PhilAAST Discusses Food Security, Governance and Entrepreneurship at the 71st Annual Convention

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After celebrating its Platinum Jubilee last year, the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology (PhilAAST), through its President and Deputy Secretary of DOST, Diana L. Ignacio, has led the Philippines Super Scholars Corps in conducting the annual hybrid convention. held on September 9, 2022.

Ignacio said the 71st annual convention, which was delivered by incoming science secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr., provided a “platform for discussion and interaction on food security, governance and entrepreneurship.” as its three essential sustainability programs for the next few years.”

She added, “It also serves as a venue for showcasing the most recent findings and developments related to the impact of the changing environment on current issues, such as energy sustainability.”

PhilAAST aims to promote and strengthen scientific and technological collaboration between its member and non-member researchers, currently numbering 114,900.

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

Of particular note are the presenters of the entrepreneurship program who are also authors of the book “Science for Success”. Presenters and authors included former Scientific Secretary Professor 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 launched by DOST as part of the “Science for the People Series,” which also included the books “Science for Scale” and “Science for Social Change.”

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

Summing up the webinars that are part of the convention, Annabelle V. Briones, Secretary of PhilAAST and Director of DOST-ITDI, presented the essence of the Energy Series webinar, which she said, “Called the Philippines to accelerate energy transitions through a system of systems approach that will consider technological, political, social and market systems.

During the celebration, the winners of various prizes were announced, namely: the Dr. Gregorio Y. Zara Prizes for Basic Research; Dr. Gregorio Y. Zara Award for Applied Research; Dr. Paulo C. Campos Award for Health Research; David M. Consunji Award for Research in Engineering; LEADS Agri Award for Agricultural Research; Prize Dr. Ceferino L. Follosco for product and process innovation; Dr. Michael R. Purvis Award for Sustainability Research; and Dr. Lourdes E. Campos Award for Public Health.

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

Image credits: PhilAAST Facebook page

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