are getting increasingly complicated, they cannot be solved alone.  

In his presentation, he shared one of the collaborative efforts between DOST and JST, the e-ASIA joint research program established in 2012.  
 
He personally thanked DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Enrico Paringit and said that JST and DOST are one of the founding members of the program and have greatly contributed to the initiative as one of the most positive and active participants.

Other projects cited that was done in collaboration with JST were the "Development of Extreme Weather Monitoring and Information Sharing System in the Philippines” which led to the development of Diwata-1 and the “Enhancement of Earthquake and Volcano Monitoring and Effective Utilization of Disaster Mitigation Information in the Philippines” for the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) which was used as an early alert for the evacuation in the massive Taal volcano eruption in 2020. 

He mentioned how global and complicated challenges can only be addressed through collective actions, or through collaboration between academia, no matter which fields, the industries, the local and the central governments and country's people. 

"We should immediately react and take effective actions among like minded partners like JST and the DOST," Kobayashi said. 

He underscored the importance of trust on why and how the cooperation between the DOST and JST in times of emergency was made possible. Though trust, according to Kobayashi, cannot be achieved overnight and can only be gained step by step through honest behavior. 

Sharing a remark from a UK Research and Innovation executive, Kobayashi highlighted how concerted actions are necessary to achieve countries' common agendas, and that the funders who share common values, and interests to solve common challenges, should rather cooperate than complete. 

"We need to work together to tackle with our more complicated common challenges. We need to share our knowledge and learn best practices from each other. To do that, international cooperation is a must. So you have to have international perspectives," he said. 

"To work together, we need to build a good partnership. So to build a good partnership, we have to be trusted to get trust. We have to be always honest and diligent. If we are always honest and diligent, we can enhance your network, and our network to work together," he added. 

DOST PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit lauded Kobayashi's call and vowed to foster more cooperations both in the local and international scientific scene.  

"As a leader and partner in enabling innovations, we will continue to build meaningful collaborations across the different sectors of society and find solutions and opportunities to improve the lives of our fellow Filipinos," he said.

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WEBINAR SERIES SCHEDULE

July to December 2021

SIBOL is a webinar series that aims to create awareness of promising new projects and their potential impacts to the society according to their application sectors.

See the schedule below:

 

 Application Sector  Date
Disaster Risk Reduction - Climate Change Adaptation  15 July 2021 
Food Security 28 July 2021 
Human Development Industries (Creatives, Educational, Culture, etc.)  10 August 2021 
Health  26 August 2021  
Manufacturing and Processing  07 September 2021 
Governance and Public Sector
Human Security
Metals and Engineering
 
21 September 2021  
Transportation 05 October 2021 
Infrastructure 19 October 2021 
Environment 08 November 2021 
Startup Program November 2021 
IMPACT Program  23 November 2021 
Earth Resources/Mining  23 November 2021 
Energy 07 December 2021 

Want to receive updates? Register here: https://bit.ly/PCIEERD2021Webinars 

 

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As the country braces for the impacts of storm surges and tsunamis being one of the longest coastline in the world, the country’s first coastal engineering and management research and development center will soon rise in Ilocos region through the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST’s) Science for Change Program (S4CP) – Niche Center in the Regions (NICER).

Severely damaged seawall along City of San Fernando, La Union due to strong waves brought by typhoon Lando.
(Photo from the Office of the Civil Defense Region 1 and Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council)

Dubbed the Coastal Engineering Research Center or CoastER Center, the research facility will spur the development of innovations that address coastal erosion, developing construction materials for coastal protection, policies, and guidelines to promote coastal resiliency. These projects are intended to protect resources from coastal flooding and improve the lives of people in coastal communities.

It will also bolster the capability of Filipino engineers towards coastal engineering research by sending them to academic institutions for advance studies. The team behind CoastER Center is also looking into the development of a master’s degree for coastal engineering.


Seawall collapsed along the shoreline of Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte during the “habagat” last August 2018.
(Photo from the Office of the Civil Defense Region 1 and Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council)

The center is slated to be established at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) and will be partnering with the University of the Philippines Diliman, Department of Public Works and Highways, Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), University of Tokyo, and DOST.

The CoastER Center will undertake these four major projects:

  1. Coastal erosion trends and management strategies
  2. Assessment, instrumentation, and prediction of coastal flooding
  3. Development of nature-based solutions for coastal protection, and
  4. Development of science-based decision support system as platform for coastal flood information and risk management


Seawall collapsed along the shoreline of Santa, Ilocos Sur during the “Habagat” last August of 2016.
(Photo from the Office of the Civil Defense Region 1 and Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council)

As the monitoring agency of this project, the DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) is confident that this will strengthen coastal municipalities in mitigating the devastating impacts of typhoons.

“As a leader and preferred partner in enabling innovations that protect and equip Filipino communities, we deem that the CoastER Center will serve as a strong shield against coastal hazards. Once the innovations and strategies developed by the CoastER Center are tried and tested in the Ilocos Region, other coastal communities all over the Philippines can benefit from this knowledge base as well,” said Executive Director Dr. Enrico C. Paringit.


Seawall collapsed along the shoreline of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur during the enhanced monsoon rains last July 2015.
(Photo from the Office of the Civil Defense Region 1 and Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Council)

By 2024 and beyond, the center will upscale its developed technologies to include other municipalities in region 1 and nearby provinces.

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