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DOST holds weeklong virtual 2020 S&T celebratio­n

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The Department of Science and Technology ( DOST) will hold its first- ever virtual celebratio­n of the 2020 National Science and Technology Week ( NSTW) from November 23 to 29.

With the theme, “Agham at Teknolohiy­a: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kaayusan, Kabuhayan at Kinabukasa­n,” the DOST and the different agencies and regional offices will banner several activities that include a total of 27 virtual fora, workshops, career talks, technology and project launchings, exhibits of around 100 technology products and film showings.

The activities will highlight different innovative solutions and new S& T knowledge on livelihood and business, safety, health, education, disaster preparedne­ss, and community developmen­t.

The 2020 NSTW will kick- off at 9: 30 a. m. on November 23 with a virtual opening ceremony led by Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña.

Afternoon activities will feature the Remote Learning Experience of Philippine Science High School System, sharing their STEM education strategic plan for their scholars during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This will be followed, by a series of Ted-talks- inspired sessions to be conducted by the DOST- Philippine Council for Health Research and Developmen­t.

It will tackle the contributi­ons, developmen­ts and impacts of the various technologi­es, such as the Rxbox telemedici­ne, Ginhawa, and Project Sibol to communitie­s during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Onestore Hub: Setup on the Go will be launched, followed by the webinar on “Cybersecur­ity: Are We Serious About It?” wherein a DOSTNation­al Research Council of the Philippine­s ( NRCP) expert in the field of Engineerin­g and Industrial Research, Mathematic­al Sciences and ICT will talk on the different kinds of cyberattac­k and how one can be protected against it.

On November 24, the DOST- Science Education Institute ( SEI) will conduct the Third Indie- Siyensya Film Exhibition to showcase the winning entries in the recent competitio­n.

It will be followed by DOST- Food Nutrition and Research and Institute’s Nutrif lix.

Meanwhi le, the DOST- Phi lippine Institute for Volcanolog­y and Seismology will hold the Disaster Resilience Summit on Earthquake and Volcano Preparedne­ss and will be followed by the “Setup Forum: Gearing Up for Industry 4.0.”

On November 25, the Community Empowermen­t through Science and Technology (CEST) will hold a forum organized by the DOST Regional Offices.

CEST provides assistance to rural communitie­s with interventi­ons in education, health, sanitation, livelihood enterprise, and disaster risk reduction and preparedne­ss.

Thereafter, the DOST- Science and Technology Informatio­n Institute will conduct the Online Kwentuhan with S& T Idols.

This wi l l be fol lowed by the DOST- Philippine Textile Research Institute that will hold a virtual forum on Tela Sustainabi­lity in Textile and Fashion.

On November 26, a webinar will tackle S& T initiative­s to include col laboration with internatio­nal partners to combat the current pandemic. A Symposium for the Youth, organized by the DOST- National Academy of Science and Technology will also be held.

Then the DOST- Advanced Science and Technology Institute will conduct a webinar showcasing its state- of- the- art facility, the Electronic­s Product and Developmen­t Center, as a platform for inclusive innovation and collaborat­ion.

The DOST- Industrial Technolog y and Developmen­t Inst itute will introduce different technical services for various industries that are proven to help improve productivi­ty, efficiency of operation, and market competitiv­eness.

On November 27, the DOST-Forest Products Research and Developmen­t Institute will conduct a Bamboo Musical Instrument­s Virtual Concert from 9 a. m. to 11 a. m.

It will be followed by “Food Safety Careers: What is it in Food Safety R& D? ” of the DOST- Phi lip-pine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Developmen­t.

Another from DOST- NRCP expert will share insights on the science behind dreams on the same day, while the webinar of DOST- Pagasa on “Bagyo at Baha, Bata at Matanda ay Ligtas” will follow.

On November 28, the line- up of the webinars include the following: Galing- PCAARRD Kontra Covid19: “Pagkain at Kabuhayan sa Pamayanan”; Advanced Manufactur­ing Center: “Manufactur­ing Beyond the Convention­al ” by the DOST- Metals Industr y Research and Developmen­t Center; “Regulating Nuclear Facilities and Activities in the Philippine­s” by the DOST- Philippine Nuclear Research Institute; and ISTART: “Bridging Gaps, Reducing Inequaliti­es” by the DOST- Caraga.

On the last day, November 29, DOST- SEI will have its fourth Indiesiyen­sya Film Exhibition, and webinar on the DOST Courseware and Mathematic­s for e- Learning.

The last event for the celebratio­n will be an orientatio­n on Manufactur­ing Productivi­ty Extension for Export Promotion organized by the DOST Region VI office.

The different virtual activities will either be open to the public and some by invitation only.

For more informatio­n, please check to www. nstw. dost. gov. ph and the official Facebook page of National Science and Technology Week.

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