The University of the Philippines Los Banos (UPLB) will launch 18 new and existing interdisciplinary studies centers that focus on the advancement of scientific and technical knowledge on important areas in which the country is facing challenges and problems on March 4 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila. The launching coincides with a Science and Technology Forum and Exhibit which will also be held at the same venue from March 4-5.

The forum and exhibit, with the theme “Making Science Work for Sustainable Development” aims to uphold and promote science and technology in the country as well as to showcase some of UPLB’s most innovative and cutting edge technologies.

Expected to attend the activities are Hon. DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo who will deliver the Keynote Address, DA Secretary Proceso J. Alcala, and CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan.

Ariella Arida, Ms. Universe 2013 3rd Runner and a BS Chemistry graduate of UPLB, will grace the ribbon cutting ceremonies to officially open the exhibit to the public.

Among the UP System constituent universities, UPLB is considered as the preeminent research institution due to the sheer number and diversity of various technologies it has developed as well as being home to some of the brightest scientific minds in the fields of natural sciences, agriculture, forestry, engineering and environment, among others.

The interdisciplinary centres that will be launched are the following:

These are 1) Biofuels Research Studies Center; 2) Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Studies Center; 3) Food and Nutrition Security and Safety Studies Center; 4) Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management Center; 5) Agribusiness Center for Entrepreneurship; 6) Bee Program; 7) Computational Interdisciplinary Research Laboratories; 8) Industrial Tree Plantation Center; 9) Instrumentation Development Center; 10) Nanotechnology Program; 11) Natural Products Interdisciplinary Studies Center; 12) National Organic Agriculture Research Development and Extension Center; 13) Philippine Center for Tropical Forest Science; 14) Rice Program; 15) Southern Luzon Studies Center; 16) University Pulse; 17) Agricultural Mechanization Development Program; and the 18) Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center.

The forum and exhibit will also serve as a prelude to the UPLB’s 105th Foundation Day on March 6 and a venue to recognize the University’s most outstanding personnel for 2014.

For queries, you may contact:

DR. MARIA VICTORIA O. ESPALDON
Office of Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension
Tel: (049)536-2354; (049)536-5326
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Agribusiness Center for Entrepreneurship
Agribusiness Center for Entrepreneurship
Industrial Tree Plantation Center
Industrial Tree Plantation Center
Philippine Center for Tropical Forest Science
Philippine Center for Tropical Forest Science
Agricultural Mechanization Development Program
Agricultural Mechanization Development Program
Climate Risk Studies Center
Climate Risk Studies Center
Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management
Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Environment Management
Interdisciplinary Biofuels Research Studies Center
Interdisciplinary Biofuels Research Studies Center
Rice Program
Rice Program
Interdisciplinary Studies Center on Organic Agriculture
Interdisciplinary Studies Center on Organic Agriculture
Interdisciplinary Studies Center on Food Security
Interdisciplinary Studies Center on Food Security