DoST to host 8th Balik Scientist Program convention



The Manila Times

Public Square

ALL science fans have the chance to see 12 Pinoy scientists from abroad and their innovations on Oct. 14, 2022. The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) will conduct the 8th Annual Balik Scientist Program convention on the said date with the theme, “Kasangga sa paglinang ng agham at teknolohiya para sa maunlad at matatag na kinabukasan.” The convention will provide updates on the recent technologies, research studies, and capacity building initiatives that revolve around the research areas of health, agriculture, aquatic, industry and energy. Twelve presentations will be featured by the host institutions of balik (repatriate) scientists and the balik scientists themselves coming from the three sectoral councils of DoST, namely the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development; the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development; and the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development. Similarly, the future plans of the program will be presented by DoST. The convention will provide an avenue in increasing the public’s awareness on how balik scientists have contributed to addressing national concerns as well as the impact of their engagement to the target users, the Filipino people and the economy. Through technical presentations and panel discussions, DoST aims to continue the exchange of ideas that will create opportunities to build a stronger scientific community. The program has already engaged 603 balik scientists under 773 engagements in 130 host institutions from 1975 to August 2022. Balik scientists and host institutions engaged from 2020 to 2022 will be recognized during the convention.