DoST unveils virtual activities for the 2020 S&T fair celebration


THE Department of Science and Technology (DoST) has formally released the complete list of activities that will be featured during the 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, and film showings that will highlight different innovative solutions and new S&T knowledge related to livelihood and business, safety, health, education, disaster preparedness, and community development.

The 2020 NSTW will kick-off at 10:00 a.m. on November 23 with a virtual opening ceremony to be followed by a 30-minute press briefing to be attended by top DoST officials led by Secretary Fortunato de la Peña.

On November 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the DoST-Science Education Institute (SEI) will conduct the 3rd IndieSiyensya Film Exhibition to showcase the winning entries in their recent competition.

On November 25, there will be the CEST Forum organized by the DoST Regional Offices from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. CEST or Community Empowerment through Science and Technology is one of the flagship programs of the DOST that provides assistance to rural communities with interventions in education, health, sanitation, livelihood enterprise, and disaster risk reduction and preparedness.

On November 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., a webinar will tackle S&T initiatives to include DoST’s collaboration with international partners to combat the current pandemic.

On November 27, the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI) will conduct a Bamboo Musical Instruments (BMI) Virtual Concert from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

On November 28, the line-up of the webinars include the following: Galing-PCAARRD Kontra Covid19: Pagkain at Kabuhayan Sa Pamayanan from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMCEN): Manufacturing Beyond the Conventional by the DoST-Metals Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Regulating Nuclear Facilities and Activities in the Philippines by the DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm; and iSTART: Bridging Gaps, Reducing Inequalities by the DoST-Caraga from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 pm.

On November 29, DoST-SEI will now have their 4th IndieSiyensya Film Exhibition from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and webinar on the DoST Courseware and Mathematics for e-Learning from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The last event for the celebration will be an orientation on Manufacturing Productivity Extension for Export Promotion (MPEX) organized by the DoST Region VI office.