🔬 The 1st National People’s Science Summit 2023 was an inspiring convergence of minds at the Philippine Science High School Main Campus! 🇵🇭 Held on November 11, 2023, the summit brought together a diverse assembly of scientists, educators, grassroots community members, and advocates of science and technology in the service of the people. Under the theme “Mula Laboratoryo Tungo sa Baryo’t Kanto”, the summit delved into crucial discussions through different sessions aimed at forging stronger connections between science and technology, and the varied needs of local communities. 

Dr. Giovanni Tapang giving his keynote address

🗣️ Keynote: Dr. Giovanni Tapang, Chairperson Emeritus of AGHAM, ignited the discussion with a powerful keynote, urging us to bridge the gap between scientific innovation and the needs of our communities, and historicizing initiatives on making science and technology serve the interest of the people.

🌐 Plenary Discussions: Speakers across different sectors and advocacy groups led discussions on relevant issues of the day such as inclusive urban development, environmental advocacy, counter-mapping, climate justice, STEM workers welfare, STEM education, pro-people economics, Lumad people’s struggles, collaborative R&D; and the intersections of each.

  • Miggy Novero, Inclusive Cities Advocacy Network PH; Ang Pamayanan ng FTI West Bicutan
  • Alexandra Zapanta, Liyang Network; Defend the Defenders: Protecting the guardians of our sustainable future
  • Alab Ayroso, Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP); Role of the Youth for Climate Justice
  • Jam Caraan, WeSolve Foundation: Working Together for a Better Science and R&D Environment in the Philippines 
  • Sonny Africa, IBON Foundation: Science to Enrich, is Science for the Rich
  • Catherine Dalon, Save Our Schools Network: The Lumad Situation
  • Sedric Suringa,  ULIRAT PH: MinaMapa: Paggawa ng Kontra-Mapa para sa Lupang Ninuno
  • Ardee Guerrero, AGHAM Youth: The Barriers to Quality Science-Based Education in the Philippines

🚀 Parallel Sessions: The participants delved into 31 oral presentations across diverse themes: 1️⃣ Nationalist, Scientific, and Mass-Oriented Education 2️⃣ STEM Education and Community Engagement 3️⃣ Health and Community Science 4️⃣ Earth Science and Engineering 5️⃣ Agriculture and Climate. 

💡Poster presentations, exhibit, and booths. The summit featured poster presentations of researches from various fields and topics such as water depletion due to large scale mining, PH COVID pandemic response, disaster preparedness education, effect of land reclamation to mangroves, and morphometric analysis of snails. Alongside the poster exhibit was a photo gallery of AGHAM’s history in making science and technology serve the people. There were also booths from different sectors, aimed to raise awareness and gather support for their advocacies.

A network to coordinate efforts to provide direct technical assistance to communities was launched at the end of the summit.

🚀 Launching of the Science and Technology Network for People’s Development: A collective commitment emerged to transform dialogue into action, fostering collaboration between the scientific community and grassroots advocates for tangible change in our communities. The summit was also a historic venue for the launching of the Science and Technology Network for People’s Development, a network which aims to encourage engineers, technologists, scientists, and science communicators to share their knowledge and skills to communities in need. It’s open for individuals and organizations who wish to be part of the network.

Dr. Chuckie Calsado, the Chairperson of AGHAM ended the summit with a challenge to continue the momentum towards a more inclusive and people-centric future for science and technology.

Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered, and took part in making the event a success! Special thanks to Dr. Lawrence Madriaga, Philippine Science High School Main Campus Director, the Pisay community, and the Pisay Foundation for your generous support.

 💪🌍#ScienceForThePeople #FromLabToStreets #AghamParaSaBayan



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