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In another scale of expanding globalization, the Philippines joined the international community in observing World Metrology Day last May 20, which marks the signing of the Metre Convention by 17 countries on the same date 133 years earlier.
The Metre Convention is an international treaty that created three organizations to oversee the keeping of the metric standards and gives them authority to act on world metrology related matters. It is also designed to embrace a worldwide uniformity of measurement through the use of the International System of Units.
Metrology is the science of measurements that embraces both experimental and theoretical measurements and determinations at any level of uncertainty in any field of science and technology.
A current example of its usefulness is the construction of the European Airbus A380, parts of which are made in France, Germany, Spain, and UK and then transported to France for assembly.
Such international commercial collaboration and uniform product quality standards would be difficult without accurate validated dimensional measurements between the various national metrology institutes and laboratories of the countries involved.
The Metre Convention lists 51 member-states as of January 2008 along with 26 associate states and economies of the General Conference. The Philippines is an associate state of the convention. (Yen Ocampo, S&T Media Service)
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The Philippine National Committee for the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences (IATSS) Forum is now accepting applications for the 45th and 46th IATSS Forums to be held in Suzuka, Japan from April to June and September to November 2009.
The Forum aims to provide the participants from ASEAN countries with a broader perspective and understanding of the role of science, technology and culture of Japan and the developments in ASEAN countries.
The IATSS Forum is open for Filipino men and women who are not more than thirty five (35) years of age at the time of application. They may come from any executive or administrative branch of government with at least 2 years professional experience and are involved in policy formulation and planning work, or they may come from the academic and private sectors. Applicants from any field of activity/specialization are welcome. Please see additional list of requirements for your participation.
1. Not more than 35 years old
2. Must be currently employed in any government, public, private and academic institutions
3. If employed in government agency, must be involved in policy formulation and planning
work or in research to policy planning
4. If employed in academic institutions, those whose work as professors at a university or
5. If employed in private institutions, those who are candidates for a leadership position
6. Must hold a permanent appointment
7. Must be computer literate
8. Must have rendered at least two (2) years of service in government, academe and/or
9. Must have completed the required service obligations for previous scholarships availed
10. Must not have any pending scholarship application under other program
CHECKLIST OF REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR NOMINATION
1. Letter of recommendation from head of office/agency
2. Accomplished IATSS application forms
3. Two (2) references -- one from supervisor, one from former professor/teacher
(use referees form)
4. Applicant will write an essay on: “You would like to apply for the 45th /46th IATSS Forum Program, but your boss is opposed.” In your essay, please attempt to persuade your boss to consent.
5. Certified true copy of diploma and transcript of records
6. Four (4) photos (4 cm x 3 cm, pls. write your name at the back)
7. Clearance from administrative charges
8. Certified copy of service record
9. Certified statement of actual duties and responsibilities
10. Certification of completed service obligation for previous scholarships availed
11. Certification of no pending scholarship application under other program
12. List of previous scholarships/trainings attended
(Note: Items 1 to 4 should be produced in 10 copies)
Interested applicants may apply to:
IATSS Forum Philippine National Committee
c/o Department of Science and Technology
General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City
Deadline for Submission of Application: June 30, 2008
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The Department of Science and Technology is hopeful that approval of a proposed technology transfer law will accelerate the process of bringing results of public-funded research from the laboratory to the market.
House Bill 3270 and its counterpart Senate Bill 1721 outline the framework and support system for ownership, management, use and commercialization of intellectual property rights derived from R&D funded by the government.
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The Department of Science and Technology is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year around the theme “Making Science Work for You” and has lined up a series of activities until June 2008.
It has recently unveiled a jubilee banner and a mascot named Tron that dances to the tune of a new DOST jingle called “Lift Your Head High” to promote interest in science and technology among Filipino youth. Tron debuted during last year’s National Science and Technology Week opening rites held at Dusit Hotel in Makati City.
The science community also commissioned Dr. Ramon Acoymo, dean of UP College of Music to re-arrange the DOST hymn, which will be launched in time for the opening of DOST Exhibit and “TienDOST” on June 9 at the Bicutan science complex.
The busy day will be followed by “Gabi ng Ginintuang SinAg” (Sining at Agham), a cultural night anticipated to be rich in memorable performances to be held in UP Theatre. Meanwhile, the spotlight will focus on 50 science achievers during the awarding ceremony set June 10 at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang. The science achievers will be composed of technology adopters and generators, science administrators, scholars, and scientists.
A coffeetable book detailing the history of the department will also be launched to highlight the event.
Fun and festivities will enliven the science community when it holds game shows and sports fest on June 11, and participation to the Independence Day parade of floats on June 12 in Rizal Park. The activities will be capped by a grand reunion and awarding of agency floats on June 13 in Bicutan.